Bradenton Blues Festival Boosts Local Economy Thanks To Strong Sponsor Support

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Bradenton Blues Festival Boosts Local Economy Thanks To Strong Sponsor Support

The annual event draws thousands of attendees from across the country and world to enjoy the Bradenton Area

BRADENTON, Fla. — The annual Bradenton Blues Festival is nearly two months away and there are fewer than 150 tickets remaining. The annual event draws thousands of attendees from across the country and world to Bradenton, stimulating the local economy and exposing visitors to city and county assets. According to Johnette Isham, executive director for Realize Bradenton, the producer of the Bradenton Blues Festival, the event is renown on the blues circuit for selling out fast. “Fans purchased their tickets earlier than ever this year because they know that they will have a wonderful time at the festival and exploring the beautiful Bradenton area.” She says that more than 3,000 people from 30 states, ten foreign countries, and 225 different zip codes from within Florida alone attended last year’s event. “We always have individuals, couples, and groups traveling nationally and internationally to attend, and they purchase their tickets as soon as they go on sale.” For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

The Bradenton Blues Festival weekend returns to downtown Bradenton, bringing three days of events and acclaimed blues musicians, Dec. 6–8, 2019. Kicking off the blues weekend is the Blues “Appetizer” Concert, a free event, Friday, Dec. 6, 6–9pm; followed by the Bradenton Blues Festival, Saturday, Dec. 7, 11–8pm; and wrapping up the weekend is the Blues Brunch, Sunday, Dec. 8.

“The Bradenton Blues Festival joins businesses and organizations to support a common cause in celebrating Bradenton’s cultural distinctiveness. They understand that the arts and cultural industry means big business, and events like the annual Bradenton Blues Festival are a powerful way to promote our region to the world,” Isham explained.

Bradenton Blues Festival attendees fill hotels, restaurants, and businesses with affluent patrons who are eager to enjoy the Bradenton area. Local businesses and individuals believe in the impact of the annual blues event, and the 57 sponsors that have contributed financial and in-kind support to the production of the 2019 festival reinforce that commitment.

“We’re grateful to BMO Harris Bank, presenting sponsor for the eighth year in a row, and to all of the other business leaders who have stepped forward and shown such strong support for this festival,” says Isham. “They understand that great blues means great business for the Bradenton area.” She explains that Realize Bradenton directs the proceeds raised from the festival back into the community to support art and music programs for youth, including ‘Blues in the Schools.’

Musicians of national and international acclaim will take the stage on Saturday, including Grammy Nominated and Blues Music Award Winner Kenny Neal, four-time Blues Music Award nominee Toronzo Cannon, two-time Blues Music Award Winner Biscuit Miller & The Mix, Grammy nominated and multiple Blues Music Award Winner The Duke Robillard Band, U.S. Army veteran and Blues Music Award nominated Annika Chambers, Chicago Blues icon and Blues Hall of Famer John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, and Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge Best Unsigned Band winner Zac Harmon. 2016 Nashville Blues Challenge finalist Angela Easley will play between sets.

The Bradenton Blues Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Gates open at 10 a.m. Music starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Festival tickets are available online for $45 for adults; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5–12. Children ages four and under are free. Advanced ticket sales are available online at General Admission tickets may also be purchased in-person at Creative Art Supply (formerly Keeton’s Office and Art Supply), 817 Manatee Ave. West, in downtown Bradenton. Each online ticket purchase includes a one-year bonus subscription of Blues Music Magazine, a $12.95 value. Blues Music Magazine is delivered in January, April, July, and October each year.

Festival Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

BMO Harris Bank

Hosting Sponsors

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB)

Blues Music Magazine

Callaghan Tire

City of Bradenton

Realize Bradenton


Blues King Sponsors

Artefact Design

Bryan Gordon Designs

Florida Blue

Manatee Apparel Graphics

Manatee Printers, Inc.

NDC Construction

Pier 22

Cool Cats Sponsors

Mark T Elfervig, DDS, MAGD

Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)


New Orleans Sponsors

Andersen Racepark

Blue Rooster

Darwin Brewing Company

EB’s Drafting & Engineering

Florida Lawn Guy’s

Formella Construction

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

Jeffcoat Blueprint

Jimmy John’s

Mojoe Productions, Inc.

OSA Global Security

Scott Kallins & Melton Little

US Tent Rental

Chicago Blues Sponsors

Connect Bradenton

D&D Seamless Gutters

Deborah & Emile Gauvreau

Dr. Robert Koser, MD

Florida Power and Light (FPL)

Goodwill Manasota

Go Tonight

Hernando de Soto Historical Society

Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery

Independent Jones

Janet Trettau

Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.

Keller Williams on the Water

Manson Roofing

National Health Insurance Agencies, Inc.

National Retirement Group

Stronger Moving & Delivery Service

Suncoast Blues Society

Tailored Thrones


Trost Heating & Cooling

Urology Partners

USA Fence

WP Real Estate & Leasing

Yoga Arts


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About the Bradenton Blues Festival

Produced by Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Blues Festival is a weekend concert featuring top blues musicians on the award-winning Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton. Proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community, including the “Blues in the Schools” education program.

About Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities. For more information, visit:

Realize Bradenton

Realizing possibilities by transforming places & engaging people

Realize Bradenton Business Innovator Partners

Blalock Walters | BMO Harris Bank | City of Bradenton FELD Entertainment | Florida Blue

Gettel Automotive | Manatee Memorial Hospital | Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille

Michael Saunders & Company | Mosaic | NDC Construction Company | Pittsburgh Pirates

O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar | SaraBay Suncoast Realty | Visit Bradenton Gulf Islands

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