“Blues Appetizer” Concert

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

The “Blues Appetizer” Concert is a free event on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 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 Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones and TC Carr & Bolts of Blue.

Don’t forget to bring your wallet! Our delicious specialty food vendors will have dinner and 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. 2, 2017

The Bradenton Blues Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, brings musicians of national and regional acclaim to the big stage on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 11 a.m.–8p.m., representing a variety of blues styles.

This year’s lineup includes 2017 Grammy Nominated, four-time Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker; B.B. King Entertainer of The Year winner, Curtis Salgato, who NPR calls “a blues icon” with a “huge voice”; Grammy Award winner and harmonica player of The Rolling Stones, Sugar Blue; “The world’s premier Zydeco showman,” Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band; gifted storyteller and songwriter Nick Moss; blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from Berklee College of Music, Vanessa Collier; “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century,” Sean Chambers. Former child prodigy featured on countless TV shows from the 90s, Brody Buster, will play between sets.

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.

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

Bradenton Blues Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

The Bradenton Blues Brunch is Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, from 11 a.m.—1 p.m.,  at Mattison’s City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available for $50 each.

Enjoy a three-course, seated-and-served brunch created by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison, featuring Bloody Marys, mimosas, and wine paired with each course. Brunch will showcase live blues by duo Damon Fowler and Matt Walker. Space is limited.

The Bradenton Blues Brunch is presented by Urology Partners.

What to Do & Where to Stay in the Bradenton Area

top-25With 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

With lush landscaping, Mediterranean-style fountains and a Manatee River backdrop, Courtyard Bradenton Sarasota/Riverfront makes it easy to enjoy the Bradenton Blues Festival.

Located on the Riverwalk, an award-winning, 1.5-mile public park, the hotel is within a five-minute stroll to the Bradenton Blues Festival site.

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

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.