Get ready for another fun-filled Venice FL weekend! Memorial Day is just around the corner and the Venice FL area has been planning for the celebration for months! Several events to get on your calendar are the Fourth Annual Myakka River Blues Festival at Snook Haven in Venice and the Venice Brew Bash at the Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Both of these events are Venice traditions,  that their respective teams have been putting the finishing touches on this week to ensure this year is the best yet!

The Myakka River Blues Festival couldn't be held in a more perfect setting than the Myakka River itself! Combine that with the festival headliner, dynamic blues vocalist, Annika Chambers, who just completed her 8 year term as a Sergeant in the U.S Army! Since being home she has blazed her trail through the Houston Blues Music Scene which garnered her the 2015 Blues Music Award nomination! Other artist's performing in this year's festival include: Florida's longest running blue's acts; Backtrack Blues Band from Tampa- who has performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King (May he rest in Peace..the godfather of the blues), Buddy Guy, Greg Allman and more. Lastly, on this stage, The Pitbull of Blues Bands- another Tampa based band that was named an Orange Blossom Blues Society Central Florida Blues Challenge Winner.

Stage 2 will present a "Tribute to Jr. Wells"! Along with a special show with former alumni of the Jr Wells Band! Jody Young as well as Frank Bang, Steve Arvey and local Harmonica players Tony Smith and Bodie Valdez will be featured. They will be joining Sarasota Slim and his outstanding band playing Jr Wells Songs.  It will be a BLUES NIGHT TO BE REMEMBERED!!


The VENICE BREW BASH is a Brewer's or Beer aficionado's "Christmas"!  Taste over 60 Craft Beers, take part in a Homebrew competition, sample cocktails with beer at the new addition of the Beer Cocktail/ Mixology Tent!  There's so much more to see, do and taste this year!  

Not only is this a GREAT TIME, you will also be helping our local area animal sanctuary!  A percentage of the revenue from this event benefits the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary. E.A.R.S. is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill, no-cage, animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find their "forever homes" and live the lives they so truly deserve.

Centennial Park is the new home for the Venice Brew Bash 2015! However, the Homebrew Competition will be held at Ramada Inn Venice on May 23rd, with winners being announced at the Brew Bash the same day. Follow this link for more information directly related to the Homebrew Competion.

If you need to purchase tickets for the event, you may do so at this link:  VENICE BREW BASH TICKETS

Enjoy this event, but be responsible and don't drive. Set up prior arrangements. Gold Coast Distributing will also be offering Free Rides & Towing of Cars to adults who have had too much to drink. GOLD COAST SERVICE

Remember to honor our Veteran's this Memorial Day Weekend.  They have given so much, we need to show them how much we appreciate all they have done for us.