In November 2016, the Sanibel-Captiva Optimists Club pioneered a new fund raising event – Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival. Again in 2017 and 2018, and now in 2019 for the fourth year, the fest features outstanding, award winning musicians. Past fests provided funding for the Optimists’ many charitable endeavors including their six college scholarships and Sanibel Recreation Center summer programs for kids.
This year’s festival will again be held at the Bailey’s Center in the back yard (corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel). The festival begins at noon and ends at about 7 p.m. The Sunday, Nov. 3 headliners are another outstanding group of musicians, some from past years and some new.
Johnny Jensen will be first on stage at 1 p.m. He will be followed by the Marty Stokes Band at 2 p.m. Sean Chambers will hit the stage at 3:30 p.m. The festival will see Matt Schofield come on stage at 5 p.m. The day ends with a closing band jam.
Ticket donations are $20 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission. Advance tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com or at Bailey’s General Store, the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, George and Wendy’s Seafood Grill, also available at the festival. Get more details at www.facebook.com/SanibelBluesandJazzFestival or at www.sancapoptimist.org