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Weekend Adventures in Bradenton: November 8-10, 2013


A heap of live music - from blues-rock to ukulele funk (you heard that right) to classical - and a boat show makes its way into Bradenton this weekend. On Friday night, The Applebutter Express band and will roll its way onto the Riverwalk Ampitheater for a free funky concert. Soon after, The Albert Castiglia Band will take the stage at Ace's Live to play some fiery blues-rock. On Saturday, the historic Cortez Schoolhouse will host a Boatyard Bash with a mega-display of boats, live music, family activities and more. And don't forget that the Inaugural Symphony on the Sand will be happening at Coquina Beach Park on Saturday as well. It's time for a Weekend Adventure in Bradenton!

The Applebutter Express

Come Friday night, the Riverwalk Ampitheater will host Tampa's The Applebutter Express band as they play their "Uncut Ukulele Funk", with generous helpings of bass (Matt DeSear), fiddle (Joe Trivette), vocals (Shannon and Kyle Biss), and of course, that funky ukulele (Kyle Biss). Free to attend, this Realize Bradenton-organized concert will have food and beverages for sale. 

Along with the family, bring some lawn chairs or a blanket.  For more information about the concert, visit Realize Bradenton's website. More information about the band can be found here.

Music In The Park

Friday October 8

6-8 p.m.

Riverwalk Ampitheater

808 Third Avenue West


After seeing the Applebutter gang, come on down to Ace's Live to watch Albert Castiglia and his band play smoking blues-rock. Named "Best Blues Guitarist" by New Times Magazine in 1997, Castiglia has only gotten better over time as the real blues musicians do. ''

Cover for this non-smoking show is $8 in advance, and $12 at the door. For a peek at a recent performance, check out this YouTube clip: 


For more information about the band, their website can be found here.

Albert Castiglia Band Live

Friday November 8

9 p.m.

Ace's Live

4343 Palma Sola Boulevard



Photo: Bradenton area CVB

On Saturday, come join in on the Boatyard Bash taking place at Cortez Schoolhouse. Plenty of entertainment will be on deck: live music, boats, fun, family-friendly activities, boats, an evening old-time pirate film and popcorn, educational booths, and did we mention boats? Also, a diverse selection of boats will be on display, all at the historic Cortez Schoolhouse.


Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to sit on during the screening of the evening film, The Black Pirate. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact 941-708-6120.


Boatyard Bash at Cortez Schoolhouse

November 9

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cortez Schoolhouse

4415 119th Street West




Tickets are now on sale for Manatee County’s inaugural Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet feast on Nov. 9 at Anna Maria Island’s Coquina Beach Park.   


Symphony on the Sand brings a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists to the beach for an evening of elegant fun. Performers will play Broadway favorites, classical music and patriotic songs the entire family will enjoy. More information on the event can be viewed here


Inaugural Symphony on the Sand at Coquina Beach Park

Saturday, November 9


Coquina Beach Park

2650 Gulf Drive 

Bradenton Beach


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