Realize Bradenton Announces “Blues in the Schools”
A 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival Education Initiative
Friday, December 4 at Manatee High School
The teen sister-brother duo Cole and Logan Layman, collectively known as In Layman Terms, will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational outreach program.
(Bradenton, FL) Bradenton’s next generation of musicians will get a musical treat Friday, December 4, 2015, when 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival headliners In Layman Terms, visit Manatee High School to share their music, experiences and professional advice with students. The experience will be even more meaningful to the students since Cole is 18 and Logan is 15.
“We’re delighted to offer our young and budding musicians and music fans this rare opportunity,” says Manatee High School music teacher Linda Boone. “The talents of these two young blues artists will inspire our students to realize their own musical potential.”
Johnette Isham is the executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organizing force behind the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival. As Isham sees it, education is key to the festival. “The Blues in the Schools program gives us a meaningful way to support our community’s youth and arts education efforts,” she says, adding that the program is made possible by funding from Beall’s Inc., and by proceeds from sales of the festival’s limited-edition poster illustrated by Don Brandes, a former Hallmark artist and current Ringling College faculty member.
Anyone who has ever seen In Layman Terms, knows that they are a musical force to be reckoned with, and that they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. Still in their teens, this brother and sister duo has already wowed critics and audiences alike with their own brand of gritty, soulful and foot-stomping blues. The duo won their division at last year’s Richmond River City Society’s Blues Challenge, making them eligible once again for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They are also both inductees into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar. Logan’s big bass lines and vocals, which sound like a “cross between Janis Joplin and Tina Turner,” earned her Veer Magazine’s 2015 award for Best Emerging Artist.
The 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk, December 5, 2015, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with an all-star lineup that includesJaniva Magness, hailed by critics as one of the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today; harmonicist and songwriter Rick Estrin with his band,The Nightcats, thrilling audiences and critics alike with their fresh, original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock and roll; guitarist and vocalistJoanna Connor, who is being called the most exciting new talent on the blues scene; multi-Blues Music Award-winner Mike Zito and his acclaimed band, The Wheel; Bluesman of the Year, guitarist-songwriterLarry Garner; the celebrated Mississippi vocalist and guitarist, James “Super Chikan” Johnson; and“Girls With Guitars,” three electrifying musicians who are quickly conquering the blues world.
Gates open at 10 a.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival are the same as 2013 and 2014: $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 four and under will be admitted free. A limited number of reserved front-of-stage seats are still 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 www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.
2015 Bradenton Blues Festival Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank
Blues Music Magazine
Bradenton Downtown Development Authority
City of Bradenton
Bright House Networks
Bryan Gordon Designs
Don Brandes Illustrator
Manatee Printers Inc.
Sarasota Magazine – BIZ 941 – SEE Magazine
Tidy Coast Event Services
Kallins, Little & Delgado
Manatee Apparel Graphics
OSA Global Security
Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Halfway Bar
Darwin Brewing Company
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Hampton Inn & Suites
Mark T. Elfervig, DDS, MAGD
Michael & Christy Messer
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar
Tropicana – Pepsico
Turner Tree & Landscape
US Tent Rental
Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga, DDS, PA
Deborah & Emile Gauvreau
Fetch Pet Care
Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery
Iaboni Real Estate
Keller Williams – Stan D. Perkins & Dawn Neaverth
Manson Roofing Inc
Manatee Community Federal Credit Union
Suncoast Blues Society
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.