- Bradenton Blues Festival
With the glimmering, new Riverwalk as a backdrop, eight acts will christen the first annual Bradenton Blues Festival on Saturday (Dec. 1). Spearheaded by Johnette Isham, executive director of the nonprofit Realize Bradenton, and her team, the concert along the Manatee River will feature a blend of local and national talent. See the performers:
- Ruthie Foster
- Kenny Neal
This New Orleans, La. native learned the musical ropes from his father, Raful Neal, the acclaimed singer and blues harmonica player. Kenny Neal is known for his swamp-bluesy Louisiana sound and multi-instrumental skills. kennyneal.net.
- Dave “Biscuit” Miller
Raised on Chicago’s south side and now based in Indiana, singer-bassist Miller is a blues, funk and soul man. He plays more than 250 gigs annually, and has performed alongside George “Mojo” Buford (formerly with Muddy Waters) and Lady Blue (the backup vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner). biscuitmiller.com/biscuit.
- Johnny Sansone
A harmonica player and vocalist from New Orleans, La., Sansone is an award-winning musician who has frequently topped the Louisiana charts. His popular albums include “Poor Man’s Paradise” (on an independent label) and “Crescent City Moon” (Rounder Records). johnnysansone.com.
- Southern Hospitality
Comprised of Blind Pig’s Damon Fowler, Florida guitarist/singer J.P. Soars, and Memphis-based piano player/singer Victor Wainwright, Southern Hospitality is a bit of delta blues mixed with Memphis soul and funk. damonfowler.com
- Homemade Jamz
The “youngest blues band in America,” Homemade Jamz is made up of members Ryan, Kyle and Taya Perry (all siblings ages 13 to 19). The trio will perform at Friday’s “Blues in the Schools” event for high school students. hmjamzbluesband.com.
- Steve Arvey, featuring Henry Lawrence
- Ben Prestage
With his swamp and delta blues style, Prestage is a one-man band who plays homemade guitars and drums. The award-winning songwriter is lauded for his finger picking on the banjo, as well as his harmonica and fiddle skills. benprestagemusic.com.
Bradenton Blues Festival
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