Acclaimed blues guitarist and 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival headliner Albert Castiglia will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational outreach program.
(Bradenton, FL) Bradenton’s next generation of musicians will get a musical treat Friday, December 6, 2013, when 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival headliner Albert Castiglia visits Manatee High School to share his music, experiences and professional advice with students.
“We’re delighted to offer our young musicians and music fans this rare opportunity,” says Manatee High School teacher Linda Boone. “Albert Castiglia is a renowned practitioner of the kind of roots blues that is the foundation for so much of the popular music that young people listen to today.”
Judy Sedgeman is the board chair of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind the 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival. As Sedgeman sees it, education is key to the festival. “The Blues in the Schools program gives us a meaningful way to support our community’s youth and arts education efforts,” she says, adding that the program is made possible by funding from Beall’s Inc., and by proceeds from sales of the festival’s limited-edition poster designed by celebrated Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré.
Young by blues standards but with a breadth of musical experience, Albert Castiglia is quickly becoming a major force on the national rock and blues circuit. His soulful growl, scorching guitar solos and unique brand of Delta-blues-inspired rock have earned him acclaim and steady gigs throughout Florida and beyond. “The talents and energy of this dynamic young artist will surely be an inspiration to festival goers as well as to Bradenton’s aspiring young musicians,” says Sedgeman.
The Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk, December 7, 2013, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. The 2013 lineup includes the acclaimed young vocalist Shemekia Copeland; the celebrated Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; musical siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of the critically acclaimed Trampled Under Foot; guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anthony Gomes; rising blues star John Nemeth; Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls; Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and soulful, rising blues star, Albert Castiglia.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children four and under will be admitted free. VIP tickets are $250 and must be purchased by December 1. VIP tickets include a premiere festival location with an unobstructed view of the stage, a full bar and an inspired all-day feast prepared by Pier 22 chef Greg Campbell. Festival merchandise, including 2013 festival posters, t-shirts, baseball caps and a handful of last year’s iconic limited-edition poster, are on sale at Keeton’s Office and Art Supply, 817 Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, and online at a site hosted by Manatee Apparel Graphics at www.manateeapparel.com/realizebradenton/home. Shirts and hats are $20 each, or $35 for both. 2012 posters are $50. The 2013 festival posters, in a limited-edition of 200 and signed by the artist, are on sale now. Proceeds from the festival support Realize Bradenton’s downtown music and art programs. A schedule of trolleys and pedicabs and a map of free parking area is attached.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.
About the Artists
Although only in her 30s, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of such soul-drenched divas as Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival and was crowned the new “Queen of the Blues” by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. For more info, visit www.shamikacopeland.com.
Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang
Saxophonist Eddie Shaw has been at the heart of the Chicago music scene since 1957. Shaw’s musical resume includes work with such luminaries as Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and Otis Rush, as well as arranging tracks for the London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (which featured Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr and others). Shaw’s greatest claim to fame is the 17 years he spent with the immortal Howlin’ Wolf. When Wolf died in 1976, Shaw kept the “Wolfgang” together as a tribute to the departed leader. The current version of the band includes Lafayette “Shorty” Gilbert on bass (25 years with Shaw) and Eddie’s son, Vaan, considered to be one of the best guitarists on the blues circuit today. For more info, visit www.eddieshawsax.com.
Trampled Under Foot
Musical siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen spring from the rich Kansas City jazz and blues scene and their band, Trampled Under Foot, has quickly become one of the most talked about bands on the blues scene today. Winners of the coveted International Blues Challenge in 2008, the trio has been on the road ever since, thrilling and growing their rabid fan base. Their 2011 CD, “Wrong Side of the Blues,” was hailed by critics as a “powerful and electric blues tour de force.” The Schnebelens are on their way to joining the Allmans, Dickinsons, Brookses and Neals in the ranks of great blues family dynasties. For more info, visit www.tufkc.com.
Hailed for his “blistering guitar licks and vocals that slice like a whiskey-soaked machete,” Canadian-born guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anthony Gomes is a critically acclaimed, chart-topping artist who plays a style of modern electric blues that incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, and country. Gomes has won numerous awards and performed with the likes of BB King, Robert Plant, the Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, and George Thorogood. Gomes’ latest recording, “Up 2 Zero,” marks the musician’s full-circle return to high-energy, guitar-driven blues rock and has been named by A1Blues.com as the “best overall CD of the year.” For more info, visit www.anthonygomes.com.
Rising blues star John Nemeth is a singer steeped in the tradition of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. Critics have declared him “hands down the toughest young harp player ever heard,” and his voice “a national treasure.” In the past 10 years, he’s opened for the likes of Robert Cray, Keb Mo’, and Earl Thomas, and has garnered critical acclaim at major music festivals around the world. For more info, visit www.johnnemethblues.com.
Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls has been wowing crowds with his smoldering vocals and guitar style for more than 30 years. Rawls has done it all throughout his long career, including producing, songwriting, horn arranging, rhythm, lead and bass guitar, keyboard, vocals and background vocals. He was named Best Male Soul Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation and was honored with a Blues Trail Marker on the original site of Mississippi’s legendary Hi Hat Club, sharing that plaque with blues luminaries Tyrone Davis and Little Milton. For more info, visit www.jonnyrawlsblues.com.
Young by blues standards, but with a breadth of live studio and life experience under his belt, Albert Castiglia is set to become a major force on the blues and blues-rock scene. Castiglia left his day job at a Miami welfare office in the 90’s after being discovered and taken under the wing of legendary harmonica player Junior Wells. Castiglia returned to South Florida in 2002 where his soulful growl, stage-scorching guitar solos and unique brand of Delta-blues-inspired rock have earned him steady gigs throughout South Florida and beyond. While Castiglia’s solo career and recordings are packed with nods to his mentor Wells, his sixth and latest CD, “Living the Dream,” is a collection of covers and original songs that take a more introspective look at his blues roots, with references to oil companies, Wall Street bankers and his dealings with the music industry at large. For more info, visit www.albertcastiglia.com.
Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling
Traditional blues, West Coast and Texas Swing, early rock, country and roots music; Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones run the gamut and bring it all together while consistently delivering originality. Deming’s swinging jump blues style has earned him great respect in the blues world where he has backed such notables as Chicago Pete, Black Tops Johnnie Dyer and the legendary Lazy Lester. Deming is joined by award-winning blues harmonica player Dennis Gruenling, hailed as “one of the baddest, swingingest, most innovative harmonica blowers on the planet.” For more info, visit www.dougdeming.com and www.dennisgruenling.com.
The 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors:
BMO Harris Bank
Blues Music Magazine
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Downtown Development Authority
City of Bradenton
Manatee Memorial Hospital
L.A. Events, Inc.
Manatee Printers Inc.
Bryan Gordon Design
Bright House Networks
Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar
SRQ Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Where Will We Go Tonight
Turner Tree & Landscape
NDC Construction Company
Manatee Apparel Graphics
Gold Coast Eagle
Dr. Mark T. Elfervig, DDS
Duncan Real Estate, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District
Fawley Bryant Architecture
Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic
Courtyard Marriott Bradenton
Iaboni Real Estate Inc.
Manson Roofing Inc.
Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists
Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman, Varga, DDS
Air & Energy
Sandbar Seafood & Spirits
Stewart Engineering Consultants
WUSF Public Media
The Eye Depot
Tidy Coast Event Services
Suncoast Blues Society
Fetch Pet Care Bradenton
Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery
Michael & Christy Messer
AutoNation Ford Bradenton
1st Quadrant Asset Management
Blues Bar Buzz
Ocean Blues Bar & Grill
Cork’s Cigar Bar
The Blue Rooster
Flying Dog Cafe
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.