Bradenton Blues Festival

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.

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Bradenton Blues Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021

Presented by: Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille.

The Bradenton Blues Brunch is Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, from 11am-2pm, at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille. Doors open at 10:30am. A limited number of tickets are available for $68 each (price includes ticketing fees).

Enjoy a three-course, seated-and-served brunch created by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison. Bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Live performance by Ariella.

First Course: Everything bagel egg strata casserole, smoked salmon and fresh dill salad

Second Course: Savory goat cheese and scallion hash with quail confit and sunny side up quail eggs, bacon lardon

Dessert Course: Strawberry stuffed cinnamon waffle, orange scented whipped cream cheese, vanilla gelato

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

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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.

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Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront

Stay with us on the Riverfront, with lush landscaping, Mediterranean-style fountains and a Manatee River backdrop. 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.

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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 through their website or by calling 1-800-HAMPTON using group code BBF.

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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.

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SpringHill Suites Bradenton Downtown/Riverfront

Located on the corner of the Riverwalk and historic Old Main Street, 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.

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