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After a one-year hiatus, popular all-day music fest Giving Hunger the Blues returns to Southside Village Nov. 8, with a full line-up headlined by Selwyn Birchwood, above, who’s been referred to as “Florida’s rising young blues fireball.” The comeback, says organizer Peter Anderson, was motivated by an “outpouring of disappointment” after backer George Generoso decided to withdraw from the fest after 18 years. (He’s agreed to return as honorary chair this year.) Anderson says he and his team stepped in, not only because the day is a blast, but because “It’s impactful, providing a lot of resources to those less fortunate.” Proceeds go to the Mayors Feed the Hungry program and the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.


Admission is a $10 donation; children 12 and under are free. For more info:


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