If you go
Jammin’ in the Hammock
Bands: Pure and Simple, Bean Pickers, Frontline Bluegrass, Tomorrow’s News, the Laws, Swanson Family Band and Wholetones
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Collier-Seminole State Park, 20200 U.S. 41 E., Naples
Admission: $15 per day or $25 both days, children younger than 13 are free when accompanied by a paying adult, limited day camping for $15. Transportation to and from parking area will be provided.
Information: (239) 394-3397, (800) 326-3521 for camping, www.floridastateparks.org
NAPLES — It’ll be hard not to tap your toes at this party.
Jammin’ in the Hammock, an annual bluegrass festival and fundraiser, comes to Collier-Seminole State Park this Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from the festival benefit the park.
“People who aren’t familiar with bluegrass, they wonder what it’s all about and what it’s like,” said Russ Morrison, who will be performing with his group Frontline Bluegrass. “It’s all American, one of the few all-American forms of music and the songs are all about family and missing home and the mountains, with a lot of gospel music thrown in, bluegrass-style gospel.”
Seven groups will be performing, and there will also be food vendors, craft vendors and raffles, said Darlene Smith, a volunteer with the park. Visitors should plan to bring their own lawn chairs, she said. The performance space will be covered with a big tent, so people can choose to sit in or out of the sun.
“Bluegrass festivals are really family-oriented, real low key and real peaceful,” Morrison said. “It’ll be a nice day of sitting in a lawn chair and listening to music.”
The groups represented at this year’s festival center on bluegrass, but also branch out into other styles, Morrison said. For example, there’s a husband and wife singer-songwriter duo called the Laws who do a little bit of bluegrass, a little bit of Texas swing and a little bit of Americana, he said.
There’s also a local group of young musicians called the Wholetones who will perform. Their group has a banjo, mandolin, cello, guitar and singers, as well as a bass player and a recently added drummer, Morrison said.
“They’re really good, and they’re very popular, especially among the college kids,” he said. “They’re a lot of fun, very interesting, very high-powered.”
Other local bands include the Bean Pickers, whose music is folk Americana with bluegrass thrown in, Morrison said. Morrison sings lead vocals and plays guitar for his band Frontline Bluegrass, and describes their music as ranging from very traditional bluegrass to a more modern style.
Pure and Simple, a six-member band from Dothan, Ala., will also be performing, along with a band called Tomorrow’s News. The Swanson Family Band will be traveling down from Crystal River, Fla., for the festival. The group includes husband and wife Rick and Lynn Swanson on bass and guitar, with their three sons and a female lead singer.