Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Backyard Blues Down at The Blue Tavern Highlights May's Jazz & Blues Calendar.

The Room Full of People
Spills Out Into The Parking Lot
Saturday, May 19, 2018!

After a year and a half in business, Blue Tavern is set to host its first blues festival. Backyard Blues will be an all-day, all-ages event, rain or shine with indoor and outdoor stages. An outdoor stage will be in the alley/green space behind the building, accessible from 5th Avenue. Music starts at 3 pm on Saturday, May 19, and lasts til after midnight.

Those who are acquainted with Blue Tavern know the venue hosts a multitude of music styles and genres, but the first love of the owner, Maggie McKeown [pronounce mik-KEW-en] is down home blues. The purpose of the festival is to promote blues music in the community, but mainly to have fun and provide an event for everyone to enjoy.

The lineup includes Sir Charles Atkins & his New Blue Band, Avis Berry, Brett Wellman & Chris Balding, Darryl Steele and friends, Belmont & Jones, Jon Copps, Frank Lindamood, Caleb Vaughn, and Gainesville’s favorite blues outfit – the Bridget Kelly Band.

The Tavern's kitchen will be open all day, and outside food vendors will be on hand to supplement the regular fare. Beer, wine, coffee, tea, and sodas are available inside. No coolers, please – but lawn chairs are encouraged.

Parking is available in lots nearby and on several side streets. Look for the blue-and-white signs! There is a bike rack for those wishing to pedal their way to the festival.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Tavern and at MusicMasters, or on-line at Advance tickets are $20-$22, $25/$27 at the gate.


Blue Tavern
1206 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303

On most weeknights there will be a $2 cover. 
No "cover at the door," just a small fee collected at the bar. 
Of course, tips are always appreciated. All events are non-smoking
 / all-ages. OPERATING HOURS: The bar is open from 4pm to midnight 
Monday-Thursday, and 4pm to 1am Friday & Saturday. One drink minimum 
purchase for evening events. Parking is free across the street or behind FedEx. 
A bike rack is next to the back door, well lit. We offer a wide variety of beers; 
the kitchen is open late featuring grilled sandwiches, New Orleans style 
red beans & rice, and Valence Street vegan stew. 

Q. What's better than a roomful of people?
A. Live music AND a roomful of people!

Booking Contact:

All shows are all-ages, non-smoking/vaping.
(There's a nice smoking lounge in the back 
yard: ashtrays, tables, the works!)

************* UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS *************

Fri 5/4 Richie Summa - Jazz

Tue 5/15 Brett Wellman & Michael Bakan - Blues

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 ~ 3pm-LATE
Backyard Blues
Bridget Kelly Band
Charles Atkings New Blues Band
Belmont & Jones
Avis Berry
Darryl Steele & Friends
Frank Lindamood
Brett Wellman & Chris Balding
Jon Copps
Caleb Vaughn
Steve Sternberg
...and more TBA!

Tue 5/29 Rhys Bennett Quartet - Jazz

Every Monday - 8pm
Belmont & Jones and
guests of extraordinary talent...

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