Saturday, March 12, 2016 & Sunday March 13, 2016

From 10 Am until 5 Pm

E.G. Simmons Regional Park, 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, FL 33570

705The 2016 24th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is the place to be for the weekend of March 12th & 13th, 2016.  This event will be held at the beautiful E.G. Simmons Park, Located at 2401 19th St. NE, in Ruskin, FL 33570.  This is a nationally recognized Fine Arts & Craft show.  Professional & Quality workmanship.  Free Children’s creativity center, food court, continuous Live musical entertainment.  A large food court with beer and wine available for purchase.  We expect over 10,000 visitors this year.

$5.00 to enter festival (children 12 & under FREE) $2.00 Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation fee per carload.

The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an annual event that highlights a variety of talented artists in all types of medium. Imaginative pieces can be found in glass, wood, metal and photography. Each day the main stage comes alive with up and coming young talent. There is even a free children’s creativity area where kids can take home their own works of art! Please join us for 2 days of art, music, food and fun.

Here is the lineup of musical acts that will perform  throughout the weekend:

Local musicians Zebron and  James offer up a mix of acoustic stylings (including rock, Southern rock, country and classic rock), blazing lead guitar and powerful vocals.  Formed in June 2009, Zebron and James are primed and ready to jam.

Zebron and JamesThe Taylor John Trio, with roots and history in Chicago and New York blues, was founded in 2013 by singer and pianist Taylor John, drummer Phil Werner and guitarist Ken Budd — a trio of regular 9-to-5 guys. Their passion, influence and talent is apparent from the very first time you join them for a performance.


Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawke is a Tampa Bay-area band fronted by the multi-instrumental BMG Critique Records recording artist Victoria Ginty of Apollo Beach.  The band is known for its interesting blend of blues, rock, R&B, country, jazz, gospel and Americana. Formed in winter 2014-2015, the band features Ginty on vocals, guitar and fiddle; Mike Ivey on bass and vocals; Bob Nesbitt, drums and percussion; Tim Costello, lead guitar and vocals; and Wayne Cornelius, tenor sax and vocals.

The Life of the Party band (L.O.T.P.)  considers itself to be more than just a group of talented musicians; rather, a statement of complete musical freedom. They pride themselves on being highly versatile musicians able to adapt to any party crowd. They captivate the audience through engaging live music, playing everything from Top 40, R&B, hip hop, blues, Motown, funk, reggae, soul, smooth jazz and neo soul.

Emily Joy is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Central Florida, performing original material and select covers from various artists, including Taylor Swift, Alessia Cara and Vance Joy.

Renee Giaccone is a folk and acoustic rock singer-songwriter based in St. Petersburg, who has been singing for most of her life and writing since 2008. Much of Giaccone’s music relates life experiences and exhibits an appreciation for the opportunity to glean wisdom from any situation. She has put her classical vocal training and melodic guitar playing to good use by writing songs with relatable, heartfelt lyrics and haunting melodies. Her vocal style ranges from soulful expression to ethereal reflection.

Emily Joy

Emily Joy

Broken Taillight is an all-original music band based in St. Petersburg that plays pop, rock and indie. Influences include the Gin Blossoms, Buffalo Tom and Toad the Wet. Band members include Steve Passo on vocals and  acoustic guitar; Mike Dema, electric guitar; Rob “Hans” Jolowski, drums; and Joseph Patner, bass guitar.

Evan Koteles is a Tampa-based singer-songwriter who describes his genre as indie/country.  Starting out as lead guitarist for his last band, 10th Concession, Koteles is currently taking on a more acoustic lead-singer role when performing with his new band. His writing covers all sorts of topics, from graduating and getting your first job (“3 Weeks From Corporate”) to drinking on your lunch break at that new job (“Office Buzz”). His solo debut record is scheduled to be released in early 2016

Joe Zuniga is a Grammy award-winning band from Tampa, playing Latin, Grupero, Tejano, and regional Mexicano music. Reflecting on his past musical experience, Zuniga wanted to create a new Grupero style that would attract different Latino nationalities. Born in Miami, Fla., he currently commutes between homes in Monterrey, Mexico, and Tampa.

Renee Giaccone

Renee Giaccone


The Manatee Festival of the Arts will be held Saturday, March 12, through Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at E. G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. N.W., in Ruskin.







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