Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend, presented by BMO Harris Bank, brings musicians of national and regional acclaim to the big stage on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, from 11am–8pm, representing a variety of blues styles.
This year’s lineup includes: Bobby Rush, grammy winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and makes a cameo in the Netflix Original ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Starring Eddie Murphy. Bernard Allison discography career includes 13 albums including his 2002 album Storms of Life charted at #5 on the Top Blues Albums chart. With two recent Maple Blues Awards; Songwriter of the Year, and Best Album/Producer, Dawn Tyler Watson coveted first-place prize at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2017 and also nominated by the Blues Foundation for a 2020 Blues Music Award for Vocalist of the Year. In 2001, James Armstrong‘s song ‘Pennies and Picks’ from Got It Goin’ On, earned him a W.C. Handy Award nomination for Song of the Year. Armstrong himself was nominated for Contemporary Male Blues Guitarist of the Year. In 2020 & 2021, Jimmy Carpenter was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist – Horn. In 2014 and 2015, Terrie Odabi won the Bay Area Regional Finals International Blues Challenge. In 2015, she won the Black Music Award for Best Female Blues Artist and in 2021, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Female Artist.
In addition to amazing music, you can purchase local craft beer, imports, domestics, and wine, delicious food, and cool festival merchandise.
This is a Sellout Festival!
Buy your tickets before planning your trip! The festival has sold out every year; tickets to the 2017 and 2018 festival sold out weeks before Thanksgiving and in 2019 before Halloween. For the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, there are a limited number of tickets available to all three events.
The Bradenton Blues Festival is located at LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205.