An afternoon of bluegrass
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Swinging Bridge • 11 am
The Swinging Bridge Band has developed into the best band to come out of the Southwest Florida area in recent memory. Their great lead singing, tight harmonies, dazzling instrumental breaks, and dead-on timing puts them on a par with some of the foremost nationally known bands. The band has a great on-stage personality. They make the audience feel that they are included in the fun the band is having on stage. They have a repertoire of songs and instrumentals that draws from traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, and other genres to create a show that is a treat for any bluegrass fan.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper • 12:15 pm
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are on fire: They won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for “Tall Fiddler,” and at the National SPBGMA Awards held in Nashville, the band won Instrumental Group of the Year and Cleveland won Fiddle Player of the Year. Cleveland also has a record-setting 11 wins as Fiddle Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. “He plays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.
Balsam Range • 1:30 pm
The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, the Great Balsam Range.attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. They were the 2014 and 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of eight albums.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out • 2:45 pm
“Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than 30 years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. “By the time we put this band together” — he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over 25 years now — “I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go. Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating 25 years with IIIrd Tyme Out, but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”