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Updated: 11/14/2013 03:07:30PM

Venice celebrates brews and blues

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Lauren Mitchell and her band are based in Central Florida, and rock the house with a high-energy concoction of blues and soul.

Selwyn Birchwood's band's performances are deeply rooted in the traditions of the blues greats.

The Ori Naftaly Band was voted the Best Israeli Blues Act for 2013.

This very first Venice Brews and Blues Festival promises to be a great time for all.


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American blues songwriter, singer and guitarist John Lee Hooker once said, "The blues tell a story — every line of the blues has a meaning."

He was right. In American culture, the blues have always been representative of tough times, a way to put into music, feelings that were buried deep inside. But today, blues festivals and celebrations of the genre have become very popular, even though the songs the musicians are writing are just as personal.

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