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Ringling Underground Returns Sept. 1

Thursday's lineup includes The Tilt, Hovercar, and Roxx Revolt and The Velvets. Here's what to expect.

By Dariela Delgado August 31, 2022

Ringling Underground returns Sept. 1, 2022.

Ringling Underground returns Sept. 1, 2022.

Want to experience a unique aspect of Sarasota's nightlife? The popular Ringling Underground event returns to the museum's courtyard this Thursday, Sept. 1, with its signature mix of eclectic live music. Here's who's playing and what to expect.

The Tilt 

The Tilt Orchestra sitting on a couch

The Tilt (left to right) Z, Taylor, William, Sawyer.

This spirited band has a unique vibe. Its style is avant-garde pop, and its passion for creating music is comes through in both their live and recorded performances.

The Tilt was born when Zeta Io, who goes by Z, was in high school and has expanded to include Taylor Panico, Sawyer Dobbs and William Gensmer.

The band prides itself on being a democracy—every member can sing, and each has a say in what happens with the project.

The Tilt recently dropped an album called Up The Gospel, a hypnotic collage of  sound. So what should the audience expect from the band's performance? "There will probably be a guitar," they jokingly respond.


Hovercar posing in birdeye lens

Hovercar (left to right) Alton Plemmons and Nikki Raven.

This duet will rock your body with their early '90s grunge sound that has a perfect balance of aggression and nuance. Their fierce lyrics, ferocious tones and thunderous drums are full of warmth.

"We bleed when we play. I want the audience to see our hearts," says vocalist and guitarist Nikki Raven. Hovercar's eponymous full-length debut album was released on Dec. 28, 2021, and the band is ready to share it with the Ringling Underground crowd.

"I hope the audience can take away a sense of authenticity," Raven says. "I want the people to have an opinion. Either you love us or fucking hate us."

Roxx Revolt and The Velvets

Roxx Revolt and The Velvets posing in bird eye lens.

Roxx Revolt and The Velvets

Roxx Revolt and The Velvets formed in Naples back in 2018. The four-piece band has a glamorous, electric style of power-driven rock 'n' roll.

The band is preparing to release its new song, "Birdy Like Woman," on Sept. 13, and a full-length album by the end of 2022. They advise  the Ringling Underground audience to, "Expect a circus and hell to be raised." 

Ringling Underground will take place at 5401 Bay Shore Road, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022; Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022; and Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. Tickets are $15 and free for museum members and college students. To buy tickets, click here.

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