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Photos of Florids Faux Festival 

Gainesville Dance Event - 5/26 - 5/27

Read more: FFF in Exile - Gainesville Dance event

Tie Dye Mark Wright's 5th wheel camper burns to the ground.



Read more: Mark Wright

A New State Song For Florida (First Coast News)

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A Jacksonville duo Ron Johnson and Mary Mathews
has a song they say is ready to become the state's new song. Under a giant
shade tree, a local park sprang to life with a little homemade music.

Check out these great photos of Barberville, GambleFest and more.

Photos by Ron Johnson


The 2-CD set of the reissue and update of  the "Apalachicola Doin' Time" documentary accompanied by a music companion CD is now available. The program produced by WUFT-FM / WJUF-FM outlines the story about the Tri-State Water War involving Florida and Georgia and Alabama and the impact the outcome could have on Florida's largest and most important river, the Apalachicola.  The future of Florida's delicate seafood industry hangs in the balance.  The Companion CD features original songs from some of the best acoustic musicians and songwriters around today who are helping to "Save Florida Through Music."

More information at



NW FL Music Park Bluegrass Jam 4th Fri, 904.638.1016

Sunday Sampler: 2nd Sun monthly concert 2:30-4:45 pm, featuring a FL acoustic musician or group.  Historical Dunnellon Theatre on Park Ave. Info Mem 352.489.3766


Half-Fast Jam ea Tues 8:30-I0 pm. Call for location. Dea Browning- 352.495.2243 or

Wed nite pick-ins:
1st-Staley/Baird, 352.466.3801
2nd Jack Nettles, 352.375.1396
3rd Richard Jones, 352.372.7592
4th Sue Grooms, 352.375.1592
5th Art Crummer, 352.371.0942

Irish Jam- 1st & 3rd Sun Shamrock's Irish Pub, 1017 W University. Info Virginia

Oak Grove, ea Sat 6-10 pm, Riverview Restaurant, Pier 12 off Highway 16

Museum American Memorabilia Concert Series, Bill Hutchinson 352.495.3051

Boom Town Theater open performer's circle, 1714 N Main St. Downtown just N of 7th & Main) Tues 7 pm, 5 min slots. Spoken word, music, dance etc. welcome, $2 cover, refreshments available, 904.632.0099

Wed night Jam at Wayne Fanning's, 1473 Winnebago Ave 904.786.3853

River City Dulcimers and Friends meet 1st and 3rd Sat 2-4:30 pm in Arlington. Info: Bruce 904.551.0114

Suwannee County Bluegrass Assn Jam, ea Sat 6-11 pm, Spirit of Suwannee Hwy 129. Non-members will be charged the Park fee which is $2 per person or $5 per car, whichever is cheaper. Info 386.364.1683

Suwannee Park open Mic at the music hall, 1st & 3rd Wed 7 pm Host Smokey Greene. Bernie Mason- 386.249.7990.

Sarah's Coffee House 11 W Macclenny Ave. 904.259.4214 each 1st Sat Songwriters and Open Mic night hosted by a proven  performer each month. Each Thursday Night is Speakers Corner, Poets and Storytellers are always welcome.  Each Friday Night is live Jazz, and each Saturday is Live acoustic, Indie, Folk Rock, and Christian. David A. Theus.

Thursday Jam, (day of wk subject to change- call first) 7:30 pm Karen Newman 386.659.2041 or Pete & Eleta Sucsy 352.473.7761

Sweetwater Shape Note Singers 3rd Sun (following third Sat) of ea mo, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Church of the Mediator on Cholokka Blvd. No experience needed to join in the singing Pat at 352.377.8061, or Jeanne at 352.463.6630,

Sunday Afternoon Jam 1 pm Jervey Gantt Park. Willie Ramsey 352.236.0662

Maple Sugar B'grass Pick-in 3rd Fri, Yellow Jacket Campground 352.542.8365, or 352.542.9510


Lou’s Little Ponderosa,  115 Sisco Rd. [east off Rt.17 ]  Pomona Park Fl. 32181 
Weekly music Jams. Mon- by request of type & style; Tues- Classic Country, Country Pop & Rock, Bluegrass, & Pop; Wed bluegrass & gospel, classic guitar or fingerpicking; Thurs by request of type & style; Fri- Classic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, fiddles, & mandolins; Sat- Classic Country, 50 & 60's Rock & Pop, Pop Bluegrass, & Whatever You Request. Every Ist Sunday Music Gathering -Jams, Workshops, Dance, Info Lou 386.649.4994,, or

Mesquite Charlie's Muscogee River Girls ea Thur & Sat 6-10 pm 590 NW St 904.434.0498

SunRay Taco House-White Sands Panhandle Band ea Wed 7-11 pm, 400 Quiet Water Beach Boardwalk. 904.932.0118

The Milltop -live music nightly. Info- Don Oja-Dunaway 904.829.2329 or 829.3794, Sam Pacetti Mon, from 9 pm, Dave Dowling every other Tues 1-5, Thurs 5:30-8:30 pm, Will Pearsall Tues 9 pm,  Sharon Dunaway Sat 1-5 pm

Peerce's Restaurant (in Camache Cove)  Dave Dowling Weds. 5-8 pm

Scuttlebutts (Pacetti's  Campground on Trout Creek, Hwy 13 N) Dave Dowling, Sun 2-5

White Lion, Bob Patterson with the Friends of Mine Band, every Sunday 8:30-11:30 pm.

