SARASOTA -- After enjoying success in recent years with acts that defy easy categorization, The Sarasota Blues and Music Festival has taken another fresh step outside its namesake genre.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ana Popovic, Curtis Salgado, Paul Thorn and prodigy act Pett Crow make up the stylistically diverse roster scheduled to perform at Ed Smith Stadium on Sept. 29.
Texas roots music hero McClinton, best known for the 1981 hit "Giving it Up for Your Love" and penning "Two More Bottles of Wine," headlined the festival in 2001 and 2005.
Royal Southern Brotherhood is a Dixie-flavored soul, rock and funk supergroup populated by singer/percussionist Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Galactic), vocalist/guitarist Devon Allman (Honeytribe), Blues Music Award-winning vocalist/guitarist Mike Zito, drummer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band) and bassist Charlie Wooton.
Devon fronted his Honeytribe band and then performed with his dad, Gregg Allman, at the 2006 Sarasota Blues Festival.
Blues-rock singer, songwriter and gifted guitarist Popovic; soul singer/songwriter Salgado; WMNF fave and Mississippi-raised prizefighter turned scrappy singer/songwriter Thorn and Pett Crow are making their Sarasota Blues debut.
New Orleans supafunk star Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews made a big splash at the festival in 2010 while venerable genre-hopping rockers Los Lobos headlined last year.
For the 22nd annual festival this fall, producer Three Zebras Entertainment promises a Saturday celebration of music, fun and family-friendly entertainment.
This year's festival will offer VIP ticket buyers food and beverage service, upgraded beer and wine and a separate rest room area, all of which will be in close proximity to the artists on stage.
To make this year's festival more family friendly, fans with children can try
out The Family Fun Zone, an area with amusement rides and games for the young ones.
"Ensuring families have a great time from the moment they enter the gates is a big part of how we approached the festival this year," said Bill Haggett, general manager of the Sarasota Blues and Music Festival, in a statement.
"And continuing the tradition of bringing the best of the blues to Sarasota is apparent in the all-star lineup this year. We can't wait for September 29!"
Tickets go on sale June 22.
Details: 11 a.m. Sept. 29, Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota. Tickets: $22; children under the age of 14 are free with paid adult admission; limited number of VIP tickets available for $75. Information: 855-292-5837 or sarasotabluesfest.com.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.