Blood Brothers featuring Albert Castiglia & Mike Zito

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia come together to create a musical journey unlike anything seen before in the Blues and Roots genre. Armed with a history of the Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll, they bring both bands together to create the tour of 2022, “Blood Brothers.” Mike Zito is a 5 time Blues Music Award Winner and Albert Castiglia is the 2020 BMA award winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, “Masterpiece.” With both artists on the exciting Gulf Coast Records label, it only made sense to join forces and give the fans what they wanted. For over 45 years combined in the music business, Zito and Castiglia have toured the world spreading joy and bringing the music to the people. Blood Brothers will showcase each band for a set and then will end with both bands together onstage creating a sound of classic southern rock and blues. This is a high-energy show of epic proportions! Daring and full of excitement, Albert and Mike come together in 2022 to bring you the most awaited tour in years, Blood Brothers.

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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. After decades of tearing up the chitlin’ circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funkfests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. He won a long-overdue 2017 Grammy for his spectacular album Porcupine Meat and consistently tours the globe as a headliner. What’s more, Bobby’s newest album Sitting on Top of the Blues on his own Deep Rush imprint (distributed by Thirty Tigers) promises to further spread the news that this revered legend, well past 80 years of age even if his stratospheric energy level belies the calendar, is bigger and badder and bolder than ever. In December 2019 – January 2020, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album and for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album. In January 2021, Rawer Than Raw was nominated for Blues Music Awards for Album of the Year and Acoustic Blues Album.

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Blues in the Schools

Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit organization that produces the annual Bradenton Blues Festival, directs proceeds raised from the event back into the community to support art and music programs for youth, including Blues in the Schools.


Blues in the Schools Video

Learn more about our Blues in the Schools initiative by clicking the video below.


More about Blues in the Schools

In addition to fostering a healthy business climate, enriching the community is another goal of the Bradenton Blues Festival, and Blues in the Schools gives us a meaningful way to support our youth arts and education initiatives. The program is made possible by festival sponsorships and ticket sales to the festival.


Become a Sponsor

A limited number of sponsorships are available. For more information regarding sponsor benefits, email Karen@RealizeBradenton.com.

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