Archive for October 16th, 2009

13th Annual Magnolia Festival Oct. 22-25 expected to draw thousands to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Magnolia Fest – a weekend of Americana/Roots Music with great artists

Crowd shot at Magnolia Fest 2007

Crowd shot at Magnolia Fest 2007

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – You can feel the excitement building for the 13th Annual Magnolia Festival filled with dozens of famous Americana/roots artists performing at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla.

Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on the SOSMP for the Oct. 22-25 festival. Events are held on multiple stages.

The festival gets underway at 4:20 p.m. Thursday – 1 a.m.; Friday music gets underway at 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Saturday 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dickey Betts up close & Great Southern

Dickey Betts up close & Great Southern

Scheduled performances are – Dickey Betts & Great Southern, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Umoja Orchestra, Sam Bush Band, KBM: Kreutzmann, Burbridge, Murawski; Little Brown Peach, Vassar Clement’s Bluegrass Jam hosted by Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Rubber Souldiers, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Moonalice, The Duhks, Vince Herman & Great American Taxi, Travelin McCourys, The Lee Boys, Seth Walker, Col Bruce & Quark Alliance, Scythian, Blueground Undergrass, Joe Craven Duo, Daddy, Cornmeal, Tornado Rider, Jennie Arnau, Lefty Williams, The Rowan Brothers with Sue Cunningham, David Gans, Mike and Ruthy, Dread Clampitt, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Hubba Hubba, Eliza Lynn, Annie Wenz, Nikki Talley, Tom Nelly, Lyndsay Pruett, Suwannee Bluegrass Mafia, Tania & The Magi Moon Traveling Circus Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus, Farther Along – The Music & Life of Gram Parsons, The Golden Ticket, Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Melvin Seals & JGB Band, WaCo Ramblers, Rushad & Tornado Rider, Ralph Roddenbery Band, Ford Turrell with Bryn Davies, Sloppy Joe and Scramble Campbell.

WaCo Ramblers 10 24 08

WaCo Ramblers 10 24 08

A New Orleans style walking parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. Bring your own beads if you wish to throw them. Participants are asked to be in costumes and decorate their golf carts and bicycles.


MagnoliaFest Tickets
4 day advance pass: $150; 3 day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) advance pass: $130; 2 day (Saturday, Sunday) advance pass: $110; All multi-day tickets include primitive camping, park access, parking and sales tax. Primitive Sites are unassigned and selected upon arrival. Upgrades from primitive to reserved sites may be purchased from Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park by calling 386-364-1683 or by going to the website at www.musicliveshere.com.

Gate Tickets:

Single day tickets available at the gate. Camping and access to the campground is NOT included.
Thursday Only: $40
Friday Only: $50
Saturday Only: $50
Sunday Only: $40

Gate Full Festival Tickets

Full Festival Ticket at gate Thursday: $160
3 Day Festival Ticket at gate Friday: $140
2 Day Festival Ticket at gate Saturday: $120TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

No refunds, credits or exchanges. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with accompanying adult. No dogs or fireworks allowed. The festival will be held rain, shine, war or peace. Vendors with a huge variety of food and merchandise will be on the festival grounds.DIRECTIONS:

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located between Jacksonville & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville.
From points north and south, take I-75 to Live Oak and Jasper exit at US 129, head south 4.5 miles and the park is on your right.

From the east or west, take I-10 to Live Oak and Jasper exit at US 129, go north about 4.5 miles and the park is on your left.

Please note: No public events will be held in the SOSMP Music Hall this weekend, Oct. 22-25, due to the festival. Entry to the Music Hall will be with Magnolia Fest tickets only.

For more information about the Magnolia Festival or the SOSMP, please call 386-364-1683 or go to the SOSMP website at www.musicliveshere.com. You may also print out a schedule from this website of Magnolia Fest performances.

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009

CLEVELAND SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN CHAFFEE A.K.A. UNCLE SAM RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD NOMINATION FOR HIS FEISTY ANTHEM,“PLAY BY THE RULES”

Music In Media AwardCleveland-based singer-songwriter John Chaffee (www.youtube.com/chaffeekid), who has given voice to millions of his fellow frustrated Americans with “Play By The Rules”, recently received word he has received a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination for the song. With biting wit and blunt truth, Chaffee points out in his song and video, everyone agrees: we’re all fed up with leaders and others in the public eye who keep failing us because—you guessed it—they don’t “Play By The Rules.”

Surprised by news of the honor, Chaffee said, “This is an unexpected recognition of a song I hope is resonating with the people. I’m very appreciative of the HMMA’s nomination. I’ll be at the show, perhaps with boots on!”

John Chaffee FriendsChaffee will find out if he wins the award when the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (www.hmmawards.com) take place on Thursday, November 19 at The Highlands located in the world-famous Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, California.

The “Play By The Rules” song and video concept grew out of his growing anger over a daily dose of stories of corruption and scandal, not only in our nation’s capital but also in communities across the country.

The colorful and irresistible video features Chaffee, a dead ringer for “Uncle Sam,” in red, white and blue garb singing as he walks through colorful but decadent urban landscapes including junkyards that work perfectly as a metaphorical backdrop for his pointed plea of a chorus: “Cut me in, bail me out, failure’s not my fault/Responsibility, what’s that, just a word that’s all/I’m trying very hard, to chill and keep my cool/I’m trying hard to find someone, who’ll just play by the rules/Is there anybody out there, who’ll just play by the rules.”

“Early this year,” he says, “it seems we were told almost daily about another tax issue, or ethical issue, or moral issue, not just with the nominees for public office but also our representatives currently serving in government as well as others in positions of public trust. It’s an arrogance that leads to the belief that there are no consequences for your actions.

John Chaffee as Uncle Sam

John Chaffee as Uncle Sam

“And I wondered,” Chaffee adds, “‘how do you know who to trust anymore? It seems nobody plays by the rules. The American people are coming to grips with the grim reality that trustworthiness is becoming a difficult thing to find. To me, ‘Play By The Rules’ is a song about the values taught to us as children that seem to be eroding in the lives and conduct of those people we are supposed to be able to look up to and respect. In many ways, America has become like a rudderless ship, careening across the water wishing she had a moral compass. There was once a Dignity Code, but it’s no longer in our rule book. Maybe it’s time to bring it back.”


NEW YORK BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER TREATED FANS AND SHOPPERS TO AN ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AT BEST BUY IN MANHATTAN

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

On October 8, New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca (www.joannamosca.com) treated fans and shoppers at the Best Buy in Manhattan to an acoustic performance as a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

Mosca performed songs off of her forthcoming debut album Keep On Going, which included her new hit single of the same title. “Keep On Going” continues to make a big splash on radio, sitting at #15 this week on the FMQB AC Chart and is positioned between Brian Wilson and Kelly Clarkson.

Keep On Going features songs co-written with composers who have penned hits for numerous country artists, including Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts. She has also collaborated on the project with Grammy Award winning producers Tyrone Corbett and Robert Donsella, who have collectively worked with several American Idol artists signed to J Records and Wyclef Jean’s label. Corbett’s studio and touring credits also include R&B singer Will Downing, urban jazz greats Gerald Albright and Norman Brown, and folk legend Pete Seeger.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

Mosca also recently joined established songwriter/producer Jeremy Spillman, who has worked with country star Trisha Yearwood among others, to record two additional tracks in Nashville for the highly anticipated album due out in October.

Ragsdale Will Also Be Featured In Upcoming Issues Of Maverick and Country Weekly While His Single “Little Jo” Gains Airplay with Nashville FM

WYOMING’S RISING COUNTRY SINGER BRYAN RAGSDALECONTINUES TO TURN HEADS,EARNING AN ISSA NOMINATION FOR TRACK “MODERN DAY MOUNTAIN MAN” FOR COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

WYOMING’S RISING COUNTRY SINGER BRYAN RAGSDALECONTINUES TO TURN HEADS,EARNING AN ISSA NOMINATION FOR TRACK “MODERN DAY MOUNTAIN MAN” FOR COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

Wyoming native singer-songwriter Bryan Ragsdale’s (www.bryanragsdale.com) creative, upbeat blend of country, bluegrass, and folk music on his new album, Where Cowpokes Grow has people buzzing left and right. His eclectic mix of genres gained him a nomination in the Country Song of the Year category, for his track “Modern Day Mountain Man” for the Independent Singer Songwriter Association’s Song Contest (www.issa-music.org/nominees/bryan_ragsdale.htm). The organization supports independent singer-songwriters and the contest’s main objective is to help promote the artist to a larger audience. Winners of their annual ISSA Song Contest 2009 will be announced this November.

Ragsdale, a U.S Veteran and conservationist, has released the single “Modern Day Mountain Man” through RCI Music Promotion to more than 500 radio stations worldwide in the U.S., England, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, and Australia. It has already reached #2 on both bluegrass and traditional country genre stations.

“Modern Day Mountain Man” will also be featured in the Listen Up! section of County Weekly Magazine (www.countryweekly.com) in an upcoming issue, where readers will be able to download the track for free for a limited time.

However, Ragsdale isn’t just successful in the U.S., The Netherlands has recently picked up his track “Little Jo” for rotation on their country station Nashville FM and UK’s Maverick will feature an album review for Where Cowpokes Grow for the November 2009 issue. The French Association of Country Music also spotlighted Where Cowpokes Grow (http://facm.free.fr/news20.htm#ragsdale) saying the album was “SUPERBE!”

The emerging singer will continue his fall tour, with four dates performing at local schools in Campbell County, WY (October 26 – 30) Then onto Ragsdale’s biggest event to date, performing at Cam-plex Heritage Center in Gillette, WY for their Family Friendly Shows Series (October 30). The Cam-plex is a state-of-the-art event facility with accommodating RV Parks situated on 1,100 acres. His tour will also include shows at local schools in Campbell County.

EVENTS RECAP:

October 26-30
14 residency performances at rural schools in Campbell County, Wyoming
Details TBA

October 30
Cam-plex Heritage Center
Gillette, Wyoming
Indian Paintbrush Drive
6:30 p.m.