Gamble Rogers Music Festival
Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5, 2019 at Colonial Quarter
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.
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
Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards
Aslyn and the Naysayers
The Gabe Valla Band
Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum
Saturday Main Stage
Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers
Saturday Pickers Stage
Davis and the Loose Cannons
Saturday Mulberry Stage
Elaine & Sam Mahon
Ron & Bari
Sunday Main Stage
Red Henry's All-Star Band
Troubadours (Remembering Gamble Rogers with Larry Mangum, Bob Patterson, Charley Simmons, Jim Carrick)
John Dickie IV and Collapsible B
Sunday Pickers Stage
Salt and Pine
Sunday Mulberry Stage
I Remember Gamble Contest