Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dixieland Music Park (Waldo) - Winter Preview

Headlined by two of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass music and with a full schedule of fun and music extending far beyond the three days allotted for the festival, Dixieland Music Park in Waldo, FL and the Evans Media Source present the Roscoe Canady Memorial Festival from February 28 - March 3, 2013. It's a week full of music, fun, and fellowship. Bands are still being added, and Promoter Ernie Evans says the festivities go on for a full week for early arrivals.  Tickets are going fast, but there are still some sites available at the Park.

The Bands

Headliners for this winter's Roscoe Canady Memorial Festival will be Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Nothin' Fancy. The Roys return after a successful engagement here last year, and local favorite The Stephens Family will be at Waldo all weekend.  

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

With a new Cracker Barrel CD out on the rack and Russell Moore having garnered his fifth IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year over an eighteen year period, this distinguished band has returned to its earlier heights, a feet not often accomplished. Musically and for entertainment value, they just can't be beat. Mandolinist Wayne Benson has a new mandolin project he and Alan Bibey have produced. Two great instrumental stylists together.....

Russell Moore

 Steve Dilling

Wayne Benson

Nothin' Fancy

Nothin' Fancy, always a fan favorite, continues on its merry way combining melodic highlights and plenty or rollicking humor. The band is a breath of fresh air in a genre that often takes itself too seriously. Mike Andes is releasing a new solo CD.  

Mike Andes

 Chris Sexton

The Roys

The Roys have recently experienced a personnel change with the departure of Harry Clark, but they should continue to provide their increasingly entertaining and polished bluegrass sound. Their brother/sister banter never becomes rancorous as they keep on singing and growing as a group.

Elaine Roy

Lee Roy

The Stevens Family
Sissy Stevens

Luke & Ben Stevens

Ernie Evans & the Florida State Bluegrass Band
Ernie Evans

The host band for this festival, Ernie continues to offer a pleasing variety of traditional bluegrass with grassed versions of songs from other genres. A pleasant diversion for those seeking variety.

Deb Evans

Swingin' Bridge

Jackie Hill & Blue Shades of Grass

 The University of Florida Bluegrass Band, country karaoke singer Greg Bird, and others are still being added. There's also plenty of on-stage jamming.
On Stage Jamming

 The Venue
Plenty of Camping with Full Hookups 

Relaxing Good Fun

Comfortable, Warm Music Shed

W.a. Pate On Guard

Other Information

For more information and tickets, call (904) 886-8378. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dixieland RV Park in Waldo, FL has been rebuilding and upgrading for several years, and the improvements show.  Remember that U.S. highway 301 running through the spine of north Florida functions as a notorious speed trap with Waldo at its center. Be careful of your speed along this piece of highway. 

How to Get to Waldo

Early arrivals will be treated to a soup beans & cornbread bash with jamming afterwards on Monday, Feb.  25 and there will be a covered dish supper with meat provided on Wednesday. Come for the whole week and be prepared to have lots of fun.