Summer in the Ancient City
By RENEE UNSWORTH
I left with a nostalgic feeling and a smile on my face last night after the first performance of Swamp Radio, a live show in Lewis Auditorium atÂ Flagler College.Â (The photos above were taken at the first performance on Friday, July 18.)
Another show will begin at 8Â p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the same venue. Area arts groups and businesses will be in the lobby before theÂ show, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Old stories of St. Augustine and north Florida were combined with the Americana tunes of the WillowWacks and other musicians on stage during each storytelling session.
St. Augustine performers include actor and author Andy Nance, Irish storyteller Derek Coghlan,Â Stephen DiMare (owner of The Hyppo), and The WillowWacks (Lauren and Micah Gilliam). There also a reading by an actress of a portion of St. Augustine author Laura Lee Smith’s book, Heart of Palm.
â€œItâ€™s a mixture of storytelling, songs, a couple of bands â€” itâ€™s kind of like Prairie Home Companion meets This American Life,â€ said Ian Mairs, Producer and Creative Director of Swamp Radio.
â€œIt basically a variety show. All centered on northeast Florida culture.â€
Tickets are $25 adults, and $20 for students, military and seniors. Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College is at 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.
For tickets, go toÂ www.swampradiojax.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.