Monday, January 14, 2013

Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival - Brighton, Fl - Preview

The second annual Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival will run on February 1 - 2, 2013 at the Rodeo Arena on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Brighton, FL (near Okeechobee). Featuring an excellent lineup in a first class covered arena with plenty of camping and excellent vendors, this second go-round for Seminole Wind offers much to offer people wishing to follow up YeeHaw Junction the week before with a festival featuring strong headliners as well as good local bands.  The schedule, beginning at 2:00 PM each day and ending at 9:00 has the advantage of creating a relaxed weekend of good music in close proximity to the restaurants and gambling of the nearby Brighton Seminole Casino. Featuring the varied lineup of Josiah Johns Restaurant and the allure of the casino featuring bingo, slots, and poker.

 Attractive Grounds

Lots of Camping

Pleasant Vendor's Areas

Covered Seating

This year the stage and seating area will be rotated ninety degrees, eliminating the glare that was evident last year and vastly improving viewing. The arena is covered and comfortable with all facilities conveniently located nearby.

 The Lineup

Seminole Wind does not seek to blow away the crowd with a great abundance of bands. Rather, quality is the watchword. Four strong national bands and two quality Florida bands come together to present pleasing bluegrass music, bringing great picking, strong vocals, and lively humor.  Special Consensus has been touring for over thirty years with banjo great Greg Cahill at its head. Their combination of fine classic covers with innovative instrumentals gives a balanced and enjoyable program. Michael Cleveland is generally acknowledged as the master of traditional bluegrass fiddle as he re-creates the sounds of a number of great fiddlers with his own energy and interpretation. He has been named IBMA fiddler of the year nine times, dominating the first decade of the 21st century. Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long bring a comprehensive show built on the Lewis tradition of gospel singing and minstrel humor. Their chemistry is both amusing and musically satisfying. Don Rigsby has played with a number of fine bands, including his own, and is acknowledged as one of the great interpreters of traditional bluegrass music. Highway 41 South and Keith Bass & the Florida Bluegrass Express are both familiar to Florida audiences and are both entertaining and musical. 

Greg Cahill of Special Consensus

Micheal Cleveland

 Lizzy Long

Little Roy Lewis

Don Rigsby

 Hwy 41 South

 Keith Bass & the Florida Bluegrass Express

Mike & Mary Robinson
Emcee & Gospel Jam & Sing

How to Get to Seminole Wind

The Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival promises to provide a well-rounded and enjoyable time. Come early to relax in the country setting and try to spend a little time getting to know the local people. See you there!

Keith & Darlene Bass