Suwannee Springfest History
Music festival Suwannee Springfest will mark its 17th anniversary in 2013. The festival has been continuously produced at North Florida's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park near the farming town of Live Oak. Well-known and highly-regarded among discerning fans & media, the event consistently features some of the world's finest performers in New & Traditional Folk, Roots Rock, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, and other forms of American Roots music. Those musical sub-genres are now collectively referred to as Americana music, a style growing rapidly in acceptance & popularity which generally incorporates respect for & recognition of traditional music forms presented through a completely contemporary framework & approach.
The Suwannee Springfest has always helped to develop & promote Americana music. A 2007 documentary film about the festival & its unique sphere of influence called "Music Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Americana" aired on over 175 PBS network outlets worldwide and was also shown at the Jacksonville Film Festival that same year. Making special appearances or performing in the film were Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, the late Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, The Waybacks, and many other Suwannee Springfest artists. Other past festival performers include legends like Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, former Byrds Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn, and Earl Scruggs. Besides these renowned artists Suwannee Springfest also offers the best of the local & regional Americana acts from Florida & the Southeastern U.S.
Suwannee Springfest has grown from an initial attendance of around 1,000 to now hosting up to 7,000 loyal attendees from across the nation. These loyal, colorful followers come early and stay late for the event, helping to create a true sense & spirit of community throughout the festival grounds. Besides the stellar music on the stages, the sounds of singing and playing ring joyfully through the trees round the clock at this friendly, family-based gathering.