Replacement announced for canceled blues festival

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SARASOTA - First it was off, and now a different version is back on. Fans of blues music in Sarasota will be glad to hear another promoter is stepping up to replace the Sarasota Blues Fest this year.

St. Petersburg-based Turnstile Entertainment says it's sponsoring the inaugural “Florida Music and Blues Festival' this fall.

This comes hours after the Houston-based producers said they would take the year off from holding the annual blues fest.

Local blues fans are relieved the tradition will continue. “It was an annual event, people got together, sometimes people you wouldn't see for a year and they would come out, it would be a great event, great music, affordable and we raised money for charity,” says promoter Barbara Strauss.

So no reason to sing the blues after all. The Florida Music and Blues festival will go on at the Sarasota Fairgrounds October 26th. The new promoter expects to announce the line-up later this month.