The 22nd Sarasota Blues and Music Festival (#SBMF) is a tradition for Florida’s Cultural Coast with national headliners and a family friendly atmosphere onSaturday, Sept. 29, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
Known as Florida’s “Cultural Coast” for its world-renowned artists, Sarasota offers visitors an escape where they can unwind in style in an authentic beach town. While travelers come to Sarasota for the annual Sarasota Blues and Music Festival, they also stay for the sugar-white sands of Siesta Key and nearby islands. For accommodations for the festival please contact Homewood Suites by Hilton®Sarasota (941-365-7300), conveniently located near Interstate 75 and Ed Smith Stadium. Contact the hotel today for Blues and Music Fest Fan Discounts.
Nestled along southwest Florida’s Gulf coast, Sarasota and its string of eight islands are located betweenTampa, 60 miles to the north, and Ft. Myers, 75 miles to the south.
Sarasota comprises Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key,Casey Key, Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey and Venice.
Bring blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of enthusiasm to the open-air Ed Smith Stadium in September. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks available at reasonable prices. And everyone will be ready to get his or her groove on! But remember, we want to be safe and incident-free so everyone can enjoy the great acts coming to town – so no coolers, pets, glass or video cameras. The show goes on rain or shine (no refunds) at 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, Fla.
“The Festival is a great way to introduce traveling blues fans to the many natural wonders of southwestFlorida,” said Bill Haggett, Sarasota Blues and Music Festival. “This area has so much to offer music fans for a fun – and blues – filled weekend!”
The previously announced artist lineup includes headliner and two-time Grammy® Award winner Delbert McClinton and supporting acts Royal Southern Brotherhood (which features Devon Allman, Mike Zito andCyril Neville), Ana Popovic, Curtis Salgado, Paul Thorn and prodigy act Pett Crow, turning Sarasota into a weekend destination. The lineup of artists reflects the festival’s blues roots while offering attendees a taste of country, rock and top 40.
Tickets to the 22nd Annual Sarasota Blues and Music Festival are on sale now at sarasotabluesfest.com. Gates open at 11 a.m. Sept. 29, with music from noon to 10 p.m. Advance sale general admission tickets (age 15 and older) are $22, and are $27 day of show. VIP tickets are $75 while they last. Children 14 and under receive free admission into the festival when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
For Local Hotel Accommodations:
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Sarasota (941-365-7300)
3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237
About The Sarasota Blues and Music Festival
The festival actually started as the Sarasota Blues Fest in 1991 by the Sarasota Blues Society as a way to celebrate the blues in the Sarasota community. The festival has a rich history of finding and showcasing young talent while also bringing accomplished musicians to the community. Numerous Grammy® Award winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have graced the stages over the years and the festival seeks to continue that tradition as the Sarasota Blues and Music Festival. Partial proceeds from the event have always been earmarked for charity, and the All Faiths Food Bank Backpack Program will be the 2012 recipient.
About Three Zebras Entertainment:
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