Three groups of Sarasota to discover

Aurora Newcomb

Looks like: Magical folk-punk with airy acoustic guitar and 80s-style garage band sounds

popular songs: “Far from fiction”

Aurora Newcomb may only be 15, but she has an old soul’s sense of performance. The Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Center student has always loved acting. She started ballet at age 2 and then did musical theater throughout her childhood. But she found her true calling – writing music – during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her recent singles, “Far From Fiction” and “Book of Tragedy,” are inspired by the sounds of Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and Lucy Dacus, but her ’80s influence appeals to young and old alike. She plans to release an EP and album soon, but for now find her on Facebook (@NewcombAurora) or

Physical factory

Physical factory

Looks like: Psychedelic funk rock with jazz and metal influences

popular songs: “Teleprompter”, “No proposals” and “What is planned”

Spoon, Korn, Hole. It’s not uncommon for rock bands to name themselves after random things. This is how Sarasota funk rock band Physical Plant got their name. Musicians Caegan Quimby and Josh Scheible formed the band for their freshman independent study project at New College of Florida in 2011, and named it after the maintenance trucks on campus, joking that they would provide free publicity. Since then, the band has played on and off campus in local bars and self-produced and recorded two EPs in their dorm and a live album.

Their last LP, hot future, was released in August and recorded at Burnt Orange Studios in Bradenton. The band takes inspiration from rock icons of the 60s and 70s like Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and, of course, the Beatles. Follow them on Instagram (@Physical_Plant) or download their music from Apple Music and Spotify.

DJ Shamballa

DJ Shamballa

Looks like: Relaxed electronic music with a Latin twist

popular songs: “Lotus” with Alan Watts, “Relaxing Dust” and “Chill House Set”

DJ Shambala (real name: Andres Concha) is a Colombian-American DJ who moved to Sarasota from Pasadena, California in the early 2000s and over time drove our electronic music scene forward. He mixes beats on turntables and computers and has been performing in clubs, bars and private events for 20 years, blending his Colombian-Italian heritage with Latin beats and flair. While he likes to attract young people with club music, he also hopes to play for sophisticated palates, saying the chilled-out house music serves as the perfect backdrop for art exhibitions, luxury rooftop bars and more. .

Find Shambala every week at Raffurty’s Bar and Grill downtown, where you can bring your favorite vinyl records once a month to get mixed. Follow him on