Some of Florida's best pickers and singers to play annual event
If you love bluegrass music, you're probably already looking forward to this weekend's Rocky Bottom Bluegrass Festival.
In just a few years, the annual festival at Bradenton's Linger Lodge has already built a reputation for good time and excellent music, and it attracts fans from all over west central Florida.
This year's festival is set to get under way at 11 a.m. Saturday. The music goes on all day and into the night.
Among the headliners for this year's festival are the Florida Mountain Boys, who combine traditional bluegrass with contemporary Americana; Passerine, a quintet whose sound is marked by the harmonies of Carmela Pedicini and Tanya Radtke; and Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass band, a "supergroup" comprising some of the Sunshine State's most accomplished bluegrass pickers and singers.
Other bands on the bill include Highway 41, Swinging Bridge, Generations Bluegrass, Trail Dogs, Ramblegrass, Little Girl and the Dreadful Snakes and Sharla June and the Mayhaws.
Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. Tickets: $15 per person, $60 family of five (parents and children under 18), kids under age 12 admitted free. Information: 941-755-2757, http://lingerlodgeresort.com/bluegrass.asp.
-- Marty Clear