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Jan 18-19

Americana, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jamming, Jazz, Southern Rock, Over 8 bands, weeeedogggie! An eccletic blend of music!

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 “Goddess of Harmony” for “The Ashley Gang”
 and Singer
 and Bassist for an Angel Choir

I am sad to announce the passing of my wife and our folk family musician, Michelle Moncrief Lowe.



WHAT:   The Two Grants ( Grant Peeples & Grant Livingston); The Yin & Yang of Folk Music

WHEN:   Saturday  Jan 12, 2013.    Doors 6pm.   Concert  7pm.

WHERE:   The Hideaway Cafe,  1756 Central Avenue  St. Petersburg, FL 33712  


Info:  (727- 644-7895)
 Smithsonian Folkways

Over the course of six beautiful albums in nearly 15 years, Elizabeth Mitchell has invited listeners to join her, husband Daniel Littleton, their daughter Storey, and other friends and relatives to become part of an extended musical family. On Blue Clouds, she raises her special kind of family-centric music to new heights by bringing clarity and beauty to a surprising range of songs, including covers of the Allman Brothers, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Jenkins, Van Morrison, and Bill Withers. The liner notes feature illutrations by the late Remy Charlip and an essay by author Brian Selznick.

October 5th and 6th, 2012

Fri: 7pm-10:30pm, Sat: noon-10:30pm

It’s LOUIPALOOZA Time! –Florida singer-songwriter Louie Palma was recently in a motorcycle wreck that left him with pins and rods in his leg and Spleen-less! As is the case with many struggling artists, he had no insurance so this Benefit For Louie is to help defray the hospital/surgical bills. Once again, the Florida music community has turned out in force to help one of their own. So this will be a 2 day event with some of the finest FloridaFolk/Americana acts of today.    

Featuring 2PM, Charley Groth, Jackson Creek, Jak Kelly, Aripeka, Carly Bak, Mike Boller, Rod Sillars, Too Many Smiths and Too  Many Mikes, Gail Carson, Kit Rich, Meyer, Bill Manley, Big Bear and Red, Joe Virga, Debbie Jameson, Barry Brogan, Jim Davis, ET Morris, The Promenade Action, Tom Ellis, Lee Paulet, Louie Palma and Friends  and many others !

Gate: suggested donation $5

Primitive Campsites/RV’s: suggested donation $10


The Farm 

19234 Lake Lindsey Rd

Brooksville, FL 34601

6 miles N. of Brooksville, FL

1/6th mile E. of US 98
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Steve Martin and Mark Johnson, banjo innovator of “clawgrass” style, was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo, along with check for $50,000.

 Bluesapalooza Music Festival - Sept 22

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 @
Linda Pedersen Park, Hernando Beach
Noon until 9 PM
Blues & Southern Rock, fabulous food, vendors, car & motorcycle displays.
Scheduled to perform Saturday - Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright, Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat with Nalani Rothrock, Frank Robert and the Boxcar Tourists,Delta Swamp Rats, and more !


2012 Stephen Foster 
Old Time Music Weekend

Date: Sept 7, 2012
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A weekend of old time music classes, concerts & jams on the beautiful and historic Suwannee River.    

Instructors: Walt Koken ~ Adv. Clawhammer Banjo; Clare Milliner ~ Adv. Fiddle; Pete Peteson ~ two & three finger Old Time Banjo styles; Kellie Allen ~ guitar and singing; Hilary Dirlam ~ Beginning Banjo & Bass.      Florida Instructors:  Chuck Levy ~ Intermediate Fiddle.

Friday night Florida Masters Concert, featuring  Joe Bone (Greg Allen, Bob Murphy & Caitlin Murphy),  Saturday night Instructors Concert.                               

To register contact:

The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park                                                                                      
Telephone: 1-386-397-4478                                     

Toll Free: 1-877-635-3655                   

Contact Information: 

Name: Jim Strickland

Web site:


Phone: 813-758-6591

Suwannee Valley Flood Jam

August 17 & 18, 2012
at the
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, Florida

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Please join us for two days of music, and community as we gather
along the banks of the famous Suwannee River in support of the flood victims.
100% of net profits go to flood victims. 

2-Day Tickets are $45 in advance,
$65 at the Gate and include Primitive Camping.
Day Tickets cost $20 per day and are available only at the gate.
Day Tickets do not include primitive camping. 

THUMBZILLA - Benefit for Jak Kelly- July 27th, 28th, 29th, 2012

A Special Benefit Music Festival will be held to help Mr. Jak Kelly, a prominent folk singer/songwriter, now living in Spring Hill, FL. who has recently undergone surgery, pay his medical expenses.

Knowing this Marine personally, I was curious as to how he would handle the emotional scene he had just created!!  


A Young Boy and the Marine

~Carly Bak~

The Will McLean Festival has always been a magical experience.... music fills the air and song is everywhere!  But step behind that magical scene and let me tell you a story about one boy's experience that is sure to warm your heart!

Read entire story..... 


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Songwriter and environmental advocate Whitey Markle visits the Ocklawaha, one of Florida's most beautiful rivers. The music is his song, "The Poor Old Ocklawaha" performed by Whitey and his band, the Swamprooters.

Whitey Markle has been a fixture on the Florida music scene for decades. He has been performing and writing songs for over 30 years and continues to entertain audiences to this day. His style of music, known as "Swampgrass", is a mixture of bluegrass, folk and country with a taste of old fashioned Florida "Cracker" thrown in for good measure. Whitey Markle and the Swamprooters (as his band is affectionately called) have released two CD's, Cracker Blue and Hog Wild. Whitey has also written a book about his experiences in Florida called Whitey Markle's Recipes with Tales and Tunes.





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It all began with ca-wa-yee:  
Reports of Seminole Tribe
 of Florida Council Chairman James Billie having been on medical leave or having a  mini-stroke are greatly exgaggerated, according to Jim Billie and Tribe sources.  Jim Billie recently remarked when  it all started "..I was riding a horse (ca-wa-yee) on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Suddenly, the horse raised up and fell totally on top of me. It possibly gave me a concussion....."
Tribal Press Release reads: "Horse Accident Leads to Weeks of Hospital, Therapy"

Billie, 67, who has been the Seminole tribe's council head.  Jim Billie has written several Florida songs and has performed at many festivals throughout the state. Jim Billie was a close friend of Will Mclean and Don Grooms and has supported the Florida Folk Festival for many years.  We are glad he is doing better.

The Seminole tribe operates several casinos statewide including Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood and Tampa, and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. For the official Seminole Tribe_version of Jim Billie's recent medical situation  from Seminole Tribe click here