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Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Relocating Downtown 2010

The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival is excited to announce its decision to move to downtown St. Augustine in 2010. The Festival, now in its 15th year, commemorates the life and performing art of national star and local hero James Gamble Rogers.

For 12 years the festival was housed at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre followed by a 2 year residence at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. This year the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival has teamed up with the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division and the City of St. Augustine to produce the event in a unique new format. From Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2, 2010, downtown St. Augustine will be immersed in the sights and sounds of folk, dancing, storytelling, and bluegrass.

“The beauty and charm of historic St. Augustine will be the perfect backdrop for this event, bringing the spirit of Gamble Rogers to life with a selection of intimate performance spaces,” said Paul Linser, festival president. Venues include the Government House, the De Mesa Yard, Mill Top Tavern, Tradewinds Tropical Lounge, the Lightner Museum Pool, Flagler College Auditorium, and more.

Headliners will be announced at the festival benefit concert on November 14th at Flagler Auditorium and tickets will go on sale Friday, December 4, 2009. The festival line-up will include Grammy award winners, major motion picture actors/songwriters, folk and bluegrass legends, local talent and up and coming artists.

The greatest benefit in the change of location will be the impact the festival will have on downtown merchants, restaurants, and hotels located in the area. This is the first festival of its kind in St. Augustine and will position the event for long term growth in conjunction with the 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine. Mark your calendars for an event that will indeed be truly remarkable. For more information, visit the festival web site www.gamblerogersfest.org or contact the festival board at plinser@aol.com

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