Sam Woolf, a 17-year-old Braden River High School student who plays guitar and sings original songs and covers, will kick off the festivities at 5:30 p.m.—followed by birthday cake for the first 150 people at 6 p.m. The Lauren Mitchell Band, featuring front-woman Mitchell’s galvanizing vocals backed by the talents of veteran rock and blues artists, will rock the audience into the night.
BRADENTON, FL—Two music series kick off Bradenton Riverwalk’s one-year anniversary celebration. “Music in the Park,” a family-friendly, four-concert series, features regional artists and groups, with two concerts in October and two in November. “Pickin’ Picnic” showcases emerging local musicians, on October 19, 4-10 p.m. Both events are free and take place at the Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Ave. W. in Bradenton. Food and beverages will be available for sale; attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Both series are presented by Realize Bradenton with support from the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority. For more information about both series, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com.
Music in the Park kicks off on October 18, 5:30-8 p.m., at Riverwalk Pavilion, with Sam Woolf, a 17-year-old Braden River High School student who plays guitar and sings original songs and covers, performing at 5:30 p.m., followed by a birthday cake for 150 at 6 p.m. The Lauren Mitchell Band featuring front-woman Mitchell’s galvanizing vocals backed by the talents of veteran rock and blues artists, will rock the audience into the evening.
The series continues at the Mosaic Amphitheater on October 25, 6-8 p.m., with the band, Passerine. Passerine’s distinctive sound is built around three- and four-part vocal harmonies, backed by the crisp rhythms of acoustic guitars, lively exchanges between fiddle and dobro, and an acoustic bass that builds on a solid foundation with occasional flights of fancy. The group was formed in 2009 by Carmela Pedicini (vocals and acoustic guitar), Tanya Radtke (vocals and acoustic guitar), and David Brain (dobro). Kettle of Fish, with its soulful take on blues and rhythm and rock, takes the stage on November 1, 6-8 p.m. The group features Dana Lawrence on guitar and vocals, Thorson Moore on lead guitar and vocals, drummer Garrett Dawson, Todd Cook on bass and vocals, and Matthew Frost on keyboards. Guest artists Gavin Michael (drums), Jimmie Fadden (the drummer with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and Greg Poulos (the guitarist with the Venturas), often sit in. The series concludes November 8, 6-8 p.m., with The Applebutter Express, featuring Kyle Biss on ukulele and vocals, Shannon Biss on vocals, Joe Trivette on fiddle and Matt DeSear on bass, playing original songs and reinterpreting classic covers.
“Pickin’ Picnic” showcases emerging local musicians, on October 19, 4-10 p.m., at the Riverwalk Pavilion. The line-up includes:
- 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Faceless Bandits: A fun-loving band comprised of three “old-school punk rockers” who put a spin on bluegrass with rockabilly and punk undertones.
- 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Geri X: This Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter’s music shows influences of several genres, including folk, psychedelic rock, Americana, and post-rock. She has garnered a sizable fan base and critical acclaim in the Tampa Bay music scene.
- 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Waking Giants: This group of long-time friends and collaborators is genre jumping and draws from an amalgam of styles (rock, blues, funk, world beat, and electronic) to create a one of a kind, infectious sound. Skillfully crafted songs supporting powerful, sultry and soulful vocals provided by Kat and DeLaran.
- 7:45-8:45 p.m.: Muphin Chuckrs: This crowd favorite formed in 1999 and has remained a central Florida staple for 14 years. With roots that begin in new school punk, the band has constantly written and reinvented its sound, touching on reggae, jazz, rock, and metal, along the way.
- 9-10 p.m.: Have Gun, Will Travel: This award-winning band has a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all its own. “Their music has a great energy to it, with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains,” remarked NPR’s Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT’s music “organic, infectious Americana pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it.”
For more information about Music in the Park or Pickin’ Picnic, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.