FDEP hosts Florida Folk Festival during Memorial Day Weekend

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosts the 62nd Annual Florida Folk Festival this Memorial Day weekend at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River

Providing some of the best of Florida’s music, arts and culture, the festival is among the “Top 20 Events” in the Southeast, providing something for everyone.

Gates will open 8 a.m. daily from Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25.

Since 1953, folk artists have come to perform at one of the oldest state folk festivals in America, and this year will continue the grand tradition of celebrating Florida’s land, food, people and diverse cultural heritage.

More than 300 performances by the state’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.

This Florida Folk Festival features performances by more than 150 groups representing all parts of Florida:

  • JJ Grey & Mofro Whitehouse, Fla.; Southern swamp-funk; visitwww.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, there will be educational and other entertainment programs. 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, call 1-877-6FL-FOLK (1-877-635-3655) or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster or www.FloridaFolkFestival.com.

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 6 and 16 for the entire weekend are $5.

Call Elevate Ticketing at (877)569-7767 or visit www.FloridaFolkFestival.com for tickets.

Camping will not be offered during the festival, but there are other places to camp in the area, including Suwannee River State Park, O’Leno State Park, Ocean Pond and Spirit of the Suwannee.

A comprehensive list of 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), is available at SuwanneeValley.org.

Pets are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival. Personal golf carts are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.