CLEARWATER - When Elvin Bishop leaves the stage at Coachman Park on Sunday night, the Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, it will signal the end of the festival’s third year of providing free entertainment to blues fans and seafood lovers.
The gates open at noon. Admission is free.
Sunday’s lineup includes The Nelms/Chavers Band at 12:45 p.m., followed by Kenny Neal at 2:30 p.m., Marcia Ball at 4:30 p.m. and Elvin Bishop at 6:30 p.m.
Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Marcia Ball is a pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Her fans remember her not only for her music, but for her “leg swinging” as she accompanies herself on the piano.
She's currently touring in support of her latest CD, Peace, Love & BBQ. Her groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans all over the world. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano.
Remembered by many these days as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop has also tasted pop success with his 1976 smash hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love." Bishop's long and varied career has included other musical stops along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to rollicking good time rock and roll.
On his most recent release, "The Blues Rolls On" on Delta Groove Music, Bishop goes back to his roots, paying tribute to the musicians who inspired him and who also helped give him his start. Supported by an all-star cast of blues royalty featuring B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Németh and Angela Strehli, Bishop leads the way through a smoldering set of searing blues and rollicking R&B.
Music is only half of the fun at the Sea-Blues Festival. Attendees also will be able to experience some of the best seafood in the area, including jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and gumbo.