Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5, 2019 at Colonial Quarter

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 24th year, takes place on the opening weekend of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

In the Historic District on St. George Street.
33 St George St, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 794-4163 (904) 377-4163
  • The 24th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival will celebrate Americana music over the weekend of May 3 – 5, 2019, in St. Augustine, the same weekend as the opening of the 2019 Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts. The Gamble Rogers Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music.

    Featured artists in 2019 will include international artists like Verlon Thompson as well as great local performers, including Amy Hendrickson, Chelsea Saddler, the Gatorbone Trio, Katherine Archer, Salt and Pine, The Obscure Brothers, the Willowwacks, and more — some 50 performers in all. Concerts and activities for the 24th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival will take place at The Colonial Quarter on St. George Street.

    Along with three full days of great music, the Gamble Rogers Festival offers plenty of food and drink available at the Colonial Quarter's restaurants and beverage sales areas, a jam area, and more. A children's area features interactive music making, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling, making the event ideal for families.

    The Gamble Rogers Music Festival Opening Night will feature acoustic artists, including two champion flat pickers and a number of roots music performances, including original folk music with Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards, progressive acoustic music from Remedy Tree, melodic folk-pop from Aslyn and the Naysayers, the high octane flat pick guitar sound of Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum, and more.

    Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers will perform on Saturday evening of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival.

    The second day of the Festival (Saturday, May 4) will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 10:00 p.m. Evening concerts will focus on American String music, featuring Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers' "Mystic Indie Folk" music, roots string quartet Hawktail, and St. Augustine's own Michael Jordan and Sam Pacetti, representing some of the best St. Augustine has to offer in string music wizardry.

    On Sunday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the lineup will feature the songwriting skills of Pierce Pettis and Verlon Thompson, as well as some of Gamble Rogers' personal friends, including Red Henry's All Star Band, and the Troubadours (flat pick guitar champion and finger style artist Charley Simmons, Jim Carrick, Larry Mangum, and the spiritual guru of the festival, Bob Patterson). Also on Sunday, at 3:15 p.m. will be the "I Remember Gamble" contest, featuring songs and stores that were either written or performed by Gamble Rogers or written about him.

    Performances will take place at several stages at the Colonial Quarter. The complete schedule is below.

    Admission: Weekend pass tickets are $45.00 until April 19, 2019, and $50.00 thereafter. Children under 12 are free. Single day tickets will only be sold at the venue on the day of, space permitting. Visit here to purchase tickets.

    When: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5, 2019. Concert times are from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3; from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

    Where: The Colonial Quarter is located at 33 St. George Street, in St. Augustine, FL 32084.

    For more information, please visit here or call (904) 794-4163.

    About Gamble Rogers

    Gamble was born in 1937 and was the son and grandson of prominent architects in Florida, but he chose to be a musician instead. He blended music with dialogue and storytelling to captivate any audience he came before. Gamble inspired many artists, including Jimmy Buffet, to expand their capacity for storytelling and their musical talent will follow. Gamble first gained national attention as a lead singer and guitarist, both acoustic and electric, for the band the Serendipity Singers.

    He introduced and verbally set the stage for their songs when they appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Hootenanny, and The Ed Sullivan Show. Gamble soon moved to a solo career where he earned national acclaim, appearing on talk shows across the country, hosting numerous music specials, and continuing to play his whimsical, spellbinding music. At the age of 54, Gamble passed away trying to save a drowning man at Flagler Beach in Florida. He is remembered today through the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation and the Gamble Rogers Music Fest.

    Sponsors for the 2019 Gamble Rogers Music Festival include the Sing Out Loud Festival and the Colonial Oak Music Park.

    Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts

    To learn more about the Romanza Festivale 2019 in general and for a rundown of the full two weeks of events, visit here.

    For details on Romanza Festivale, its goals, sponsors, organizers, and more, visit the Romanza website here.

  • Schedule of Events

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 3, 4, and 5, 2019


    Friday Night Main Stage

    6:00 p.m.

    Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards

    6:50 p.m.

    Remedy Tree

    7:30 p.m.

    Aslyn and the Naysayers

    8:10 p.m.

    The Gabe Valla Band

    9:10 p.m.

    Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum

    Saturday Main Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    The Dunehoppers

    11:50 a.m.

    Katherine Archer

    12:40 p.m.

    Brian Smalley

    1:30 p.m.

    Gypsy Wind

    2:20 p.m.

    The Skinny

    3:10 p.m.

    The Currys

    4:20 p.m.

    Sam Pacetti

    5:20 p.m.

    The Krickets

    6:10 p.m.

    Michael Jordan

    7:00 p.m.

    Dom Flemons

    8:00 p.m.


    9:00 p.m.

    Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers

    Saturday Pickers Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    Jerry Mincey

    11:50 a.m.

    Fiona Chalmers

    12:40 p.m.

    Eden Rewa

    1:30 p.m.

    Larry Mangum

    2:20 p.m.

    Jim Carrick

    3:10 p.m.

    The Sandspurs

    4:00 p.m.

    Davis and the Loose Cannons

    4:50 p.m.

    Uncle Mosie

    5:40 p.m.

    Grant Peeples

    6:30 p.m.


    7:20 p.m.

    Wax Wings

    Saturday Mulberry Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    Al Poindexter

    11:50 a.m.

    Amy Hendrickson

    12:40 p.m.

    Elaine & Sam Mahon

    1:30 p.m.

    Ron & Bari

    2:20 p.m.

    Doug Spears

    3:30 p.m.

    Mr. Aullie

    4:20 p.m.

    Rachel Grubb

    5:10 p.m.

    Jamie DeFrates

    6:00 p.m.

    Obscure Brothers

    Sunday Main Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    Red Henry's All-Star Band

    12:00 p.m.

    Charlie Robertson

    1:00 p.m.

    Troubadours (Remembering Gamble Rogers with Larry Mangum, Bob Patterson, Charley Simmons, Jim Carrick)

    2:10 p.m.

    Pierce Pettis

    3:20 p.m.

    Verlon Thompson

    4:30 p.m.

    John Dickie IV and Collapsible B

    Sunday Pickers Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    Jordan Foley

    11:50 a.m.

    Todd Jones

    12:40 p.m.

    Salt and Pine

    1:50 p.m.

    Chelsea Saddler

    3:00 p.m.

    The Willowwacks

    Sunday Mulberry Stage

    11:00 a.m.

    Joe Mark

    11:50 a.m.

    Dave Dowling

    12:40 p.m.


    1:30 p.m.

    Marianne Lerbs

    2:20 p.m.

    Madi Carr

    3:15 p.m.

    I Remember Gamble Contest

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