17th Annual Springfest set for March 21-24 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Canary in the Coalmine
Canary in the Coalmine
Canary in the Coalmine

Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Travelin’ McCourys, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jerry Douglas, Mosier Brothers, Mickey Abraham and Acoustic Ensemble, Canary In The Coalmine and more during 17th Annual Suwannee Springfest March 21-24 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park!

The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin’ McCourys

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American Roots music is alive and well and this weekend, March 21-24, at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla, the 17th Annual Suwannee Springfest will again fill the air with the sweet sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars and other music instruments played by some of America‘s greatest musicians. Some of the most famous Americana singers/songwriters/musicians in America will be on hand to bring Americana Roots Music to life.

Leftover Salmon Band
Leftover Salmon Band

Artists this year include Old Crow Medicine Show, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Leftover Salmon, Keller and the Keels, Donna The Buffalo, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Travelin’ McCourys, Scythian, Cornmeal, Elephant Revival, Jim Lauderdale, Red Baraat, Mamajowali (featuring Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss), Tornado Rider, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Dread Clampitt, The Mosier Brothers, Tony Furtado Band, The Hackensaw Boys, Bill Evans’ Soulgrass, Shane Pruitt Band, Spirit Family Reunion, Nathan Moore, Dangermuffin, The Whetherman, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Sol Driven Train, Applebutter Express, Nikki Talley, Jon Stickley Trio, Steve Pruett Back From the Brink, Sarah Mac Band, The Screaming J’s, The New 76ers, Von Grey, Grant Farm, Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra, Big Cosmo, Habanero Honeys, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, Canary In The Coalmine, Red Clay Revival, Free Range Roosters, Mickey Abraham and Acoustic Ensemble, Bobby Miller, Billy Gilmore and also Wanderfoot.

Dread Clampitt performing with entire band.
Dread Clampitt performing with entire band.

Suwannee Springfest marks its 17th year in 2013. The festival has been continuously produced at The SOSMP north of Live Oak every year. Well-known and highly-regarded among discerning fans and media, the event consistently features some of the world’s finest performers in New and Traditional Folk, Roots Rock, Bluegrass and Newgrass, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Blues, Cajun/Zydeco and other forms of American Roots music. Those musical sub-genres are now collectively referred to as Americana music, a style growing rapidly in acceptance and popularity which generally incorporates respect for and recognition of traditional music forms presented through a completely contemporary framework and approach. In other words, it’s a fantastic festival filled with some of the greatest music in America!

Old Crow Medicine Show photo.
Old Crow Medicine Show photo.

Music begins Thursday, March 21, in the Amphitheater at 3 p.m. with Nathan Moore. Shows will continue in the amphitheater and on the Porch Stage into the early morning hours. Friday, March 22, will see Habanero Honeys, Quartermoon, Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine entertain while The Travelin’ McCourys will close the night on the amphitheater stage beginning at 12:45 a.m. Saturday! Music begins again at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, on the Porch Stage with Mickey Abraham and Acoustic Ensemble followed on various stages by Grammy award winner Jim Lauderdale, Sloppy Joe, Donna The Buffalo, Mosier Brothers with Peter Rowan from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. on the Amphitheater stage, Mike Marshal and Darol Anger and others making the music ring throughout the 800-acre music park and campground. Sunday, March 24, the festival will wind down with Mamajowali beginning the day on the Porch Stage at noon and The Mosier Brothers closing that stage from 5:30 – 6:30. The Amphitheater stage will open at 11 a.m. with Mickey Abraham and Acoustic Ensemble, followed by Jim Lauderdale at 12:30, Peter Rowan and Friends at 2:15, Jerry Douglas at 4:15 and Donna The Buffalo closing the festival with their show from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss a minute of this great Americana Roots music festival.

Peter Rowan by Tim Benko.
Peter Rowan by Tim Benko.


Event tickets include all 4 days of music and fun plus 4 nights of primitive camping. Camping upgrades (RV sites and cabin rentals) are available through The SOSMP. Guests may call The SOSMP office at 386-364-1683 or email
spirit@musicliveshere.com to reserve campsites and to inquire about trail fees and available golf carts. To learn more about the artists, go to www.musicliveshere.com and click on Suwannee Springfest under events.

Weekend Passes: $165 advance per person; gate price $180;
Kids under 12 free. All weekend passes include music and camping Thursday – Sunday nights. All taxes and fees included, no refunds.

Saturday and Sunday:
$115 per person. Saturday and Sunday passes include two days of music and camping and are available at the gate only.

Single Day Tickets person
: Thursday – $50; Friday – $ 65; Saturday – $75; Sunday – $50. Day tickets do not include camping and are available at the gate only

Student & Military Tickets:
Advance $135. Students and military members must show current, non-expired ID at the gate, along with their advanced-price ticket. Advanced-price ticket holders who do not show ID will be charged the gate price of $180. There will be no gate sales of Student or Military tickets. No refunds.

Kids Tickets:
Kids 12 and under are free!

The SOSMP’s SOS Café and Restaurant on the porch and inside the Music Hall will be open and have available delicious food at regular prices and a full service bar throughout the event. There will also be dozens of food and drink vendors, arts and crafts and clothing vendors. Artists will be performing inside the Music Hall throughout the festival.

If you would like to make reservations for RV parking, cabins, primitive camping or camper parking for the SOSMP or to purchase tickets for upcoming events, call 386-364-1683, email
spirit@musicliveshere.com or go to www.musicliveshere.com.

Other upcoming festivals and events include Purple Hatter’s Ball, Wanee with the Allman Brothers, Suwannee River Jam Auditions, The Ultimate Redneck Wedding Game Show, Ms. Suwannee River Jam Daisy Duke Style contest, Suwannee River Jam and much, much more.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is centrally located at 3076 95th Drive, 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The SOSMP is located 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!

Author: Losillë
Mother, wife and kinda old.