The Sunshine Music and Blues Festival has brought some fantastic lineups to St. Petersburg in its first two years. But this year's festival has arguably the best yet, and almost certainly the most varied.
The third annual festival is Saturday at Vinoy Park.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi founded the festival and still run it, so as always the Tedeschi Trucks Band is on the bill. Also scheduled to perform are the Both (a duo that includes singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Los Lobos, Grace Potter, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Robinson is a former member of the Black Crowes), the Rebirth Blues band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers.
Bradenton favorite Dickey Betts, the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist, was a late scratch. He dropped out last week, citing a family emergency. Robby Krieger, the guitarist from the Doors, is taking his spot.
There's more than just music, of course. Food trucks, craft beer vendors will be on hand as in previous years, and this time around there's a full-service wine bar with a wide assortment of varieties and vintages available by the glass and by the bottle.
Details: Noon Jan. 17, Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Tickets: $63.50 general, $117.65 reserved. Information: 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear