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Southwest Florida Blues Festival Nov. 23 at Sun Splash festival grounds

Organizer claims event will have ‘best talent lineup ever’

November 15, 2013
By ED FRANKS ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Matlacha Mariners 14th Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, on the festival grounds at Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral.

Jerry Tolliver is the co-founder and president of the Southwest Blues Society and organizer of the event.

"I've been involved in the Southwest Florida Blues Festival for maybe 12 years and organizing for the last 10," Tolliver said. "I was lucky enough to have had a good music education and this event helps others to have the same."

Article Photos

legend Johnny Winter
will perform
at the Southwest Florida Blues Festival,
Nov. 23.

Photo provided

The event is a benefit for local charities, senior citizen groups, student scholarships, elementary music education and much more.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with an adult. Tickets are available online at: . Click on the Johnny Winter/Blues Festival picture on the left and BUY NOW botton at the bottom of the web page.

"This year I think we have the best talent lineup ever," Tolliver said. "Beginning with Johnny Winter."

Fact Box

If You Go:

What: 14th Annual Southwest Florida Blues


Hosts: Matlacha Mariners

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 (rain or shine),

11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sun Splash Family Waterpark festival

grounds, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral

Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

Kids 10 and under free with a paid adult



Winter is an American blues guitarist, singer and producer best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances. Winter was on the cover of the first issue of Guitar World and in 1988.

He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Other artists include Sena Ehrhardt, who has been called one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today.

"Sena is a very striking performer who has it all going on. She is a great vocalist who really knows how to put her all into a performance. She played a range of music styles that included blues, soul, R&B and some jazz. She is a real knockout and her father Ed Ehrhardt is a fantastic guitar player. Put this band on your must see list!" according to Bob Keiser of Blues Blast magazine.

Brandon Santini is a Memphis vocalist and harmonica player. Santini was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2009 and has performed in Italy, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Germany and Canada.

Deb & the Dynamics originated in 2003 and has since then become one of Southwest Florida's most popular local bands. Debra Sayer (bass guitar and vocals) is accompanied by Dan Keady (guitar, vocals), Michael Baer (keyboards, vocals), Cory McClur (drums), Newt Cole (tenor, alto, baritone sax, percussion and vocals) and Don Hulgas (baritone sax, vocals).

"I try to pick music that makes you feel good and makes people want to dance. It's that simple," Sayer said.

Another scheduled performer, Stringtown, is a blues, gospel, New Orleans, country and honky tonk band all rolled into one. The group plays everyone from Hank Williams, to Van Morrison to Fats Domino, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. A regular at Miceli's, the band also performed with many national acts at the 2012 Bonita Blues Festival.

Belmont and Jones with One String Mitchell is also performing. It features traditional, down-home, country blues.

"This is going to be the best Blues Festival ever," Tolliver said. "I'm really excited about this lineup of talent it's going to be a great day for everyone."



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