The Southwest Florida Bluegrass Assoc.

The next Heartland-Southwest Florida Bluegrass Music Association Event will be Saturday, December 30, 2023.

Our November event was held outside with picture perfect weather. Friday and Saturday night had good jam sessions among the RV campsites. Saturday began with a jam at 10:00 and was well attended. The Dixie Kitchen was open with the usual great food. The stage show began at 1:00 p.m. with the Heartland-Southwest Jam Band. At 2:00 the Jacksonian Music Factory began with a solid set of bluegrass music. The 3:00 set was done by the Sawgrass Drifters with a fine performance. Both bands received generous applause and were appreciated by the audience. For bluegrass music lovers It was an afternoon of very good music and Dixie Kitchen food under beautiful blue skies.

The Heartland-Southwest Jam Band
The Jacksonisn Music Factory Harold Wells-Banjo, Andra Beams-Mandolin, Steve Elliot-Bass, Jack Jackson-Guitar and Vic Damico-Fiddle.

The Sawgrass Drifters Rolland Scholl-Dobro, Mickie Scholl-Guitar, Sharon Mammano-Mandolin and Karen Batten-Banjo.

The Board would like to extend a thank you to the bands that played and the patrons for making it a successful weekend. We also thank our volunteers who make it happen every month.

We at the Heartland-Southwest Bluegrass Music Association extend an invitation to all and hope to see you at our next show, December 30, 2023. The event will begin with the 10:00 AM Jam. The show will kick off with the Heartland-Southwest Bluegrass Jam Band at 1:00. After the Jam Band, Highway 41 will begin a double set at 2:00 with the Fifty-Fifty Drawing held between sets. Please join us for an afternoon of some of the best bluegrass in the state, featuring Highway 41 consisting of some of the finest musicians in south Florida. The December 30th show will be at the Pavilion, an outdoor venue. Please provide your own seating.

The outdoor kitichen will be open, and serving great food !

There will be a lot of bluegrass jamming, and parking lot picking throughout the weekend. You are welcome to bring your instrument and join in. All ability levels are welcome.

A thank you to Carol and Jim Held on the entrance gate, Lee Huntsman for stage announcements, Irene and Tom for the Fifty-Fifty drawing and Brian Hartlieb for the sound system. See you at the next event!

Have a band and want to play at our event. Contact Mark at 941-219-2256 or mchorn320@gmail.com.

We are always looking for volunteers. Let us know what your interest is. We always need help with sound set up, and running the sound mixer. We also need help with the 50/50 raffle tickets sales, along with helping at the main entry. There is always room for more help. So if you like what you are seeing please feel invited to help us keep it going for years to come.

Events are held at Craig’s RV Resort, a highly regarded RV camping facility located 7 miles north of Arcadia FL. on US 17. Craig’s RV has electric and water hookups for $25 per night. Dry camping is $10 per night. Many campers camp both Friday and Saturday night. Tent campers are welcome. Restrooms with hot showers are within easy walking distance.

The Heartland-Southwest Bluegrass Association concert is free for members of the Heartland Bluegrass Association and the Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association. A $7 per person donation is requested from non-members. Membership is $25 per year for a family unit.

Craig’s RV Resort is located at 7895 NE Cubitis Ave, Arcadia, FL 34266. From Arcadia, FL take US 17 North 7.1 miles. Turn left on Cubitis Ave. Turn right immediately into the entrance to Craig’s RV Resort and follow the signs to the outdoor pavilion.

For more information: 941-467-2051
www.heartlandbluegrass.org heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com www.southwestfloridabluegrass.org Heartland Bluegrass Music Association on Facebook

The Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association, Inc. A federally-recognized 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization dedicated "to preserve, encourage and promote traditional Bluegrass music and to bring together those persons desiring to preserve, encourage and promote said music."

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