Realize Bradenton Announces “Blues in the Schools”; A 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival Education Initiative, Friday, December 4 Manatee High School; The teen sister-brother duo Cole and Logan Layman, collectively known as In Layman Terms, will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational outreach program

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Realize Bradenton Announces

“Blues in the Schools”

A 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival Education Initiative

Friday, December 4 Manatee High School

The teen sister-brother duo Cole and Logan Layman, collectively known as In Layman Terms, will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational outreach program.


(Bradenton, FL) Bradenton’s next generation of musicians will get a musical treat Friday, December 4, 2015, when 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival headliners In Layman Terms, visit Manatee High School to share their music, experiences and professional advice with students. The experience will be even more meaningful to the students since Cole is 18 and Logan is 15.

“We’re delighted to offer our young and budding musicians and music fans this rare opportunity,” says Manatee High School music teacher Linda Boone. “The talents of these two young blues artists will inspire our students to realize their own musical potential.”

Johnette Isham is the executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival. As Isham sees it, education is key to the festival. “The Blues in the Schools program gives us a meaningful way to support our community’s youth and arts education efforts,” she says, adding that the program is made possible by funding from Beall’s Inc., and by proceeds from sales of the festival’s limited-edition poster illustrated by Don Brandes, a former Hallmark artist and current Ringling College faculty member.

Anyone who has ever seen In Layman Terms, knows that they are a musical force to be reckoned with, and that they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. Still in their teens, this brother and sister duo has already wowed critics and audiences alike with their own brand of gritty, soulful and foot-stomping blues. The duo won their division at last year’s Richmond River City Society’s Blues Challenge, making them eligible once again for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They are also both inductees into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar. Logan’s big bass lines and vocals, which sound like a “cross between Janis Joplin and Tina Turner,” earned her Veer Magazine’s 2015 award for Best Emerging Artist.

The 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk, December 5, 2015, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with an all-star lineup that includes Janiva Magness, hailed by critics as one of the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today; harmonicist and songwriter Rick Estrin with his band, The Nightcats, thrilling audiences and critics alike with their fresh, original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock and roll; guitarist and vocalist Joanna Connor, who is being called the most exciting new talent on the blues scene; multi-Blues Music Award-winner Mike Zito and his acclaimed band, The Wheel; Bluesman of the Year, guitarist-songwriter Larry Garner; the celebrated Mississippi vocalist and guitarist, James “Super Chikan” Johnson;  and “Girls With Guitars,” three electrifying musicians who are quickly conquering the blues world.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival are the same as 2013 and 2014: $30 in advance; $40 at the gate, cash only; $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. A limited number of reserved front-of-stage seats are still available for $75 per person. Tickets are available online and at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave. West, in Bradenton. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit


2015 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors



BMO Harris Bank




Blues Music Magazine

Bradenton Downtown Development Authority

City of Bradenton

Realize Bradenton


Blues Legend

Urology Partners


Blues King

Artefact Design

Bradenton Herald

Bright House Networks

Bryan Gordon Designs

Callaghan Tire

Don Brandes Illustrator

Manatee Printers Inc.

NDC Construction

Pier 22

Sarasota Magazine – BIZ 941 – SEE Magazine

Tidy Coast Event Services


Cool Cats

Firkins Nissan

Florida Blue

Kallins, Little & Delgado

Manatee Apparel Graphics
OSA Global Security


New Orleans

Aces Live

Andersen Racepark

Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Halfway Bar


Blue Rooster

Darwin Brewing Company

Fawley-Bryant Architecture

Go Tonight

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

Goodwill Manasota

Hampton Inn & Suites

Jeffcoat Blueprinting

Mark T. Elfervig, DDS, MAGD

Michael & Christy Messer

Mojoe Productions

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar

Tropicana – Pepsico

Turner Tree & Landscape

US Tent Rental

Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga, DDS, PA


Chicago Blues

Blalock Walters

Bordignon Guitars

Courtyard Marriot

Deborah & Emile Gauvreau

Fetch Pet Care


Hernando DeSoto Historical Society

Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery

Iaboni Real Estate

It Works!

Keller Williams – Stan D. Perkins & Dawn Neaverth

Manson Roofing Inc

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union


Suncoast Blues Society

USA Fence


About Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit:

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