To celebrate the second annual Bradenton Blues Festival, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, downtown Bradenton will buzz with blues concerts and outdoor festivities Dec. 6-8, 2013. “We wanted to extend the terrific excitement already built up around the festival,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization powering the Bradenton Blues Festival and Bradenton Blues Weekend, along with multiple community partners and sponsors.
“The Bradenton area is a hotbed of celebrated blues musicians and blues bars and we want to amplify the blues buzz! This year blues fans can spend the entire weekend grooving on the blues.” Isham says that a free trolley will bring celebrants to downtown performing spots Friday between 5-10 pm, and to the festival Saturday from 9 am – midnight.
According to Isham, tickets to the Bradenton Blues Festival are quickly selling out. She urges blues fans to buy their tickets online in advance of the festival. “You can still buy tickets at our website for $30,” she says, adding that tickets at the gage are $40. Group sales for 10 or more are $25 in advance.
Blues Weekend Highlights
Blues on Main
Friday, Dec. 6, 5-10pm, Old Main Street, Bradenton
Three blues duos perform on pedestrian-friendly Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. Food and craft vendors will be on site.
Deja Blues in The Blues Lounge with Johnny Rawls
Friday, Dec. 6, 7 pm-midnight, The Brickyard, 427 12th St. W., Bradenton
Celebrated blues guitarist Johnny Rawls has “a knack with a fret board and a rapid-fire staccato blues lead.” (World’s Greatest Critic) Experience his blues smoothness in person — before the Bradenton Blues Festival the next day. Tickets, which are $125, include premium open bar, food and entertainment. $75 of ticket proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee. For more information and to purchase tickets call 941-747-6797 or visit ww.wrcmanatee.org.
The Blues Appetizer Concert: Selwyn Birchwood & Steve Arvey
Friday Dec. 6, 6-9 pm, Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave., Bradenton
This free concert showcases Selwyn Birchwood and Steve Arvey on the big stage of the 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival. Bring a blanket. Beverages and food will be available. Event sponsor is Mojoe Productions.
Second Annual Bradenton Blues Festival (#BradentonBlues13)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am-8pm, Bradenton’s RiverWalk
The annual festival features a stellar team of top blues artists on the downtown RiverWalk. This year’s lineup includes Shemekia Copeland, Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, Trampled Under Foot, Anthony Gomes, John Nemeth, Johnny Rawls, Albert Castiglia, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling. Bring a blanket. Beverages and food will be available. Presenting sponsor is BMO Harris Bank leading 69 other sponsors.
Blues on Main with Sarasota Slim
Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-11 pm, Old Main Street, Bradenton
Enjoy food, beverages and handmade crafts offered by local vendors.
Tarpon Pointe Blues with Chris Duarte
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7pm-midnight, Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 RIverside Drive E., Bradenton
Experience blues legend Chris Duarte up close and personal for an after-festival jam.
Gospel Blues Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 am-1 pm, Old Main Street, Bradenton
Grab brunch from a downtown restaurant or gourmet food truck and enjoy a free gospel blues concert with the West Coast Black Theater Troupe. The performance is noon to 1 pm and sponsored by Michael Saunders of Manatee County.
The Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk, December 7, 2013. The 2013 lineup includes the acclaimed young vocalist Shemekia Copeland; the celebrated Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; musical siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of the critically acclaimed Trampled Under Foot; guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anthony Gomes; rising blues star John Nemeth; Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls; Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and soulful, rising blues star, Albert Castiglia.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children four and under will be admitted free. Festival merchandise, including 2013 festival posters, t-shirts, baseball caps and a handful of last year’s iconic limited-edition poster, are on sale at Keeton’s Office and Art Supply, 817 Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, and online at a site hosted by Manatee Apparel Graphics at www.manateeapparel.com/realizebradenton/home. Shirts and hats are $20 each, or $35 for both. 2012 posters are $50. The 2013 festival posters, in a limited-edition of 200 and signed by the artist, are on sale now. Proceeds from the festival support Realize Bradenton’s downtown music and art programs.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org. Follow the fun the day of the event on Facebook and twitter using #BradentonBlues13.
The 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors:
BMO Harris Bank
Blues Music Magazine
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Downtown Development Authority
City of Bradenton
Manatee Memorial Hospital
L.A. Events, Inc.,
Manatee Printers Inc.
Bryan Gordon Design
Bright House Networks
Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar
SRQ Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Where Will We Go Tonight
Turner Tree & Landscape
NDC Construction Company
Manatee Apparel Graphics
Gold Coast Eagle
Dr. Mark T. Elfervig, DDS
Duncan Real Estate, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District
Fawley Bryant Architecture
Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic
Courtyard Marriott Bradenton
Iaboni Real Estate Inc.
Manson Roofing Inc.
Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists
Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman, Varga, DDS
Air & Energy
Sandbar Seafood & Spirits
Stewart Engineering Consultants
WUSF Public Media
The Eye Depot
Tidy Coast Event Services
Suncoast Blues Society
Fetch Pet Care Bradenton
Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery
Michael & Christy Messer
AutoNation Ford Bradenton
1st Quadrant Asset Management
Blues Bar Buzz
Ocean Blues Bar & Grill
Cork’s Cigar Bar
The Blue Rooster
Flying Dog Cafe
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.