Bradenton Blues Weekend: Make a Weekend of the Blues! December 4-6, 2015; Downtown Bradenton will be abuzz with the blues in anticipation of the fourth annual Bradenton Blues Festival. Weekend activities include a free concert with RJ Howson and the Betty Fox Band and a gospel blues brunch with Shantel Norman

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Bradenton Blues Weekend: Make a Weekend of the Blues!

December 4-6, 2015

Tickets Going Fast for Bradenton Blues Festival!

Downtown Bradenton will be abuzz with the blues in anticipation of the fourth annual Bradenton Blues Festival. Weekend activities include a free concert with RJ Howson and the Betty Fox Band and a gospel blues brunch with Shantel Norman.


(Bradenton, Florida) To celebrate the fourth annual Bradenton Blues Festival happening on Saturday, December 5, downtown Bradenton will buzz with blues concerts and festivities the entire weekend, December 4-6. “We wanted to spread the terrific excitement that’s built up around the festival,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization powering the Bradenton Blues Festival and the Bradenton Blues Weekend, along with multiple community partners and sponsors.

“The Bradenton area has long been a hotbed of blues musicians and blues bars, and we want to amplify that great music buzz,” says Isham. “Once again this year, blues fans can spend the entire weekend experiencing exceptional blues music.” Isham adds that there will be ample free parking for the entire weekend, with free pedi-cabs available to bring celebrants to and from the Riverwalk pavilion on the day of the festival.

According to Isham, tickets for this year’s Bradenton Blues Festival are quickly selling out. She urges blues fans to buy their tickets online in advance of the festival.

“Tickets are moving fast but you can still buy them on our website for $30,” she says, adding that tickets at the gate are $40. Reserved front-of-stage seating is also available this year for $75, and includes a chair. Group sales for 10 or more are $25 in advance. For more information about Bradenton Blues Weekend or the Bradenton Blues Festival, and to purchase festival tickets, visit


Blues Weekend Highlights


The Blues Appetizer Concert with RJ Howson and the Betty Fox Band

Friday, December 4, 6-9 p.m. § Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Avenue, Bradenton

This free mini-concert showcases RJ Howson and the Betty Fox Band on the big stage of the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival. Bring a blanket or a chair. Beverage and food will be available for purchase. Last chance to buy Blues Festival tickets at the discounted price of $30. Sponsor is Mojoe Productions.


Déjà Blues in The Blues Lounge featuring Larry Garner

Friday, December 4, 7-11 p.m. § The Brickyard, 427 12th Street West, Bradenton

The Long Island Blues Society called Larry Garner “an undiscovered treasure lurking in the bayous,” and Real Blues has labeled him “perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today.” Experience his blues smoothness in person—before the Bradenton Blues Festival. Tickets, which are $150 per person, include premium open bar, food and entertainment. $100 of the ticket price is tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee. For more information and to purchase tickets call 941-747-6797 or visit


Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Second Annual Bradenton Blues Festival § Bradenton’s Riverwalk

Annual festival featuring a stellar team of top blues artists performing overlooking the scenic Manatee River. Line-up includes Girls with Guitars, Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks, Larry Garner, Mike Zito and the Wheel, Joanna Connor, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, In Layman Terms and headliner Janiva Magness. Bring a blanket. Beverage and food will be available for purchase. Presenting sponsor is BMO Harris Bank heading a lineup of 69 other sponsors.


Tarpon Pointe Blues with the Sean Chambers Band

Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m.-midnight § Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton

Experience the rocking blues sounds of Sean Chambers and his band for a post-festival jam.


Gospel Blues Brunch at SOMA Creekside, 1401 Manatee Avenue West

Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. §  Old Main Street, Bradenton

Enjoy brunch and a gospel blues concert with Shantel Norman and Truality. The performance is noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $25. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve, call 941-567-4001.


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; 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; “Girls With Guitars,” three electrifying musicians who are quickly conquering the blues world; and the teen brother-and-sister duo, Cole and Logan Layman, collectively known as In Layman Terms.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Tickets are $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 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


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