Florida Bluegrass Classic wrap up

Martin Guitar presentation at the 2016 Florida Bluegrass Classic - photo © Bill WarrenFriday morning at the first Florida Bluegrass Classic was kicked off by Martin guitar expert, Bill Anderson, doing a workshop on the construction and maintenance of Martin guitars.

Florida band, Wry Whiskey were first up on followed by Virginia’s Nothin’ Fancy who stormed the stage with the first of 4 sets of music. DJ Greg Bird gave the crowd a set of classic country music. The Gary Waldrep Band closed out Friday with a rousing set.

Saturday morning started with banjo and mandolin workshops put on by Gary Waldrep, Mike Andes, and Mickey Boles. There was also a collection of classic cars and hotrods on display.

The Gary Waldrep Band got the stage show started with a great set of bluegrass Gospel music. Sideline, fresh off a bluegrass cruise were next up. Steve Dilling’s Bass Mountain Boys partner, Mike Aldridge, played a couple tunes with Sideline. His sons Brian and Nathan are members of the band.

Carolina Road, just in from the same cruise, provided original Carolina Road music along with a number of selections from the latest project, Country Grass. Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and Garrett Newton played a high energy, triple banjo tune. Nothin’ Fancy closed out the Saturday show with another high energy show.

Evans Media Source’s next bluegrass festival is at the Newell Lodge in Folkston, Georgia March 10-12.