Last year's inaugural Sunshine Blues & Music Festival had an impressive lineup, with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Dr. John headlining and nine other respected acts filling the day.
The second annual event, which is set for this Sunday at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, features an astounding lineup packed with some of the best bands and solo artists in the country.
The Tedeschi Trucks band is back again. (Guitarist Derek Trucks just announced last week that he would be leaving his long-time job as an Allman Bothers band guitarist later this year.)
Also scheduled to rock are the legendary Leon Russell, blues-rock duo Hot Tuna (comprising bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane), jazz great Stanley Clarke, southern rocker J.J. Grey (formerly of MoFro), New Orleans funk-jazz jam band Galactic, eclectic virtuosos The Ringers (guitarists Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, drummer Keith Carlock and bassist Etienne Mbappe, all of whom are renowned session musicians), jazz-rocker Bobby Lee Rodgers and British bluesman Oli Brown.
There's also going to plenty of food and craft beer available, and the setting, on the downtown waterfront with gorgeous architecture and nature as a backdrop, will be idyllic.
It looks as thought it might be a bit on the chilly side, though, so make your plans with that in mind.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $49.50 general, $99.50 reserved. Information: 1-800-745-3000, www.sunshinemusicandblues.com.
-- Marty Clear