Realize Bradenton cooks up another inspired free event featuring colorful art, “battling” food trucks, craft brews and music by some of the region’s most exciting new musicians and groups.
(BRADENTON, FL) Realize Bradenton will rock Bradenton’s Riverwalk Memorial Day weekend with the third Pickin’ Picnic showcasing the region’s music scene. This year’s family friendly event also includes a “Battle of the Food Trucks,” an art auction, and demos and samples to educate the audience on craft beers by brew masters from Bradenton’s two new breweries, Motorworks Brewing and Darwin Brewing Co., as well as 3 Daughters Brewing of St. Petersburg, and Big Top Brewing Company of Sarasota. The festivities begin at 2 p.m., with live music starting at 3 p.m. The event is free and takes place at the Pavilion on Bradenton’s Riverwalk, 452 3rd Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics, although food and beverages will be available to purchase. The event is sponsored, in part, by the Downtown Development Authority, Suncoast Food Trucks, Gold Coast Eagle, Manatee Apparel Graphics and the Bradenton Herald. For more information, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com.
“Pickin’ Picnic began as the brainchild of Justin Labadie, a musician in the local band, Faceless Bandits, one of this year’s featured musical acts,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind Pickin’ Picnic. “It’s a wonderful example of how area artists, nonprofits, business owners and audiences partner to build community.”
The festivities get underway at 2 p.m. with a “Battle of the Food Trucks,” a cook-off incorporating a mystery ingredient with a panel of celebrity judges rating the results at 2:45 p.m. The judges includeClaude Tankersley, director of Bradenton’s Public Works department; Jacki Dezelski, vice president of east county and community development with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Jordan Hoopargarner, a business development executive at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply; and Dennis Frey, owner of Manatee Apparel Graphics.Beer aficionados can sample craft brews and learn more about the craft brewing process.
This year’s event also incorporates the visual arts. Attendees will be able to bid on some of the large-scale, colorful murals from “Can Jam,” Keeton’s Office and Art Supply’s recent graffiti paint-off and “Before I Die,” the interactive global art project from this year’s ArtSlam.
And of course, there’s the music. This spring’s lineup includes:
- 3 p.m.: The Dram: With a blend of violin, keyboard, and distorted guitar, The Dram is an Americana six-piece that walks the line between punk and southern rock.
- 4:15 p.m.: Faceless Bandits: Three old-school punk rockers put a spin on bluegrass with rockabilly and punk undertones.
- 5:30 p.m.: Wild Root: Fresh off the release if its first single, “Memento,” the band that has become almost synonymous with Bradenton nightlife rocks the Pavilion with soulful funk-rock and the powerhouse vocals of lead singer and guitarist Paul Fournier.
- 6:45 p.m.: Apple Butter Express: Led by harmonizing husband and wife team Shannon and Kyle Biss, and joined by fiddler Joe Trivette and bassist Matt DeSear, Apple Butter Express’ infectious blend of country, bluegrass and jam-band grooves has made it one of the most in-demand bands at clubs and festivals throughout the U.S.
- 8:30 p.m.: Thomas Wynn & the Believers: Voted Orlando’s best rock band four years in a row, this fiery six-piece ensemble blazes concert stages with its combination of original, blistering rock and southern soul reminiscent of Dylan, The Band, and Tom Petty, with a bit of Jennings and Redding thrown in.
For more information about Pickin’ Picnic, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com.