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“Blues In The Schools” To Inspire Students Before The 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival

BRADENTON, Fla. — Young musicians are in for a post-Thanksgiving treat as Ilana Katz Katz, a 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival performer, will visit Manatee High School for Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational initiative on Dec. 2, 2016. In addition to performing for students, Katz will share her knowledge of music and personal experiences as a professional musician. The “Blues in the Schools” program provides a platform to inspire budding musicians and share the diverse history of blues music in the United States.

Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit organization that produces the annual Bradenton Blues Festival, says education is a key component of the festival. “The ‘Blues in the Schools’ program gives us a meaningful way to support our community’s youth and arts education efforts,” Isham says, adding that the program is made possible by funding from R.M. Beall, Sr. Charitable Foundation and proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival.

The annual Bradenton Blues Festival has become one of the region’s most popular live-music events. Blues fans from across the country and globe showed up by the thousands for last year’s sold-out concert, and event organizers anticipate another at-capacity crowd this year. Jeremy Piper, communication manager for Realize Bradenton, said the positive momentum of the festival has continued. “Online ticket sales are currently on a pace that tops previous years. We encourage everyone interested in attending to purchase their tickets soon. General admission tickets may be purchased online at or in-person at Keeton’s Office and Art Supply in downtown Bradenton for $30 per person.” Piper explained that, if available, day-of general admission tickets would be $45 per person at the festival gate.

The 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to the Bradenton Riverwalk with a free Blues Appetizer concert, Dec. 2, 2016, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Bradenton Blues Festival, Dec. 3, 2016, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; and the sold-out Blues Brunch, Dec. 4, 2016, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community, including their “Blues in the Schools” program.

For tickets and information about the 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival, visit

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