Each year, in the dead of winter, the Suncoast Blues Festival offers a couple days of music and Florida sunshine. The 3rd annual festival lineup has been announced and it is well worth coming out of hibernation before that weather predicting groundhog.
Set to take place on January 27th and 28th, 2017 at the Sarasota, Florida fairgrounds, this year’s lineup is stellar. It all begins on Friday at 6 pm when the Balkun Brothers take the stage. They will be followed by Jordan Patterson, then Texas guitar slinger, Chris Duarte. Festival tradition mandates a mind-blowing jam session take place to close out the night.
On Saturday, the gates open at 11 am, and the blues begin at noon with Tommy Z on the Suncoast stage. The afternoon is filled with talent including Charles Wilson, Annika Chambers, Studebaker John, and Carl Weathersby. Headlining the Saturday night show is 2013 IBC and Albert King Guitarist of the Year winner, Selwyn Birchwood. Of course, the all-star jam session will take place to end the evening’s festivities.
This annual blues romp is co-produced by Blues Foundation Board Chairman, Paul Benjamin and Mojoe Productions President, Greg Herndon. Each year they choose a charity that will receive the proceeds from the event. This year’s recipient is Family Promise of Sarasota. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps families, with minor children, that have lost their housing.
Early Bird, Two-Day Pass tickets are available now, and, if purchased before October 31st, festival goers will save $5 on the regular price. That means that attendees can see 9 amazing bands, over 2 days for just $30. We still think the best part is 2 days in the Florida sunshine away from the winter’s cold. More details and tickets are available by clicking on the link below.
See you in Sarasota at the Suncoast Blues Festival!