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 www.billsheffield.com.
The headliner for the evening features
CONNOR CHRISTIAN & Southern Gothic
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 www.connorchristian.com.
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!
OPERA HOUSE DOWNSTAIRS
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
OPERA HOUSE MAIN STAGE
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
OPERA HOUSE GARDEN
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!
DOGWOOD STREET STAGE – LOTTO VAN
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
MONTICELLO NEWS LOT
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.
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.