Ruth's Chris Steak House
Live Music with National Recording Artist Michael J Thomas
#1 USA Today (Mediabase)
#1 Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler
6:30pm-9pm Tues. thru Sat. National Recording Artist Michael J. Thomas performs vocal and saxophone arrangements of his original material, Jazz Standards, R&B, Pop, Soul, and others. Call ahead for his availability. 850.837.RUTH (7884).
No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, “Driven,” on Thomas’ Harbor Breeze Records imprint. The ten-song set burst out of the gate jolted by a wave of national airplay for the first single, “Baby Coffee,” earning Billboard most-added honors in its debut week, rising all the way to #1, followed by an add at SiriusXM’s Watercolors, leading the saxophonist-vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Perry Music Group/Sony Music. Baby Coffee charted #1 on three charts including Billboard, USA Today (Mediabase), and Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler.
It’s been seven years since Thomas issued his instrumental debut album, “City Beat,” and six years since he made his vocal debut with the infectious standalone single “I Think About Amy,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard chart after a remix by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown. “Driven” is his first collection to combine sax-led soul-jazz instrumentals and R&B-pop vocal tunes that showcase a voice that programmers and reviewers have compared to Michael Jackson and George Michael. It’s a varied, exhilarating session written and produced by Thomas and longtime collaborator Shannon Wallace with additional tracks produced by Oli Silk, Trammell Starks and Music Man Dre Forbes.
LISTEN TO SAMPLES OF MICHAEL'S WORK: michaeljthomas.net
Live Music with Jones & Company (Every Wednesday for Local's Night)
If You are Longing for a Fun Magical Time---Experience the Heart
and Soul of Jones and Company! The Musical Group, Jones and Company weaves its Musical Tapestry through All Styles of Music-Jazz, Soul, World Music, R&B, which Culminates into Innovative Original Music and Exhilarating Musical Presentation. This Group of Performers Prides itself on the ability to transcend traditional boundaries of Music. With their treatment of myriad of styles—they perform with their soul—reaching the core of Music within us all.
Jones and Company has been creating Music for more than two decades and continues to be loved and cherished by all who hears this Group. Whether playing an original song from any of their four CDs, or arrangements of Old- School favorite, this Band delivers a sound that makes it hard to keep your seat. The connection the Band has with the audience is evident---Jones and Company just goes in to enjoy the crowd and make sure the crowd is having a good time.
Dr. Cheryl Jones, the resident “Doctor Diva”, is the Voice of Jones and Company. This multi-talented artist elevates the experience of music toward spiritual heights with her vocal prowess, innovative keyboarding, and artsy presence that entertains all within her view.
Indeed, Jones and Company is a special group of performers best known and appreciated for their original approach to R&B and Smooth Jazz. Voted year after year Best Band on this Emerald Gulf Coast. Clearly this is a Band that continues to be Loved and Adored!
Tom Devoursney Singer Guitarist
Thursday thru Saturday 5-7pm in the Courtyard (Tom is not performing Saturday September 2nd, 2017)
By the time Tom DeVoursney graduated high school he had recorded his first album of original music with his rock band “The Maystreet Tops”. Growing up in the Southeast Tom traveled and played between the beaches of Florida and the mountains of North Carolina. Performing at Beach Resorts to Ski Resorts; famous destinations to include Disney World, the “Cloister” at Sea Island where Glen Miller Band performed, “Fanfare” in Nashville; as well as, Conference Retreats Military Bases.
Moving to Nashville, he recorded his first nationally released record on the “Milk and Honey” label and became a staff writer for a small publishing company. In 1994, Tom was signed to Curb Records as a writer artist. He wrote and produced two albums for Curb. The first “Out of the Woodwork” was released in Positive Country/Americana and the second “Behold the Lamb” was released in Inspirational. Both records had singles charting in the top 10.
Going back on the road to play, Tom settled on the Gulf Coast where he has performed in various music venues. For the last few seasons he has been the headliner at the world famous “Spinaker,” Panama City Beach’s, #1 Beach Club. Recently working with Norbert Putman, legendary producer and musician, who has produced such famous artists as Dan Fogelberg and Jimmy Buffet, Tom has a new album of original songs titled “Lost in the Gulf Coast Breezes”.
Tom has a unique quality of capturing and performing various artists and their songs. His repertoire includes over 200 songs and over 70 artists. Tom’s vocal diversity and mastery of the acoustic guitar allows him to perform a range of artists from classical artists such as Dean Martin and Michael Buble to famous pop artist such as Dave Mathews and Jon Mayer. As a true lover of music he constantly strives to perfect his craft incorporating Jazz, Blues, Classical, Pop Rock and Country.