Village of the Arts honors Allman with all-star concert

Bradenton’s Village of the Arts will honor two of Bradenton’s favorite sons who passed away in 2017.

The village’s Art Walk for November always has a “Day of the Dead” theme, with a celebration of life. But this weekend they’re turning Festival of the Skeletons into something particularly special, with tributes to Snooty the Manatee and Gregg Allman.

“It’ll be the biggest event of the year in the village,” said Annie Russini, the owner of Village Veranda.

On Friday, her gallery will be the site of a Gregg Allman Tribute Concert, featuring a band made up of musicians who have a connection to Allman. The lineup includes Gregg’s son Michael Allman, guitarist and host RJ Howson, Mike Kach and Pedro Arevalo, of Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Berry Duane Oakley, the son of the Allman Brothers’ original bassist, and Pat McDonald of the Charlie Daniels Band.

The concert is set for 7 p.m.-midnight Friday at Village Veranda Studios, 1001 11th Ave. The street will be closed for the event, and a beer truck will offer cold brews.

The art walk itself will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, and until 4 p.m. Saturday, with galleries and shops in the village open and accepting visitors, and many holding openings and special events.

In keeping with the Day of the Dead theme, shrines will be placed around the village. Most will honor deceased people, but Russini said that one special shrine created by village artists will honor Snooty.

Details: 6-10 p.m. (concert 7 p.m.-midnight) Friday, Village of the Arts, 1001 11th Ave. W. and surrounding area. The concert is free; a $1 wristband is required to purchase food and beverage tickets. Limited seating, lawn chairs welcome. Art walk continues Saturday. Villageofthe Arts.com.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear