Lakewood Ranch music festival adds seven acts

Ty Herndon, Backtrack Blues Band highlight Winterfest additions

mclear@bradenton.comAugust 21, 2013 

The lineup of acts slated to appear at Winterfest, the new two-day music festival at Lakewood Ranch, is filling up.

Seven more acts were announced Monday: Ty Herndon, The Alabama Blues Brothers, Hotel California, Tampa Bay area stalwarts the Backtrack Blues Band, Highway to Hell, Elvis impersonator Joseph Hall and the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band.

Except for Grammy-nominated country star Herndon, none have the name recognition of the stars previously announced -- Alabama founder Jeff Cook, Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin, Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter and "Key Largo" singer Bertie Higgins -- and four are tribute acts.

Country singer Billy Dean, 11-year-old guitar phenom Jake Castro and popular locals the Billy Rice Band are also among the acts announced originally.

More acts will be named.

"There are still a few acts we are asked not to announce until later," said Jim Chiaffredo, Winterfest spokesman.

The festival is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. March 29-30 at the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch.

Winterfest officials predict about 20,000 people will attend each day. They say they plan to make Winterfest an annual event.

Regular one-day tickets are $11.34 for children ages 3-10, $16.52 for ages 11-17 with a valid student ID and $26.87 for adults.

Two-day tickets are also available for $42.39. No two-day tickets are available for children or students 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 with a catered buffet and bar.

You can buy tickets at, and festival information is at

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow

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