Allison's on Anastasia, Jay  Gilmore Blues Band ea wed. 8-12pm.113a Anastasia Blvd (A1A). Info 904.819.9334

O.C. White's, Bob Patterson 6:30-10 pm.


Cafe Alcazar, inside the Lightner Museum Antique mall, downtown, Rick Kuncicky every Wed-Sat noon-2:30  pm

Stogie's, The House Cats every Fri 9 pm, Charlotte Sangria's, The House Cats every Sat, upstairs.  Corner Hypolita & St George Sts.

Irish Sessions at the Warehouse, 706 W Gaines St. 3rd Fri- 6:30-8:30 pm, Host Hank Scott 850.222.6088; Also at the Warehouse-Traditional Irish Sessions 1st Sat 8-12 pm. 850.222.6088, 3rd Sat Bluegrass Sessions 7-12 pm, Tom Henderson 850.224.9443

Rose & Thorn, open jam ea Tues, 3550 Mahan Dr. call 850.877.7673

Slow Jam 1st Wed 7:30 pm. Gus & Kate. 850.627.1715

Song Swap / Singalong 3rd Wed, Kate & Gus 850.627.1715

Cracker Coffeehouse, every 1st Sat. 7-9 pm. Songs stories, yodeling music, poetry Open Mic. Stephen Foster Park. 386.397.2733


Java Jack's Coffee House. This Caribbean style coffee house with soul! Great coffee drinks, light food menu, delicious desserts. BYOB if you want! 395 E.Van Fleet Dr. (Hwy 60) Right on hwy 60 next to Lowes From Tampa: I-4 to the Polk Parkway. Exit on 98. go south to Bartow. Left on 60. it's on the  right

Hammered Dulcimer Society 2nd & 4th Thurs. 6:30-9:30 Ray's Music Room, 14807 Del Valle Rd. All levels. Info Ed- 727.784.2193


Women's Spiritual Drumming Circle 1st and 3rd Mon of each month 7 to 8:30 pm. Bring your own drum, or drums and percussion provided Newcomer's encouraged. Info- Pam: 727.586.3777 or Elly: 727.848.7910 E-mail

Mr Ethnic's Wed Night Fiddle Support Group. Slow jam. Beginners welcome. 727.784.5583

Old Time Music at The Depot 3rd Fridays, 7:30 pm 352.746.4862 or 795.4843

String-a-long Dulcimer Soc, Informal lap dulcimer class at Heritage Village. Most Saturdays 10 am-12 noon. Beginners & adv. welcome. Info Camille- 727.797.7834

The Woodview Coffee House first Friday of ea mo.  Each night presenting a featured group followed by an open mike. 2628 Woodview Lane, 7 pm with the music beginning at 7:30 pm.  Info Jim Davis
or call 352-726-9814.


Performer's Circle at Nature Coast Unitarian-Universalist (NCUU) Fellowship 2149 Norvell Bryant Highway (CR 486).  Open mic offering performers and folks who enjoy acoustic music, poetry and performance a place to gather and entertain one another.  Doors open at 6:45 pm (for sign up) and the festivities begin at 7pm.

"The Fire Escape " Christian Coffeehouse some Friday nights. Info or to perform- Ally Smith 727.442.8495

The Tech Cafe 500 Main St Unit E ea Sat night 7-10 pm. VGO, Terri Musgrove & N.S. Rockwell appear. Americana. Info Robin- 727.723.1116, or

The Whistle Stop Grill Open  Mic every Wed nite, 915 Main St. 727-726-1956

St. Pete Song Circle Come sing, play or listen! Folk, Celtic, gospel ,old-time, shanties, peace & protest, bluegrass, etc. The Circle meets the 3rd Friday of the month, 7:30-9:30 pm at  Friends Meeting House, 130 19th Ave SE. Info- McKell 727-894-0264,; or Doug 727-586-2167,


1st Sunday Jam  from 3:00 -  6:00 snacks, coffee, cold drinks provided Diana & Dan 727.642.7334  (cell)  Diana or 727.643.9969  (cell)  Dan

The Bluegrass Shop Saturday Jam  noon- 4 pm  4125 66th St N. Info: Elson Smith  727.302.9740

