For more than 25 years, the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival has celebrated the indelible mark its namesake left on folk music. Now in its second year, the “Live From The Waterworks” Concert Series celebrates Rogers' legacy by showcasing musicians that echo his hallmark talents — fingerstyle guitar artistry and storytelling.
The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and the St. Johns Cultural Council co-present this monthly series of Saturday concerts through June 22 with support from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The next performance is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine, and features singer and guitarist Jordan Tice.
“This concert series is a wonderful tribute to Gamble,” said Jim Carrick, Gamble Rogers Folk Festival president. “Our goal is to feature a blend of experienced and up-and-coming artists. You’ll see some performers who are familiar to longtime fans, who perhaps even collaborated with Gamble, while others will become new favorites.”
Jordan Tice is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who combines witty, well-crafted songs with skillful fingerstyle and flat-pick guitar playing. Folk music fans may recognize Tice as a member of the instrumental bluegrass supergroup Hawktail or for his guest performances with musicians like comedic great Steve Martin. His music is playful, introspective and philosophical
Tice will be joined by special guest Patrick McGonigle, fiddler with The Lonely Heartstring Band, one of the Northeast's most popular new progressive bluegrass bands.
Opening the show is Noan Partly, a self-taught indie-folk musician with deft picking skills who blends Americana with jazz, grunge and psychedelic influences to create a dreamy and vulnerable sound. Her storytelling encourages the listener to look inward and revel in the unknown.
Tickets for the Nov. 18 concert may be purchased at gamblerogersfest.org.
“These performers help build the momentum up to the festival,” said Carrick. “’Live From The Waterworks’ helps provide the necessary funding for us to support local musicians. We focus on helping mold folk musicians from youth by offering student clinics and featuring young performers on a special stage at the festival.”
“Live From The Waterworks” supports the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, a three-day event held every spring at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Beginning Friday, April 12, and continuing through Sunday, April 14, the festival commemorates the life and music of Gamble Rogers while keeping the folk music tradition alive for future generations by encouraging and supporting young musicians.