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Guitarist Justin Lanier of Blast of Grass delights the crowd with his vocals.

Braden River Bluegrass Festival draws big crowd to Linger Lodge in Bradenton

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Guitarist Justin Lanier of Blast of Grass delights the crowd with his vocals.

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Bradenton 11-year-old Bradley Jordan and Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Jacob Cole sell popcorn at the event to benefit the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council Troop 10.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Bradenton 11-year-old Bradley Jordan and Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Jacob Cole sell popcorn at the event to benefit the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council Troop 10.

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Palmetto's Donna and Mark Levesque try regular and caramel toffee kettle corn.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Palmetto's Donna and Mark Levesque try regular and caramel toffee kettle corn.

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Lakewood Ranch's Chris Kean meets Sarasota's Paula Sharpe as they feast on beer and barbecue.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Lakewood Ranch's Chris Kean meets Sarasota's Paula Sharpe as they feast on beer and barbecue.

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Linger Lodge offered pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Linger Lodge offered pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.

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Linger Lodge's Aland Negrin serves beer, lemonade and barbecue from a riverside stand.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Linger Lodge's Aland Negrin serves beer, lemonade and barbecue from a riverside stand.

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Dave Crays, of Crays Kettle Corn, prepares a fresh batch of popcorn for sale.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Dave Crays, of Crays Kettle Corn, prepares a fresh batch of popcorn for sale.

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Bradenton's Kathy Brown enjoys the music with friend Sandy Turner, who was visiting from New Jersey.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Bradenton's Kathy Brown enjoys the music with friend Sandy Turner, who was visiting from New Jersey.

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Darla Williams, Kandi Mulligan and Joanie Forssell have known each other for more than 40 years. They met in middle school.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Darla Williams, Kandi Mulligan and Joanie Forssell have known each other for more than 40 years. They met in middle school.

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Nokomis residents Tess Menne and Jan Morse said they were enjoying their first bluegrass festival.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Nokomis residents Tess Menne and Jan Morse said they were enjoying their first bluegrass festival.

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Blast of Grass played right after Hwy 41 South.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Blast of Grass played right after Hwy 41 South.

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Attendees brought lawn chairs and blankets to sit along the banks of the Braden River.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Attendees brought lawn chairs and blankets to sit along the banks of the Braden River.

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Lakewood Ranch's Hazell Miller enjoys the day with Tara Preserve's Marilyn Kirchoff and Gail Schmidt.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Lakewood Ranch's Hazell Miller enjoys the day with Tara Preserve's Marilyn Kirchoff and Gail Schmidt.

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Bradenton's Patti Colby likes to travel to different bluegrass festivals. She's attending another one in Georgia later this month.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

Bradenton's Patti Colby likes to travel to different bluegrass festivals. She's attending another one in Georgia later this month.

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River Strand resident Joe and Priscilla Mekosh say they love hearing the banjo.

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 |

River Strand resident Joe and Priscilla Mekosh say they love hearing the banjo.

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