The Florida Folk Festival will fill the banks of the Suwannee River with music this weekend. More than 200 performers will play today through Sunday at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs.

Throw in a couple of hundred more dancers and storytellers and a few hundred craftsmen, and it's a pretty big deal.

There are no big names, no designated stars. It's a variety of Floridians playing a variety of the folk music that's played here in Florida. There's the Appalachian stuff you think of when hear folk music, plus a little of just about everything from African to Cuban to Greek.

The gates open at 8 a.m. each day, the music starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 6 p.m. at most stages, 10 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Tickets at the gate for adults are per day and for the weekend. Ages 6-16 are per day, and under 6 are free.

To get to the park from Jacksonville, take Interstate 10 west to U.S. 41 north for 9 miles into the town of White Springs.


Twenty years, that's how long Pennywise has been around. Pretty amazing for a punk band to make it that long.

Billboard gave their latest album a pretty tame review: "Pennywise plays it safe with Reason to Believe, sticking with themes and sounds that will be familiar to fans. This is both a security and a liability - while some listeners may find it comforting, others may be disappointed that the band didn't seek to try something new."

But, still, the band seems to have found some new life with its current single, Western World.

Pennywise will play with Authority Zero at Plush on Monday night, and then head off on another Warped Tour in the summer. Tickets are .50, and doors open at 6 p.m.


A couple of Georgia guys are coming - both singer/songwriters with a bit of laid-back Peach State about them.

A lot of people know about Corey Smith, who'll play at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Tuesday. He's been at the Florida Theatre each of the last two Florida-Georgia weekends and has played Freebird Live several times.

Zac Brown may not be as well-known in Florida, although he did play at Jack Rabbits a couple of years ago. He has some of that country/college thing going, and sometimes he slips too far into Jimmy Buffett/Kenny Chesney island territory.

But he plays a nice mix of intelligent music to drink beer by, and it's better than 98 percent of what's on country radio these days. Go to Youtube and check out his performance of Chicken Fried at the Variety Playhouse. It may be a bit obvious a description of Southern life, but it's also addictive. He'll play tonight at Jack Rabbits; tickets are .


If the rain chased you away from Springing the Blues like it did most of us, you missed headliner Michael Burks. Not to worry, he's back Saturday night at Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach. And he's the real deal on electric blues. He'll play at 10 p.m.; tickets are .