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Music in the Park Concerts @ Highlands Hammock State ParkSaturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT to Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00pm EDT
The admission for all concerts is $10.00 per adult. Accompanied children 10 years and younger are free of charge. Admission fees apply to campers as well as to day visitors. Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) are waived after 6:00 pm on concert nights.
Call the Hammock Inn concessionaire at 863-402-0061 or the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.
Highlands Hammock’s Music in the Park concert series kicks off on November 4 with one of the most original performers in the state. Ben Prestage, a “one man blues band,” is returning to the park for a second gig. This “outsider” musician is considered to be “the future of American Blues, Roots Music and Americana.” His instrumentation includes fingerstyle and resonator guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, foot-drums, and vocals. Prestage was greatly influenced by Mississippi culture and Blues within his own family and he grew up near the headwaters of the Everglades in what he describes as “panther, gator, and cottonmouth country.” Prestage has played historic Beale Street in Memphis and received many awards including the International Blues Challenge, the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player,” and “The Most Unique Performer” at the Song-writers Showcase of America. Visit www.benprestagemusic.com/.
Sweet and sassy Back Porch Revival is set to play on Saturday evening, January 13. Vocals of traditional and contemporary folk songs are featured. This old time string band blends fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, cello, percussion and bass. Lively toe-tapping tunes are a hallmark of their shows. Back Porch Revival has appeared at the Florida Folk Festival for over 25 years. The band has earned honors from the folk music community for their vocal arrangements and is considered one of Florida's top folk bands.
Singer songwriter Brian Smalley, will perform on January 27. Smalley absorbed regional influences from all over the country through many moves while growing up in a military family. He truly “gets Florida” and writes about it in ways that are original, moving and humorous. Blending a soulful, earthy voice with high-energy acoustical guitar, he spins tales that captivate listeners and take them on a journey. Known for his lively performances, Smalley plays full out from the heart, leaving audiences enthralled. Visit www.facebook.com/SmalleyMusic/ and http://www.reverbnation.com/briansmalley.
Roadside Revue, another multi-talented folk group that has played the Will McLean and Florida Folk Festivals, will blend vocals with guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, and virtuoso harmonica on February 17. No ordinary band, the members are close friends that have logged so many miles together, they consider themselves family. Their repertoire includes traditional American folk songs, wistful, whimsical, and sharp-witted originals, and standards by other musicians.
The California Toe Jam Band is scheduled for March 31. This Heartland favorite has a local following and is known for “packing the park,” so concertgoers may want to consider arriving early and finding their spot in the Music in the Park circle. Toe Jam always brings audiences to their feet! The band plays the best classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s. Members of the band have come and gone over the last 33 years, but the band delights in playing their family friendly shows and the music remains the same. Visit www.californiatoejam.com/.
An April concert will be announced at a later date. Rick Arnold will close out the series on May 5, with a rollicking good night of the best country music, both classic and contemporary, and some favorite rock-in-roll oldies from the 1960s and 70s. Rick is known for playing great guitar and harmonica. This former native of Eastern Kentucky called Nashville “home” for 25 years. Having worked with Hank Williams, Jr., he is famously known for penning “Hog Wild” and “The Farm Song.” For more information about Rick Arnold, visit http://www.rickarnold.com.
Music in the Park concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc. Concert proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. The Hammock Inn concession and other food vendors will be open. For participation requirements, please review EEC MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERTS.