The 2009 Sarasota Folk Festival: Myakka Bluegrass

Myakka Bluegrass
Mar. 10, 2009
Myakka Bluegrass

As we mentioned previously, The 6th Annual Sarasota Folk Festival will be a whole new show this year. It has expanded to a two-day event and is now being held at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey. The boogie is going down March 14 and 15 and will feature 30 acts on three stages. The theme this year is “Go Green” and all the vendors have pledged to use biodegradable consumables and recycle all their waste. We had a chat with a few of the artists who will be rocking out the crowd:

Myakka Bluegrass

One of the local bands that will be tearing up the festival stage is Myakka Bluegrass. The group began when guitarist Brad Fitzgerald and his banjo-pickin’ wife, Lisa, started playing around the area as Myakka Folk Duo, named after the place where they were married. Over time they picked up a trio of talented bluegrass soloists including David Buescher on fiddle, Fred Knight on Dobro and Tom Hicks on bass. Fitzgerald says he and his wife “have played about every jam circle and open mic between Bradenton and Venice.”

True to their roots, Myakka Bluegrass has always enjoyed performing outdoors. The band has played dozens of concerts at Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Myakka River State Park, the Old Miakka Schoolhouse Hootenanny and several Earth Day Festivals at Oscar Scherer State Park. “Playing bluegrass music out in nature, with the birds and bees, just feels right,” says Fitzgerald. Five years ago, he became publicity chairman for the Sarasota Folk Club. “For about three months before every festival I just try to generate as much publicity as possible,” he says. “It’s never easy, as we have no real budget, but we do what we can.”

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