Best bets: May 2-8

May 2, 2013 

Kim Betts, center, and Gamble Creek will play Saturday at the Braden River Music Festival at Linger Lodge.

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TODAY

Hermanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions final training sessions: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City

Hermanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions, unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world, will perform in their last Winter Training and Practice Rehearsal Shows at 3 p.m. Thursdays-Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Donation: $5. Bring lawn chairs. Reservations and information: 941-322-1501 or visit www.hlipizzans.com.

FRIDAY

First Fridays Artwalk "Cinco de Mayo": Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton

The Village of the Arts will have First Friday Artwalks 6-9:30 p.m. May 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 and commemorate the Cinco de Mayo celebration with the annual Salsa Tasting Contest throughout the Village. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.

First Fridays Car & Bike Show: Slick's Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

Slick's Garage hosts a First Fridays Car & Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children's entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.

Anna Maria Benefit "Great American Music Event": Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Anna Maria Island

The "Great American Music Event," a three-day musical festival to raise funds for the advanced therapy for traumatic brain injury suffered by Georgia-Rose Gibbons, will be 5-10 p.m. May 3, 2:30-10 p.m. May 4 and 11:30-7 p.m. May 5. There will be a variety of musical artists covering musical styles from rock and roll to country, blues and Zydeco and activities for children and food and beverage vendors. Band schedule is May 3: Matt & Tanya 6 p.m., Scott's Garage 8 p.m. May 4: Bodie Valdez & the WhoDoos 2:30 p.m., Koko Ray & Co. 4 p.m., Porch Dogs 6 p.m., Critter Ridge 7:30 p.m. and Porch Dogs 8:45 p.m. May 5: The Three Howies 11:30 a.m., Boss Hawg 1 p.m. TC & The Troublemakers 3 p.m. and Shotgun Justice 5 p.m. The event is free. Information: 941-527-5018.

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. May 3 featuring live music by Big Night Out. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Childrens Dream Fund. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.lakewoodranch.com.

SATURDAY

Braden River Music Festival and Gumbo Cook Off: Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton

Bluegrass, Americana, Roots, and Country music will all be featured at the Braden River Music Festival and Gumbo Cook Off 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 4. Participating performing artists and bands will include Hwy 41 South, Generations, Mitch Lind and The Lagerheads, Gamble Creek, Roy Schneider, and The Schmitz Brothers. The gumbo cook off tasting is included in the price of admission. Tickets: $15. Information: 941-755-2757 or www.southwestfloridabluegrass.com.

West Marine Nautical Expo and Second Annual Manatee Children's Services Band Slam Musical Event: Regatta Point Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto

Join taking a stand against abuse of children within the community at the West Marine Nautical Expo and Second Annual Manatee Children's Services Band Slam Musical Event 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4-5 featuring a powerboat and sailboat show, nautical market, boating demo rides, boating seminars, fishing stations, a wide variety of marine outfitters, suppliers, services and other exhibitors and children events, including fishing lessons. Live entertainment will be provided by No Vacancy, a "kid" rock band, 10:15 a.m., Blue Mason Barter Company 11 a.m., One Night Rodeo with Kim Betts at noon, Sher Nadelman 1:15 p.m., Collaboration 2 p.m., FUSE 3 p.m., The Kara Nally Band 4 p.m., The Lauren Mitchell Band 5 p.m., Saturday and The Tracks teen rock band, 10 a.m., Julie and Geno Marino with Greg "the fiddler" Holt 10:45 a.m., Melanie Massell and Company 11:45 a.m., Twinkle 12:45 p.m., Sudie and CCL Band 1:15 p.m., Lady Katt and the Howlin' Doggs 2 p.m., Deja Vu 3 p.m., Come Back Alice 4 p.m., The Matthew Facciola Band 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. Information: Gina Spicer at 941-504-5208 or Phil Atkinson at 941-729-6021 or www.TheNauticalExpo.com.

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