The 8th Annual Southern Music Rising Festival – Saturday, April 25


Southern Music Rising is partnering with the Monticello Opera House for 2015, in order to bring the quaint and eclectic town their 8th Annual Spring musical celebration. The event will offer talents of over a dozen homegrown bands, the culinary talents of popular, locally-owned restaurants and various vendor booths, creating an all day festival for the thousands of people who normally attend.

The daytime portion of the festival at the Monticello Opera House starts at 10 a.m. with two different stages in their historic downstairs ballroom and upstairs theater.

The schedule for the downstairs ballroom stage will feature bands:

10 a.m. – Hot Tamale Children’s Show
11 a.m. – Hot Tamale
12 noon – Bill Petersen
1 p.m. – Frank Lindamood
2 p.m. – George Gray
3 p.m. – Ric Edmiston

The schedule for the upstairs theater stage will feature bands:

12 noon – The Common ‘Taters and the Turn-Ups
1 p.m. – Mary Z Cox
2 p.m. – Gypsy Darlings and The Full Moon Bandits
3 p.m. – Slim Fatz
4 p.m. – Brian Smalley

You will also want to peruse the Vendor Booths that will be set up in the garden behind the Opera House. Along with a little shopping you can also participate in a “meet and greet” with the musicians; so grab a cold drink, a spot in the sunshine and enjoy mingling with the crowd.

Also stationed inside the Opera House, Tupelos Bakery and Cafe will be offering several of their menu items, which will allow you to enjoy a delicious and convenient lunch, without any worry of missing a show.


Across the street from the Opera House, Tupelos will also be hosting a Pickin’ Parlor between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., where musicians will gather, meet, greet, and play music. Bands could be set up in the front dining area, inside the “bee and honey” room, or outside on the back deck. The cafe will be offering lunch favorites as well as their “made from scratch” sweets and baked goods that perfectly accompany their variety of teas and coffee.


The festivities resume at the Opera House, with a dinner buffet and night show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., where you can gather and mingle while preparing for a delectable meal to be served up by Carrie Ann & Co.

Dinner Buffet by Carrie Ann & Co.
Salad ~ Chicken and Sausage Gumbo ~ Red Beans ~ Rice ~ Crusty Bread ~ Finger Desserts

After dinner, in the upstairs theater of the Opera House, the night show will bring the festival to a climax and close, with the following headliner bands:


7 p.m. – Gatorbone Band

8 p.m. – Wild Ponies

9 p.m. – Sarah Mac Band

Tickets for the day’s events are:

Day Festival Show Only Pass – $15
Headliners Night Show Only Pass – $15
All Day Festival Show Only Pass – $20
Headliners Night Show and Buffet – $30
Children 12 & under are FREE!

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Southern Music Rising events contact:
The Monticello Opera House
185 West Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32345
(850) 997-4242

For more information on the Pickin’ Parlor contact:
Tupelo’s Bakery & Cafe
220 W. Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32344
(850) 997-2127

You can also visit the official Southern Music Rising website:


The Foundation for the Preservation of Historic American Music is a non-profit, volunteer organization established to promote the preservation, appreciation, and performance of historical American music.