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Updated: 11/20/2013 09:10:01AM

Brews & Blues

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Vocalist Lauren Mitchell enjoys "The Professor's" organ riffs at the first Venice Brews and Blues Festival.

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Headliner Joey Gilmore at the 2013 Venice Brews and Blues Festival.

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Ori Naftaly entertained with a gritty blues performance.

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The weather cooperated Saturday at the Venice Brews and Blues Festival, held between East Tampa and East Venice Avenue on the Venetian Waterway Trail.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Festival-goers buy beers at the first Brews and Blues Festival in Venice Saturday afternoon.

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Blues fans watch the Selwyn Birchwood Band perform.

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Attendees enjoy themselves while listening to music at the first Brews and Blues Festival in Venice Saturday.

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Selwyn Birchwood Band saxophone player Regi Oliver pays a solo at the fest.

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The crowd cheers for the Selwyn Birchwood Band.

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Festival producer and host Steve Arvey and Blues Brother impersonator Daniel Jake warm up the crowd for the event headliner, Joey Gilmore.

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Attendees, both of the two-foot and fourt-foot kind, enjoy themselves while listening to music at the first Brews and Blues Festival in Venice Saturday.

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Selwyn Birchwood plays slide guitar with his bass player Huff Wright backing him up.

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Event headliner Joey Gilmore belts out the blues at the first Brews and Blues Festival held Saturday in Venice.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Event headliner Joey Gilmore belts out the blues at the first Brews and Blues Festival held Saturday in Venice.

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Lauren Mitchell of the Lauren Mitchell Band dances with Daniel Jake of the Florida Blues Brothers Band at the Brews and Blues Festival.

By GREG GILES

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Cloudy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended Saturday’s Brews and Blues Festival in downtown Venice.

In fact, the weather was perfect with light winds and enough cloud cover to make the outdoor listening comfortable.

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