Blues Bar Buzz

doug.jpgThis four-part series features Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones and Sean Chambers who will help build the buzz for the Bradenton Blues Festival on December 6, at downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk.

(Bradenton, FL) — Are you ready for the blues? To help gear up for the third annual Bradenton Blues Festival, Realize Bradenton is launching the “Blues Bar Buzz,” a four-part series of top blues artists performing at venues in Sarasota and Manatee counties. At each “buzz” event, festival tickets will be available for $5 off the advance ticket price of $30 (for a cost of $25) and festival hats, t-shirts and limited-edition posters will be for sale. In addition, free raffles will take place between sets for general admission tickets and t-shirts. A signed, limited-edition 2014 festival poster by Don Brandes will also be raffled off.

According to Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind the festival, the Blues Bar Buzz will, “help shine a light on our region’s celebrated blues venues and artists. Sarasota-Manatee is home to a host of award-winning artists and clubs, offering up inspired, soulful blues every night of every week. We’re proud to show our solidarity with them.” The Blues Bar Buzz promotion is co-sponsored by the Blues Music Magazine and held at venues that are sponsors of the 2014 festival: Blues Rooster, Darwin Brewing Co., and Ace’s Live.

The Blues Bar Buzz kick-off concert showcases Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, October 3, 7 p.m., at Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton. This group delivers traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, early rock, country and roots music—offering all due respect to the heritage of the blues while consistently delivering originality. Deming’s style has earned him critical acclaim in the blues world, where he’s backed such notables as Chicago Pete, Black Tops Johnnie Dyer and the legendary Lazy Lester. For more info about this concert, call 941-343-2165 or visit

sean.jpgThe Sean Chamber Band plays at Ace’s Live on October 11, 9 p.m. Chambers' brand of blues is a no-frills blend of Chicago, Texas, and Delta styles, played with an understated sense of ferocity. Ace’s is located at 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. The cover charge is $5 pre-event, $8 at the door. For more info about this concert, call (941) 388-7539 or visit

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones returns on October 23, 8 p.m.—this time at The Blue Rooster, 1525 4thth Street in Sarasota. As one critic recently enthused: “Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones delivers the fresh sound and styles of blues and swing way past the expiration date.” The cover charge is $5 at the door. For more info about this concert, call (941) 388-7539 or visit

The final concert happens November 26, 8 p.m., at Blue Rooster, with Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones. The cover charge is $5 at the door. For more info about this concert, call 941-388-7539 or visit

Hot off the success of last year’s critically acclaimed festival, the 2014 Bradenton Blues Festival, a family-friendly day of top blues stars and southern-inspired cuisine and art, will return to downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk, December 6, 2014. The 2014 all-star lineup includes veteran singer and songwriter Marcia Ball, the double-edged guitar dynamics of Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, the rollicking Lil’ Ed & the Blue Imperials, multiple Grammy nominee Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, young whirlwind Samantha Fish, "Georgia Songbird" EG Kight, local stars Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with harmonica virtuoso Dennis Gruenling; and refined finger-style blues guitarist Dave Muskett, who will entertain audiences between the major acts. Southern-inspired cuisine, craft and domestic beverages, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create a comfortable, family-friendly experience in the park-like setting along the Manatee River. Proceeds from the festival support Realize Bradenton’s free youth, art, and music outreach programs.

Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children four and under will be admitted free. A limited number of reserved front row seats are available for $75 (chairs included). For the first time, tickets are available at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave West, 941-747-2995. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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