It's springtime in Florida and that means it's music festival season!
I'm excited to be a performing at Gamble Rodgers Music Festival May 3rd -5th. This beautiful festival is held each year in the Colonial Quarter in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida. I'll be playing Saturday afternoon, May 4th at 4:10 pm. Come join in the fun! Get your tickets here.
Memorial Day weekend I'll be heading back to Florida Folk Festival for three fun-filled days of music, workshops, dancing, and crafts on the banks of the Suwannee River. The festival takes place in White Springs, Florida Friday, May 24-Sunday May 26. Performance schedules haven't been released yet but I'll be sure to post them when they become available. Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
After a long, restful summer, I'm happy to announce that Fall is full of music!
Friday night, I'll be joining my buddy, Ron Atkatsh, from 8-11 pm at Marion Street Bistro and Brew House in downtown Lake City. Marion Street is one of my favorite local restaurants and I'm happy to be playing there again. Ron and I will be performing tunes from "Twists & Tangles" plus some really great cover tunes.
Monday, September 17th, I'll be heading over to St. Augustine for a songwriter's round at The Corner Bar hosted by David Besley and Bob Patterson. I LOVE writer's rounds and I'm so excited to be a part of this one! Music starts at 7 pm.
I'll be opening for Passerine Saturday, September 22nd at The Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge in Gainesville. If you haven't seen Passerine, you really must (in the meantime, take a listen here). Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. To reserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Freddie at (352) 317-7307. $20 suggested donation to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.
October 6th and 7th I'll be returning to The Lake County Folk Festival. The festival takes place in Historic Downtown Eustis. It's a family-oriented musical event and the longest running FREE folk festival in the state of Florida. So many of my folk friends will be there. It's sure to be a fun weekend!
I hope you can make it to one of the upcoming shows! Thank you for listening to and supporting my music. It is such an encouragement to me!
I'm super-excited to announce that I'll be performing my very first house concert April 21st in Tallahassee. The concert will be hosted by George Gray. George is a wonderful singer-songwriter I met at last year's Will McLean Festival. You can check out his music here. I'll be performing along with the amazingly talented Kelly Goddard of The New 76er's. Here's the info if you'd like to reserve a seat:
HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE, GAINESVILLE, FL - JULY 1ST
I'll have the pleasure of opening for The New 76ers at Heartwood Soundstage on Saturday, July 1st. The New 76ers are fabulously talented songwriters and performers and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. This is their first time performing in Gainesville and I'm honored to open the show for them. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. For tickets and more information click here.
BLUE GOOSE STUDIO LAKE CITY, FL - JULY 14TH
This Sunday I’ll be playing a showcase as part of the wonderful High Springs Music in the Park Series. The event will be held at the High Springs New Century Women’s Club from 2 - 4 pm. I’ll be joined by Barbara Paul, a fabulously talented blues performer and Ellen Bukstel, an amazing Americana/folk singer-songwriter. I am quite humbled to share the stage with these ladies. They are both extraordinary talents. Best of all, the event free. Tips will benefit Relay for Life. The High Springs New Century Women’s Club is hosting a “Soup, Sandwiches and Sweets” luncheon prior to the show (11:30 am -1:30 pm) as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Admission is $8.
Friday, February 3rd I'll be playing a Songwriters' Round at The Emerald Thread in Lake City with two of my favorite people - Elaine Mahon and Larry Mangum. This one will be lots of fun! Doors open for coffee and desserts at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm.
I will be returning to the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, FL this year - May 26-28. Woohoo! I'll post more details about this one as they become available.
I'm looking forward to adding more shows in the weeks to come so check back for updates.
Last fall I was honored to be a finalist in the Music4Macy Singer-Songwriter Contest. I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning to the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon on Saturday, July 9th to perform at A Concert for Macy. This concert marks the official kickoff for the 2016 Music4Macy Singer-Songwriter Contest. All proceeds benefit The Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation and their efforts to find better treatments for and ultimately cure childhood cancer. The foundation was created to honor Macy Easom, beautiful little girl diagnosed with liver cancer who passed away at the age of five. You can find out more about the Foundation by visiting www.princessmacy.org. If you're in the Macon area come join us as we celebrate Macy's precious life, her love of music, and raise money to cure childhood cancer. Visit www.coxcapitoltheatre.com for tickets.
The Florida Folk Festival is just around the corner. I am thrilled to be participating as a performer this year! There are arts, crafts, dancing, workshops, a children's area and music, music, music! I'll be performing:
2:30 pm Friday @ The PawPaw Stage
2:00 pm Saturday @ Song & Story Stage
1:00 pm Sunday@ The Seminole Camp
The event will take place at Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park in beautiful White Springs, Florida Friday, May 27th - Sunday, May 29th. Get your tickets here.
It's going to be an awesome weekend! I hope to see you there!
Last Friday night at The Emerald Thread was so much fun! Many thanks to everyone who came out to hear Megan Webb, Matt Stanland and me performing our songs. It was The Emerald Thread's first ever songwriter's round and the turn-out was great!
For those of you who missed it, Shaun got some video clips of some of me doing a few songs. Enjoy!
I'm happy to announce that one of my newest songs, "Down to the River," was named to the top 10 of the Will McLean Song Contest! This is an annual contest that honors songs written about Florida. "Down to the River" is my first Florida song. It's based on my memories of growing up near the Ichetucknee River. Here's a video of early draft of the song filmed at the head spring of the Ichetucknee - one of my favorite places on the planet.
I can't wait to hear some of my favorite performers and discover new favorites at the festival. It's going to be an awesome weekend!
I am excited and honored to share the stage with this group of very talented singer-songwriters Thursday night. Mandy Rowden, a fantastic singer-songwriter from Austin, TX, is the featured artist of the night. It will be awesome!!!
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