FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
62nd ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
~The best of Florida music, arts & culture~
JJ Grey will perform at the 62nd Annual Florida Folk Festival.
–The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stephen Foster Folk
Culture Center State Park invites you to the 62nd Annual Florida
Folk Festival this Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, on the banks of the Suwannee River. The festival has once again
been named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast. With the best of Florida’s music, arts and culture, there is something for
everyone. Gates open 8 a.m., daily.
Since 1953, folk artists have
come together for this event. One of the oldest state folk festivals in America
will continue a grand tradition of celebrating Florida’s land, food, people and
diverse cultural heritage. With more than 300 performances by Florida’s
greatest folk and roots artists, including national recording artists,
songwriters and musicians of swing, folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz,
bluegrass, Caribbean and zydeco music, it is truly an event not to be missed.
This Florida Folk Festival features performances by more than 150 groups with connections to all
parts of Florida, including these:
JJ Grey & Mofro Whitehouse,
Fla.; Southern swamp-funk; visit www.jjgrey.com
Albert Castiglia Miami, Fla.; Classic Blues Guitar; visit www.albertcastiglia.net
Frank Thomas Lake
Wales, Fla.; Legendary Florida Folk
Ben Prestage Everglades region; One Man Blues Band; visit benprestagemusic.com
Sam Pacetti St. Augustine, Fla.; Skilled
guitar pyrotechnics; visit sampacetti.com
Willie Green Ocala, Fla.; Authentic rural blues with
storytelling; visit williegreenblues.com
Laney Jones Mount
Dora, Fla.; Folk Singer-Songwriter; visit www.laney-jones.com
Gypsy Star Tampa
Bay area; acoustic rock / world
music fusion; visit www.gypsystarband.com
Belle and the Band Tallahassee, Fla.; Bluegrass, folk, blues and jazz; visit belleandtheband.com
Michael Jordan St.
Augustine, Fla.; Acoustafunkadelatastic one man band
Mark Johnson & Emory Lester Dunnellon,
Fla.; Claw-grass Banjo; visit markandemory.com
Jeanie Fitchen Orlando, Fla.; Traditional and original ballads, Florida history; visit jfitchen.com.
In addition to a full schedule
of performances, you’ll find plenty to amuse and educate. The 2014 Folklife
Area, coordinated by the Florida Department of State Folklife Program,
celebrates the diverse cultures of the upper St. Johns River area.
For more information on
performance schedules, please call 1-877-6FL-FOLK (1-877-635-3655) or
visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster or www.FloridaFolkFestival.com.
Tickets on Sale now! Buy in advance and save!
Advance tickets for the Florida Folk Festival are $25 per
day or $50 for the weekend for adults and $30 per day or $60 for the weekend at
the gate. Children under six are admitted free. Ticket prices for children
between the ages of six and 16 for the entire weekend are $5. Call Elevate
Ticketing at 877-569-7767 or visit www.FloridaFolkFestival.com
The Florida Folk
Festival is a rain or shine event! Camping is not offered during the festival. There are plenty of places to camp in the area, including
Suwannee River State Park, O’Leno State Park, Ocean Pond and Spirit of the
Suwannee. For a comprehensive
local public and private campgrounds (27), cabins and motels (53)
in Suwanee County, nearby Columbia County (Lake City) and Hamilton County
(White Springs and Jasper), visit SuwanneeValley.org.
Pets are not allowed at
the Florida Folk Festival. Personal golf carts are not allowed at the Florida
WHAT: Florida Folk Festival
WHEN: Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25.
Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/Highway 41
White Springs, Florida 32096