SOUTHERN MUSIC RISING FESTIVAL

Southern Music Rising Festival April 9, 2016

By Anne Haw Holt

Southern Music RisingSaturday April 9th will be the ninth celebration of Monticello’s Southern Music Rising Festival. This celebration of Southern Music is presented by The Foundation for the Preservation of Historic American Music. Some say this Festival is Florida’s best kept secret. The Foundation supports and offers performances in every musical genre from Funk to Country-Western, Blues, Pop, Ragtime, Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical and everything in between. Every Festival offers a variety so you will be able to find music you love.
This year the music begins at eleven in the morning, right after the Great Monticello Bike Fest is over you’ll be able to see and hear performances by newcomers such as Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass. These musicians are followed by old favorites such as Slim Fatz, Brian Smally and SMonticello Opera Houseam Pacetti. Headlining the evening show will be Atlanta’s Bill Sheffield, followed by Tallahassee’s The New 76ers.
Capping off this amazing collection of performers will be a gala evening of dancing to the tunes of the Allie Cats in the elegant garden of Monticello’s beautiful old Opera House. The garden is located just across the circle from the Jefferson County Courthouse.
So even if you come early to ride in the Bike Fest or just watch the riders, there’s something to do in Monticello all day long on this special day. Bring your dancing shoes, your favorite partner and join the fun. Restaurants and stores will be open to welcome you. For more information contact Cliff Miller at 850-464-2819 or email – southernmusicrising.com.

MONTICELLO BIKE FEST

Monticello Bike Fest

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Anne Haw Holt

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Fun for the whole family in Monticello on April 9, 2016. Ride along Jefferson County’s Heritage Roads in a 10, 30, 60 or 100 mile race. If you don’t race simply enjoy riding at your own pace amidst the elegance of our canopy roads as you wind along an historical trail that begins and ends in Monticello. We’re offering an entire day of enjoyment for all.

 

Join the race by calling Katrina (listen, you can hear her beautiful, welcoming smile) at 850-997-5552. As usual, one of our sponsors for this wonderful event is our hometown community bank; Farmers and Merchants. We are also fortunate to work with Higher Ground Bicycle Co.

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Crepe Myrtles in Blossom

This is one in a series of bike races held on the Heritage and other interesting roads and trails that wind through the natural beauty of rural Jefferson County and our five small country towns beginning with Monticello, moving east to Aucilla, south to Lamont, Waukeenah and Wacissa, three historic towns nestled in farms and woods, then west to the old Railroad town of Lloyd. Our first Bike Fest enjoyed a large contingent of riders and many spectators. This time we have other events planned that offer fun for the entire day–APRIL 9th –Don’t miss it. See you there-(I’ll be one of the people hiding behind a camera.)

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