The Bradenton Blues Festival spreads out along the town's scenic Riverwalk, and headliners offer a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary sounds. Highlights include right-as-rain singer guitarist Johnny Rawls (pictured), saxophonist Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang; Trampled Under Foot, an up-and-coming sibling act led by Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen; and powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland.
You can catch Blues on Main featuring Sarasota Slim with food and beverage vendors, and handmade crafters this Saturday, 5-11 p.m., on Old Main Street. In the evening, Tarpon Pointe Blues with Chris Duarte takes place 7 p.m.-midnight at Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton.
Cap it all of on Sunday with the Gospel Blues Brunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Old Main Street and free concert with by the West Coast Black Theater Troupe from noon to 1 p.m.
Siesta Key Trolley will offer rides all weekend — Friday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Pedicab service is Saturday 9 a.m.-midnight, provided by Sun Ride Pedicabs. There are more than 2,000 parking spaces within a five-minute walk or a short 5-10 minute with a free trolley ride to the Blues Festival site.
Award-winner Rawls also brings his smooth vocals and fretboard chops for a limited engagement show tonight. The performer named Best Male Soul Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation and Blues Trail Marker honoree hits at The Brickyard, 427 12th St. W., at 7 p.m.
Make a weekend of it by staying overnight. The Hampton Inn, a recently renovated historic hotel in downtown Bradenton, is just a few steps from the action.
Visit bradentonbluesfestival.org for details.