Pickin' Picnic returns to Bradenton Riverwalk

Have Gun, Will Travel headlines a day of original music

October 17, 2013 

Back in May, the first Pickin' Picnic brought thousands of music lovers to Brandeton's Riverwalk for a full day of music.

It's back again Saturday, and it promises to be even better this time around.

"It was a huge success, so we've got a bigger budget this time and we can get bigger bands," said Wade Hamilton, the creative director for both editions of the Pickin' Picnic.

Johnette Isham, the executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization behind the event, said Hamilton's challenge was make the second Pickin' Picnic better than the first without altering its character.

"We have a lot musical talent in this area," Isham said. "We had a great turnout last time, and Wade's just tweaking it."

Headlining the picnic this time will be Have Gun, Will Travel, the Bradenton-based but nationally known Americana band.

Besides giving people a great day of entertainment, Hamilton said his goal is to showcase bands from the area that play their own compositions.

"As much original music as possible," he said. "We want to introduce these bands to a wider audience, instead of just the people in the small bars they're used to playing."

He's also trying appeal to a younger demographic than some of the other Bradenton festivals.

"I wanted to have something for the people in their 20s and 30s," he said. "But this music also appeals to people in their 40s and even older. We found that out last time."

Finally, he said, he wanted to present a festival in Bradenton where the music could have a bit of an edge. Americana bands open and close the show, but in between are acts that delve into psychedelia, metal and punk.

Live, original music is the main attraction but there's also plenty of food. Suncoast Food Trucks will be on hand and 2nd Street Bistro will be operating the Pavilion's concessions stand. You're also welcome to bring your own food along with your blankets and lawn chairs.

Here's the music lineup.

4-5 p.m.: Faceless Bandits. Americana tinged with bluegrass and rockabilly.

5:15-6:15 p.m.: Geri X. A Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter from St. Petersburg influenced by folk, psychedelic rock, Americana and post-rock.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Waking Giants. A blend of rock, blues, funk, world beat and electronic.

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Muphin Chuckrs. Punk with touches of reggae, jazz, rock and metal.

9-10 p.m.: Have Gun, Will Travel. Americana rockers with a national following who just released their fourth album.

Details: 4-10 p.m. Oct. 19, Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-479-2871, www.realizebradenton.com.

-- Marty Clear

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