BRADENTON, Fla. — The ninth annual Bradenton Blues Festival continues to enjoy robust support from local businesses, foundations, and sponsors, even during the challenges of COVID-19. Blues fans have also showed their support for the socially-distanced festival as fewer than 100 tickets remain for the Saturday, Dec. 5 show at LECOM Park in downtown Bradenton. The online box office closes at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 22 and tickets will not be available at the gate for the Friday or Saturday events.
2020 Changes to the Festival
“We’re grateful to our presenting sponsor, BMO Harris Bank, and to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who invest in the local community through the Bradenton Blues Festival,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton. “COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to downtown Bradenton, and we are thankful that 42 sponsors have stepped forward to continue showing their support—and even increasing their support. These sponsors continue to plant the seeds in order to grow a healthy, inclusive and diverse downtown, even during uncertain times.”
In addition to cultivating a strong local economy, Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit that produces the festival, uses funds from the event to enrich the community through youth, art, nutrition and music initiatives that are free to the community, including the ‘Blues in the Schools’ program.
“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation from our fans and sponsors during this unprecedented time,” said Isham. “After careful consideration and deliberate planning, we decided to move forward with the Bradenton Blues Festival in the most cautious way possible. Our safety procedures are outlined on BradentonBluesFestival.org and are available for everyone to review by clicking the yellow ‘COVID’ button in the navigation menu.”
The Bradenton Blues Festival weekend returns to downtown Bradenton at LECOM Park, bringing three days of live music from celebrated blues musicians, Dec. 4–6, 2020. Kicking off the blues weekend is the “Blues Appetizer” Concert on Friday from 6–9 p.m., Dec. 4; followed by the Bradenton Blues Festival, Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; and wrapping up the weekend is the Bradenton Blues Brunch, Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille.
2020 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Blues Music Magazine
Chicago Blues Network
City of Bradenton
NDC Construction Company
Pittsburgh Pirates & Bradenton Marauders
Bryan Gordon Designs
Manatee Printers, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District
Manatee Apparel Graphics
Dr. Mark T. Elfervig, DDS, MAGD
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Darwin Brewing Company
EB’s Drafting & Engineering
Florida Lawn Guys
Mojoe Productions, Inc.
National Retirement Group
OSA Global Security
Cheryl & Scott
Dr. Austin & Mindy Hill
Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Keller Williams on the Water
National Health Insurance Agencies
Suncoast Blues Society
Trost Heating & Cooling
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities. For more information visit the Realize Bradenton website.
About the Bradenton Blues Festival
Produced by Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Blues Festival is a weekend concert featuring top blues musicians at LECOM Park in downtown Bradenton. Proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community, including the “Blues in the Schools” education program.
Photo from Bradenton Blues Festival