International Blues Musician Steve Arvey Performing at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Bradenton

Have you ever seen anyone play a Cigar Box? Did you even know it was a thing? Well, it is and this Sunday at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, in Downtown Bradenton, Steve Arvey will be taking the stage and playing the Cigar Box along with a wide variety of blues tunes all for your listening pleasure. Every 4th Sunday of the month, Mattison’s in Bradenton, hosts local, national, and international blues musicians as part of their monthly Blues Brunch series. Realize Bradenton co-hosts by finding and securing the amazing musicians.

Monthly Blues Brunch

The monthly blues brunch events are in conjunction with the annual Realize Bradenton Blues Fest held every December. Steve Arvey is, in his own right, considered an international Blues Musician and I guess if you’ve played with legends like Bo Diddley, Delta Blues guitarist, Ben Andrews, Saxophonist Robert Hunter as well as Jr. Wells, Jimmy Rogers, Big Smokey Smothers, Homesick James, Sammy Fender, Detroit Jr., and Lucky Lopez, you can claim that title. Arvey has played cities and venues from Chicago to Australia and many places in between including here locally in Sarasota and Bradenton. Mattison’s Owner and Executive Chef, Paul Mattison says, “We are lucky to have such talent in our local area and are excited to welcome Steve Arvey to our stage once again to play the blues!”

Arvey has produced several albums and CDs, toured internationally and has been part of the line-up at local, national and international blues festivals including the Australian Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, from which a CD was produced including tracks from Arvey, Dave Matthews, REM, Jack Johnson and other notable artists. In 2012 Steve formed a group named The Delta Swamp Rats which featured the Cigar Box Guitar. This group’s raw sound, which was labeled “Mississippi Delta Funk”, raised Steve Arvey’s popularity in the Cigar Box Guitar/Americana World.

Delicious Menu Items

But we would be remiss if we failed to mention the delicious Brunch menu items. Along with toe-tapping, authentic blues, Riverwalk Grille Chef Alex has created a Brunch Menu to complete the Blues Brunch experience. Items include Stuffed French Toast with seasonal berries, Duck Confit Crepes with Blueberry Mascarpone, a Niman Ranch Steak and Egg Bowl, Riverwalk Breakfast, Omelets, Poached Eggs with Avocado Toast, and much, much more. Brunch drink options include a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Menu and Mimosas made with fresh, local orange juice.

Blues Brunch fills up fast so for reservations call 941-896-9660.  To view the Brunch menu,

For more information on Steve Arvey HERE.

CDC protocols remain in place for the safety and comfort of our guests and staff.

Mattison’s Monthly Blues Brunch Sundays take place every 4th Sunday of the month 11-3 and are in conjunction with the Bradenton Blues Fest, hosted by Realize Bradenton. The annual Bradenton Blues Fest Brunch takes place on December 6th, 11 am-2 pm as part of the Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend. Tickets available HERE.


Photos from Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille

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2020-10-22