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Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 Joe Louis Walker performed on the second stage Friday, Jan. 18, at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival.

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Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News
Joe Louis Walker performed on the second stage Friday, Jan. 18, at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival.

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  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 Joe Louis Walker performed on the second stage Friday, Jan. 18, at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 Fans enjoy the sounds of Joe Louis Walker on the second stage at the Sunshine Blues Festival Friday, Jan. 18..
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 Joe Louis Walker and his band tear up the second stage at the Sunshine Blues Festival in Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 "We are thrilled to be part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends," said Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks about the Sunshine State Blues Festival, which opened its three-city run in Fort Myers.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 A crowd of roughly 4,000 blues lovers swayed, noshed and shouted approval at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News
The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival kicked off at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 18. Headlined by the Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the all day event featured 10 blues band performances on two stages, including Joe Louis Walker, Walter Trout, Matt Schofield, Sonny Landreth and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Other Florida festival stops included Boca Raton on Saturday and St. Petersburg on Sunday. 'We are thrilled to be part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends,' said Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks about the event. Above, Susan Tedeschi on the main stage.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival kicked off at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 18, headlined by the Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Truck. Above, the Tedeschi Trucks Band cap off the day on the main stage.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 A crowd of roughly 4,000 blues lovers swayed, noshed and shouted approval at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News
The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival kicked off at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 18. Headlined by the Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the all day event featured 10 blues band performances on two stages, including Joe Louis Walker, Walter Trout, Matt Schofield, Sonny Landreth and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Other Florida festival stops included Boca Raton on Saturday and St. Petersburg on Sunday. 'We are thrilled to be part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends,' said Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks about the event. Above, Derek Trucks performs a slide solo.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News
The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival kicked off at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 18. Headlined by the Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the all day event featured 10 blues band performances on two stages, including Joe Louis Walker, Walter Trout, Matt Schofield, Sonny Landreth and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Other Florida festival stops included Boca Raton on Saturday and St. Petersburg on Sunday. 'We are thrilled to be part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends,' said Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks about the event.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 Walter Trout shreds on the main stage at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival in Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 18..
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News 
 A crowd of roughly 4,000 blues lovers swayed, noshed and shouted approval at the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News
The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival kicked off at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 18. Headlined by the Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the all day event featured 10 blues band performances on two stages, including Joe Louis Walker, Walter Trout, Matt Schofield, Sonny Landreth and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Other Florida festival stops included Boca Raton on Saturday and St. Petersburg on Sunday. 'We are thrilled to be part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends,' said Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks about the event.

Ten bands served up the music, a daylong feast of steamin' hot licks in Fort Myers' Centennial Park, for the inaugural date of the first Sunshine Blues Festival. The festival featured the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, fronted by a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

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