To kick off the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival, Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are unveiling a national "Say I Do at the Blues" contest. The winning couple, who must be U.S. or Canadian residents, 21 years or older and live outside of the state of Florida, will be married on stage at the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival on Dec. 5, and be showered with a total prize package valued at $6,200.
To enter, couples must submit a video explaining why they want to be married at the Bradenton Blues Festival. All video submissions must be no more than 120 seconds in length. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 14. The winning couple will be notified on Sept. 24. For more information on how to enter, visit www.RealizeBradenton.com/blueswedding.
Prizes include two $500 vouchers for roundtrip airfare for winners from out-of-state or Canada into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a four-night stay on Anna Maria Island, four VIP tickets to the Bradenton Blues Festival, a full wedding ceremony with cake and bouquet, a wedding photographer, gift certificates for nail and hair treatments, gift certificates to Bradenton-area restaurants, a winery tour, and certificates for area cruises and recreational opportunities.
The 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5, with an all-star lineup that includes Janiva Magness, Rick Estrin with his band, The Nightcats, Joanna Connor, Mike Zito and The Wheel, Larry Garner, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Girls With Guitars and In Layman Terms.
Tickets: $30 in advance; $40 at the gate, cash only; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children age 4 and younger will be admitted free. A limited number of reserved front-of-stage seats are available for $75 per person. Tickets are available online and at Keeton's Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave. West, in Bradenton. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit BradentonBluesFestival.org.