Giving Hunger the Blues is back

Giving Hunger the Blues, one of Sarasota’s most beloved, family-friendly concert events, will return after going on hiatus last year. The relaunch of Giving Hunger the Blues is November 8, back on Hillview Street in the Southside Village neighborhood by original organizer George Genero’s famed Five O’Clock Club.

“American Idol” finalist Syesha Mercado (turned Broadway star), AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler are among the many local luminaries who have donated their time to perform at the fundraiser that generated more than $1 million for the All Faiths Food Bank. Last April, though, The Generoso Foundation announced its decision to cancel Giving Hunger the Blues.

“This is a labor of love for me, not a financial thing for me, and I’m just giving it a break,” Generoso told Ticket last year. “It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of time. The pureness of it seems to be just not there for me and I just don’t know any other way to say it. It’s just sad. It’s something I’ve loved for 18 years.”

Giving Hunger the Blues’ proceeds will now go to Mayors’ Feeds the Hunger Program and The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota. To become involved email ghtb19@gmail.com

Peter Anderson is the new event chair.

“George, thank God, is staying on as honorary chair,” Anderson said via email. “We are still negotiating contracts with a couple of bands and talking to some others locally.”

The Generoso Foundation mission is to feed, nurture and protect the children of Sarasota County. The goal is to raise funds for charity
partners to help them facilitate the programs that support that mission.

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