BRADENTON, Fla. — The music is back! The Manatee River becomes the beautiful backdrop once again when Realize Bradenton’s popular Music in the Park series returns to the Mosaic Amphitheater at the Bradenton Riverwalk. This free, family friendly, eight-part concert series is every Friday evening, March 9–April 27, 6–8 p.m., at 606 3rd Ave W, in downtown Bradenton. Craft beer, wine, and other beverages and snacks will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Realize Bradenton’s music programs.
“Music in the Park is always a favorite event of Bradenton residents and visitors,” said Holly Eisemann, Events and Creative Services Manager for Realize Bradenton. “We have people who come year after year, but we always have a good amount of first-time attendees. Our goal is to continue to draw new audience members and expose them to the many restaurants, shops, and businesses downtown Bradenton has to offer.”
Attendees may bring picnic baskets, blankets, chairs—and their furry companions on leashes. The series is made possible with support from the City of Bradenton, the Bradenton Herald, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, and Realize Bradenton.
Ari and the Alibis
Friday, March 9, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Ari and the Alibis infuse funk, jazz, and samba with blues, soul, and rock to create a memorable ear-catching sound. In 2016, they were nominated for best local band in Tampa Bay, and Ari for best Jazz vocalist. They also received Grammy nods in two categories: Best Rock Song (Dirty Little Secret) and Best Rock Performance (Dirty Little Secret and Bon Appetit). Ari and the Alibis played at the Bradenton Blues Festival “Appetizer” Concert in 2016.
Blue Mason Barter Band
Friday, March 16, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Performing most every genre that span the decades from the 1950s to present day, husband and wife acoustic duo Brad and Stacy Jo Conner are excited to have the Southwest Florida band, Whiskey Bent, join them for Music in the Park. The local duo has opened for numerous national acts over the years and call Bradenton home.
Friday, March 23, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Renesito compositions denote a broad conception of the sound of the Cuban Tres, in which he uses expressive resources of classical music, jazz and world music. Its roots lead him to recreate and develop melodies, rhythms, styles and rhythms of the Trova, the Changüí Nengón, the Conga, Rumba and Son Santiago, making a kind of journey through the different playing styles of the eastern country, mixed with the urban concept of Arsenio Rodríguez and Child Rivera.
Friday, March 30, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Formed in 2013, Summer Survivors is an American Reggae Rock band from Sarasota, FL. The band combines a reggae feel with the deep bass of funk, the driving drums of rock n’ roll, and the surreal sound of psychedelic guitar with just a hint of ska and punk. They have an original sound full of “good vibes” sure to get people dancing.
Kim Betts & The Gamble Creek Band
Friday, April 6, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
The Gamble Creek Band is fronted by Kim Betts, daughter of Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. They’re a high-energy band featuring popular country/southern rock/classic rock hits that appeal to an audience of all ages.
The Glass Onion Beatles Band
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
The Glass Onion is dedicated to faithfully reproducing the songs of the Beatles. They use many of the same instruments and amplifiers that the Beatles used to create that “classic sound,” including Rickenbacker, Gibson, and Epiphone guitars, a Hofner bass, and Vox amplifiers. The Glass Onions play all the Beatles most loved classics, as well as songs rarely performed by bands.
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Doug Deming is an American blues and roots guitarist/vocalist, born and raised in the Detroit area, currently residing on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Doug is the 2013 recipient of the Blues Blast Music Awards’ Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Drawing influence from greats like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug’s traditional taste and style are evident in his original music, with three recordings of primarily original tunes to his credit. Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones play traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, and early 50s roots rock.
Scott Blum Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 27, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Originally from the New Jersey/New York area, Scott Blum lives in Bradenton Beach, Florida. He has performed with a wide range of artists from Archie Shepp to Esteban. He has received numerous awards and grants for programs throughout the community. His credits include innovative and educational presentations, drum circles, dance classes and percussion workshops. He can be seen performing throughout Florida with the Manatee Community Concert Band, Sea Notes Dixieland Jazz Band, Jacobites, First Brass, Piping Hot, North Port Concert Band and many other performers.
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About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that transforms public places and engages people using arts, culture, heritage, and food to build a vibrant, healthy Bradenton. Bringing people together, our work results in social, physical, and economic revitalization and shapes a community where people want to contribute, live, work, and visit.For more information visit: RealizeBradenton.com.