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*UPDATE* Bradenton Blues Festival 2019 Is Now Sold Out

October 31, 2019
2019 Bradenton Blues Festival
Tickets to the show on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, sold out before Halloween.
 Tickets will not be available at the gate. 

BRADENTON, Fla. — The eighth annual Bradenton Blues Festival has sold out of tickets to the Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 show. The online box office sold out on Wednesday, Oct. 30, over one month before the event. Prior to this record-breaking year, the performance sold out a week before Thanksgiving in 2017 and 2018. Although the Saturday show is sold out, the community is invited to attend the free ‘Blues Appetizer’ concert on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Few tickets remain to the Bradenton Blues Brunch on Dec. 8, 2019, and are available to purchase online. (See below)

“We are thrilled to achieve this new milestone for the Bradenton Blues Festival,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit that produces the event. “The festival is renown in the national blues community for selling out early, and this year beat all of our expectations. The annual event attracts thousands of eager patrons who travel from across the country—and globe—to attend. This year, ticket buyers hail from 10 foreign countries, 39 states, and 210 zip codes within Florida. Bradenton is buzzing with the blues because fans know they will have a wonderful time at the festival and exploring the Bradenton Area.”

Bradenton Blues Festival attendees fill hotels, restaurants, and businesses with well-heeled patrons who are eager to enjoy the local assets of the community. Based on survey results, over 80 percent of overnight attendees stay more than one night, and 39 percent of those attendees extend their trip to three or more nights. Area businesses and individuals believe in the impact of the festival, and the 57 sponsors who have contributed financially and in-kind this year reinforce that commitment.

"We're grateful to BMO Harris Bank, presenting sponsor for the eighth year in a row, and to all of the other business leaders who have shown such strong support for this festival," says Isham. "They recognize that blues means big business for the Bradenton Area." She explains that Realize Bradenton directs the proceeds raised from the festival back into the community to support art and music programs for youth, including ‘Blues in the Schools.’

“In addition to fostering a healthy business climate, enriching the community is another goal of the Bradenton Blues Festival. ‘Blues in the Schools’ gives us a meaningful way to support our youth arts and education initiatives," says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton. “When you attend the festival, you’re actually supporting the local community and sharing the love and history of blues music with students and young musicians.”

Bradenton's budding musicians will get a musical treat Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, when Bradenton Blues Festival headliner, Angela Easley, visits Manatee High School for Realize Bradenton’s ‘Blues in the Schools’ program. Easley will perform and share her story as a burgeoning musician with students. "We are thrilled to offer this invaluable learning opportunity," says Julie Hebert, Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist at the School District of Manatee County. "By sharing her journey as a professional performer, Angela will provide a unique perspective that will inspire our students and emphasize the importance of education."
Bradenton Blues Fest
FEW Brunch Tickets Remain.

The Bradenton Blues Festival is an
outdoor festival with limited capacity, and has sold
out every year, including this one! So, start planning 
now for 2020!

The Bradenton Blues Festival is on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019,
with an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the
big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning
annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food
vendors, and more. The festivities continue with blues after-
parties all evening long. 

Kindly note that separate TICKETS are required for 
the brunch on Sunday.
Saturday's Fest is SOLD OUT.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2019 
FREE "Blues Appetizer" 
brought to you by Mojoe Productions, Inc.
Rusty Wright Band ~ 6–7:15pm
Duffy Bishop Band 7:45–9pm

SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 2019
Kenny Neal 6:45–8pm
Toronzo Cannon 5:15–6:30pm
Biscuit Miller & the Mix 4–5pm
Duke Robillard Band 2:45–3:45pm
Annika Chambers 1:30–2:30pm
John Primer 12:15–1:15pm
Zac Harmon 11am–12pm

Angela Easley: Between Sets All Day

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SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2019
Mattison's City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk
101 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34205
The Divebombers 11am–2pm

December 6-8, 2019
Riverwalk Amphitheater
452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 621-6471
Bradenton is located on the west coast of Florida, 
just 8 miles east of the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island 
and Longboat Key, 10 miles north of the Sarasota-Bradenton 
International Airport, 40 miles south of the Tampa International Airport, 
115 miles southwest of Orlando, and 240 miles northwest of Miami.

What to Do & Where to Stay 
in the Bradenton Area

The Bradenton Blues Festival is produced by REALIZE BRADENTON, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous downtown area for residents, visitors, and businesses. The proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community, including our Blues in the Schools program.


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