Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, JJ Grey and Mofro lead Clearwater, St. Pete blues festivals
February was already going to be a grand month for the blues in Tampa Bay, what with B.B. King and Buddy Guy coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 5, and America's Greatest Bluesman, John Mayer, hitting the St. Pete Times Forum on the same day.
But two of Tampa Bay's top blues events are still to come.
The Clearwater Sea Blues Festival will take place Feb. 19-21 in downtown Clearwater, with headliners including Robert Cray (above), Tab Benoit, John Mayall, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Little Feat's Shaun Murphy and more. The best part? The whole thing's free! Click here for all the details.
And if you still feel like sobbing into your sweet 'n' tangy rib sauce by the time April rolls around, check out the Tampa Bay Blues Fest from April 9-11 at Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
In its 15th year, Blues Fest has become Tampa Bay’s biggest multi-day music festival — past headlienrs have included Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy and George Thorogood. This year's headliners include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, JJ Grey and Mofro, Bettye Lavette, Shemekia Copeland, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm and Ryan Shaw.This year, a big highlight will be the “After Hours” parties each night at Nova 535 in St. Pete. For $20 each night, you can see some of the festival’s performers, including Magic Slim and the Teardrops and Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm, in a more intimate party setting.
Single-day tickets to Tampa Bay Blues Fest are $30 (general admission) to $150 (VIP); three-day passes are $75-$325. Click here for details.
And get the complete day-by-day lineups for both the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival and Tampa Bay Blues Fest after the jump.
Friday, Feb. 19: Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Julie Black
Saturday, Feb. 20: Robert Cray Band, Shaun Murphy of Little Feat, Chris Duarte and Bluestone, Lois Greco
Sunday, Feb. 21: John Mayall, Walter Trout, Ana Popvic
Friday, April 9: Jimmie Vaughan (8:30 p.m.), Bettye Lavette (6:30), Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials (4:30), Sonny Landreth (2:30), Reba Russell (12:30)
Saturday, April 10: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (8:30 p.m.), Magic Slim and the Teardrops (6:30), Ryan Shaw (4:30), Tad Robinson (2:30), Joanne Shaw Taylor (12:30)
Sunday, April 11: JJ Grey and Mofro (8:30 p.m.), Shemekia Copeland (6:30), Joe Louis Walker (4:30), Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm (2:30), John Nemeth (1)
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: AP.