Tickets are on sale now for Winterfest, the new music festival slated for Lakewood Ranch March 29-30. Regular one-day tickets are $11.34 for kids ages 3-10, $16.52 for ages 11-17 with a valid student ID and $26.87 for adults. Kids younger than age 3 get in free.
Two-day tickets are also available for $42.39. (No two-day tickets are available for kids or students, at least at this time.)
You can also get VIP tickets for $259.74 per day, or $363.24 for both days. Those tickets get you into an air-conditioned VIP area.
The lineup announced thus far includes Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, Jeff Cook of country band Alabama, Manatee County resident Rick Derringer performing with his former musical partner Edgar Winter, "Key Largo" singer Bertie Higgins, country stalwart Billy Dean, 11-year-old guitar phenom Jake Castro and popular locals the Billy Rice Band.
There's no word yet on which acts will play which days.
Organizers say more acts will be announced later, and that they'll cover a broad range of genres, from blues and rock to jazz.
The festival is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch.
Besides music, Winterfest will include more than 50 vendors and an area with activities for kids.
Winterfest officials predict about 20,000 people will attend each day. They say they plan to make Winterfest an annual event.
You can buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/435550. The latest festival information is available at www.lwrwinterfest.comwww.lwrwinterfest.com.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.