Sunday, February 2, 2014

Palatka Bluegrass Festival - February 20 - 22, 2014

Norman Adams and the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch present the 10th Annual Palatka Bluegrass Festival from February20 - 22, 2014 at the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, just South of Palatka, FL on route Florida route 19. Only ten years old this year, Palatka was conceived as a major fund raiser for the Ranch, and has succeeded beyond the wildest imagination of Ranch personnel. They have build a spacious campground with over 500 water and electric sites as well as a large performance shed, offering protection from the elements for festival goers. The Ranch, conceived as a home for at risk boys by Homer Rodeheaver opened in 1950 on 600 acres along the St. John's River. About fifty boys live on the Ranch, attend the local public schools while working and studying in family-like settings in ten homes overseen by families providing solid parenting models for them.  Ranch Director Ken Johnson and Director of Development Jeff King have overseen the development of this fine traditional bluegrass festival with Norman Adams as festival producer for ten years.

The Campground

The Music Shed

2014 Lineup
 Kody Norris & the Wautauga Mountain Boys

 The James King Band

The Bluegrass Brothers
Larry Sparks

Dailey & Vincent

The Jimmy Fortune Show with Dailey & Vincent

Emcee Sherry Boyd

The Stevens Family

Goldwing Express

The Primitive Quartet

The Gibson Brothers

Seldom Scene

Dry Branch Fire Squad
Sound by John Holder
Plenty of Jamming

Cody Shuler & Pine Mt. Railroad

The Little Roy & Lizzy Show

Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Gene Watson featuring Rhonda Vincent

The lineup for Palatka is a feast of traditional bluegrass music and classic country. The Gibson Brothers, 2012 and 2013 IBMA Entertainers of the Year will be a highlight on Friday. Dailey & Vincent's one time show on Thursday followed by Jimmy Fortune will be a strong one time show in the evening. Country great Gene Watson will close on Saturday with a show featuring many of his country hits from the eighties with his frequent singing partner, Rhonda Vincent. The show is strong on Southern Gospel music for those who find this regional style attractive.  All-in-all, the Palatka Bluegrass Festival presents the strongest bluegrass show to be found in Florida this year.

Gilbert Nelson's Wernick Method Jam Camp

Gilbert Nelson will again be presenting his Wernick Method jamming class, which, in its second year last year, was a great success.

The Details

 Tickets for the entire weekend cost $75.00 in advance and $85.00 at the gate. Reserved seating is available. Contact Norman Adams for further information. Call The Boys Ranch @ 386-328-1281to reserve camping spaces. There are usually spaces available with water and electric hookups. Rough camping is almost unlimited. 

The Golf Cart Coral

The Music Shed

Plenty of Food & Craft Vendors

Inside the Shed

Artist's Merch Tents

The Martha White Boutique - Rhonda Vincent

Fans Inside the Tent

Breakfast and Dinner in the Ranch Headquarters

The Ranch also provides a concession stand and gift shop conveniently located at the back of the shed.

How to Get to Rodeheaver Boys Ranch
Place Your Name on the Zero and Get Personalized Directions

Promoters: Norman & Judy Adams