Scott Youngberg is an acoustic singer/songwriter, well known in the Florida Keys. As well as performing annually in events such as Bay Jam and the Key Largo Original Music Festival, he has composed and recorded his original album, “Idle Speed.” His show features a widely varied playlist mixing original songs with select cover tunes and popular songs.
“Scott is a musical master as a composer, lyricist, songwriter, and compellingly listenable singer. Go way out of your way to hear him and bring all your friends.”
– Mark Victor Hansen, all-time NY Times #1 bestselling author of non-fiction, Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
Scott can always answer the riddle on a Popsicle stick.
ABOUT THE BAND
It is well known that roots music is passed down from generation to generation. From grandparents to parents and from parents to their children. The inevitable collision between the traditional past and the enormous catalogue of modern music, both spiritual and psychedelic, is the fertile plain that sprouted the roots of The Grass Is Dead. Initially formed as an acoustic offshoot of one of the country’s most beloved GD tribute bands, Crazy Fingers, The Grass Is Dead has evolved over the past ten years into a juggernaut of sound and a festival favorite up and down the east coast, to Colorado and back.
Their live performances bring into view a traditional sensibility of bluegrass, swing, and folk music launched directly onto a psychedelic paintbrush of modern influences, most importantly, the music of the Grateful Dead. Captivating audiences with their unique interpretations and thoughtful arrangements of songs by the GD, Jerry Garcia, and many others, as well as their extensive file of traditional roots music at their command, it’s only a matter of time until the buzz that they have created will reach the West Coast as well. The Grass Is Dead are very much alive and well, rocking out and and picking their way across this great country.
ABOUT THE BAND
Kathryn Belle Long and Mickey Abraham have emerged as two of Florida’s most accomplished acoustic performers. As members of Suncoast Emmy award-winning Belle and The Band, Long and Abraham have played their original music at many of the premier Americana/folk festivals in the Southeast and toured the East Coast as far north as Canada.
As 2018’s Will McLean Best Florida Song winner, Long is currently at the top of her game as a songwriter. Abraham’s unique approaches to arranging and teaching music have been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Together, Long and Abraham combine experience, creativity, and class into emotionally-driven cohesive artistic statements. The award-winning duo is currently recording a full length concept album entitled “Voices: A Folk Opera.” The project combines elements of Broadway with folk music and includes original characters, locations, storyline, and reoccurring musical themes. Long and Abraham’s talents compliment each other and their work is nothing short of folk music art.
ABOUT THE BAND
Formed in 2016, Hare o’ the Dawg was spawned from a common love of improvisational string music.
Drawing inspiration from old-time music such as swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz, Hare o’ the Dawg has pleased crowds with original music as well as arrangements of tunes from the likes of Django Reinhardt, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and anything with a bluegrass flavor.
Most of the band are multi-instrumentalists, and instrument swapping is a common theme of our music.
Mark Abramowitz (Upright Bass); Michael Gordon (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Manjo); John Holland (Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals); Alex Munoz (Guitar, Cuban Laud, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Vocals); Sheryl Munoz (Vocals, Percussion)
About Joanne Mackell
Joanne Mackell is a veteran singer/songwriter with a voice that could stop a mack truck and songs that make you remember the first time you fell in love. Her passionate delivery, outstanding vocal range and commanding stage presence consistently raise the roof and rock the house.
Born in Boston and raised in Montreal, this daughter of hockey legend Fleming Mackell [Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins] was signed to United Artists at age 23.
Joanne’s first album included musical legends Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Martha Reeves, among others. The debut record was hailed by critics and got the attention of some of LA’s heavy hitters including Bonnie Raitt who helped Joanne put together her next recording, a demo that received airplay on LA’s premier FM station at the time.
After several years in New York and California she returned to Toronto to release “LOCAL GIG IN PARADISE.” The highly praised CD is a collection of 11 original songs ranging from throaty ballads and classic country swing, to flat-out honky tonk, all textured with her r&b/soul roots.
Joanne followed up that release with BRAND NEW LONESOME…. a high flyin’ ride across the wide map of roots music. Traveling through full throttle honky tonk with This Better Be Good, to bluegrass on Red Yellow Blue, some memphis style soul/blues for This Close and I’m the One, americana country on Queen of Hearts, spanish harlem soul on I Fall in Love tex mex crooning for Soon Come Tomorrow sixties era dylan with the radio friendly Sumac and finally coming home to a true Canadian lonesome road ballad A Thousand Miles. The record was produced and written by Joanne who called on some of Toronto’s finest musicians to make these gems shine.they include; Christine Bougie (guitar and lap steel), Steve Briggs (guitar), John Switzer (bass), Marc Pizer (drums), Shelley Coopersmith (fiddle and mando), and Evelyne Datl (keys), plus Kevin Quain, Pat Carey, Howard Moore and a featured appearance by the Creaking Tree String Quartet…then there’s a gang of singers from far and wide. Amelia Curran, Laura Hubert, Catherine MacLellan and Linda McRae are some names you may have heard before.
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WANDERLUST is Joanne’s latest CD. Culled from mile after mile of driving across the highways of North America, these songs are road worn and true. Recorded live in studio, this beauty will have you singing along and lookin’ for a dance floor. The reviews are still coming in and they are impressive. Comparisons to Steve Earl and Gram Parsons are just the beginning. The tight playing from Victor Bateman, Christine Bougie, Al Cross, Shelley Coopersmith,Evelyne Datl, and Nichol Robertson gives focus to Joanne’s brilliantly simple song writing. Songs that tell the uncommon stories about everyday people.
As a vocalist, Joanne can both get up close and personal or lean back and holler with an easiness that charms her listeners and puts them in the palm of her hand. Her songs are built up from the ground with the kind of writing that only comes with experience. If you like lyrics that make you listen and groove that gets into your bones, JOANNE MACKELL is all that and more.
Gyyosy Cowboys Live 6-9 Blue Marlin Stage
Traditional Oompa Band Trio 1-4 Micah and the Barstool Sailors 5-9pm
Sunday: Traditional Oompa Band Trio 12-3pm and 5 piece Oompa Band 4-7pm
Very few towns or cities could ever claim that their Mayor was a smokin’ hot guitar player. The island city of Marathon in the Florida Keys is one of those towns. While politics is a temporary call to service, music is a life sentence. John Bartus, a more-than-four-decade full-time professional musician, singer, and songwriter, continues to raise the bar with his groundbreaking solo acoustic show.