SUNSHINE STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
It can be hot and humid in the summertime in Florida, making outdoor festival-going less than comfortable. We've found a GREAT indoor location for our festival in Plant City---a big, beautiful, AIR CONDITIONED historical school building with a great auditorium and lots of classrooms and other spaces for music, workshops, food, contra-dancing, jam sessions. Festival-making!
WE THINK YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THIS ! Everything you like to do at festivals can be enjoyed at this one---without the heat and humidity, and without any threat of rain. In this big building there is room to do it all! COME ON OUT OCTOBER 1st, this is going to be BIG FUN!!

WE HAVE A GREAT SLATE of performers ready to entertain you. Programs onstage in the spacious auditorium will begin at 11 AM and run throughout the day and evening. A wide variety of music, all live, no karaoke, will be presented: country, folk, old-time, vintage jazz, bluegrass, more. Youth performances will be included.

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW!

A CONTRA DANCE with live music, open to all, will be presented at no extra charge in the afternoon by the very talented Morse Family Band and friends. Click here for the Morse Family Web Site.

Festival Contra Dancing!

THERE WILL BE OTHER ACTIVITIES to enjoy as well. We'll be having some workshops (see schedule); a songwriter's panel; storytelling moderated by Elizabeth Neily of the First Florida Frontiers, (Click here for First Florida's Web Site); displays by fine instrument makers; CDs and other musical merchandise for sale; and more.

JAM SESSIONS: Lots of folks who love music love jam sessions, and we will have them at the Sunshine State festival! Bring your instruments and enjoy jam sessions all day!

Festival jamming--Just for the fun of it!

In addition to the festival itself, you'll find fascinating historical displays in the school building, presented by the East Hillsborough Historical Society which operates the building. The beautiful old building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here for East Hillsborough Historical Society.

The East Hillsborough Historical Society will also be offering food for sale at the festival. You won't even have to leave the building to get something to eat!

Many of the performers in the festival (listed below) will have recordings you will be able to buy to take some of the great music home with you. Numerous CDs, DVDs and other music and storytelling related items will be available.

PARKING, CAMPING, LODGING: There is plenty of free parking at the festival site. For those who may want to stay a night or two, there are camping and RV facilities not far away. There are a number of motels in and close to Plant City, and many just down the road in Tampa.

Click here for a large County Park nearby, with camping facilities.

Click here for The Sundial Campground, approximately 2 miles north of I-4, on Paul Buchman Highway.

Click here for the Strawberry House Bed and Breakfast, on Wheeler Street just a few minutes walk from the festival site.

DIRECTIONS: Plant City is a beautiful quiet town just off east/west-bound Interstate 4, about 25 miles east of Tampa, 60 miles west of Orlando, not far from Kissimmee, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales.

Coming from the west on Interstate 4, take exit 19 for FL-566 E, merging onto Thonotosassa Road. Then turn left on Baker Street, merge onto Reynolds Street, and turn left on Collins Street. The festival site will be on the left.

Coming from the east on Interstate 4, take exit 21 for FL-39, Buchmann Highway. Turn right on FL-39 South, North Wheeler Street, left on East Herring Street, left on Collins Street. The festival site will be on the left.

MUSICIANS WHO WILL BE APPEARING INCLUDE (Click on highlighted names for more information via web sites)...
Barry Brogan and Group, Mary Beth Campbell and Friends, Camille Dupree, Charley Groth and Easy Street, , Ron & Mary, Loner's Junction , Larry Mangum, Harvey Myers, Leah Morse, The Morse Family Band, Bill and Eli Perras, Brian Smalley, Ishmael Katz, Something Special (Carl Wade and Barbara Shaffer), Dan Stevens, The Sweetwater Sisters (Pamela Hatley, Jenny James, Susan Fox), Austin Truax, The Dreadful Snakes, NRG. A GREAT DAY OF ENTERTAINMENT!!

- - - - -

Come and spend the day, or a few hours, with us in air conditioned comfort, and enjoy the pleasures of the Sunshine State Music Festival in Plant City, Florida! The East Hillsborough Historical Society, the First Florida Frontiers organization, and Charley Groth are partners in presenting this festival. For further information or to ask any questions about the festival, e-mail producer Charley Groth: charleygroth@yahoo.com .There is plenty of comfortable seating in the auditorium and in the food area. You may want to bring your own seating for comfort in other areas.

Admission for the entire event will be $15 for those age 13 and up. Admission for children aged 6 to 13 will be $5. Kids below 6 years old will be admitted free.

SOME OF THE FESTIVAL PERFORMERS

CAMILLE DUPREE
MARY BETH CAMPBELL & FRIENDS
ISHMAEL KATZ
CHARLEY GROTH
RON JOHNSON, MARY MATTHEWS
LONER'S JUNCTION
LARRY MANGUM
LEAH MORSE
MORSE FAMILY BAND
HARVEY MYERS
BILL & ELI PERRAS
BRIAN SMALLEY
DAN STEVENS
SWEETWATER SISTERS
AUSTIN TRUAX
CARL WADE
BARRY BROGAN
DREADFUL SNAKES
NORINE MUNGO
NRG

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE.

TIME AUDITORIUM
STAGE
LISTENING
ROOM STAGE
STORY
TELLING
WORKSHOPS CONTRA DANCE
11-
11:40 AM
Charley Groth & Easy Street == == == ==
11:50-
12:30 PM
Joey Errigo Camille Dupree == ==
12:40-
1:20 PM
Sweetwater
Sisters
Austin Truax Kid's Tales
Student Story
Winners
Banjo
Matthew Morse
==
1:30-
2:10 PM
Leah Morse
& Morse Family Band
Huaca Backintyme
Frank & Mary Lee
Sweet
Fingerstyle Guitar
Barry Brogan
==
2:20-
3:00 PM
Ishmael Katz Mary Beth Campbell
& Friends
Elizabeth Neily
(First Florida
Frontiers)
Guitar
Charley Groth
Morse Family
Band
3:10-
3:50 PM
Dreadful Snakes Something
Special
Hermann Trappman
(First Florida
Frontiers)
Bass Fiddle
Ron Spencer
Chris Campbell
Morse Family
Band
4:00-
4:40 PM
Dan Stevens Harvey Myers Open Mic Songwriter
Guitar Pull
Morse Family
Band
4:50-
5:30 PM
NRG Ron & Mary == Songwriter
Guitar Pull
==
5:40-
6:20 PM
Loner's Junction Barry Brogan == Blues
Bill Perras
==
6:30-
7:10 PM
Brian Smalley Norine Mungo == == ==
7:20-
8:00 PM
Doug Spears == == == ==
8:10-
8:50 PM
Bill and Eli Perras == == == ==
9:00-
9:40 PM
Larry Mangum == == == ==