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    Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:18:27

    Baygrass Bluegrass Festival Set for January - It takes place in Florida + admissions are donations!

    Festivals know no boundaries, not even when it comes to time of year. In warm climates, it's ALWAYS time for a fest.

    A hot and lively roster of pickin' musicians is set to play from midday into the night during the second annual Baygrass Bluegrass music festival Sunday, January 19, in Islamorada at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key in Florida!

    How's that for detail?

    Warm weather climates are certainly perfect for these kinds of events!

    Backed by Florida Bay's turquoise waters, the ICE Amphitheater is an appealing outdoor venue whose onstage lineup is to feature several great bluegrass bands. Both "oldgrass" and "newgrass," the musicians blend the best of traditional and new-generation bluegrass as well as offering some tasty variations on the genre.

    Highlights include Nashville's revered acoustic Helen Highwater Stringband, the traditional banjo and contemporary mandolin of Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, Mandolin Orange's bluegrass, rock and country melodies, the full throttle "outlaw bluegrass" of Grandpa's Cough Medicine, traditional Americana and folk from South Florida's Grey Lily and much more.

    Music is scheduled Sunday from 11:30AM to 8PM.

    The day before the festival, Saturday, January 18, a player's acoustic jam and barbecue is scheduled from 4-10PM. Both performing musicians and interested amateur and professional pickers are welcome to join in the evening of impromptu jam sessions.

    Baygrass Bluegrass attractions also include a variety of artisan booths and festival souvenir merchandise, cool drinks and island edibles. Any interested musician can bring an instrument and join a pickup jam session on the beach.

    Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per adult age 18 and older, $5 for students and free for children age 12 and under. Although coolers are not permitted, attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets.

    Presented by the nonprofit Islamorada Community Entertainment, the event's proceeds help fund in-school programs as well as art, music and dance scholarships for Upper Keys high school students.

    Good cause. Good music. Good culture. Good Climate. Good Festival!

    For more info, visit baygrassbluegrass.com.

    Anyone in Florida plan to attend this event? Travel to it if you can! It sounds like fun.

    —Maggie Pannacione

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