An afternoon of bluegrass
Saturday, March 28
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.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out • 12:15 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.”
The Grascals • 1:30 pm
Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres.
Lonesome River Band • 2:45 pm
Since forming in 1982, this contemporary bluegrass band – led by Sammy Shelor – has recorded more than 20 albums. They have received numerous awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including Album of the Year, along with awards from SPBGMA, including being named Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.