Bradenton bands play Pickin' Picnic

Up-and-coming bands highlight 11 hours of free music on the Riverwalk

May 23, 2013 

A lot of the best young musicians from around the Bradenton area will be on hand this weekend for the Pickin' Picnic, a free all-day event on the Bradenton Riverwalk.

The event is organized by Realize Bradenton along with about a dozen other local nonprofits that work with young people.

In the late morning and into the afternoon, the focus of Pickin' Picnic will be on youth, with teen-aged performers from the Del Couch Foundation performing at the Mosaic Amphitheatre. Food, beverages and CDs will be for sale.

Then, starting at 4 p.m. the action switches to the Pavilion, where some of the area's best-known bands will perform until 10 p.m. The latter half of the event is less kid-oriented, and beer will be available.

Here's the lineup for the second half of the event:

4 p.m.: Lady and Gentleman, a two-piece folk group influenced by Mumford and Sons and Frank Turner.

5 p.m.: Faceless Bandits, a band that's not limited to any genre but draws inspiration from bluegrass, folk and newgrass.

6 p.m.: Good Graeff. twins Brooke and Brittany Graeff, who play folk-pop duo infused with classical, country, indie rock and blues.

7 p.m.: Muphin Chuckrs, formed at Manatee School for the Arts in 1999, they have been creating and playing original rock and reggae music.

8 p.m.: A Gentlemen Army, formed in 2004 has performed with bands such as Whole Wheat Bread, Authority Zero and Strike Anywhere.

9 p.m.: The Applebutter Express, a four-piece outfit that offers "good time ukulele funk."

Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26 at the Mosaic Amphitheater at Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W. Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Information: www.realizebradenton.com.

-- Marty Clear

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