Aug. 5: Gamble Rogers Showcase features Willi Carlisle at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Remedy Tree and Asyln & The Naysayer open the show

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida –Friends of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents A Gamble Rogers Showcase featuring Willi Carlisle on August 5 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Tickets are general admission, seated, and go on sale this Friday, July 7 at 10am online at and at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Office is only open on event days, please visit for event schedule.

This fun musical event launches a partnership between Friends of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and The Gamble Rogers Festival. Rising star Willi Carlisle is a poet and folk singer for the people with an extraordinary gift for turning a phrase. Born on the Midwestern plains, Carlisle is a product of the punk to folk music pipeline that’s long fueled frustrated young men looking to resist.

NPR has praised Carlisle’s music stating “Willi Carlisle speaks his truth…reminiscent of folk singers like Woody Guthrie.” Paper Magazine applauds Carlisle, noting “Willi Carlisle is just the kind of artist that Americana music needs.”

The showcase also features St. Augustine’s own Remedy Tree, Florida’s hard driving modern bluegrass band. Remedy Tree combines their roots in old-time and folk music creating a truly unique Americana experience. Aslyn and The Naysayer round out the showcase, with their old time folk and jazz meld against a hard driving rhythmic give and take.


SAVE THE DATES: The 28th Gamble Rogers Folk Festival will take place April 12-14, 2024 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Stay updated at or

What was Gamble Rogers? 

James Gamble Rogers IV was born in 1937, the son and grandson of prominent architects in Florida, but he chose to be a musician instead. He blended music with dialogue and storytelling to captivate any audience he came before.

Gamble inspired many artists, including Jimmy Buffet, to expand their capacity for storytelling and their musical talent will follow. Gamble first gained national attention as a lead singer and guitarist, both acoustic and electric, for the band the Serendipity Singers.

He introduced and verbally set the stage for their songs when they appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Hootenanny, and The Ed Sullivan Show. Gamble soon moved to a solo career where he earned national acclaim, appearing on talk shows across the country, hosting numerous music specials, and continuing to play his whimsical, spellbinding music. At the age of 54, Gamble passed away trying to save a drowning man at Flagler Beach in Florida. He is remembered today through the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation and the Gamble Rogers Folk Fest.

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