Sarasota Blues and music Festival schedule
Details: 11 a.m. (gates open) 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.
Pett Crow: (Noon-12:45 p.m.) This prodigy act from Ohio features three young men ages 12 to 14 playing powerhouse blues.
Paul Thorn: (1-2:20 p.m.) Singer, songwriter, guitarist and former professional pugilist has built strong Tampa Bay following thanks to bringing his sly, loose brand of roots rock to numerous WMNF (88.5) events over the years.
Ana Popovic: (2:40-4 p.m.) Slide guitar goddess, vocalist and songwriter has positioned herself as the hottie of the blues world; strutting her stuff on stage and on the CD cover of her latest album "Unconditional," where she's seen naked with a strategically placed guitar.
Royal Southern Brotherhood: (4:20-5:40 p.m.) 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.
Curtis Salgado: (6-7:30 p.m.) This celebrated soul man has been elating audiences with his big vocals searing harmonica playing since the early 1960s, famously inspiring his pal John Belushi's setlist for the Blues Brothers' smash album "Briefcase Full of Blues." Salgado's latest album, "Soul Shot," helped him ear a nomination for Soul Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards.
Delbert McClinton: (8-9:30 p.m.) Grammy-winning Texas roots music hero responsible for the Top 10 hit "Giving It Up For Your Love" continues to satisfy audiences with a winning combination of country, blues, soul and rock 'n' roll. McClinton headlined the Sarasota Blues Festival in 2001 and 2005. See accompanying interview.
Family Fun Zone: To make this year's festival more family friendly, fans with children can try out The Family Fun Zone, a children's area with amusement games and activities.
-- Wade Tatangelo