Bradenton area's Damon Fowler, Have Gun Will Travel headline Little Manatee River Jam

wtatangelo@bradenton.comNovember 15, 2012 

The Bradenton area's most successful live music exports of recent years are joining forces again to headline WMNF's third annual Little Manatee River Jam.

The Tampa-based community radio station (88.5)'s fund-raising concert is Saturday at the Canoe Outpost in the southern Hillsborough County community of Wimauma.

It features Bradenton Beach resident and international blues star Damon Fowler as well as the Bradenton natives of Have Gun Will Travel performing their equally acclaimed Americana originals.

Christy Massey, Ed Carter, Sarah Mac Band, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets and Talk To Mark are also scheduled to perform throughout the day.

The festival's beginnings go back to early 2010, when the owners of the Canoe Outpost attended a friend's wedding reception where Talk To Mark were providing the entertainment.

"A brief discussion with the band during a set break led to the subject of WMNF and the idea of a live music event on the Outpost's beautiful 5-acre property," reads a statement issued by WMNF.

"With a little coordination between the band, the station and the site owners, the concept quickly began to take shape. Brandon native Damon Fowler -- whose roots in the area made him the natural choice -- was tapped to headline the show, and a festival was born."

Details: 1 p.m. Nov. 17, Canoe Outpost, 18001 U.S. 301 S., Wimauma. Tickets: $20 (advance), $25 (day of the event). Information: 813-238-8001 or www.wmnf.org.

Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.

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