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Matt Schofield

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Marty Stokes

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JP Soars and The Red Hots

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The Jazz-Matics

“If you can’t dig the blues, you got a hole in your soul.” — Albert King

The first ever Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival will be coming to Sanibel on Sunday, November 6!

The festival, to be hosted by the Sanibel Captiva Optimist Club, is set to take place behind Bailey’s General Store from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Marty Stokes, winner of the 2016 Regional International Blues Competition of Southwest Florida and People’s Choice Award, helped orchestrate the lineup. His band will be playing the festival alongside opening act The Jazzmatics.

Initially, Stokes was asked to headline for the festival but he suggested they should bring in a bigger act instead. Stokes got a hold of Matt Schofield, who was inducted to the British Blues Award Hall of Fame just a few years ago, to be one of the headliners.

“He’s already among the top 10 blues guitarists in England of all time. He’s a phenomena, you don’t see too many guys like him. I’ve seen him perform three times and it blows me away every time I’ve seen the guy,” Stokes said.

Another international figure, JP Soars and the Red Hots, will also headline the festival. Stokes described him as very original, very raw and one of the best guitarists he has seen live.

Tickets for the Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival are $40 per person. A special VIP package which includes food and beverages for the evening, VIP seating, VIP parking and a festival T-shirt will be available for $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at sanibelbluesandjazzfest.org.

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