The 21st Annual Giving Hunger the Blues and Jazz on the Bay
Sarasota’s Preeminent Outdoor Music Festival
At the iconic Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Rain or Shine!

Giving Hunger The Blues is happening

The family-friendly event highlights two stages of live music: our always-popular Rhythm & Blues Stage and our brand new Jazz On The Bay Stage.

Giving Hunger the Boos

The Giving The Hunger The Blues Weekend includes Sarasota’s Funkiest Halloween Party, Giving Hunger the Boos.
Music all night by Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul, featuring the Hellacious Horns

Giving Hunger The Blues
Venue Events

Find great music at the areas top live music venues, leading up to the event!

VIP tickets and packages

Reserved seating, preferred parking, delicious food and drinks!

National Headliners

Check out some of the live music we will have at GHTB events.

  • OCT 28, 2017
  • 6:15
  • Van Wezel (Jazz / Bay Stage)

Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove City

  • OCT 28, 2017
  • 8:00
  • Van Wezel (Jazz Stage)

Marion Meadows

  • OCT 28, 2017
  • 9:00pm
  • Van Wezel (R&B Stage)

John Nemeth

  • Oct 28, 2017
  • 6:15
  • Van Wezel (R&B Stage)

Albert Castiglia

GHTB Event Schedule

Check out out schedual for all this years GHTB events

  • 12:00 12:45
    Fogt’s Music All Stars / R&B Stage
  • 1:00-1:45
    Art Of BluesR&B Stage / Van Wezel
  • 1:00 - 1:45
    Ship of Fools / R&B Stage
  • 2:00 - 2:45
    Rock Soul Radio / R&B Stage
  • 4:00- 4:45
    Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns / R&B Stage
  • 5:00 - 6:00
    RJ Howson / R&B Stage
  • 6:15 - 7:45
    Albert Castiglia / R&B Stage
  • 8:00 - 9:30
    John Nemeth / R&B Stage
  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Sarasota Jazz ProjectJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 12:30 - 1:15
    Booker Jazz EnsembleJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 1:30-2:15
    Hot Club SRQJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 2:30-3:15
    Synia Carroll & The Billy Marcus TrioJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 3:30-4:15
    Michael Ross QuartetJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 4:30-5:00
    RenesitoJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 5:15-6:00
    Tom Carabasi Samba JazzJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 6:15-7:30
    Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove CityJazz Stage / Van Wezel
  • 8:00 - 9:30
    Marion Meadows / Jazz Stage
  • 9:00 - 12:00
    Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious HornsGiving Hunger The Booze / Main Stage / Van Wezel
  • 3:00 8:00
    Giving Hunger The Blues Rocks Kids!Hosted By Music Compound / 175 Cattleman Rd. Sarasota
  • 9:00
    Kelly’s LiveGiving Hunger The Blue's Rocks / Sky Bar

Get The VIP Package

Our VIP tickets feature all the fun and great music that you’ve come to expect, and some comforts and amenities that will help you to enjoy the event in easy comfort.

Preferred Parking at the Event

Get your parking spot front and center!

Comfortable VIP Seating

  • Covered VIP tent at Jazz Stage
  • Lawn & patio seating at R&B Stage
  • “Chill Lounge” seating available

Dinner Catered by Mattison's

  • Delicious meal provided
  • Choice of beer, wine, or specialty cocktail

Additional Amenities

  • Private indoor restroom facilities
  • Private indoor seating for dining
  • and much more!

GHTB 2016

Check out some photos from our 2016 GTHB event!


We have multiple events so stay tuned for updates!

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    For Jill and myself, the upcoming 18th annual Giving Hunger the Blues on March 24th this year, is like Christmas in March. Only with more food, awesome live music from noon until 8 p.m., and a feel good street dance party held on Hillview Street in the always happening Southside Village with several thousand friends under what has typically...

  • Giving Hunger The Blues” Block Party Rocks Sarasota

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    Thousands of people flocked onto Hillview Street in Sarasota on Sunday afternoon for the 16th Annual “Giving Hunger the Blues” Block Party. The focus of the event was to raise money to feed, nurture and protect the children of the community. In Sarasota County alone, one out of ten neighbors combat hunger every day and of those… 33% are children.