Suwannee Springfest Celebrates Twenty Years Of Music And Magic [A Gallery]

first_imgPhotographer Josh Webster was on the scene and shared a lovely gallery with of some of the wonderful memories he captured over the weekend. View his images below: For the twentieth year in a row, the Suwannee Springfest brought bluegrass fans young and old from across the country together to celebrate their love for the music under the sheltering majestic live oaks of the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. In a world where festivals come and go without fanfare, such staying power is a testimony to the power of the picking party and the magic of the park itself. Springfest celebrated it’s anniversary in style, bringing a legends like John Prine and Del McCoury together with modern day acts like Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Larry Keel and Nicki Bluhm. As always, Florida’s finest were represented as well, with The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and Quartermoon on hand to bring a bit of hometown flavor to the party. The musical madness of Springfest isn’t confined to the stages either. Some of the top players on the bill took time out to lead workshops and tutorials for the many budding superstars in the audience. Artist Bean Spence was on hand to lead painting workshops for the many children who attend this family friendly event. And as always, the legendary late night camp fire picking parties took place all around the camp grounds, featuring some of the finest pickers on the line up getting down and dirty in one of a kind jam sessions with any one and everyone invited to join in.This mix of performances and outreaches by the musicians has been a big part of why Springfest is a “Don’t Miss” weekend for the fans and players alike. Finally, Donna The Buffalo, long running host and the only band to have appeared at all twenty fests closed out the show with an all star guest laden set on the park’s beloved amphitheater stage that had the joyful fans dancing to the very end.   Load remaining imageslast_img

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