To create buzz for the inaugural Bradenton Blues Festival taking place Dec. 1 at Riverwalk, organizers have arranged for six months of free concerts and seminars dubbed "Countdown to the Blues."
The series kicks off with seasoned guitarist and showman George Worthmore performing Sunday at Sarasota Guitar Company's Bradenton shop on Cortez Road.
Worthmore began his professional career as a guitarist with Kinky Friedman and has played backup guitar for Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Lou Christy and The Platters.
He has also appeared as a guitarist with the band Hot Tuna.
Worthmore will discuss the role and evolution of the blues during the Great Depression as he explores blues artistry from the 1930s.
He will demonstrate the music of such great blues artists as Blind Blake, Pink Anderson and Tampa Red.
Details: 5 p.m. May 20, Sarasota Guitar Company, 2111 Cortez Road, Bradenton. The event is free. Information: 941-896-9741 or sarasotaguitarcompany.com.
-- Wade Tatangelo