Mount Dora is the perfect place to visit and enjoy a weekend of rocking blues in downtown Mount Dora with some of the most original and raw American Blues artists from throughout the South, including Blues Brothers Revisited, Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists. It wouldn’t be a wine festival without an ideal selection of wines for your tasting as you stroll around town!
Mount Dora is one of the easiest towns to stroll around in to visit their many shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast Inns. It epitomizes the quaint charm of a southern town with friendly and welcoming people. This Blues and Wine Festival sounds like a great line up of entertainment and a fun way to spend the weekend. Farnsworth House and the Magnolia Inn are downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns for your convenience to stay; and the Cinnamon Inn is located in a rural setting.
The Blues and Wine Festival kicks off at Elizabeth Evans Park with the poignant vocals and unique guitar style of Charlie Morris and his rock-steady rhythm! Followed by Mount Dora’s own Blues Brothers Revisited Show and featuring Andrew Mullen as Jake, T. Scott Walker as Elwood, Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones as Aretha! and the “Eustis Horns”. The Nightly Blues Band will follow with their mix of Southern Blues. Then Miss Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones will wrap up the evening with her unique soulful blues style.
Saturday activities begin with a Wine Stroll and Tasting at Maggie’s Attic. You can sample wines from vineyards around the world. Enjoy the blues sounds of Brad Catron and Albert Bashor. Entertainment begins at Lakeside Inn with a FREE Concert featuring David Oliver Willis , a Mount Dora native and a Season 12 Top 25 Contestant on American Idol. David gives us his unique style of folk/blues. Following David you will enjoy Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists. Franc Robert brings us a stripped-down raw and powerful blues sound! After the show, make your way down to Elizabeth Evans Park for the feature show at Elizabeth Evans Park, opening with Jerry J’s Triple Shot, “Southern Fried Outlaw Blues” and followed by: Thomas Wynn and the Believers “Southern Soul Rock with Muscle” – Orlando Sentinel. “Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged … reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” – Metromix Orlando. The headline act is Chris Simmons and Royal Blue
Chris Simmons spent the last five years touring the world as guitarist with Leon Russell. He is an extraordinarily talented blues man that will make you feel his emotion and heart with every note. He’s now out there with his own band, sharing his music.
Sunday at the Community Center begins with great BBQ from Black Bear Smokehouse. BBQ sold separately and can be added to Blues ticket order.
Sunday’s show features the Beautiful Bobby Blackmon followed by Little Jake and The Soul Searchers
Have a great weekend of Blues and Wine at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.