The Bradenton Blues Festival Showcases Bradenton-Area, Businesses to Visitors

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The Bradenton Blues Festival Showcases

Bradenton-Area, Businesses to Visitors

The Blues means More Business for Bradenton


BRADENTON, Fla. — The annual Bradenton Blues Festival is only seven weeks away and has created quite a name for itself in the blues community. Known for consistent sellout crowds and stimulating the local economy, the festival draws thousands of attendees from across the state, country, and globe. The blues weekend kicks off with a free Blues Appetizer concert on Friday, Nov. 30, the Bradenton Blues Festival on Dec. 1, and the Blues Brunch on Dec. 2, 2018.


Now in its seventh year, the Bradenton Blues Festival has put Bradenton on the map as a hub for the blues. Blues musicians, like Doug Deming from Detroit, MI, are moving to the area, Blues Music Magazine is located in Bradenton, and blues live-music venues like Blue Rooster are at capacity nearly every evening.


“Our sponsors understand that the arts and culture industry is big business and events like the Bradenton Blues Festival are integral in how we promote our region to the world. The festival unites area-based businesses and organizations to support a common cause. These forward-thinking companies and organizations join us in celebrating Bradenton’s cultural distinctiveness,” said Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit behind the Bradenton Blues Festival.


Last year’s Bradenton Blues Festival attendees hailed from 14 foreign countries, 30 states, and 225 zip codes from the state of Florida. Since the festival’s inception in 2012, attendees have traveled from all 50 states and over 14 foreign countries, including blues-lovers who travel over 4,900 miles from Germany every year.


More importantly, the Bradenton Blues Festival’s sellout crowds fill hotels, restaurants, and businesses with patrons who are eager to enjoy Bradenton’s unique assets. Local businesses and individuals believe in the impact of the annual blues event, and the 60 sponsors that contributed over $200,000 to the production of the 2017 festival reinforce that commitment.


The driving force behind the Bradenton Blues Festival is Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit that loves the Blues as much as they love the City of Bradenton. Recognized as Nonprofit of the Year in 2016 by the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Realize Bradenton is community-benefit organization that generates an estimated $4.4 million annual economic impact. Of the 75 annual events that Realize Bradenton produces, the Bradenton Blues Festival is one of two events the organization charges for admission. Proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community, including their Blues in the Schools program.


For more information about the Bradenton Blues Festival, visit


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2018 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors



Presenting Sponsor

BMO Harris Bank


Hosting Sponsors

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Blues Music Magazine

Callaghan Tire

City of Bradenton

Realize Bradenton


Blues King Sponsors

Artefact Design

Bryan Gordon Designs

Florida Blue

iHeart Media Sarasota

Manatee Apparel Graphics

Manatee Printers, Inc.

NDC Construction

Pier 22


Tom Casmer Illustration

Cool Cats Sponsors

Gettel Automotive

Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

Kallins, Little & Delgado

Mark T Elfervig, DDS, MAGD
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

New Orleans Sponsors

3 Keys Brewing & Eatery

Andersen Racepark

Bealls, Inc.

Blue Rooster

Coastal Irrigation & Lawn

Darwin Brewing Company

Formella Construction

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

ISC International

Jeffcoat Blueprint

Jimmy John’s

Mojoe Productions

OSA Global Security

US Tent Rental


Chicago Blues Sponsors

D&D Seamless Gutters

Deborah & Emile Gauvreau

EB’s Drafting & Engineering

Ear Nose & Throat Associates of

Manatee, P.A.

Florida Power and Light (FPL)

Go Tonight

Hernando de Soto Historical Society

Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery

Iaboni Real Estate

Independent Jones

Jake’s Automotive

Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.

Keller Williams on the Water

Manson Roofing

National Financial Group

Suncoast Blues Society

Suncoast Gems

Tailored Thrones


Trost Heating & Cooling

USA Fence

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:

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