The Sunshine Music and Blues Festival is heading back to Boca Raton and St. Petersburg and bringing with it some seriously exciting acts. We're being real here. There's the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the Both -- which includes Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Don't know about you, but we're psyched to see former Black Crowe Chris Robinson do just about anything onstage, and you probably already read that we have a special hankering for Aimee Mann.
The fest is the creation of Florida-bred Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi-Trucks Band. TTB recently racked up three 2014 Blues Music awards for Best Band, Best Rock Blues Album, and Susan hit it big with the Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist award. All these two do is win.
Derek and Susan are keeping the blues alive in this Southern state for a third year with performances by Grace Potter, Dickey Betts, Los Lobos, Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield, and Sean Chambers. They'll be playing two live stages, and you can chug craft beers and munch on a variety of tasty foods from not-crappy vendors as you jam out in your cowboy hat and many scarves.
The first night of the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival takes place on January 17 at Vinoy Park in St. Pete and on January 18, the crew heads down to Mizner Park Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale September 26 at 10 a.m., and if you're really itching to get yours, early bird tix are available.
Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, noon, Saturday January 17, Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Noon, Sunday, January 18, Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m., September 26 for $49.50. Early bird tickets, for $39.50 go on sale September 23, 10 a.m. to September 25, 10 p.m. Special reserved tickets are available for $99.50 and some VIP packages are available. Call 800-745-3000, or visit livenation.com and sunshinemusicandblues.com.