Blues lovers with a hankering for gulf shrimp, sushi and other culinary treats can get their fill at the Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival, which rolls into downtown New Port Richey April 27-29.
The festival, sponsored by Bright House/Bay News 9, will be held at Sims Park. Whet your appetite with freshly prepared seafood and the latest craze of food trucks. There will be bounce houses for the kids, a boat and water sports show, a photo contest sponsored by the Pasco Camera Exchange and river cruises aboard Miss Daisy.
April 27 kicks off with a happy hour in the park featuring the Thunderbolt Brown Blues Band, Time Bandits, and KathyJo & the Bluzification Band.
It's back to the water on April 28 with kayak demonstrations, an oyster eating contest and the opportunity to have your photo taken with the famous Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids. There will also be a classic car show featuring the Corvette Club.
The live music resumes about noon April 28 featuring the winners of the "Fresh Catch Blues Talent Search," sponsored by Cocktails. After that come John Leavell, RJ Howson, Josh Lamkin and headliner Sean Chambers.
April 29 will wrap up with performances by students of the Music Matters Rock School and more food, arts and crafts, face painting and other family fun.