[The following is from the official press release.]
Suwannee Spring Reunion takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26, 2023 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL.
Suwannee Spring Reunion is truly a gem of a festival where festival goers experience four days and nights of music rooted in Americana, newgrass, bluegrass, folk, blues, and more. Slip into Spring in the most fabulous of ways—making memories with friends old and new while gathering under the gorgeous, mossy live oak trees in this picturesque setting in the midst of a friendly, family-style environment!
Suwannee Spring Reunion will feature music on multiple stages including the beloved tree lined Amphitheater Stage, the Porch Stage, the Dance Tent Stage, and the Music Hall Stage. There will be workshops by a wide range of performers at the festival on the Music Farmers Stage, jam sessions at Slopryland and Bill Monroe Shrine, as well as pickin’ parties throughout the campgrounds. The Vending Village will feature a wide variety of arts and crafts, as well as culinary pleasures, with a strong emphasis on original creations and unique items sure to satisfy all.
We are thrilled to announce the full schedule of events → suwanneespringreunion.com/schedule
Thursday: Sierra Hull performs the sunset slot on the Amphitheater Stage, preceded by Peter Rowan and followed with a Leftover Salmon late-night set. Armchair Boogie kicks off the festival music at 4pm! Others performing Thursday include John Mailander’s Forecast, Mile Twelve, and Hattie & Joe Craven on the Porch Stage.
Free Range Strange and Sloppy Joe will be performing Thursday sets on the Music Hall Stage.
Friday sees Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, Keller Williams, Donna the Buffalo, Big Richard, Caleb Caudle and more on The Amphitheater and Porch Stages. Jon Stickley Trio closes out the night on the Porch, followed by another late-night set with Leftover Salmon on the Amphitheater Stage. Two other stages open on Friday—The Dance Tent and Music Farmers Stages—bring more music from Peter Rowan, Armchair Boogie, Roy Book Binder, The Grass in Dead, The Ain’t Sisters, Shawn Camp & Verlon Thompson doing the songs of Guy Clark, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Mile Twelve, Sloppy Joe, and Quartermoon.
The Music Farmers Stage will have hands-on workshops with Rev Jeff Mosier (banjo), Jared Womack (Dobro), Hattie & Joe Craven (‘Singing with Soul’), Tom Nelly (guitar), and Roy Book Binder (blues guitar).
Saturday is just as stacked between the five stages. The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle will play the Amp Stage evening slot, preceded by the Steep Canyon Rangers and followed by a late-night set with Donna the Buffalo. We’ll see daytime Amphitheater Stage sets by Jon Stickley Trio (they’ll also be late-night on the Dance Tent Stage), Big Richard (also post-sunset on Dance Tent Stage), Hattie & Joe Craven (also on the Dance Tent Stage), and Medicine Springs. Others performing through the festival include Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo, Habanero Honeys, Lee Hunter & The Gatherers, and further music from Verlon Thompson (including a set with Jim Lauderdale on the Music Hall Stage), Roy Book Binder, Free Range Strange, Caleb Caudle, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Shawn Camp, and Quartermoon.
Workshops for Saturday include Brett Bass (Building Speed for Bluegrass Guitar), Barry Sager (harmonica), Tom Nelly (guitar), workshop with Joe Craven and a Sloppy Joe Jam set. Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus will host a Kids Talent Show Saturday morning on the Music Farmers Stage.
Vassar Sunday brings it all in reunion-style and, as always, Donna the Buffalo will host the closing jam on The Amphitheater Stage– bringing up a plethora of guest performers who performed through the weekend. Sunday brings full sets by Jim Lauderdale Band, Verlon Thompson & John Mailander, Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, The Grass Is Dead, The Ain’t Sisters, Belle & The Band, Roy Book Binder, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, and Quartermoon. Tania & The Moon Tunes opens with the morning slot on the Amphitheater Stage with fantastic kids performances.
Serendipitous moments seem to spring forth like wildflowers and so many of these incredible musicians have been returning to the park for a long time, often referring to it as a “Soul Retreat” of sorts. It is called a “reunion” for a reason and because of that there’s always an exciting amount of “surprise” stage collaborations between the musicians performing!
The woods light up to the sounds of campground pickin’ and performers can often be found joining right along with attendees around the campfires. The park itself is a place where kids of all ages can remember why they fell in love with the magic mixture of sights, sounds, and sensations that constitutes a weekend of paradise that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Matching the history on the stage, longtime park hosts, Beth and Randy Judy, are partnering with the Spirit of the Suwannee to make sure that every piece needed to make an epic weekend of music and fun is in place and ready to write the new entries for this new legend. Suwannee Spring Reunion (and its sister festival Suwannee Roots Revival which takes place in October) hold the space for a special couple of music-filled weekends to look forward to and back upon with laughter and love in your heart.
Tickets are on sale now. Suwannee Spring Reunion offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Advance Tier 4 Tickets are on sale now, priced at $200 (includes fees and taxes). Student /Military Early Bird are $185 (includes fees and taxes). Prices advance to Tier 5 on Monday, March 6, so get your tickets now! An additional event car pass is now required to bring a car into the campground—Advance Car Pass: $15 or $20 at the Gate. For complete ticket information and to purchase tickets, visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com/Tickets/.
SOSMP offers guest comforts including a general store, full service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms, and water stations. Upgraded camping, including RV hook ups and cabin rentals, as well as golf cart rentals are currently on sale. Reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364-1683. SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com for further information.
Suwannee Spring Reunion 2023 Lineup
The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Earls of Leicester
Donna the Buffalo
Jon Stickley Trio
Roy Book Binder
Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble
The Grass Is Dead
Hattie Craven & Joe Craven
John Mailander’s Forecast
The Ain’t Sisters
Lee Hunter & The Gatherers
Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
Belle & The Band
Free Range Strange
Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus