Southern Music Rising Festival Comes To Monticello

The Foundation For The Preservation Of Historic American Music will present the 7th Annual Southern Music Rising Festival on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, in Monticello, Florida. The festival will boast over 40 performances on 6 stages featuring Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Blues, Country and Rock. There will be great food and drinks, including a Saloon, located at the Opera House. The festival begins Friday with cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. kick-off concert at the Monticello Opera House.



Atlanta blues Bill Sheffield will be the Friday night opener.  Bill’s music is described as “Powerfully Acoustic” blues. Bill has some eleven albums to his credit with his latest ” In Other Words”, getting fantastic reviews.To learn more about Bill and his music, check out

The headliner for the evening features

CONNOR CHRISTIAN & Southern Gothic

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CCSG is one of the hottest Americana bands in the country with its music described as an amalgamation of roots-rock, bluegrass, and country. Their new album ” New Hometown” is tracking on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseekers album charts with their hit single “Sheets Down” getting considerable video and radio airplay. Check out Connor Christian & Southern Gothic at


The festivities continue Saturday, with activities beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until 6:00 p.m. in the Monticello downtown area and the Opera House. Please see schedule below for specifics on stages, locations and performers. In addition to the music there will be a variety of booths set up selling crafts and food items. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event. Saturday Festival only – Children 12 & under are FREE!


 9:00 am     Barbara Hobbs – Children Story Time

10:00 am    Sam & Sallie Worley – One Heart Children Show

11:00 am    Tracy Perez

12:00 pm    Ron Patrick

 1:00 pm     George Gray

 2:00 pm     Lamar Jones and Mary McElhannon

 2:30 pm     Dave Allen

 3:00 pm     Frank Lindamood

 4:00 pm     Ric Edmiston

 5:00 pm     Slim Fatz


11:00 am   Hananel

12:00 pm   Sam & Sallie Worley with C.E. Pullen

 1:00 pm    Mimi & The Hearn Dogs

 2:00 pm    Lis and Lon Williamson

 3:00 pm    Wild Ponies

 4:00 pm    Carrie Cooley

 5:00 pm    Grandpa’s Cough Medicine


10:00 am  Wreckin’ So

11:00 am  Gypsy Darlings and The Full Moon Bandits

12:00 pm  New 76ers

 1:00 pm   Slim Fatz

 2:00 pm   Carrie Cooley

 3:00 pm   Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

 4:00 pm   Bill Sheffield

 5:00 pm   Wild Ponies

 6:00 pm   Swingin’ Harpoo

There will also be a Saturday After-Party at the Opera House Garden with The Swingin’ Harpoon band so don’t go home early and miss the fun!


11:00 am  Nitro Ground Shakers

12:00 pm  R.B Johnson & M.T.I. Band

 1:00 pm   Cherry Street Ramblers

 2:00 pm   Gypsy Darlings

 3:00 pm   Craig Daniel Hardin & The Porch Lizards

 4:00 pm   Mimi & The Hearn Dogs

 5:00 pm   Black Sheep


11:00 am  Gail Carson

12:00 pm  Dan Stevens

 1:00 pm   Cliff Miller and Rex Ware

 1:30 pm   Ric Edmiston

 2:00 pm   Busted Strings

 3:00 pm   Belle & The Band

 4:00 pm   Lis & Lon Williamson

 5:00 pm   Baby Gray

All day Saturday the Wirick Simmons House will feature Cow Hunter Corner where cowboy memories, musings, and music can be heard.

Also this year Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe will be hosting a Pickin’ Parlor between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for musicians to gather, meet, greet, and play music. Several areas will be available for musicians to mingle and provide entertainment to the visitors of Monticello and the Southern Music Rising Festival.  A sign up sheet will be available for musicians to reserve 30 minute slots to perform in the front area of the store. In addition, musicians will have access to the back porch and “bee and honey” room for practicing and pickin’! Come out and have some fun with fellow artists and enjoy some of Tupelo’s fine foods and coffees!

Southern Music Rising thanks you for your support and hopes you enjoy the festival.

Southern Music Rising is dedicated to promoting the preservation of historic American music.