The 8th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival begins on Thursday afternoon, April 1 and runs for three days at the Forest Capital Museum State Park in Perry, Florida. Sponsored by the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, this festival is one of the great bargains in bluegrass music, offering an array of first class national and regional bands for a three day ticket price in advance of $10.00 or $15.00 at the gate. The lineup for this year's festival ranges from the relatively far-out progressive band Cadillac Sky to the bluegrass/country sounds of Marty Raybon, and the more traditional music of Kenny & Amanda Smith. Regional bands like The Wilson Family and Pure & Simple Bluegrass explore more traditional terrain. This event, set in a pleasant, shaded area with one of the most beautiful stages to be found anywhere should provide a great three days of bluegrass music.
On Saturday, a series of workshops led by festival musicians will be held. Locations and times will be announced. Kenny Smith will be one of the workshoppers. There will also be instrument competitions on Saturday morning. Finally, the very popular chilli cook-off will be held on Saturday, too. Sounds like a great day.
Mike Robinson will emcee and, with his wife Mary, lead the Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam on Sunday morning.
The Forest Capital Museum State Park in Perry can be found here: