The 20th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival featured six stages of live music May 2-3 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. On May 2, headliners included The Currys, Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass, Harpeth Rising, Jim Stafford, and The Steel Wheels (shown in photos above and below).
On May 3, a mix of local and regional musicians and storytellers will be featured. See the schedule here:
Who is Gamble Rogers? Gamble Rogers balanced a love of balladry and folk songs with a passion for the oral tradition and storytelling. The son and grandson of influential architects, Rogers was described as both a â€œmodern troubadourâ€ and the â€œresurrection of Will Rogers and Mark Twainâ€. Rogers was a master performerâ€“enchanting an audience with Travis-style guitar finger picking and relating downright rib-tickling tales about the inhabitants of the fictitious Oklawaha County.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution called Rogers, â€œan American treasure worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian.” Rogers was just hitting his peak when he died, on October 10, 1991, trying to save a man from drowning. The recreational area in Flagler County, where the accident occurred, was later renamed, Gamble Rogers Memorial StateÂ RecreationÂ Area.
In the liner notes of his album, Fruitcakes, Jimmy Buffett dedicated the recording to Rogersâ€™ memory and wrote that Rogers, â€œtaught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with musicâ€. In 1993, Rogers was posthumously awarded a Folk Heritage award.
May 3 tickets are $15 at the gate. For more details, go to www.gamblerogersfest.org.