MagnoliaFest 2016

POSTPONED due to Hurricane Matthew. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

The 20th Annual MagnoliaFest will blossom at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, with a full day of outstanding folk music in honor of the centennial of folklorist and author Stetson Kennedy.

Past the Lighthouse going south, on the left.
1340a A1A South, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
(904) 209-0367
  • Please Note: This event is from 2016.

    This event has been postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. This event will be updated as new details become available.

    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and St. Johns County Cultural Events Division proudly present the iconic Southern music festival MagnoliaFest in an epic one-day extravaganza of American folk music at the Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

    The 20th Annual Magnolia Festival will honor the centennial of civil rights activist and author Stetson Kennedy and features a stellar line-up of acclaimed Americana musicians: JJ Grey & Mofro, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Zach Deputy, Billy Bragg, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and This Frontier Needs Heroes.

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of human rights and environmental champion and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, $1.00 per General Admission ticket and $3.00 per VIP ticket from MagnoliaFest will be donated to the Stetson Kennedy Centennial. Concurrent with the music festival in St. Augustine, there will also be special events held at Kennedy’s homestead, Beluthahatchee Park. For details on these events, visit here.

    According to Ryan Murphy, Director of the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division which owns and operates the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, “MagnoliaFest is a staple of North Florida’s music scene and we’re ecstatic to host its 20th Anniversary at the Amphitheatre. For this event to also highlight and honor the 100th birthday of Stetson Kennedy is extraordinary. His legacy of advocating for the arts, humanity and the environment is intrinsically woven into musical celebrations and gatherings such as these.”

    This epic one-day music festival will expand to a four-day festival of music and camping at its new home at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in 2017.

    About the Artists

    JJ Grey & Mofro
    A local band that has become nationally known for their powerful combination of blues and soul, rock and funk, JJ Grey & Mofro has become a popular headliner at many music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Rothbuy, and Austin City Limits.

    The Infamous Stringdusters
    This Grammy-nominated band consists of Andy Hall on dobro, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Travis Book on double bass, and Chris Pandolfi on banjo. The group describes their music as “a hybrid the improvisational and bluegrass worlds.”

    Keller Williams
    This solo acoustic guitarist plays and sings an unusual mix of electronica and hippie-acoustic downtempo music. Williams calls it Acoustic Dance Music, and describes it as a way of using “technology and a technique, described by Dr. Didg as live phrase sampling or looping…”

    Zach Deputy
    Known as a touring powerhouse, Zach Deputy combines his Puerto Rican, Cruzan, and Irish heritage with the sounds of his South Carolina youth, resulting in an eclectic mix of R&B, Calypso, and folk, all enhanced by looping technology. Adoring crowds of dancing fans come to his shows to enjoy the enthusiasm and upbeat stage presence of Zach Deputy, who has been called a “one man dance party.”

    Billy Bragg
    English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has been recording and performing his unique brand of punk rock “with his heart on his sleeve” over the four decades of his career. He combines elements of folk, punk, and protest songs with soulful lyrics.

    Sarah Lee Guthrie
    With practically a royal lineage in American folk music, Sarah Lee Guthrie is able to bring another level of heart to her interpretations of classic songs. Her voice is full of clarity and soul, and she is already considered one of America’s finest young folk singers.

    This Frontier Needs Heroes
    This Jacksonville-based duo has spent the last five years touring and playing shows alls over the world. Their determination and talent have earned them appearances at Folk Alliance International, Hickey Fest, Gamble Rogers Folk festival, Gram Parson Guitar Pull, and many more. Singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti and vocalist-violinist Sadie Frederick are originally from Brooklyn, NY, and are recent winners of the Artsville Songwriting Contest.

    Admission: Several options are available for tickets to MagnoliaFest. General Admission Standing Pit tickets are $93.50 if purchased in advance and $103.50 if purchased on the day of the show. General Admission Seating tickets are $83.50 in advance and $93.50 on the day of show.

    Additionally, a special VIP package is available for $164.50 per person when purchased in advance. It includes a pit ticket, entrance to after party, parking pass, laminate, bag, and VIP are with private bathroom and bar access, flat-screen TVs, and free tastings from the St. Augustine Distillery. Visit here to purchase.

    When: Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

    Where: St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine, FL 32080.

    MagnoliaFest After Party

    An official MangoliaFest After Party will be held at the Elks Lodge, next to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Doors will open at 10 p.m. and there will be live music featuring an All Star jam beginning at 11 p.m. Tickets for the After Party are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

    Parking and Shuttle Information

    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located on Anastasia Island next to Anastasia State Park. Limited paid parking is available in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Main Lot, but only with advance purchase of a Premium Parking ticket. Free satellite parking areas are located within one mile of the Amphitheatre, at R.B. Hunt Elementary and at Anastasia State Park (see map below).

    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre shuttle system begins its run 45 minutes prior to show time. The shuttle will pick up event patrons at four designated shuttle stops: the R.B. Hunt Elementary School Soccer Field, the west entrance of the Anastasia State Park Main Parking Lot, the Loop at the Anastasia State Park, and the entrance of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. To see the full shuttle route, please see the map below.

    Shuttles will run continuously until approximately 45 minutes after the scheduled start time of a concert. For anyone wanting to leave prior to the end of a show, shuttles will begin taking people back to the satellite parking areas one hour before the event is over. The driver will not depart the Amphitheatre until the shuttle is more than 50% full.

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