On Friday night, Palmetto Art Center will be hosting TBT columnist and author Merab-Michal Favorite, who will be signing copies of her brand new book, Bradenton: Images of America Series. Her second photography book for Arcadia Publishing after Palmetto, the fifth-generation Manatee County native has once again poured her heart and knowledge into an intimate account of Bradenton's history, from all the way to the early 19th century.
Merab will be signing away from 5 to 8pm. And between 7 and 9pm at PAC, there will also be live jazz music from the RSBC Quartet, who will be serving up numbers inspired by blues, swing, classic jazz, and more!
Book Signing for Bradenton: Images of America Series / RBSC Quartet
Friday, April 5
Book signing 5 - 8 p.m. & RSBC Jazz Quarter play from 7 - 9 p.m.
Palmetto Art Center
907 5th Street West
|photo by Craig Jorgensen|
Marauders baseball is back! Come join the Bradenton Marauders as they take on the Fort Myers Miracle in their first home game of the season on Friday night.
A fireworks display will follow the game. Bring your Brighthouse Networks statement to the game for free admission! Tickets can be purchased here.
Bradenton Marauders vs. Fort Myers Miracle
Friday, April 5
1611 9th Street West
The annual Hernanado De Soto Historical Society Seafood Fest returns this weekend, the first since the unveiling of Riverwalk and the event will be appropriately up-sized with two musical stages, headlined by a top national act. There will also be a free trolly service linking the downtown with the Village of the Arts and the temporarily relocated downtown farmer's market.
The three-day event will not only feature the area's best seafood, but a full-fledge musical festival as well. Uncle Kracker, formerly of Kid Rock's band, Twisted Brown Trucker, is one of the premier top-40 recording artists in the country. Famous for such hits as Follow Me and his cover of Dobie Gray's Drift Away, the Michigan native sold out Joyland in his first performance in the area last year.
Admission for the event is only $2 and part of the proceeds will benefit Operation Troop Support and Feeding Empty Little Tummies. Uncle Kracker will play the main stage Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Other bands scheduled to perform include local favorites Shotgun Justice, Wicked Jester and Kettle of Fish. The festival kicks off Friday night with the popular AC-DC tribute band Highway to Hell. Click here for the full music schedule.
Hernanado De Soto Historical Society Annual Seafood Fest
Friday, April 5, 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, Noon - 7 p.m.
Between 10th and 12th Street West
Cost: Adults: $2
Children 12 and under: Free
A portion of admission fee’s will be donated to both the MOTS(Manasota Operation Troop Support) and FELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) non profit organizations.
Presentation will be Saturday evening prior to headliner on the Main Stage at 8 p.m.
The 9th Annual Gardenwalk will be held by the Village of the Arts on Saturday, April 6 from 11am to 4pm. Come take in the gardens of the Village and all it has to offer, from native plants, to edible landscapes to fantastical sculptures. While you're admiring the natural beauty of the Village's gardens, a host of children's authors will be reading aloud and signing their book, so bring the kids!
9th Annual Gardenwalk / Children's Author Showcase
Saturday, April 6
11am - 4pm
Village of the Arts
1113 12th Street West
Part of this article previously appeared in Uncle Kracker at Seafood Fest Headlines Huge Weekend of Events.