In researching festivals for Creative Loafing Tampa's upcoming Newcomer's Guide, we realized something odd: a lineup... for a festival not happening for another eight months.
Yep, the enterprising folks at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival just wrapped their 2018 party this April and have already announced artists for the 2019 iteration set for April 12-14 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Bluesfest 2018 scored record attendance with Samantha Fish, Buddy Guy, The Rides and more
Many are Blues Festival alumni, but CL favorite Samantha Fish (who played in 2017), Tab Benoit ('98, '02, '05, '08, '11, '13, '15 and ''17) , Jonny Lang ('01, '06, '11, '13) and Boz Scaggs ('15) are among the highlights.
More information, and the full daily lineups are available below. See the entire lineup and get more information on pre/after-parties via tampabaybluesfest.com.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival w/Boz Scaggs/Jonny Lang/more. April 12-14. $35 & up. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. tampabaybluesfest.com.
Friday, April 12
J.T. Lauritsen and the Buckshot Hunters
Spoonful of Blues
Saturday, April 13
Welch Ledbetter Connection
Sunday, April 14
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys