Gamble Rogers is an icon to folk musicians and guitar players not only in Florida but across the US. An active Gamble Rogers Society sponsors a festival every year in St. Augustine in his memory which draws aficionados from across the states.
This year, the 24th Gamble Rogers Festival is scheduled on the same weekend as the opening of Romanza Festivale. The opening events of both festivals occur on May 3. Four stages will feature local musicians, regional performers, national stars as well as activities for kids, student music competition winners and story-telling.
Gamble Rogers balanced a love of balladry and folk songs with a passion for the oral tradition and storytelling. Rogers has been described as both a “modern troubadour” and the “resurrection of Will Rogers and Mark Twain”. Rogers was a master performer, enchanting an audience with Travis-style guitar finger picking and relating downright rib-tickling tales about the inhabitants of the fictitious Oklawaha County.
Rogers was just hitting his peak when he died on October 10, 1991 trying to save a man from drowning. The recreational area in Flagler County, where the accident occurred, was later renamed, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area.
The opening events of the Gamble Rogers Festival will be on May 3 at the Colonial Quarter on 33 St. George Street.
Gamble Rogers Admission:
$30 for the entire weekend
$20 for either Friday or Saturday alone
or $10 for just Sunday