Last year's sold-out event returns to Bradenton Riverwalk on Nov. 30-Dec. 2
After yet another sell-out in December, Bradenton Blues Festival has announced the lineup for this year’s event.
The music festival returns Nov. 30-Dec. 2 to Bradenton’s Riverwalk. The main concert is Dec. 1 and tickets can be purchased now for $40 in advance, $50 at the gate if available, $100 reserved seating, $20 students and $10 children ages 5-12.
“The Bradenton Blues Festival has been at capacity every year, but last year we sold out earlier than ever, well before Thanksgiving,” said Realize Bradenton’s events and creative services manager Holly Eisemann in a statement. “Fans traveled from 33 states and five foreign countries to attend in 2017, and we have even more interest this year with over six hundred individuals signing up to receive an alert when our box office opens.”
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter, who just visited the area for Suncoast Blues Festival and received seven Blues Music Awards nominations, will headline. The group comprises Welch, a blues guitar prodigy given his nickname by Dan Aykroyd, and Ledbetter, a trained opera singer who then became a vocalist and guitarist for Nick Moss’ band.
Other performers include Best New Artist Album Blues Music Award winner Mr. Sipp, Juno-nominated Canadian singer Shakura S’Aida, former Blind Pig-signed guitarist Chris Cain and didgeridoo-featuring group Harper and Midwest Kind.
Kansas City pianist-singer Kelley Hunt, 19-year-old guitar prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and 15-year-old Sarasota blues guitarist Trey Wanvig round out the lineup. Ingram will also perform and speak at Manatee High School on Nov. 30 as part of the Blues in the Schools program.
The free Blues Appetizer concert returns Nov. 30 and features Gainesville’s Bridget Kelly Band, an International Blues Challenge semi-finalist in 2015 and 2016, and local group Memphis Rub Band.
And the festival again concludes with the Bradenton Blues Brunch at Mattison’s City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk, featuring Grammy-nominated artist “Braille Blues Daddy” Bryan Lee, on Dec. 2. Tickets cost $50 and include a three-course meal.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bradentonbluesfestival.org.