Society for Preservation of Early Country & Western Music 1st 3rd & 5th Mon 7:30 9:30 pm Lazy Daze Mobile Home Pk Rec hall. N of I-4, W of SR 579; 2nd & 4th Mon at DeSoto Pk Rec Ctr, Stuart & 26th St. Info Ken Conklin 813.589.9266

Bluegrass Jam 1st  Sun, I pm  813.782.1645 Tom Henderson's Bluegrass Parlor, Bluegrass ea Thurs 8 pm, 4810 E Busch Blvd Hosted by Bluegrass Parlor Band 813.985.2780

Franklin St Mall Lunch hour entertainment. Various artists booked for lunch hour, noon 1:30 pm. Sponsored by City of Tampa Rec Dept.  Info Angela 813.223.8518

Concerts in the UU Dome UU Church of Tampa. Info Gloria Holloway- 813.837.6572

Acoustic Music Showcase & Poetry Reading. ea Wed. 7:30 pm. 3 Palms Grille & Gallery, 8203 N. Armenia. 813.933.2401

Four Green Fields, 205 Platt Street, performances every Thurs, Fri, & Sat 9 pm-1 am.  Traditional Irish Sessions every First Sunday 5-9 pm. Juniper hosts the unplugged, authentic, acoustic Irish  Session. 813.254.4444.


Acoustic Jam. 2nd Tues at various homes. Info Rick 813.238.9713


Open Jam last Tues at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, 4819 Busch Blvd Temple Terrace with Rick Ferris, Ce-Ce Yokum, & friends. 8:30-midnite. Info:  813.983.0837 or

First Friday Open Mic Joffrey's Coffeehouse 615 Channelside Dr near downtown. 7:30 pm. Info or 813.685.2224

eekly Florida Folk Night at the KaTiki.  Thursday Nights from sunset to 11 pm.   Open Mic followed by Featured Guest.   Hosted by Pete Gallagher & Pat Barmore.  8801 W Gulf Blvd Treasure Island, FL 33706. 727.360.2272.  Info-- Pete at or Pat at .


Irish, Celtic Tunes Nite, ea Wed 7:30 pm. Jam- Old time,  Florida Living Center SR #436  Info Sandra 407.786.2373,  or Pete 386.774.6951

Cassia Community Club Bluegrass Jam, 2nd & 4th Sat 6-10 pm between Eustis & Deland on Hwy 44 info- 352.589.6573 or email

Sertoma Youth Ranch Bluegrass camp/jam 1st weekend, 7 mi W of Dade City, 4 mi E of I-75 on CR 41. Info- 813.971.5294 or 681.7757


Spring Garden
Ranch Pick in, 3rd Fri, 5-7 pm. Food available. Off Hwy 17 N of Deland. Info- Tony 904.985.5654

Jam 1st Wed at Katie & Joe's 910 Braddock Rd. 317.574.1397 or

A Third Place 12 East Magnolia Ave. Thurs Open Mic Hosted by Wayne Carter, Weekends Various performers 352.357.9595

Irish Session at A  Third Place,, 2nd Sunday, 4:30-7:30 pm.  Cathy and John Benton. Info 352.589.4754.

Lake Eustis Folk Music Society hosts potluck, concert, jam session 3rd  Sat 7 pm.  Womens' Club of Eustis 227 N.Center St.,  Info Tara or Rick

Jamboree at Peace River Rec Ctr, I-4, S on US 98 to 98E, E on 98 1 1/2 mi. 2nd Sat 6-10 pm. No alcohol. Free. Country, bluegrass, gospel, cloggers. Bring lawn chair. 941.285.7776

Marion Street Cafe, historic downtown. Last Thurs. of ea month featured performer(s) starting at 7 pm. 279 N Marion Ave.   No Cover. Info

Bluegrass Pickins 3rd Sat 6-10 pm, Free. Longwood Community Center 200 W. Warren Ave. Info Marilyn Pardo 407.260.3447

Courtyard Rendezvous ea Sun 1-3 outdoors. Jazz & Light Pop music., Bring a chair. Corner 4th Ave & Alexander St. Sponsored by Mainstreet Leasing. 352.735.0334

Twistee Treat of Ocoee Bluegrass & Country Jam ea Fri 6:30 pm rain or shine. Free. 10920 W. Colonial Drive. Info- 407.656.6036 or

Black Cat Cafe open mic 2nd Fri, 8-11 pm, $2, 1st Unitarian Church 1901 E. Robinson St. Info Tom Greenman 407.482.1191 or

Acousticool Jam featuring Susie Cool. 1st Sat 6:30-8:30pm.  Millie's Carribean Restaurant 9313 E. Colonial (Tower Sq Plaza). Info 407.658.9266 or

Open Mic, 4th Fri 8-11pm, $2, hosted by Susie Cool. Edgewater Yoga & Arts 1317 Edgewater Dr. Info 407.426.9393 or

Folk Sampler at Orange County Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd,  Saturdays 1-3 pm. CFFI presents a variety of folk & blues,  also every Friday at noon.


