BRADENTON -- BMO Harris Bank is returning this year as Presenting Sponsor of the second annual Bradenton Blues Festival.
Dave Maraman, regional president at BMO Harris Bank, says he's both a fan of the blues and a strong supporter of regional growth.
"We're honored to support Realize Bradenton and its mission to transform downtown Bradenton into a vibrant riverfront destination," he said. "A large part of our mission at BMO Harris Bank is to encourage and support cultural efforts and initiatives."
Tom Seguin, chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and owner of Suncoast Gems, also recognizes the festival's positive economic and cultural impact on Bradenton.
"As a business sponsor I'm happy to contribute because I know that this type of event adds to the sense of place-making in Bradenton that sparks interest in the continued redevelopment of our downtown," Seguin said.
Isham says that other major sponsors include Florida Blue, Urology Partners, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Manatee Printers, Inc., LA Events, and Coastal Orthopedics.
The Bradenton Blues Festival returns to Riverwalk, Dec. 7. The 2013 lineup includes vocalist Shemekia Copeland; Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot; guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anthony Gomes; John Nemeth; Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls; Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and soulful, rising blues star, Albert Castiglia.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children under five will be admitted free.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.