The Sarasota Bay Water Festival will showcase seven hours of free music from noon until 7pm on Saturday, November 2 at Ken Thompson Park. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond is the performing MC on the live music stage. Ben will also introduce the other performers including Democracy, Hymn for Her, Luke Andrews, and Come Back Alice.
Democracy is one of the region’s most popular Reggae and R&B bands led by Oswald “Ham” Caines. His band mates include vocalist Damie Caines, guitarist Richy Kicklighter and drummer Ritchie Benjamin. Hymn for Her is from Philadelphia; the talented couple plays a mix of backwoods county blues with a dose of desert rock.
Come Back Alice is a funky eclectic rock band with Tony Tyler on lead guitar, harmonica and vocals, Dani Faye on fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Big Bad John Werner on bass. And finally, Luke Andrews is a high-energy performer who shares his life lessons through his meaningful lyrics. Luke has performed throughout California and recently moved to Bradenton from St. Pete.
Visit the Water Festival Live Music page to see the schedule and to find web links to all of the performers. http://sarasotabaywaterfestival.com/music/
The purpose of the water festival is to celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. Other highlights include dragon boat races, artists selling gift items, food trucks, beer and wine garden, boat displays, panel discussions on bay-friendly living, the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest, dip netting and nature walks for kids, and exhibits promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard sports, scuba, cycling, and more.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Presenting Sponsor and HDR, Inc. is the Host Sponsor for 2013. The Water Festival is being supported by 44 sponsors, 82 exhibitors and a team of volunteers from Sarasota and Manatee County. Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) is managing and promoting the event. T3M is the marketing contractor for SBEP and other clients.
Raffle prizes include a 12-foot Perception Sport Kayak from Economy Tackle and Dolphin Paddlesports, a Hovie Scout Paddleboard from SUP Sarasota, an 18 X 20 inch matted Giclee print from the acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher, Open Water Diving Class from Florida Underwater Sports, two-hour excursion on a Yamaha Jet Boat with Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures, a full day bike rental from Freedom 4 Electric Bikes, and a Disc Sports Package from Sun King Disc Sports. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 5pm on the music stage.