Sawgrass Bluegrass

Plenty of Miamians badmouth the city’s putrid local music scene (oops, there we go again). But South Florida Bluegrass Association, which holds monthly concerts, has played music in the backwoods of Miami-Dade for a third of a century. Badass bluegrass, in the form of banjos, fiddles, mandolins, and upright basses, finds its way into South Florida’s woods and some old-time music finds its way out. But the jam sessions are not just about keeping the legacy of the genre alive. They’re also fundraisers for a yearly event that draws some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country to South Florida. The 33rd annual Everglades Bluegrass Festival will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday. Originally taking place in the actual Everglades, the festival will for the first time be held at Greynolds Park. This year’s headliners, The Grascals — who have won almost every bluegrass-music award known to man — will perform alongside Larry Gillis, Hwy 41 South, and The Flint River Boys (now that sounds like a bluegrass band!). Despite the Deliverance-esque setting, the festival will be a family friendly event with many groups camping on the grounds. Tickets cost $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, and $20 Sunday. Three-day passes cost $45 in advance and $55 at the gate.
Fri., Feb. 25, 5 p.m.; Feb. 26-27, noon, 2011

 
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