Orlando Acoustic Guitar Society:

1st Tues, 6pm. Guitar Center, Winter Park Village 520 N. Orlando Ave.
2nd Sat. 1 -5:45pm. Orlando Public Library 101 East Central Blvd.
4th Wed. 6:30-9:00pm. Sam Ash Music 4644 E.Colonial Drive

Reilly's Lantern Pub  Open Jam each Tues w/ Mama Carrie & Carter Everett, 5681 Vineland  Rd. 10 pm-2 am. Come early to sign up. Info Carrie- 321.287.7721, or Reilly’s- 407.351.2260

The Rubicon Cafe 1st Fri ea month Various performers host open mic. Free. Unity Church 4801 Clarcona Ocoee Rd east of US 441, 7:30pm.  Listeners and performers alike are invited.

Spiral Circle Bookstore Jam ea Sun 7-11pm 750 N Thornton Ave. Info Tara  352.483.3632,

Music in the Gazebo 2nd  Sun. , Back Porch Jam 1-2:30 pm; concert 2:30-4 pm In the gazebo, outdoors, Langford Park, 1808 E Central Blvd. Free (bldg available for rain). Info Brianne or Nikki 407.246.2348

Live @ Leu Gardens Last Sun 3-5 pm Leu Gardens 1920 Forest Ave. Stuart Hall 407.898.8298 or

Monthly House Party, pot-luck, concert, jam. Info Barry Brogan 321.264.0678, or

Dulcimer Central, 1st & 3rd Tues nights, 7 pm. Dr.  Phillips area of Orlando. Info: or .

White Wolf Cafe Fri & Sat.  Local folk artists such as Barry, Blackwood, Rafkin, Riley, etc. 1829 N. Orange Ave. Info or

Open Mic 1st Tues 7-9 pm hosted by "Stormcrow" Sanders. Borders Books, 8585 Red Bug Rd. Info 407.898.9798

The Alley 114 S Park  Ave, Sanford, 407.328.0700. Wednesdays, 7-11 pm Fiddlin' Al Eisenman,



Picking Circle ea Mon 6:30 pm. Old Time Jam Lakeside Music Room. Info Sally Anderson 863.293.1510 or

Jam 3rd Wed. at Bruce & Sharon Hartmann's 1209 Formosa Ave. Info 407.898.2929 or Pete 386.774.6951, Sandra 407.786.2373 or email

Open Mic-ro Brew ea Sun 8-12pm hosted by Joel Kamins. Friends Lounge (formerly PJs)2083 Aloma Ave. Info 407.679.1944

Yalaha County Bakery Concert on the lawn ea Sat 10-noon., S of Lake Harris on CR 48, Info- bakery 352.324.3366 or



Songwriter Sunday at  Nature's Haven Aromatherapy Boutique 602 Brevard Ave Cocoa  Village. This  \regular event features live original music performances in a concert-like  setting at our store on various Sunday afternoons, once monthly.  Contact  Tod or Doreen 321.632.1221, email or

Fiddler's Dream Jam ea Wed, 563 W Eau Gallie Blvd. Info 321.259.1149

Take Your Pick Dulcimer Club, 1st & 3rd Thurs 2-4 pm Arrowood Mobile Home Pk Clubhouse W Melbourne. Paul or Lome Jones 321.727.2316


Open mic all (acoustic) styles) every wed 8pm-12 midnight in the heart of old beach town of Melbourne Beach. 300 Ocean Ave @ the South Beach Pizzeria. Info 321-733-7977 or Message:  Hey to all Central Florida players who know me or not!!  Especially Brevard & Indian River counties ... and listeners ...there's a new open mic a-happening  ...come on out and help keep this thing kickin' with good food, cheap drink , smoke-less AC atmosphere,  with music feed for smokers / player warm-ups, outside Lots of diversified players! Frankie Cisco Harris

Pickaway Music Store Bluegrass Jam, ea Tues 8 pm. 4711 Babcock St. Ed- 321.724.5182

Castaway's Bluegrass Jam, ea wed night 6-10:30 pm



VI Oaks Gallery 1st Fri ea mo., Art and Music, 6 pm potluck, 9 pm acoustic jam.1110 15th Ave. W. for info: Karen Klosky 941.747.0093

McSwiggins Pub, Thurs American folk, Celtic  Fri-Sun 8 pm-midnight. 1301-13, 8th Ave. W. Info- 941.748.1625 or

Fogartyville Cafe ea Fri & Sat. Folk Music other features during the week, 800 17th Ave W. Info: or 941.741.9755

Mountain Dulcimer Club of Bradenton/Sarasota meets every 1st Tues 6-8pm.  Mt Dulcimer players & anyone interested in learning to play are invited


Rasher Tierney’s Irish Pub. Live music 4 nites. 5106 14th St W. Info- 941.266.3844. info@rashertierney’

J T'S-Island Grill & Gallery open mic/jam ea Thurs 6-10 pm. 238 Mamie St. Info: Avery 941.695.3633

Bluegrass Jam, every Thurs. 7-9 pm Indian Mounds Park in Englewood. Just off 776 to Dearborn St.  Follow the signs for park.  Come by the Mounds at 6:30 to audition, bring a comfortable chair and bug spray.

