Bradenton, Fla — A limited-edition Bradenton Blues Festival poster, illustrated by Ringling College faculty member Regan Dunnick, was unveiled to the public and 60 Bradenton Blues Festival sponsors at Ace’s Live on Sept. 29, 2016 at Realize Bradenton’s sponsor thank-you event. The annual celebration unveils the festival artwork and acknowledges the financial and in-kind contributions that allow Realize Bradenton to promote the Bradenton area through ongoing place-making initiatives like the Bradenton Blues Festival.
Chad Campbell, Florida Market Manager & Senior Vice President of BMO Harris Bank, the festival’s presenting sponsor, welcomed sponsors to the event and confirmed the bank’s commitment. “As a bank, we have a special responsibility to help businesses and communities grow,” said Campbell. “A large part of our mission at BMO Harris Bank is to encourage and support cultural efforts and initiatives. The Bradenton Blues Festival not only enhances the lives of those of us who live and work here—it also unites area-based businesses to form common cause with one of the area’s most important economic multipliers—the regional arts and cultural industry.”
According to Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit organization that produces the festival, 60 Bradenton-area businesses, foundations, and individuals are contributing over $200,000 in support of the 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival. (A sponsor list is provided below.)
“We’re grateful to BMO Harris Bank and to all of the other business leaders who have stepped forward and shown such strong support for this festival,” says Isham. “They understand that great blues means great business for our region.” She explains that Realize Bradenton directs the proceeds raised from the festival back into the community to support art and music programs for youth.
The limited edition Bradenton Blues Festival poster and t-shirts bear Dunnick’s signature retro design, creating a warm 1960s nostalgia that is familiar to blues music fans. The original artwork created by Dunnick, from which the festival poster and t-shirts were developed, will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the festival on Dec. 3. The festival poster and t-shirts are available for purchase at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply in downtown Bradenton (817 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton), online at www.ManateeApparel.com/RealizeBradenton, and on-site at the Bradenton Blues Festival on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 2016.
The 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to the Bradenton Riverwalk with a free Blues Appetizer concert, Dec. 2, 2016, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Bradenton Blues Festival, with an all-star lineup on Dec. 3, 2016, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Blues Brunch, featuring a southern-inspired buffet and live music by Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones, Dec. 4, 2016, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Separate tickets are required for the Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 events.
For tickets and information about the 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.
2016 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Blues Music Magazine
City of Bradenton
Bradenton Downtown Development
Bright House Networks
Bryan Gordon Designs
Manatee Printers, Inc.
Kallins, Little & Delgado
Manatee Apparel Graphics
Mark T Elfervig, DDS, MAGD
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
(New Orleans Continued)
Darwin Brewing Company
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District
Manatee Educational Television (METV)
Michael & Christy Messer
Turner Tree & Landscape
US Tent Rental
Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga,
Deborah & Emile Gauvreau
Florida Power and Light (FPL)
Heintz & Becker
Hernando de Soto Historical Society
Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery
Iaboni Real Estate
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Keller Williams on the Water
Lewis, Longman & Walker, PA
Manatee Community Federal Credit
Suncoast Blues Society
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About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.