Myakka River Blues Festival 2020

Don’t miss the Eighth Annual Myakka River Blues Festival at Snook Haven in Venice on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, 2019, 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $25 at the door.

Snook Haven, Smack Dab on the Myakka River, at 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice, is a perfect setting for this annual festival venue. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to Venice Challenger Baseball and Friends of Sarasota County Parks.

Festival headliner, Bryan Lee, is a 2010 Grammy Nominee, 2011 BMA Recipient, and is referred to as a "Living Legend," New Orleans Blues Institution," and as your "Braille Blues Daddy." Originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bryan lost his eye sight and was legally blind by the age of eight. He has been playing the blues consistently for over 50 years now to fans all over the world, and will be taking the stage at this year’s 50th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “Whether he’s wailing a Freddy King inspired blues ballad, stomping out low down and dirty blues, or getting down with a super funky New Orleans groove, Bryan Lee is gonna grab your soul and squeeze it till you scream in blues ecstasy,” says blues artist Duke Robillard.

Kicking off this year’s festival is the Kat Crosby Band, described as sophisticated blues with a hint of jazz and hot guitar. The music is a mix of fresh, modern blues, a dash of jazz, and always with the attitude of “laissez les bon temps roulez!” which translates to “let the good times roll!” Kat has played festivals and other venues in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona over the last 20 years. She has performed many times at the La Vina Wine Festivals as well as The Silver City Blues Festival, The Ruidoso Blues Festival, The Tucson Blues Festival, and The Socorro Music Festival.

Playing later in the afternoon, Nitro Bozeman will be joining Sarasota Slim for a must see blues performance. A returning festival favorite of the Myakka River Blues Fest, Sarasota Slim has been part of the Tampa Bay blues scene for decades and he brings a mix of classic R&B and soul to the stage. Known as “Lil Red” in Chicago, Nitro is one mean boxer and harmonica player, who has been playing in front of audiences since the young age of 7.

On Stage Two, the acoustic based group, Ghost Mountain Band, brings smooth, magical jams to the mind, body and soul all the way from the Appalachian Mountains of southern Ohio. The amazing one man band, Ben Prestage, another returning festival favorite, will be headlining on Stage Two.

The line-up for this year’s festival will appeal to all audiences, with styles from the Chicago blues scene to southern style blues, and nearly everything in between!

Stage 1

11:00 – 12:00 Kat Crosby Band

12:15 – 1:15 Bryan Lee Band

2:15 – 3:15 Collaboration Band

4:30 – 5:30 Sarasota Slim & Nitro

Stage 2

1:15 – 2:15 Ghost Mountain Band

3:30 – 4:30 Ben Prestage

Snook Haven has all the history and natural beauty that anyone seeking riverside dining will fall in love with! It is off the beaten path, near the riverbed in a natural cove with true old Florida ambiance. With indoor and outdoor dining, Snook Haven’s backwoods smokehouse menu features ribs, chicken, pulled pork as well as fresh and smoked fish, and shrimp. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30a.m. – 8p.m. Snook Haven, Smack Dab on the River, is located at 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292 (941) 485-7221, www.snookhaven.com.