Tickets are now available on the Winterfest at Lakewood Ranch website for the two-day music festival scheduled for March 29-30, 2014.
General admission each day is $25 and a weekend ticket package for Saturday and Sunday is $40. Student admission is $15 per day (ages 11-17) and $10 for children per day (ages 3-10).
VIP access is available for $250 per day or $350 for the weekend. Sponsorship packages are also available online starting at $2,500 that include advertising and VIP opportunities at different levels. The VIP area features an all-day catered buffet, full bar service, front-row reserved seating, air-conditioned restrooms and more.
Confirmed artists include country great Jeff Cook, of the band Alabama, Jefferson Airplane cofounder Marty Balin plus guitar hero Rick Derringer - the Manatee County resident and “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” singer - performing with multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter, whose hits include “Frankenstein.”
Bertie Higgins, the soft rock singer of the 1982 hit “Key Largo” and country crooner Billy Dean, whose many hits from the 1990s and ‘00s include “Only Here for a Little While,” “If There Hadn’t Been You” and “Let Them be Little” are also scheduled to perform. Child guitar star Jake Castro and the Billy Rice Band, a Bradenton area favorite, are also among the acts announced in June.
More national acts are expected to be confirmed in the following months. Local acts from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, the Palmetto-based non-profit organization formed to provide students with opportunities to create and learn the art of music, will also be added to the lineup.
Winterfest will feature 50 vendor spots for food and drink of all kinds and 25 booths filling an artisan village. Applications to participate as a vendor are online as well. The music will begin at 10 a.m. and go until 11 p.m. each day. Performances are held on a 70-foot stage accompanied by two giant screens. Smaller stages will be around the property for acoustic and youth acts.
Organizers said they aim to present a big event that is family friendly with a large "kid zone" featuring games and activities for families with children of all ages.