Highland Hammock State Park’s 2018 Music In The Park concert series continues in January with a great “double bill” lineup! Back Porch Revival is scheduled to play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. This Heartland old-time string band will take the chill out of the winter night as their sweet and sassy fiddle tunes warm the air with lively toe-tapping tunes. The band harmoniously blends fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, cello, percussion and bass. Vocals of traditional and contemporary folk songs are featured. Back Porch Revival has appeared at the Florida Folk Festival and played throughout the state for 25 years. The band has earned honors from the folk music community for their vocal arrangements and is considered one of Florida’s top folk bands.
Another Florida Folk Festival favorite, singer/songwriter Brian Smalley, will perform solo on Jan. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Smalley is an original whose music expresses regional influences from all around the country. He truly “gets Florida” and is inspired to write about it in ways that are both moving and humorous. Blending a soulful, earthy voice with high-energy acoustical guitar, he spins tales that captivate listeners and take them on a journey. His songs reveal the depth and breadth of the Florida experience, ranging from the Civil War ballad (Chickens Pigs) to a contemporary meditation on the rusting boats along a Key West wharf (Iron Boats).
Known for his lively performances, Smalley plays full out from the heart, leaving audiences enthralled. Visit www.facebook.com/SmalleyMusic/ and www.reverbnation.com/briansmalley.
Concert admission is $10 per adult. Accompanied children 10 and younger are free. Music in the Park concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock, Inc., the park’s 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax deductible citizen support organization.
All proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights and enjoy an evening of music under the stars.
Food vendors will be onsite. Park entry fee of $6 per vehicle (up to 8 people) is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.