|photo by Dennis Maley
BRADENTON -- Free live outdoor concerts take place every Wednesday from February 27 to March 27 at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton. As a part of Realize Bradenton’s music series of events, each Wednesday’s lunchtime concert will feature a live performance by local musicians. Styles will range from 40’s and 50’s big band to blues and even Sinatra.
Performances on the courthouse grounds will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch, or you can purchase a boxed lunch catered by Renaissance on 9th. Each week Realize Bradenton will partner with The Food Bank of Manatee for a food drive to benefit our community, so please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the cause. The Historic Courthouse is located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West.
February 27: Manatee Concert Band
The Traditional Dance Band, directed by Jay Smith, plays dance music from the 40's and 50's. All members are volunteers who are just playing for the fun and fellowship.
March 6: John Rinell
John Rinell sings Sinatra and more! John is originally from Hoboken, the home of Old Blue eyes, and has done Sinatra Tributes for years locally and throughout the country
March 13: Scott Blum Duo
This creative duo will entertain you with hits from the 50's and 60's contemporary music.
March 20: Jacobites
The Jacobites are a Scottish Bagpipe band that plays traditional pipe and drum in addition to modern arrangements. Led by Gary Reinstrom, this group will surprise and delight you.
March 27: Blue Star
Beth Hammer, the Silver Hammer, is the host of a local radio show and a weekly Blues Jam. Beth will perform along with Johnny Guitar, original blues man, and Skofield on keyboards.