NOTE: Tickets to the general public go on sale on Friday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m.

On Friday, January 15, 2021 and Saturday, January 16, 2021, enjoy live jazz with the MICHAEL ROSS QUARTET in the Van Wezel’s Grand Foyer with food and beverage by Mattison’s. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Get a good sound, swing hard and play the bass like a bass,” says Michael Ross about his one and only instrument: double bass. A fixture in Florida’s jazz scene, he has lived by those words for some 37 years. Dynamic jazz and world music vocalist Fred Johnson, who has toured with Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Richard Elliot and more, joins him alongside keyboardist Ron Reinhardt and drummer Walt Hubbard.

“Bassist Michael Ross and his Quartet might signify the best-kept secret in modern jazz” –All Music Guide

“The world needs to hear Fred Johnson’s music.” –Chick Corea

Ross’ fourth and most recent album, Ginger, is available now and features his original tunes on six of the seven tracks as well as great playing from Danny Jordan, William Evans, LaRue Nickelson and Walt Hubbard.

To learn more, visit his website at


Cabaret by the Bay is an ongoing a series of intimate performances held in the Grand Foyer. Doors open at 7 p.m., and very limited seating is available. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tables early, as previous events sold out well in advance.

Two-top tables are $40 for and four-top tables are $80. Tables will be spaced out to ensure proper social distancing while patrons enjoy an evening of live music and a Sarasota sunset. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the facility in easily accessible locations. Drinks and light appetizers by Mattison’s at the Van Wezel will be available for purchase in advance and at the event. These items are not included in the price of the table reservation.


(limited quantities available day of event)

Delivery from Mattison's City Grille is available.
Prices includes tax.

Cookies and Fudge Bites ($15)
Three Cookies and Three Fudge Bites, served with Marshmallows

Margherita Pizza ($16)
Fresh Mozzarella, Chopped Tomatoes, Fresh Basil

Chipotle Chicken Burger ($16)
Chipotle Aioli, Avocado Cream, Kumato Tomato, Bibb Lettuce, Housemade Niman Ranch Bacon, served with Mattison's House Coleslaw

All beverages are served tableside.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: Cabaret Protocols

At the present time, the City of Sarasota requires the use of face coverings on City property (both indoor and outdoor) under City Ordinance 20-5329. Exemptions to the ordinance are outlined within the ordinance.

Masks/face coverings must be worn until the patron has reached their assigned table. Should a patron need to leave their table for any reason, they must wear their face covering until they’ve returned to their table. Patrons will be required to use the dedicated aisleway to maintain distancing from other tables when leaving their tables.

Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the facility and event spaces (i.e. lobbies upon entry and grand foyer where event is taking place). Patrons must use hand sanitizer prior to entering the facility.

We will be using a fogging machine to mass disinfect all areas with an environmentally responsible PathoCide sanitizer/disinfectant. Per PathoSans, this is “99.999% effective at killing bacteria within seconds” (PathoSans 2020). These areas will be fogged both prior to and following the event.

High touch areas will be disinfected throughout the event, including door handles, handrails, elevator call buttons, counters, etc.

Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the event, as well as routinely throughout the event. Bathrooms will require limited capacity to encourage social distancing in smaller spaces.

All tables will be socially distanced (6’ minimum) from each other and staff will be encouraging social distancing protocols for all persons.

Dedicated ingress and egress doors will be assigned to maintain flow of socially distanced traffic.

Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel

Park. Dine. Delight.

Van Wezel dining in the Grand Foyer before the show!

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