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Village of the Arts Presents 13th Annual Festival of the Skeletons with Tributes to Snooty and Gregg Allman

The Village of the Arts presents our most popular Artwalk weekend of the year - the 13th Annual Festival of the Skeletons. This year’s Festival will be held on Friday, November 3 from 6-10pm and Saturday, November 4 from 11am-4pm.

Festival of the Skeletons is a celebration of life as we remember our departed loved ones in the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos. Each year the Village of the Arts dedicates a community shrine during the festival to an iconic artist or other public figure. This year the Village decided to honor two beloved southwest Florida icons: Snooty the manatee and southern rock legend Gregg Allman.

Snooty will be remembered at the Village of the Arts Community Shrine on the corner of 12th. St. W. and 11th. Ave. W. Snooty was Bradenton’s beloved resident manatee at the South Florida Museum for over 60 years. He served as an official mascot for Manatee County and greeted over 1 million museum visitors in his lifetime. A Memory Wall will be set up across from the shrine where visitors can honor memories of Snooty and their own loved ones with free Snooty-shaped and heart-shaped cutouts. The South Florida Museum will join the festivities handing out free Snooty Memorial Stones and literature. The public is welcome to donate small pieces of art and mementos to Snooty’s community shrine. Contact Zoe Von Averkamp for more information at 941-746-4556.

Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers and a former Sarasota area resident, will be honored with a tribute concert on Friday evening performed by members of the Allman Brothers Band family and friends. The music begins at 7pm Friday, November 3 at Village Veranda (located at 1001 11th Ave. W). (Gregg Allman photo provided courtesy of Jim Hartzell.)

The performing artists include:

Michael Allman - special guest vocalist (son of Gregg Allman)
RJ Howson - host, guitars and vocals
Mike Kach - keys and vocals (Dickey Betts & Great Southern)
Berry Duane Oakley - bass, guitar and vocals (son of original Allman Brothers bassist)
Pedro Arevalo - lap steel, bass and vocals (Dickey Betts & Great Southern)
Pat McDonald – drums (Charlie Daniels Band)

Shrines dedicated to Gregg Allman and another rock legend, Tom Petty, will be located at Firestone Gallery, who is also hosting classic rock cover band Flip the Bird on Friday evening. More altars and shrines will be available to view at individual galleries and shops. Other festivities include a Sip-and-Paint Sugar Skull event at The Dude and Mary’s Art of Life and Music at 1414 11th St., and additional gallery openings throughout the Village.

The Gregg Allman Tribute concert is sponsored by: Bradenton Herald, Keeton's, Motorworks Brewing, Manatee Apparel Graphics, The Village Veranda, Back Street Arts, Acqua Aveda, Rose Bay International, Mark Goodman Photography and Design, REVO, Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors, Bijoux Anew, Jim Hartzell Event Photography, and the Friends of the Blues.

The Village of the Arts is Bradenton’s live/work art district located between 9th Avenue W and 17th Avenue W on the north/south boundaries, and 9th Street W and 14th Street W on the east/west boundaries. Limited street parking is available throughout the Village. A public parking garage is also available within walking distance to the Village at the intersection of 12th Street W and 8th Avenue W. A Village map and directions can be downloaded at