A few weeks back, officials of the Movieville International Film Festival announced they would be moving their annual event to Bradenton and renaming it the Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival.
The films for the 2014 festival don't start until next week, but the "arts" part of the festival gets going this weekend with an event called the "Legends of Country and Rock Concert," Saturday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.
The lineup includes Rick Derringer, a Bradenton-area resident who's known for his work with the McCoys, Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter's bands and for his solo work; local blues man Jesse Yawn; area favorites the Billy Rice Band and George Wallace Jr., a country musician who's the son of the former governor of Alabama.
Earlier that day at the convention center is Movieville's annual Show Biz Expo, a trade show for anyone who's interested in any aspect of television, film or web production. The expo is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.
There are some other small events associated with the Bradenton Arts Movieville Film festival in the next few days, but the festival gets going in earnest next week with a kick-off party at the South Florida Museum on May 15, film screenings at the Manatee Performing Arts Center May 16-18, a party on Old Main Street in Bradenton from 6:30 until 10 p.m. May 16, a party at Pier 22 on May 17, and a closing gala at the DaVinci Machines Exhibition at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium May 18.
Details: "Legends of Country and Rock" concert 7-11 p.m. May 10, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Tickets: $25 general, $35 at the door. Tickets for movies and other events range from $10-$75. A Gold Pass for all festival events is available for $200. Information: www.movievillefilmfestival.com.
-- Marty Clear