festival hours & location

Sunday, February 23, 2020: 2-7 PM
*Music starts at 3:30 PM


Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Rd.

Tallahassee, FL 32309


Last year's event photos

Thank you to ktcreative for capturing photos from 2019:

band lineup

Shiny Ribs

Shiny Ribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’.

From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters - Kelley Mickwee & Alice Spencer. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.

The Currys

The Currys have been staking their claim within the Americana music scene since 2013, when vocalist/guitarist Tommy Curry quit his teaching job and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, to join the harmony-based folk-rock outfit newly formed by brother Jimmy Curry (vocals, guitar) and cousin Galen Curry (vocals, bass). The band, who cut their teeth playing the oyster bars and listening rooms of the Florida Panhandle, has since written and released two full-length albums: their studio debut Follow (2014), called “eye-opening, but warmly familiar” by Earmilk, and whose title track is “one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard” (Todd Moe of NCPR); and sophomore effort West of Here (2016), with its “tight-as-a-rubber-band” harmonies and “infectious” songwriting (PopMatters).

For their third album, This Side of the Glass (2019), The Currys teamed up with producer/guitarist Sam Whedon and engineer Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz, Parachute) to map new terrain. As ever, the band’s three-part family harmonies provide the organic, lived-in feel of roots music, but the album aspires to a greater variety of form and orchestration than earlier releases. The songs defy any neat categorization: the country nostalgia of “Gulf Coast Home” complements the folk-pop sensibility of “Pin You Down,” while the guitars and gang vocals of “Soon Enough” pay unmistakable homage to Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”

Lyrically, This Side of the Glass explores questions of perspective, an apt consideration for a band featuring three songwriters. Each Curry offers his take on the time-worn threads of life and love, contributing to the album’s tapestry of introspection and social commentary. Likewise, each in turn ruminates on the paradox faced by every performing songwriter: how to balance one’s roles as both the author of stories and the object of storytelling. This Side of the Glass is an insightful and satisfying new chapter from a band with many more stories to tell.

Revival

Revival is a rock 'n' roll band based in Tallahassee, Florida. Drawing from the rich traditions of old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, blues, and gospel, Revival's mission is to perform music that nourishes and rejuvenates the human soul. This is what Avis Berry sought to do when she reached out to Jeff Davis and Dillon Bradley-Brown, former band-mates in Black Cat Bones. Together they reimagined a new union among local musicians and friends, inviting Chris Skene, Lyndon Thacker, and Allijah Motika to join the group. With soaring vocals and guitar, rich harmonies, and a sinewy, laid-back rhythm section, the group crafts a dynamic and beautiful soundscape intended to uplift and inspire.

about us

For the City Events is a Tallahassee based non-profit organization that supports other local non-profits in their efforts to fundraise by creating unique and amazing event experiences for our community. With the newly created idea of a Music Fest held in an open field, we started to wonder who in our community would be a worthy beneficiary. Immediately, one of our board members mentioned she didn’t know a single family not affected by Cancer. That’s when Stacy, another For the City Events Board Member, remembered her friend, Katie, had lost her mother to cancer and was looking for a way to honor her.

Later that week, Stacy started to explain the next For the City Events fundraiser to a group of their friends. In the middle of the explanation, Stacy realized they had been calling the event “Field Day” and immediately the group agreed that this event was perfect for Katie’s foundation. Katie’s late mother’s name was Judy Field; from that day on, Field Day became more than just an event, but a cause.

Judy Field passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2014. Since her passing, Katie and her family set up a memorial foundation in her name. It is the mission of the Judy Field Memorial Foundation to give back to community members affected by pancreatic cancer, as well as investing in research to help with prevention of the disease.

JUDY FIELD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The Judy Field Memorial Foundation was started by the late Judy Field’s family for the purpose of raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. Judy was a vibrant member of the Tallahassee community, involved with her church, garden club, and interior design business. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Judy fought a tough battle for over two years before succumbing to the disease in 2014 at the age of 62.

Unfortunately, there are many others like Judy. Both the lack of early detection or effective treatment options for the disease contributes to the rising numbers of diagnoses and deaths from pancreatic cancer. According to the Cancer Statistics 2017 report, pancreatic cancer is expected to surpass breast cancer to become the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 9 percent, making it the lowest survival rate of any major cancer. With the help of For the City Events, the Judy Field Memorial Foundation is determined to make an impact on the pancreatic cancer community.

sponsor information

email kyle hartmann

Or Call 850-491-7333

gold level

$3000

  • verbal recognition at event
  • signage at event
  • logo or name on website/social media
  • 8 vip experience tickets

Silver level

$1000

  • signage at event
  • logo or name on website/social media
  • 2 vip experience tickets

Bronze level

$500

  • large sign at event
  • name on website/social media

friend of the city

$250

  • small sign at event
  • name on website/social media

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