Swamptown Getdown Ready to Rock Waycross March 12-14

The Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross, Georgia, is your destination March 12-14 for the 10th annual Swamptown Getdown Music and Arts Festival. You won’t see Pogo Possum, Albert Alligator, Miz Ma’m’selle Hepzibah or any of their friends, but you will see a fairgrounds full of outstanding music over the course of the three days.

When you read that Connecticut-based quintet Kung Fu play extreme funk, those words don’t honestly convey just how hard these guys hit, because they will knock you OUT with their stunning fusion and rock and funk and more fusion and more rock and more funk. There is simply no protection from the face-melting, mind-blowing power of Kung Fu. You’ll see.

Kung Fu

Bobby Lee Rodgers is one of the best guitar players you might never have seen or even heard of. He can — and does — do it all: classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock. He is a fine vocalist, great songwriter, and music mentor to dozens of young musicians over the years. He first attracted attention with Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.) in The Codetalkers and has played with an amazing array of A-listers, but he works best in the trio setting, pushing his rhythm section to great heights.

Bobby Lee Rodgers – Mandi Nulph

The reason that Pine Box Dwellers (think about that name just a moment) are on the lineup isn’t because they are Waycross born and bred; it’s because they play AWESOME Swampadelic country rock! And other songwriters heap praise upon Sean Clark, a true songsmith.

Pine Box Dwellers

There are some great sacred steel bands across the U.S., bands featuring a pedal steel guitar player, the tradition having emerged from African-American churches. There is none better than The Lee Boys, who hail from Miami. The steel tradition flows freely from South Florida, and these gentlemen are the leading proponents, featuring brothers Alvin Lee on guitar and vocals and Derrick Lee and Keith Lee on vocals.

The Lee Boys Photo credit: Rick Davidson

Back City Woods claim all of Georgia for their own, laying down that cosmic Southern rock.

Back City Woods

Custard Pie, now out of Jacksonville, are a jam-of-all-trades trio who can — and will — do anything and everything to shake your psychedelic roots.

Custard Pie with Funky D – HTNYR – Mandi Nulph

Bonnie Blue honor the Southern tradition of music that came out of Macon and Capricorn records, but their sound is distinctly all their own. They are at the forefront of the incredible musical explosion coming out of Jacksonville. Also, be sure to check out the second annual Big Oak Jam in May in Townsend, Georgia, hosted by Bonnie Blue’s Willis Gore and featuring some of the usual suspects!

Bonnie Blue – HTNYR – Chuck Smalling

Bluegrass music is at its acme with Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum (that a pick; I looked it up!), also from Jacksonville. Bass and bandmates are regulars at all the big bluegrass and Americana fests.

Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum Photo credit: Rick Davidson

And be sure to check out an amazing pair of young whippersnappers, Derrick and Travis Page, as they lead their band through some country-fried soul.

Page Brothers Band

The lineup is slammed with many of your other favorites, including Derrick Dove & the Peacemakers, Electric Owl, Glass Camels, Heart of Pine, Josh Kirkland Trio, Lazy Lightning, Michaele & the Ambiguous, Them Vagabonds, Thunderbird, and Ty Manning & the Slawdog Biscuits. Stephan Pigman will play the festival pre-party concert Wednesday, March 11.

Check the links for all the pertinent information, and set the controls for the heart of Waycross!




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