Music festivals kick off Spring

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Jacksonville Beach will fill with blues fans this weekend as St. Augustine will entice visitors with both music and ribs in two of the first major festivals of the Spring.

About 100,000 people are expected to attend the 23rd annual George's Music Springing the Blues Festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday.  There will be continuous music on two stages at the SeaWalk Pavillion through Sunday.

Organizers say 22 national, regional and local blues artists will perform, including Sunday's headliner, Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones.

There will also be a surfing event at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier both Saturday and Sunday, and a 5K run/2.5K walk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday beginning from the Red Cross Lifesaving Station where Beach Boulevard meets the ocean.

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If other forms of music are more to your liking, St. Augustine's 19th annual Rhythm & Ribs also runs from Friday night through Sunday. 

The festival -- voted St. Augustine's best last year -- features award-winning BBQ from seven regional and national BBQ champions, continuous live music, arts and crafts and children's activities.

The event is held at the St. Augustine's special events field behind the Visitors Information Center on West Castillo Drive, between U.S. 1 and A1A. 

Rhythm & Ribs was founded and is run by St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary and all proceeds are donated to charitable organizations.

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