The Bradenton Blues Festival will be Bringing Down B’town December 6th – 8th

2013BradentonBluesPosterFINALIf you are already starting to hear your share of Christmas Carols this season, the Bradenton Blues Festival promises to be a jazzy not-to-be-missed alternative. Providing downtown Bradenton with a weekend of exciting live music, this annual festival will be held December 6th – 8th. The inaugural Blues Festival kicked off last year where more than twice the expected turn out of celebrants enjoyed a lineup of first rate blues artists, good food, and a lively downtown setting. This year, eight blues acts and expanded programming is expected to make the event even better. Coming on the heels of some impressive downtown enhancements, from Riverwalk’s grand opening in 2012 to the November 2013 opening of the Hampton Inn in the historic Pink Palace, Bradenton is already experiencing enriched growth and community engagement (read this blog to learn more: Becoming Bradenton: Culture, Community, and a Sense of Place ). Headlining the December festival are national blues stars Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, Johnny Rawls and Shemekia Copeland. The impressive lineup can be enjoyed on December 7th.

Shemekia Copeland will be one of the headliners this year.

Shemekia Copeland will be one of the headliners this year.

Jaymie Carter, a Realtor® with the Michael Saunders & Company Bradenton office, is on the Board of Realize Bradenton, the non-profit organization coordinating the event. “Last year, the festival was really exciting! The musicians were incredible and the turnout was amazing for a first-year event.” For anyone who plans on attending, she also offered this bit of advice, “You should definitely bring chairs and arrive early so you can find a good spot. Once you are there, there’s plenty of food and drink. Also, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen even if you plan to take advantage of the tented seating area.” Four agents from the Michael Saunders & Company Bradenton office are helping to sponsor the event including Jaymie Carter, Debbie Vogler, Lynne Callahan, and Cheryl Roberts. For more information visit BradentonBluesFestival.org. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at a discount. A Transportation and Parking Map for the weekend can be viewed here and a free trolley will bring celebrants to downtown performance spots, Friday, 5-10 pm, and to the festival, Saturday, 9 am – midnight. Pedi-cabs will also be available, Saturday, from 9 am – midnight.RB_BluesWeekendAds

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