Music and food highlight the DeSoto Seafood Festival in Palmetto

Music and food highlight the DeSoto Seafood Festival in Palmetto

mclear@bradenton.comApril 3, 2014 


People enjoy the good food and music while attending last year's DeSoto Seafood Festival. HERALD FILE PHOTOS


If you're among the thousands who make a habit of going to the DeSoto Seafood Festival in Bradenton every year, you're going to have to make some adjustments.

This year, the three-day festival -- which begins Friday -- will move to Palmetto, along 10th Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets.

It's called a seafood festival, so of course there's going to be plenty of great seafood all weekend, but the big attraction, this year and most years, is an impressive music lineup.

The headliners are country star Travis Tritt and pop-rapper/reality show star Vanilla Ice.

Tritt is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Vanilla Ice is slated to take to the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. All the music is free with admission to the festival, which is only $3 (and free to kids younger than 12).

Traffic and parking might be a concern, especially for people who don't know the area well, but a map on the festival's website shows seven parking areas within a few blocks of the festival. The largest is at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue. Another is one the east side of Eighth Avenue near Sixth Street. Three lots sit along 11th Avenue from Fourth to Fifth streets, and two more are on the north side of Riverside Drive between Eighth and 10th avenues.

But this year there's another option besides parking right next to the festival.

There's all-day shuttle service for $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 to and from three locations listed: Regatta Pointe Marina, at 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto; Riviera Dunes Marina fuel dock, at 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; and the Day Dock on the Bradenton Riverwalk.

The shuttle runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. It leaves Regatta Pointe on the hour, Riviera Dunes at 20 after the hours and the Riveralk at 40 minutes past the hour.

The music headliners are plenty impressive. Tritt has had a long career in country music, dating back to the late 1980s, and Vanilla Ice was one of the first successful white rappers.

At one time among the biggest-selling rappers in the world, thanks to his hit "Ice Ice Baby."

But there's lots of great music from the Bradenton area's best and most popular acts on two stages all weekend. Besides the live music acts, the festival also features all sorts of food -- not just seafood but everything from barbecue to ice cream -- and a children's play area.

Here's the band schedule:


Baker's Main Stage

5 p.m.: Gator Nate & The Gladezmen

8 p.m.: Travis Tritt

Norma Rae's South Stage

5 p.m.: Derek Allen Band

8 p.m.: Renegades


Baker's Main Stage

11 a.m.: TriggerFish

12:30 p.m.: Kim Betts

2:30 p.m.: Boss Hawg

5 p.m.: The BoneShakers

7:15 p.m.: Boss Hawg

8:30 p.m.: Vanilla Ice

Norma Rae's South Stage

11 a.m.: Soul-R-Coaster

1:30 p.m. TriggerFish

4 p.m.: White Buffalo Band

6:30 p.m.: Big Daddy

8:30 p.m.: Whiskey Blind


Baker's Main Stage Stage

Noon: Blue Mason Barter

1:30 p.m.: Gator Nate & The Gladezmen

4 p.m.: Highway to Hell AC/DC Tribute Band

Norma Rae's South Stage

Noon: Church Choirs

2 p.m.: Betty Fox

4 p.m.: Kettle of Fish

Details: April 4-6, 10th Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets, Palmetto, Hours: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $3 for everyone age 12 and older; under 12 free. Information: 941-747-1998,

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow

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