Toe Tapping: Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival

Looking for a toe-tapping, banjo-pickin’ good time? The eighth annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival will be taking over Collier-Seminole State Park on February 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A treat for anyone who enjoys a good ol’ hootenanny, the sounds of fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and washboard (if we’re lucky) will wash over the tranquil mangrove forest with some upbeat, boot-stomping Americana folk music that is not to be missed.

Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival - Collier-Seminole State Park

   The docket this year includes regional and national acts, playing a range of traditional bluegrass to a contemporary fusion with hints of rock and a little rockabilly. The lineup includes:  Little Roy and Lizzy (Georgia), The Wholetones (Marco Island), Raiford Starke and J. Roberts (Goodland), Ernie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band (Jacksonville), Gypsy Wind (Pinellas County), and The Sawgrass Drifters (Naples). The show sets up shop at the park’s boat basin; a tram will take festivalgoers back and forth and is handicap-accessible. Crafters will also be on hand, showcasing some of their handmade wares, along with food vendors to keep everyone full and happy.

   Admission costs $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets. Held rain or shine (though the forecast is calling for beautiful weather). For more information, call 239-394-3397 or visit


For a little preview of what’s in store, check out “The Ring” by the local boys, The Wholetones, below:


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