Realize Bradenton and the city of Bradenton will once again present The Bradenton Blues Festival. This all-day event will take place Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Bradenton Riverwalk. Gates will open at 10 AM, and music will run from 11 AM to 8 PM.
This family-friendly festival lineup includes acclaimed vocalist Shemekia Copeland; Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot; guitarist and singer Anthony Gomes; John Nemeth; Johnny Rawls; Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and Albert Castiglia.
Concession vendors will be on hand to sell food and drinks for the day. Guests should bring a blanket to sit on, as no seating is provided.
Other Blues Weekend highlights include:
Blues on Main on Friday, December 6 from 5 – 10 PM. Several blues duos will perform on Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton. There will also be craft and food vendors.
The Blues Appetizer Concert with Selwyn Birchwood and Steve Arvey will also be held on Friday, December 6, from 6-9 p.m. This free concert at the Riverwalk Pavillion is sponsored by Mojoe Productions. Guests should bring a blanket to sit on. Beverage and food will be available.
Tarpon Pointe Blues with Chris Duarte will be on Saturday, December 7, from 7 PM – midnight at Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar. Guests may get up close and personal with Chris Duarte for an after-the-festival jam.
A Gospel Blues Brunch will be held Sunday December 8, 11 AM.-1 PM on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. Guests can have lunch at a local restaurant or a food truck as they enjoy this free gospel blues concert with the West Coast Black Theater Troupe. The performance is sponsored by Michael Saunders of Manatee County.
Bradenton Riverwalk is very accessible to wheelchairs. Sidewalks and paved paths lead to concessions and grab bar-equipped restrooms. The grassy area are relatively level.
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. For tickets or for more information about the Bradenton Blues Festival, please visit their website http://www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/