Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2016

Brandon Heath, Beatlemania Now headlines Bradenton Area River Regatta

Christian music superstar Brandon Heath and the world’s top Beatles tribute band, Beatlemania Now, are the signature concert artists at the second annual Bradenton Area River Regatta, Saturday, Feb. 6.

The all free Regatta offers family-fun attractions and activities all day long from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Central Florida is like family to me,” said Heath.  “I’ve had a warm and loyal fan base there for many years thanks to The Joy FM and many trips to the area.  It will be a fun night of music and I hope people feel like singing along because we’ll be playing all the hits.”

Brandon Heath is coming to Florida

Brandon Heath is coming to Florida

This year, fans can enjoy music on both sides of the Manatee River. The It Works® Stage, 10th Ave and Riverside Drive in Palmetto, will showcase the gospel sounds of Heath, while Beatlemania Now takes fans back in time with the legendary hits of the “Fab Four” at the Riverwalk Main Stage. Both shows begin at 4:30 p.m.

Heath burst onto the Christian Music scene and quickly soared to national acclaim with hits such as Give Me Your Eyes” that earned him both the Best New Artist Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.  Heath’s compelling voice has a warm, rich tone and his gift for penning songs from a deep well of personal experience, yet universal in their appeal, has enabled this singer/songwriter to produce hit after hit.”

Before Heath, it’s the heavenly voices and talents of worship teams from two area churches, Bayside Community and Woodland Community, starting at 11 a.m.

At the Riverwalk Main Stage, Beatlemania Now recaptures the excitement, mood and frantic intensity of England’s famed quintet.  Regarded as the world’s best Beatles cover band, the group performs against a backdrop of stunning images which evoke memories of some of the most turbulent decades of modern times…the 60’s and 70’s!

Leading up to this much-anticipated musical extravaganza will be a collection of top talent from the Del Couch Music Foundation including Sam Woolf of American Idol fame, who performs at 4 p.m.

Others include:

·         Matt Walden—recently charted on ITunes at #7 with his first single release.

·         Brooke Bonderer & Wake the Neighbors—finalist in Bradenton idol competition.

·         Paige Merriman—15-year-old singer/songwriter who just released her first CD and won the latest SRQ Rocks talent competition.

·         Andy Pursell—singer/songwriter was a Top 4 finalist in the Hard Rock Acoustic Music Festival.

·         Eliza Lipton & Soul Grains—15-year-old winner of the West Coast “Best Rock Band” competition.

·         Delaney Dakota—15-year-old singer/songwriter working on first CD.


Full details, schedule and additional information are available: bradentonarearegatta.com.  Follow all the fun and activities on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiverwalkRegatta

The 2016 Bradenton Area River Regatta is sponsored by Firkins Automotive, Manatee Memorial Hospital, It Works®, Synovus Bank, Budweiser, Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders, Benderson Development, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Mosaic, Heli Aviation, University of South Florida, Gold Coast Eagle, Pier 22, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Regatta Pointe Marina, U.S. Tent Rental, Bay News 9, Bradenton Herald, Bright House Sports Network, SRQ Media, 106.5 CTQ, 105.9 FM the Buzz, 92.1 The Coast, 107.9 WSRZ and SUNNY 1450/1320 AM.

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