Blues on the Beach to entail concert, more
Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts and the ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa will host the first-ever concert on Captiva’s beaches, featuring next generation blues phenoms David Julia, Trey Wanvig and local favorite Johnny Jensen.
Blues on the Beach will consist of an acoustic jam the night of Dec. 13 and a beachfront concert on Dec. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m., with more entertainment afterward at the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille.
“Our goal is to create adventure, fun, entertainment and good times unlike any other resort in Southwest Florida,” Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts Chief Executive Officer Doug Babcock said. “If it’s new, or cool, or different, or daring, or just plain fun, we want the world to know they’ll find it at ‘Tween Waters.”
“Our plan for 2020 will include many new and exciting promotions that we feel the public will love, and want to enjoy again and again,” he added.
Julia, 18, is a guitar prodigy who calls Central Florida home but who has made his musical mark across the country. Since picking up the guitar at age 7, he has grown his craft and honed his vocal and guitar skills under the tutelage of blues master guitarist Bob “Steady Rollin'” Margolin, with whom Julia recently collaborated on an album titled “Inspired.” His style is described as both “contemporary and traditional electric blues.”
Hailing from Sarasota, Wanvig is a 17-year-old with a resume that already rocks. He has performed at numerous blues and music festivals, including the Bradenton Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Festival, B.B. King’s in Memphis, Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa and even aboard the Allure of the Sea, one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships. Wanvig has performed alongside many great artists, such as Shemekia Copeland, Annika Chambers, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Bryan Lee, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson.
Jensen has been banging the drums and playing guitar since the age of 2. Growing up on Captiva, he was not much older than a toddler when he joined his Uncle Jimmy and band the Troublestarters for weekend jams at Jensen’s Marina & Cottages. Today, Jensen has played from Fort Myers to Nashville, and he has opened for a number of headline national touring acts – all before or at the age of 16.
Tickets for the concert are $15, plus handling, in advance or $20 at the door.
For those who want to make it a blues weekend, a Friday-Saturday night stay at any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort or Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals will entitle guests to two free tickets per bedroom per room. It applies to the ‘Tween Waters, West Wind Island Resort, Beachview Cottages and Castaways Cottages. Call 800-223-5865, or enter “blues” in the comment field when reserving online.
To purchase event tickets, visit www.Tween-Waters.com/Shop.
The ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa is at 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva.