SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – The Georgia Possum Band from West Georgia will bring its own unique sound to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) Saturday, Aug. 13, in Live Oak, Fla. This same weekend Mike Mullis and the Aunt Jackie Band will rock the Music Hall Friday night, Aug. 12, while the free Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will be held Friday – Sunday.
Families are urged to make reservations for the weekend, bring your children ages 5 – 17 to the free music camp on Friday night to register. By Sunday the children will present a concert in the afternoon! Parents MUST be onsite while the children are in music camp. Some fiddles, guitars, banjos, drums and mandolins are available for those students who do not have an instrument.
Mike Mullis and the Aunt Jackie Band will kick off the weekend on Friday night, Aug. 12, with a rollicking event where you will have lots of fun, dance to your heart’s delight and just enjoy the food, fellowship and the evening!
The Aunt Jackie Band, based in Gainesville, plays dates from North to Central Florida and has been together about 10 years. The four member band plays Southern and classic rock, country and blues music for your listening and dancing enjoyment with Mike Mullis holding down the drum section. Bring your dancing shoes and your desire to be entertained!(Whoa! The vocalist for Aunt Jackie is AMAZING!, listen to them on My Space. Check out “My Time Has Come” Losillë)
Saturday night, Aug. 13. the Georgia Possum Band takes over the Music Hall stage with its first appearance at the SOSMP. Georgia Possum Band is not your every day country band. The members are all unique country boys who are proud to be from West Georgia and sing and play music about how they live in this Southern world.
The band is made up of Tracy Hosey (bass), Israel Tyson (drums), Ron Lands (steel guitarist/guitar) and Jack Walker (vocals/guitar). They play country/blues/rock and a tinge of bluegrass.
The band was formed a few years after high school by Jack Walker and Israel Tyson. Jack Walker is a man born dirt road poor and who has struggled through life’s challenges. Born and raised in the little rural town of Roopville, Georgia, population 250, he writes songs about hunting, fishing, God, faith, loss of love and loss of his beloved mother to cancer. Drummer Israel Tyson grew up in rural Crossplains, Georgia and has a country boy’s view of his world. Part mountain man, part madman, bass player Tracy Hosey has probably killed and eaten most anything that crawls and swims. The band got its name because he caught a live Georgia possum with his bare hands and turned it lose in the band house one night. That’s what the band members say they are – possums, night prowlers and survivors.
This unique group played as a three piece band for years with occasional guitar players coming and going till Nashville steel and regular guitar player Ron Lands sat in one night. He has played with a lot of Nashville stars and wanted to play with the Georgia Possums. He brought a sound and a feel the band had been seeking for years. Ron came from Oregon originally before moving to Georgia. He jokes that he was so poor growing up he had to wear his sister’s dress sometimes!
A new CD entitled “Boyz from the Woodz” was just released by Georgia Possums this summer. “We love people, and we hope they love us,” says Israel. “We never take our fans for granted. We have a dream, and God and people willing, we might just make it come true.”
Doors to the Music Hall open at 5 p.m. for dinner with shows beginning at 8 p.m. Admission to the Music Hall Friday and Saturday is $5 per person with the $5 deducted from your evening’s tab. The SOS Café and Restaurant will be open during these events and will have available from its regular menu delicious food and beverages at regular prices as well as weekend specials. Friday night special is all you can eat sirloin steak. Saturday night prime rib is featured at regular price.
For more information about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park or to rent a cabin or the Treehouse for the weekend or a night, call 386-364-1683, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.musicliveshere.com. You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up this year at the SOSMP such as the Labor Day Get-A-Way, Blackwater Music Festival, Thanksgiving dinner and Old Tyme Farm Days, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, Jambando In The Park II, Raid On The Suwannee Civil War Re-enactment and much, much more!
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!