Grammy Award-winning blues act the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which recently brought Allman Brothers co-founder and Sarasota resident Dickey Betts on stage for a special show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, will once again headline the Sunshine Music & Blues Festival in Florida, which has a date in St. Petersburg.
Featuring two stages of live acts, a wide array of craft beers and menus from a variety of food vendors, the second annual Sunshine Music & Blues Festival kicks off at noon on Saturday, January 18 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton and then continues at noon on Sunday, January 19 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 2, at 10 a.m. through Friday, October 4, at 10 p.m. at www.livenation.com. No password is needed. General on sale is 10 a.m. Monday, October 7, at 10 a.m., also at www.livenation.com, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Early bird general admission tickets are $39.50 while regular general admission tickets for the all day event are $49.50. Special reserved tickets are available for $99.50 and some VIP packages are also available. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges.
The Jacksonville-based Tedeschi Trucks Band, which features the all-star husband-wife team of Allman Brothers guitar hero/songwriter Derek Trucks and superb singer/songwriter/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, just released their second studio album, the outstandingly soulful and funky "Made Up Mind." It 's TTB first studio album since "Revelator," which won the Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album” in 2012. "Made Up Mind" is the band's most eclectic album yet.
“I felt that with the personnel in this band, it was just a matter of time before all of these ideas started leaking out,” Trucks says in a statement. “But we had a lot of confidence that it was going to be really good right out of the gate.”
The second annual Sunshine Music & Blues Festival will also feature: piano man and singer-songwriter great Leon Russell; New Orleans’ party-starters Galactic; Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady; jazz bassist Stanley Clarke; The Ringers featuring Jimmy Herring (from Widespread Panic), Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe; New Orleans’ guitarist, singer and songwriter Tab Benoit (Boca date only); guitarist Bobby Lee Rogers; British blues guitarist and singer Oli Brown; plus a special guest to be announced shortly.
How about Betts and Great Southern? With Betts then sitting in with TTB again? Now, that would be a special guest!