Concerts, 1st Sun. 2 pm-5 pm Tinsley Pavilion on the grounds of the Lee County Civic Center, Old Bayshore Rd. $5 Info- 941.482.0363

Sweetbean Café, Live music every Fri & Sat.  Open Mic every Tues. 7pm. Info- 941.275.9000

Bluegrass Concerts 1st Sun. 2-5 Lee County Civic Center, N Fort Myers. $5. Info 239.693.5743

Fiddle Support Group ea Mon night; & Caloosahatchee Lap Dulcimer Society ea Tues night. Host Frank Dennis 239.542.2066 or

Dulcimer Club of SW FL meets Tuesday evenings. Info: Erma Clarke, President 239.455.9552 or Joyce Waltman,  239.369.7992

Hammered Dulcimer Society, 2nd & 4th Thurs 7-9 pm Oldsmar City Hall 100 State St E. All levels. Info Ed- 727.784.2193

Pickin' in the Park Song Circle ea Thurs 7-9 pm Gilchrist Park.

Sarasota Folk Club Concert & Open Mic last Mon. 7:15-10 pm. Featured act starts 8:30. Sailing Squadron City Island. Beer & wine avail. $5 or more donation. Info: Jean 941.377.9256, or 320.4774,

Folk Jam each Wed begins around 9 pm, various homes. Info: Jim Leps 941.747.2096

Old Time Song Circle at Hewitt's house, ea third Thurs, 7:30-11 pm. 941.377.9256

Old Packinghouse Cafe Live music Mon-Sat, 7-10 pm, Open Mic Mon. 987 S. Packinghouse Rd. Info: 941.371.9358.

It's a Grind Coffee House, 3482 Clark Rd, Beneva Village Shops. Acoustic entertainment Wed  7-9:30 pm, Fri & Sat  7:30-10:30 pm. Live Music, Candle light & Great coffee & desserts. Folk, Blues, Jazz. Info- 941.924.7305

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill open air venue, music daily 12-3 pm & 4-9 pm, 5 Bayfront Dr, 953.7505

Metro Coffee & Wine- live music Fri & Sat, 711 Osprey Ave. Info 941.365.1800 cell

Irish Rover Pub, 6518 Gateway Ave. Live Irish music Thur-Sat. Food/beer. Info Bob Vesey-  941.926.1060 or or

The Fly, 2831 N Tamiami Trail.  Bar recently renovated, with a good selection beers.  No cover. Info 360-1788



Jam every Monday at Stir The Soul, 525 E Venice Ave 7:30-10 pm. Hosts Bruce Brunette & Michael Garneau. All music styles welcome. Info Bruce- 941.492.5704 or




Liberties Bookstore, Music in the café 8-10 pm, Mizner Park, FREE. 309 Plaza Real 561.368.1300

Borders Books & Music 9887 Glades Rd. FREE, non-smoking 561.883.5854

Weekly Jams Call Bob Taylor for info-561.483.4535

Patrick J Meli Park 3rd Sat jam. Info 954.921.8704 or 561.395.7338

Café Barista Open Mic ea Wed, 529 E Ocean Ave. Host Ric Pattison 561.364.4008

Borders Books & Music 525 N Congress Ave FREE non-smoking 561.734-2021

The Barnacle Historic State Park 3485 Main Hwy Sept.-May Every full moon 6-9 pm $5, under 10 free. Info 305.442.6866 or


Borders Books & Music Musical Support Group, 7:30 1st Wed, 700 Univ Ave. non-smoking FREE. Info- Silver Nightingale 954.340.3307

Folksong Society Songswap & Jam, 2nd Sat 8 pm, Various homes. Info- Nellie 305.279.8100


Luna Star Cafe, 775 NE 125th St. First Thursday of every month Open mic 8-11 pm. Info Alexis 305.799.7123, or Danny Aaronson 954.614.2631

Workshops at Unity Fellowship Hall, 2nd & 4th Sat. Diana Black 954.435.7956

The Coffee Table Open Mic, ea Thur 8 pm 7711 Nova Dr, FREE 954.424.3177

Chocolate Moose Coffeehouse, Open mic w/Robert Mason Tues. 8-11pm (acoustic only)  Pine Ridge Plaza, 9118 SR 84 (Next to Uncle Funnie's and Kabooms) 954.474.5040

Open mic every Thursday night at the MIXX Java Lounge, 2009 NE 2nd St. Sign-up is at 7 and music will be from 7:30-11:30.


