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Sea-Blues Festival Offers Tempting Seafood and Libations

2/6/2014 9:02:18 AM

Contact: Anna Gurney

Clearwater, Fla. – The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival at Coachman Park is known for bringing nationally acclaimed musical performers to the Tampa Bay area for this free event. But there’s more to sea-blues than the blues.

Attendees to this 8th annual event held this year on Feb. 15 and 16, can enjoy incredible seafood and other scrumptious options like spicy Cajun shrimp, crab cake sliders, Louisiana crawfish, prime rib hoagies, and fried gator-on-a-stick. Notable local eateries such as Rumba Island Bar & Grill, Hammerhead’s Seafood & Grill, Abe’s Place Grill & Tap House, Pipo’s and more will offer a wide range of delectable options. Also available, the standard festival favorites including kettle corn, churros, hot dogs and Dippin’ Dots. (See the complete list of food vendors and menu items at clearwaterseablues.com).

New this year is the Florida Brewers Craft Beer Garden. It will feature craft beers from the Cigar City Brewing Company (Tampa), Florida Beer Co. (Melbourne), Dunedin Red Head by Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin), People's Pale Ale by Intuition Ale Works (Jacksonville), and Toasted Coconut Porter by Orange Blossom Pilsner (Orlando). In addition, New Belgium will offer Fat Tire, Ranger, Snapshot, Sunshine Wheat, Shift, and Spring Blonde throughout the park.

Another addition to this year’s Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival is Abe’s Lounge, a tented area filled with high top tables and chairs to sit, eat, drink and relax while listening to some of the country’s best blues-infused musical performers.

Interest in Saturday’s performances is rapidly growing along with the popularity and success of the co-headlining act, Vintage Trouble. The band recently appeared for its third performance on The Tonight Show (Feb. 5). They are currently appearing on a national Honda television commercial. Vintage Trouble shares the headlining bill with five-time Grammy Award winning Robert Cray Band. On Sunday, long-time British rock-blues group Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds will headline the day’s musical lineup. A complete list of performers is located at clearwaterseablues.com.

To kick off the Festival, on Friday, Feb. 14, Downtown Clearwater will hold the 3rd Annual Blues Walk on Cleveland Street. Live blues music will be performed at area establishments from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Restaurants will offer “Sea-Blues” themed food and drink specials.

Gates open at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For full details or to purchase reserved and VIP tickets for Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, visit clearwaterseablues.com.

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