The Van Wezel Brings Back FridayFest on the Bayfront


The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall's FREE, family-friendly outdoor summertime music series is back.

This summer, kick back on the Sarasota bayfront and listen to outstanding bands play a range of musical styles that will please the whole family. FridayFest opens on June 8 with Sarasota's favorite for oldies, Yesterdayze . Not only does Yesterdayze bring a hypnotic sixties sound-they dress the part, recreating the full experience!  The band will sample tunes from The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis, Dionne Warwick, and more.

July 13th it's cowboy cutie Adrian Ray and his blue collar, in-your-face, country music band. The release of his self titled album, which has been described as "Heavy Country", truly bridges today's Country Music with Classic Rock, a little bit of Southern Rock and a whole lot of Soul. You will be amazed at the show he puts on! Check him out and you will see why:

You may have met with a local dance-floor or two while The Venturas are playing.  Now it's the Van Wezel's turn!  August 10th The Venturas will be doing some of their best Jazz, Latin and Blues renditions, right here on the Bayfront. When it comes to this high-energy group, be sure to wear your dancing shoes! 

We know you're on The Edge of your seat but September 14th is TBA! So, save the date and look for another fabulous group, still to come.

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors.  FridayFest takes place in rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to the Grand Foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food and drink from outside the Fest is prohibited; coolers and weapons of any kind are also prohibited.

Presenting sponsors are Sunset Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and MetroPCS. The Talent Sponsor is Business by the Bay. Additional sponsors are Comcast, Bright House Networks, Budweiser, Van Wezel Executive Director's Council, ABC 7, The Observer Group, The Van Wezel Foundation, Boar's Head, Cliff Roles, Mattison's ,Waste Management,  InterMedia Productions,  Cameresi Designs, WSRZ 107.9 ( June & August)  WCTQ 106.5 (July) and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (September). The concert series is paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist  Development Tax Revenues. 

The Van Wezel box office located at 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  For more information, call 941-953-3368 or visit


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