Boston's on the Beach Acoustic & Folk Music, ea Thur & Fri 4-7 pm, 40 S Ocean Blvd. Info  407.582.2945

Bimini Bob's Acoustic Open Jam, ea Sun 7:30-11:30 pm 3205 S Fed Hwy. Info- 407.278.3545

Green Market, live music ea Sat 11 am-1 pm.  W Atlantic Ave at NW 1st Ave E of Tennis Ctr. Info 561.276.7511

Borders Books & Music Galleria, 2240 E Sunrise Blvd FREE non-smoking. Info 954.723.9595

Dicey Riley's Open Mic, Tues w/Kevin; Bent Fender Trio ea Sun afternoon. 217 SW 2nd St. 954.522.2202

Duck Soup Jam, ea Tues 9 pm. 3809 NW 9th Ave. 954.561.9134

Maguire's Hill, Celtic Fri-& Sat 9 pm. 16535 N. Andrews Ave, 954.764.4453

BFC Sing out in the Park  every3rd Sun, 1-4 pm. Fern Forest Park and Nature Center part of the Broward County Parks system.

BFC Folk Music Open House, Songswap/Jam, covered dish party last wkend various homes. FREE Non-smoking. Janis Rubel 561.487.0253 or

Durty Nellie's Saloon, Darrell House plays ea Wed & Fri 9 pm-1 am 954.563.3222.


Cafe Bluefish, Darrell House plays ea Sun 2-5 pm. 954.563.FISH.

Juice Stop, 1st Sun. Silver Nightingale. 300 SW 1st Ave. Info 954.523.2288.

Musicians' Support Group, 1st Wed 7:30 pm. facilitated by Silver Nightingale, Borders Books & Music, 2240 E Sunrise Blvd. Info 954.566.6335 or 954.941.4645

UU Labyrinth Cafe concert Series, UU Church Every 1st Sat 7:30 pm. Reservations requested. Info Myra- 954.779.2240 or, and day of concert  954.478.8637

Geiger Key Marine & Travel Pk., Live Bluegrass & BBQ 1st & 2nd Sun 6-10 pm. SR 941 mile marker 10.5. Info 305.296.3141


Library Song Circle First & Third Saturdays of each month, 1-4 PM,  Share your special songs, tunes, and stories. Palm Springs Library, 217 Cyprus Lane  561.964.5141

South Florida Folk Club open house song swap and pot luck supper at 5 pm 2nd Sunday of the month in various homes.  Call 305.279.8100 for info.

Music Tech, 4045 SW 96 Ave., Miami has open jam sessions every Friday 8-10  p.m.  Info- 305.554.8818

John Martins Restaurant, Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, open mic Sundays from 7:30 p. Info- John Brown, 305.267.2200

Luna Star Cafe, Open Mic 1st Thurs of every month. Country & Western or Bluegrass. 775 NE 125th St. 8-11 pm, 3 song limit.  Info Alexis 305.799.7123, or call Danny Aaronson for more info about performing.  954.614.2631 or

Elks Club, Open mic every Thurs. US 1 at 63rd Ave. Sign up begins at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Frost Walker 305.669.4488, or Lodge 305.668.2495

Barnes & Noble, NSAI Broward Songwriters' Workshops, 2nd  Sun, 7:15 pm 591 S University Dr. Info- B & N 954.723-0489 or Diana 954.435.7956

Borders Books & Music, 12171 W Sunrise Blvd. Free, non-smoking 954.723.9595.


Starbuck's Live music ea Fri & Sat at Nob Hill & Cleary. Open Mic 7 pm, featured performer 9-11pm on 2nd Friday of each month. Info 954.587.2147 Sig or Liz

Fern Forest Jam/songswap 2nd Sun 2 pm 201 Lyons Rd. Karl 954.974.0318

The Green Marble, presents combination of young adults art gallery & teen coffeehouse open mic for teens ea Tues Eve, 616 E Atlantic Blvd 954.946.3992

Old Time Music Jam every Monday 7-9:30 pm Host: John Amon 954.943.6047

Rooster's Dockside, near PSL Blvd & Bayshore, Open Mic ea Mon 8 pm midnite. 407.879.2422

Treasure Coast Dulcimer Society Tues.1-3 pm at Barry University Center, Len AlIman 561.460.9028 or Gloria Case 561.466.7313

Lyric Theatre Songwriters' Exchange, ea Tuesday 8 pm.  Musicians must play originals only. Listeners invited. Info- Leigh Ann Cheek 561.220.1942

Dulcimers Plus, dulcimer group meets ea Mon. 7-9 pm at Pioneer Baptist Church. Info Julie Piraino 772.569.2525

Coasters Play it in Public, Wed. Nights, Songwriters & Performers bring new material. 2409 S Dixie Hwy Info 561.655.4738

Underground Coffee Works, open mic Tues 8 pm. 105 Narcissus Ave. 561.835.4792

The Wing Hut Songwriters' Night, ea Thurs 8 pm 1632 S Military Tr 561.964.9596

Merlin's Bar & Grille Songwriters' Night, ea Thur 9pm-1 am, 1800 Latham Rd. Original material. 561.471.1331

Tree's Wings Songwriters' Workshop, 2nd Thurs 7:30 pm. 8020 S Dixie Hwy. Robin Plitt 561.586.4467, 561.582.0808

Yesterday Village, Get together & pick-in ea 2nd Sun, Palm Beach Fairgrounds. Info- John 561.795-3100 or Bob 561.965.4876.

