The Bradenton Blues Festival is a music event that takes place annually in Bradenton, Florida. It is organized and produced by non-profit organization, Realize Bradenton as part of a plan to promote downtown Bradenton as a cultural destination.
Tickets for the first-ever festival were sold out, making it an immediate success. It primarily focuses on Blues music and features some world-class musicians. Both national and upcoming local bands and artists bring the various stages alive with their performances.
The Bradenton Riverwalk, which was inaugurated in 2012, serves as the venue for the event. It lies on the banks of the Manatee River, so festival guests can enjoy a gorgeous view in addition to the live music. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward promoting various local youth and community programs.
Artists who have performed at the Bradenton Blues Festival in the past include Kenny Neal, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Trampled Under Foot, Doug Deming, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Thanks to the festival and other events, Bradenton has become a hub for tourists who enjoy music, culture, art, and sports. The Florida coastline welcomes RVers to come and absorb all the sunshine and sand that they can handle.