Blues in the Schools — A Bradenton Blues Festival Education Initiative

eg.jpg"Georgia Songbird" EG Kight and blues guitarist Dave Muskett will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton's "Blues in the Schools" educational outreach program.

(Bradenton, FL) — Bradenton's next generation of musicians will get a musical treat Friday, December 5, 2014, when 2014 Bradenton Blues Festival headliners EG Kight and Dave Muskett visit Manatee High School to share their music, experiences and professional advice with students.

"We're delighted to offer our young and budding musicians and music fans this rare opportunity," says Manatee High School music teacher Linda Boone. "The complementary talents of these two blues artists will help our students better understand the professional world of the music industry."

Judy Sedgeman is the board chair of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind the 2014 Bradenton Blues Festival. As Sedgeman sees it, education is key to the festival. "The Blues in the Schools program gives us a meaningful way to support our community's youth and arts education efforts," she says, adding that the program is made possible by funding from Beall's Inc., and by proceeds from sales of the festival's limited-edition poster illustrated by Don Brandes, a former Hallmark artist and current Ringling College faculty member.

Early in her career, EG Kight was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird,” and today she is celebrated as a major blues vocalist. With her rich voice and a mastery of the guitar that has her holding her own next to any other player, Kight mesmerizes audiences of all ages, both as a solo and with her band. Kight’s musical style—a blend of Americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk—transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues.”

dave.jpgDave Muskett is a sophisticated finger-style blues guitarist, serving classic masters such as Doc Watson, Fury Lewis, and Robert Johnson, along with contemporary giants, including Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder, and Chris Smither. Muskett’s original songs range from fun, up-tempo numbers to pieces with moody and soulful overtones that put the listener in mind of the deep and dark origins of the blues.

The 2014 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk, December 6, 2014, with an all-star lineup that 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 Bill 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 beverages, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create a comfortable, family-friendly experience in the park-like setting alongside the Bradenton Riverwalk. Proceeds from the festival support Realize Bradenton’s free youth, art, and music outreach programs.

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