Outdoor music continues this week at Cymplify, Suwannee River Jam


This week's Suwannee River Jam spotlights dozens of country acts including The Mavericks, performing at 6 p.m. Saturday, at Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park today through Saturday.

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Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

The powers that be must have declared the next few days as “Outdoor Music Week” because the choices of where to hear some good vibes in the great outdoors seemingly keep growing and growing. Cymplify's 2014 Spring Fling weekend features a host of musicians and other performers Friday and Saturday, and the annual Suwannee River Jam in Live Oak stages a musical hoedown with dozens of country acts today through Saturday.

Cymplify's Spring Fling

Cymplify Central's 2014 Spring Fling starts with Friday's Food Truck Rally, which will spotlight Orlando singer, guitarist and harmonica player Matthew Fowler along with a choice of delicacies ranging from Americauna Wood Fire Pizza to Black Bear's Real Pit BBQ from 5 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Spring Fling hosts Kidfest, which along with the food trucks features performances by Melissa Corbett, whose GrammarSongs is an interactive type of educational music in which children and parents participate together, and Barbara Armbrecht, who will present a Blues Session for Kids.

Also featured Saturday is a Great Southern Music Recital and performances by other artists including juggler Dave Furman, Danscompany and Pro Martial Arts.

Saturday's performances run from noon to 6 p.m. with the entire event continuing to 9 p.m. at Cymplify Central, 5408 NW Eighth Ave. For more information, call 225-3751 or see CymplifyCentral.com.

Suwannee River Jam

A crowd of 25,000 to 30,000 is expected over the course of this year's Suwannee River Jam, which today through Saturday combines current country chart-toppers like Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore along with venerable household names like The Mavericks and the Charlie Daniels Band.

“Tickets are up, it's going to be a great weekend,” says Teena Peavey, marketing director of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, which hosts the annual festival near Live Oak.

“Brantley Gilbert's song [“Bottoms Up”] has reached No. 1, and we're very excited to have him headline this year's event on Saturday [at 10:30 p.m.],” Peavey says.

“And Justin Moore was named the ACM's New Artist of the year, and he's closing on Friday night [at 10:30 p.m.]. And we have David Nail, and he had a No. 1 [“I'm A Fire”] about three or four weeks ago.”

The lineup of 25 local, regional and national acts also features such other well-known acts as the established Montgomery Gentry and Colt Ford and up-and-comers The Lacs, who will appeal to a variety of country fans, Peavey says.

Tickets are $90 for the weekend, or $45 for today and $50 each for Friday or Saturday. For more information, or to buy tickets, see Suwanneeriverjam.com

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com, and follow on Twitter @SceneBillDean.

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