O'Shea's, 531 Clematis. Irish music, Sundays 5-7 pm. Free.  833.3865

Around the World Café, ea Thurs, 7-10 open mic

Nashville Songwriters' Assn workshop, song critiques, creative writing ex, etc. Wed 7:30-10:30 pm at The AMP Shop, 776 South Congress, Grant Livingston 305.264.0094, Janet Goodman 305.899.0730, or Rachel Wiseman 561.795.1458,



Nancy Newell Kline


Today in Florida history March 21st... (via Ron Johnson)


1953 As the Spring Equinox emerged, plans for the first Florida Folk Festival began to take place. The Festival was the suggestion of a Rhode Island woman, Mrs. Ada Holding Miller, and would be a celebration of "all the arts and cultures of Florida." Initiated by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and the Stephen Foster Memorial Commission, the festival would be held in White Springs at the Stephen Foster Memorial during the first weekend in May, a four-day concert on one stage. Sara Knott, director of the National Folk Festival, served as festival director for the first two years. One of the first performers in 1953 was "Cousin" Thelma Boltin who would take over the role of Festival Director in 1955.


...and the rest, as they say, is history.


Source: State of Florida Website







-Participants invited to a celebration of Old Time music-


WHITE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 4th Annual Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend on December 5-7, 2008.


This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, fiddle and voice for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Join this year’s special guest instructors and nationally known performers, The Haywire Gang, with banjo legend Mac Benford, guitarist Paula Bradley and fiddle maestro John Hoffman.




Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings in the park auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for public admission are $10.00. Friday evening is the Florida Masters Concert featuring Tom Paley, an original New Lost City Rambler and George Gibson, a Florida resident who grew up steeped in the banjo tradition of Knott County, KY. Saturday evening will be the Instructor’s Showcase Concert featuring the Haywire Gang, with Florida favorites, Chuck Levy, Fay Baird, Lloyd Baldwin and Chuck Anton.




Admission to the three-day event is just $215.00, which includes all workshops, jam sessions, discussion groups, concerts and meals. A spouse program is being offered for just $75.00. Registration is now open and forms are available at After November 7, there is a $15.00 late registration fee.




For more information on the Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend, please call Kelly Green at (386) 397-4478 or toll free 1-877-635-3655. Call Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521 to reserve a camping space.


This event will take place:


December 5-7, 2008

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

White Springs, Florida

(Located on US 41, three miles from I-75 and nine miles from I-10)


Claire Lynch Trio

"Hello East Coast!
See you next weekend
at this great festival!"

~ Claire    

 2010 IBMA    

Female Vocalist of the Year

     Matt on stage Summer 2010



Ormond Beach 


Saturday and Sunday  

November 19 & 20th  

 Ormond Beach Riverfest

Claire Lynch Trio
Featuring Jason Thomas
and Matt Wingate 

Rockefeller Gardens on
The Halifax

Ormond Beach, Florida   


Saturday @ 9pm

Sunday @ 3pm   








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Dec 14 Wed -  Sam Wimberly and Karan will perform Christmas tunes at ShakeRag in Melrose 10am - noon.  Come enjoy the coffee, treats, tunes and 'coffeetalk'.    It's a Freebie~   ShakeRags new Gift shop and Thrift store will be open too.



Jim Stafford with Eclipse Recording Studio has once again put together another fabulous Christmas CD performed by local musicians to benefit the "Fill a Stocking" foundation in the St. Augustine area.  The CD is available in retail stores in the St. Augustine area and= all proceeds from the CD will benefit the foundation.   Reed Franklin and Karan performed a short medley on the CD.



From Sandy McGee:


Subject: Santa Fe Audubon NEWS
Hello, All --Join SFAS to celebrate the festive season -- at our First Annual Conservation Celebration on= Tuesday, Dec. 13.  We are starting the evening's events early -- 6:00 pm, and will have good food in case you don't have time for dinner.  It promises to be a wonderful gathering.  Check out the flyer below, and circulate it to your friends and family.

