Relax and enjoy a great music festival in St. Augustine at the iconic Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. The fest continues the tradition of folk (along with other forms of music) and aims to expose people to the power of this art form. Families can enjoy this event together and experience original music in a historic setting. This year’s festival has relocated to downtown St. Augustine, where you’ll be able to stroll the streets of America’s oldest city and visit six different venues, April 30 through May 2.
The beautiful Flagler Auditorium will be the place to see Loudon Wainright III and Cheryl Wheeler on Friday night, followed by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys along with Doug & Telisha Williams on Saturday night.
Saturday is also when the Lightner Museum hosts Janis Ian, Patty Larkin and Catie Curtis. During the day on Saturday Antje Duvekot, Mark Erelli, Michael Johnathon and Danny Schmidt play in the Arrivas Yard while David Wilcox, Ellis Paul, Pierce Pettis, Michael Smith, and Sam Pacetti are at the DeMesa Yard.
The John Cowan Band, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown and The Farewell Drifters perform on Sunday Sunday at the DeMesa Yard. Other venues on the festival schedule include some of Gamble’s favorite St. Augustine watering holes where he was a regular with his unique love of balladry and folk songs with a passion for the oral tradition and storytelling. Take a bar crawl from the Milltop where St. Augustine’s bayfront comes alive with great music down to the Trade Winds Lounge where Gamble hosted many evenings of unique, story-filled, folk entertainment with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Richard Boone and Tom Petty.