In its 42 year existence, The Everglades Bluegrass Festival has played host to some of the most amazing bands in the Bluegrass world. Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise, LRB, 3TO, The Osborne Brothers, The Grascals, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Special Consensus and so any more. This legendary festival has been taking place since the late 70’s in South Florida thanks to the country’s oldest music non-profit, The South Florida Bluegrass Association.
This year’s festival was another huge bill headlined by mutli-IMBA award winning artists Kenny & Amanda Smith. Although this festival may not be as large as its 80’s and 90’s years, it is one of the Florida Festivals on the upswing back to prominence thanks to the help of an all-volunteer group of passionate Bluegrass fans.
This past weekend at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach was filled with great music from a diverse band roster, multiple killer jams, and a master class workshop done by 2-Time IBMA Guitar player of the year Kenny Smith. Sound was provided by Evans Media Source, and the staff was as friendly as they were helpful. Campers started showing up on Tuesday for the festivities and the party didn’t stop until Sunday evening.
The 42nd Annual Everglades Festival kept this Florida Bluegrass Festival season driving on! We aren’t even done with January and already this season has been fantastic.