Attached is Santa Fe Audubon NEWS for December and January.  
We hope to greet you on December 13 at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall for the Conservation Celebration!
Until then, Joyce King, President Santa Fe Audubon
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall
204 SR26, Melrose, FL
6:00 -9:00 
Featured Speaker
Director of Wildlife Conservation,
Audubon of Florida 
Silent Auction
·      Photography by Jeff Smith, DDS and others
·      Books on native plant landscaping, butterfly gardening
·      Field guides on trees, birds, &wildflowers
·      Shade-grown coffee & Charlie Harper mugs
·      Handcrafted art items
·      Restaurant & local business gift certificates
·      And much more!
Conservation Exhibits
·      Sierra Club
·      Santa Fe Lake Dwellers Association
·      St. Johns River Water Management District
·      Putnam County Environmental Council
·      Alachua Co. Environmental Dept.
·      Putnam Land Conservancy
and More! 
Good food, too!
Chili, cornbread,  & great desserts
The public is invited!
For info:   Joyce King, sjoyceking@comcast.net352-475-1999


FLA regions_thmbNE FL NEWS Feb 2012  -  Here's the latest:

Jan 28  DIM LIGHTS performs at Gold Head State Park this Sat for Yesterdays festival on Saturday at 4pm  Gold Head State Park is open to the public and free admission this weekend!
Feb 9- 20 -  Florida State Fair in Tampa- Visit Cracker Country and see some familiar faces from the g'ville area
Feb 10-  Melrose Contra dance with the Potluck Poachers $5.00 7:30-10pm at Shake Rag Art and Culture Center
Feb 17- Dim Lights (and smilin' STEVIE!!)  will perform at the Newberry BBQ from 9-midnight...
Feb 18-19 Olustee Festival- = The Olustee Stringband (Some Briarpickers and Karan) will be performing throughout the weekend at the festival
Feb 24-  The Enginewrights (Tim Stevens band) and the Dim Lights Bands will be performing at the Kickin' Devil from 8-11pm.  The Enginewrights will begin the evening with a one hour set and Dim Lights will take= it to the end.
Feb 25 or 26 -  Dim Lights will be performing at Cracker Weekend= at Rainbow Springs Festival (more details later)
March 9-11 - Will McClean Festival in Dade City at the Serotoma Youth Ranch
First three weekend of April-  Bailey performs tightwire tricks and team gound balancing acts at the FSU circus
From Susie Collings:
Two upcoming concerts at Kickin' Devil
January 27: Grant Peeples 8pm- 10pm, $5 donation ...a Florida folk rebel, politically incorrrect but right on the $$ with his lyrics!
February 3:  Belmont and Jones 7pm- 10pm, $5 donation... acoustic blues duo performing songs from a time before electricity, receating picking styles and songs gleaned from old  recordings.  Come and here= Charles Engstrom and Carrie Hamby performing historical Americana music at= its best!

Central Florida Bluegrass Association News

Howdy, we hope that you are out there getting your pick= on!  If you aren't aware there is lots of opportunities for listening, concerts, and jamming and tons more a comin' down the line.
We are still getting people asking about the requirements for joining our lovely little association.  We are open to pickers, grinners, singles, families, democrats, republicans, shucks if you have a pulse come on out to some of the events!  Feel free to share any of our emails with your music loving friends.
Also, if you are planning on taking part or attending any of the concerts/training, please drop a line to and let us know so that we can be= prepared.  Remember we are trying to help some of these traveling musicians get down here in to Florida so please try to come out and support them by attending some of their shows or maybe even taking a lesson from them.
SAT 02/18
5pm to 8pm  -  There will be a jam at the corner store from 5pm till 8pm. for address.
MON 02/20
Join The Cotton Eyed Does as the= schlep down to Sarasota's WSLR ( to talk about upcoming CFBA events and sing a few tunes
WED 02/22
Join the nationally touring band, Special Consensus, live at the corner store... Greg Cahill and his band members will be available for private lessons in the afternoon.  (see attached flyer for more details.

FRI 02/24 and SAT 02/25
Spring Bluegrass Festival at Dixieland Music Park
FRI 02/24 and SAT 02/25
CFBA is doing a joint camping event with Heartland Bluegrass Association down at Craig's RV in Arcadia.  The weekend camping rate for two nights with hookup of water and electric is $35.00, dry camping with no hookup is $5 per night. Dry camping rate will remain the usual $5 per night. 
Show admission is $7 per person for non-members, and free for members of Heartland. 
Band lineup for Saturday, February 25th is as follows:
   1PM Cotton-Eyed Does
   2PM Sawgrass Drifters
   3PM  Little Girl & the Dreadful Snakes
The concession stand will be open from around 11AM until 3:30 PM on Saturday, and we’ll have our potluck supper at around 5PM after the show.  We’re excited about this joint weekend experience, and hope we have a great= turnout!
SAT 03/03
5pm to 8pm  -  There will be a jam at the corner store from 5pm till 8pm. for address.
SAT 03/10
Eddie and Martha Adcock will be at Bailey Acoustic Shop (Plant City) for a performance. More info a coming!
FRI 03/16 and SAT 03/17



   (with guest emcee Wackie Jackie)
  Sun Oct 7, 2012

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