Bradenton Blues Festival 2022: Lineup, tickets announced

The Bradenton Blues Festival 2022 lineup is officially here, and blues fans have plenty to get excited about.

This year’s performers include southern blues and rockers, a Zydeco act, several powerhouse vocalists and a host of bands from across the country putting their own spin on the blues genre.

Among them is Lady A, a blues singer from the Pacific Northwest who has captured national attention in recent years as she battled for her stage name with the country band formerly known as Lady Antebellum. . The country group changed their name to Lady A in 2020 in response to criticism that their former moniker glorified the pre-Civil War slave-holding South.

But the blues singer had already been using the name Lady A for decades. After naming negotiations failed, the singer and the band launched dueling lawsuits, both of which were dropped this week, multiple outlets report. The experience inspired the blues singer to release a song called “My Name is All I Got.”

The headliner of this year’s festival is Ana Popovic, a Serbian-born blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Popovic’s sound, backed by a six-piece band, has been widely acclaimed and has received top nominations from the blues community.

This year will also mark the return of the blues festival to its traditional venue at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion; it has been held in a limited-capacity format at LECOM Park for the past two years due to COVID-19.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 22, on the Blues Fest website, with single and multi-day passes available, organizers Realize Bradenton announced this week. The festival usually sells out well in advance.

Here’s a look at who will grace the 2022 festival stage.

Bradenton Blues Fest Opening Night, Friday December 2:

Bradenton Blues Fest Main Event Saturday December 3:

Bradenton Blues Brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Sunday, December 4:

  • Upcoming Artist, 11am-2pm

Details: The Blues Fest opening night is from 5-8:40 p.m. on December 2. $20. The Blues Fest main concert is from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 3. $55. Combined admission for both days is $65, or $135 for a front-stage ticket. Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion at Rossi Park, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Bradenton Blues Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4 at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton. Ticket price to be determined.


Gabe Stillman leads an up-and-coming Pennsylvania-based roots blues trio who will perform on the opening night of the 2022 Bradenton Blues Festival. Richard A. Lewis Provided by Realise Bradenton

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Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe from Louisiana will bring their funk-infused zydeco sound to the opening night of the 2022 Bradenton Blues Festival. Provided by Realise Bradenton

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Award-winning blues guitarist and singer Mike Zito will perform at the 2022 Bradenton Blues Festival. SCOTT LUKES PHOTOGRAPHYLUKES.COM Provided by Realise Bradenton

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