“Blues Appetizer” Concert

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

The “Blues Appetizer” Concert is a free event on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, from 6–9 p.m., at the Event Pavilion on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Bring your chairs or blanket and find a spot in the grassy lawn and enjoy music by the Tullie Brae Band and the Crystal Shawanda Band.

Even though it’s a free event, don’t forget to bring your wallet! Our specialty food vendors will have delicious dinners and tasty snacks available to purchase until the end of the show. Craft beer and wine will also be available. Specialty blues vendors will also be at the festival, so be sure to pick up a t-shirt or gift for a friend.

On the same big stage as the Bradenton Blues Festival, this free show is made possible by Mojoe Productions, Inc. and Realize Bradenton.

The “Blues Appetizer” Concert is located at the Bradenton Riverwalk Event Pavilion: 452 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205.

Bradenton Blues Festival

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

The Bradenton Blues Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, brings musicians of national and regional acclaim to the big stage on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, from 11 a.m.–8p.m., representing a variety of blues styles.

This year’s lineup includes: Billy Branch has been Nominated for 2020 BMAs which include Album of the Year & Traditional Blues Album for Roots and Branches, The Songs of Little Walter, BB King Entertainer, Instrumentalist – Harmonica, & Traditional Blues Male Artist. In 2018, Lucky Peterson was nominated in the UK for Best Blues Act Award. Mud Morganfield won the Living Blues Album of the Year Award and was nominated for the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. Selwyn Birchwood won Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Terrie Odabi is 2020 BMA Nominee for Soul Blues Female Artist. Marquise Knox’s debut album MANCHILD was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. The release also received worldwide acclaim, including Living Blues’ Best Debut Artist Award. The Jimmys won 2018 MAMA Awards for Keyboardist of the Blues Performer of the Year.

Buy your general admission ticket, and bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and find yourself a set on the grassy lawn near the big stage, or reserve yourself a front-of-stage chair! Either way, you’re going to have an amazing view, and you’re going to hear the best sound coming from the big stage.

Bring your appetite! Our specialty food and drink vendors will be have lunch, dinner, and tasty treats for you to purchase until the end of the show. Imports, domestics, and locally-brewed craft beer will be available, as well as red and white wine. Specialty blues vendors will also be at the festival.

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. Due to the unique location of the festival and brunch, and for the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, there are a limited number of tickets available.

The Bradenton Blues Festival is located at the Bradenton Riverwalk Event Pavilion: 452 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205.

Bradenton Blues Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020

Presented by: Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille Downtown Bradenton.

The Bradenton Blues Brunch is Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, from 11 a.m.—2 p.m., at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille Downtown Bradenton. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available for $55 each.

Enjoy a three-course, seated-and-served brunch created by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison, featuring a complementary Bloody Mary bar, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Live performance by Damon Fowler & Greg Poulos.

*Vegan option is available at checkout

Kindly note: The Bradenton Blues Brunch is coordinated by Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille Downtown Bradenton; Realize Bradenton is only offering ticket sales for this event.

What to Do & Where to Stay in the Bradenton Area

With a unique mix of arts, culture, heritage, and sports, Bradenton offers something for everyone—a farmers’ market, community events, cultural history museum, performing arts center, planetarium, historic Main Street, Riverwalk park, marina, aquarium, Major League Baseball, and a lively Village of the Arts.

Looking for a night out on the town? A delicious chef-inspired meal al fresco? A broadway show? Whether you’re staying for the day or a week, here’s a complete list of what you can do in downtown Bradenton during your visit!

We’re proud that Bradenton is ranked No. 2 of the top 25 small cities for the arts by American Style.

Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront

Stay with us on the Riverfront, with lush landscaping, Mediterranean-style fountains and a Manatee River backdrop, Courtyard Bradenton Riverfront makes it easy to enjoy the Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend. The Courtyard Riverfront is less than a five-minute stroll to the Bradenton Blues Festival Pavilion and Event site.

After the festival, rest in our well-appointed guest rooms and suites with private balconies and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, parking, gym, business center, on-site Bistro serving Starbucks coffee, breakfast and dinner.

Stay with us and help to support Realize Bradenton youth, art and music programs that are free to the community.

Call the Courtyard Riverfront and ask for Bradenton Blues Festival rates.

Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

The award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown is THE PLACE to stay during the Bradenton Blues Festival. Located in the heart of historic downtown Bradenton—walkable to everything, including the blues festival site. The Hampton Inn & Suites is a seven-story Historic, Mediterranean-style hotel, offering, 119 modern rooms and suites, some with balconies and water views, complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, fitness room, and outdoor heated saltwater pool. Maximize your weekend by staying one-block from Old Main Street, restaurants, nightlife, shops and the Riverwalk. A multi-day stay will maximize your enjoyment of blues-related and cultural activities.

Book your room and through their website or by calling 1-800-HAMPTON using group code BBF.

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast has six beautifully-decorated bedrooms named after different areas of London, featuring pillow-top mattresses and quality linens. This 1926 house is in the heart of Historic downtown Bradenton has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. Flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, gourmet breakfasts and delightful afternoon teas await you.

Twin Dolphin Marina

Nestled safely along the beautiful Manatee River, the marina is within walking distance of historic downtown and Old Main Street. The historic Bradenton Pier, centrally located within the marina, is host to the famed Pier 22 restaurant, patio, and ballroom, where you can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

SpringHill Suites Bradenton Downtown/Riverfront

Discover an all-suite hotel offering stylish space, inspiring design, and a rooftop bar and pool. Connect, work or relax with free Wi-Fi and refreshing spaces that are open and bright. Meet and mingle in inviting lobbies and jump-start your day with a complimentary hot and healthy breakfast, or visit Oak & Stone for wood-fired pizza and craft beer on the rooftop.

Click here for a special Bradenton Blues Fest rate: Book Now!