11 a.m. (gates) Saturday; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $27-$75 (VIP); 800-514-3849; floridabluesandmusicfest.com.Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival: schedule
Check out all the acts performing Saturday in Sarasota at Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival.
- Lady Sings the Blues at Noon
Big T & the Tornadoes and Steve Arvey kick off the festival with local Lady Sings the Blues singers Sudie Brattli, Carolyn Davis, Lady Katt Graeber, Melanie Massell, Lauren Mitchell (pictured) and Kara Nally, along with a performance by Greg Poulos and Ally Couch.
- Samantha Fish at 1:50 p.m.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter’s album “Runaway,” produced by Mike Zito, earned her the Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012.
- Popa Chubby at 3:20 p.m.
One of the more eclectic and exciting entertainers on the blues festival circuit, Popa Chubby’s new album “Universal Breakdown Blues” includes a 9-minute version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” rife with his gorgeous and fierce guitar playing.
- Rick Estrin and the Nightcats at 4:50 p.m.
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats' namesake leader has been praised for his first-rate blues harmonica playing, soulful vocals and songwriting ability; as well as his talent for getting crowds off their chairs and on the dance floor. Special guest Little Charlie will be joining the Nightcats.
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band at 6:30 p.m.
Blues-rock guitar hero Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been a star since age 18. Now 36 years old, he’s still a master axe player but has also become a confident lead singer, thanks, in large part, to an album and recent tour with his other band, the super group The Rides featuring Stephen Stills and Electric Flag’s Barry Goldberg. Read my Ticket cover story interview with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival: schedule and slideshow
/ Wednesday, October 23, 2013