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Springing the Blues at Jacksonville Beach

Apr 06, 2015 02:00AM
In 1990, Sam Veal and a handful of friends held the first Springing the Blues Festival in a small pergola near the old Jacksonville Beach Flag Pavilion. The event featured six acts and lasted one day. Twenty-five years later, George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival, presented by Sight & Sound Productions, is one of the most highly anticipated music events in Florida. Held at the beautiful Seawalk Pavilion, Springing the Blues features three days of performances by national, regional, and local blues artists, and attracts more than 150,000 fans to the shores of Jacksonville Beach.

This year, there will be 23 blues artists performing more than 45 hours of music on two stages. Springing the Blues will be held April 17 through 19. The event starts on Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 8 p.m. Scheduled performers include Tinsley Ellis, John Nemeth, Chubby Carrier, Willie Green and Eddie Shaw, and many more talented artists. Concert-goers will also enjoy food, an arts market, kids’ activities, a surfing contest and a 5Krun/2.5 walk. Free general admission and VIP seating available. For more information visit www.springingtheblues.com.