Realize Bradenton, the Producers of the Bradenton Blues Festival, have once again raised the bar for what has been touted as the Top Blues Festival in the U.S. by Blues411 Radio. This year’s Bradenton Blues Festival is a “Come Early and Stay Late” event and will kick off with a Free Blues Appetizer concert on Friday, Dec. 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by the main event Saturday, Dec. 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and wrapped up with a Blues Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 4th.
With blues, boats and bountiful local eats, the setting – the gorgeous downtown Riverwalk on the Manatee River – is a spot that provides a magnificent venue for arts, blues and food enthusiasts to enjoy.
Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton’s Executive Director, says, “We had more than 3,200 people from 30 states, three foreign countries, and 225 different zip codes from within Florida alone attend last year’s event, which gave significant national exposure to Bradenton. The impact of this event, thanks to our sponsors and so many people in our community, is far-reaching in continuing our mission of enhancing quality of life and creating economic impact.”
“The Bradenton Blues Festival line-up again proves there is a blues act for every musical taste, said Art Tipaldi, editor of Blues Music Magazine. “Slam Allen, who is nominated for the 2016 Blues Music Award for Best Debut CD, opens the day. Fans of deep-seated harmonica blues can dance all day to the traditional harp and guitar stylings of Mark Hummel and his Golden State Lone Star Revue. Don’t miss the contemporary Hendrix-like harmonica of Jason Ricci. Florida favorite Victor Wainwright is one of the genre’s finest entertainers while guitar Larry McCray will provide outrageous blues-rock flavored music.
Finishing the festival is Ronnie Baker Brooks. Brooks, son of blues great Lonnie Brooks. One of the hottest stars on the blues circuit, his explosive guitar finds ways to rocket his contemporary blues into the blues Strat-o-sphere.”
More than 60 sponsors of the 2015 event are lining up once again to support the area’s largest music event. Much more than a fabulous time for all involved, a portion of this event’s proceeds support Blues in the Schools and other Realize Bradenton art and youth programs.
General Advanced Admission Tickets are $30; $25 for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; $10 for children ages 5-12 with ages 4 and under free.
Day-of show tickets are $45.
Tickets are available online at BradentonBluesFestival.com, and at the following locations in Bradenton: Keeton’s Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave. West; Zen Guitars at Desoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W.; Blues Appetizer concert on Friday, December 2, 2016, 6–9pm, Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Avenue West.
For more information and to buy tickets online, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.