Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend 2018

Bradenton Blues Festival

Bradenton Blues Weekend 2018

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, with a free “Blues Appetizer” Concert.

The Bradenton Blues Festival is on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 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.

The weekend wraps up with a tasty and soulful Bradenton Blues Brunch prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

Come and experience the blues weekend in Bradenton!

When & Where


Nov. 30 – 2, 2018


Nov. 30 – "Blues Appetizer" Concert: Free!
Dec. 1 – Bradenton Blues Festival: Buy Tickets
Dec. 2 – Blues Brunch: Buy Tickets


Riverwalk Event Pavilion
Downtown Bradenton, FL
452 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
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Bradenton Blues Fest Musicians

Bridget Kelly Band
Inspired by classic & electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions.
Bryan Lee
Bryan Lee lost his eyesight and was legally blind by the age of eight. The man now known as “Braille Blues Daddy” started out playing for Midwest crowds at the early age of 15.
Chris Cain
At the age of eight, Cain taught himself to play guitar and began playing professionally before he was eighteen.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Born in 1999, Kingfish began playing the drums at age 6, bass guitar at the age of 9, and lead guitar at the age of 11.
Harper and Midwest Kind
An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, multi award winning Australian singer/songwriter “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo.
Kelley Hunt
In some ways, Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions.
Memphis Rub Band
A high energy show that has dynamic vocals, soaring guitar and a tight rhythm section.
Mr. Sipp
Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6.
Shakura S’Aida
Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries.
Trey Wanvig
At age 15, Trey Wanvig, a local blues guitarist and singer songwriter has already accomplished a great deal.
Welch-Ledbetter Connection
The Blues is in very good hands via this standout “connection”. A “Real Deal” guitarist joins forces with one of the most gifted vocalists to come along in years, in a game changing, soul grabbing, musical tour de force!

More Information

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