Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association Requests Assistance of CMJ Productions for 23rd Annual “Dunedin Wines the Blues” Event

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Event planning company CMJ Productions assisted in organizing, planning and facilitating the upcoming Dunedin Wines the Blues event which will combine top notch blues music from all over the country with wine from all over the world.

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It’s all about bringing Tampa Bay together to celebrate culture and music, as well as attracting other nearby residents to the area to consider bigger productions here in the future.

According to a study conducted by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Business, every $1 spent in the arts and culture business generates $1.775 of economic activity within Pinellas County – “meaning that a $1 million new project in the performing arts, museums and related activities industry generates an additional $775,000” in the local economy. (1)Recognizing the true economic potential of events designed to attract and entertain local residents, Corey Judge, event planner and Founder of CMJ Productions, recently assisted in the planning of the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association’s (DDMA) upcoming Dunedin Wines the Blues event. The event, which will feature blues music from top-rated musicians and various wines,will be held on Saturday November 8 from 5:00-11:00 p.m. in Downtown Dunedin on Main Street between Louden Avenue and Broadway.

In addition to the potential financial impact, events such as Dunedin Wines the Blues can generate 22.22 jobs across Pinellas Country for every $1 million spent (1). This is the first year the DDMA has contracted an outside entity – CMJ Productions – to handle some of its biggest events, including Dunedin Mardi Gras and Taste of Dunedin. Dunedin Wines the Blues is celebrating its 23rd year and attracts an estimated 30,000 people annually – this year’s music lineup will feature:

  • Delta Swamp Rats at 5:00 p.m.
  • Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues at 7:00 p.m.
  • Legendary JC's at 9:00 p.m.

According to Judge, one of his company’s missions is to support and increase public awareness of local events that benefit residents and the economy alike – a goal culminating in the company’s hand in organizing Dunedin Wines the Blues.

Along with the opportunity to hear live music and sample wines, attendees will also be able to taste from the wonderful variety of food trucks from CMJ Productions’ partnership with the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally and a new addition, The Craft House, featuring local craft beers, games and delicious food.

“It’s all about bringing Tampa Bay together to celebrate culture and music, as well as attracting other nearby residents to the area to consider bigger productions here in the future – resulting in not only a cohesive atmosphere among participating artists, but also an economic boost for the area,” said Judge.

Dunedin Wines the Blues is a free event but age verification wristbands must be purchased for $2.00 and are required for entry into The Craft House and Blue Note Lounge (VIP). In addition, The Craft House is $7.00 for entry and includes a commemorative Craft House/Dunedin Wines the Blues cup and ticket/lanyard.

The Blue Note Lounge is the VIP/Sponsor area and includes three free drinks, food, commemorative glass and badge, and a private casual and fun atmosphere. VIP ticket also includes access to The Craft House. The menus in the Blue Note Lounge and The Craft House are coordinated by Chef AJ Lambden. VIP tickets are $65.00.

CMJ Productions and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association would like to thank the event’s sponsors which include Great Bay Distributors, Dunedin Beacon, Tampa Bay Times and the Beso Del Sol Resort.

For more information about Dunedin Wines the Blues, or CMJ Productions, call (727) 483-3674 or visit

About CMJ Productions:

Founded by Corey Judge, an event planner in Tampa Bay that has been has contributing to the economic impact of the area for 10 years, CMJ has created or co-created the area’s most popular events such as Dunedin’s Wines the Blues, Dunedin Mardi Gras, Taste of Dunedin, the Clear Music Jazz Series and Beauty Meets Art. CMJ’s purpose is to help people experience the vibrancy and fun of the Tampa Bay area while also enhancing the quality of life for those that live here.

1. Economic Impact of Arts and Culture in St. Petersburg. Rep. St. Petersburg: USF St. Petersburg College of Business, 2010.

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