The last evening of the 24th Gamble Rogers Festival will take place “under the Oaks” at the Colonial Quarter from 12 noon to 7 pm. There are opportunities for jam sessions by talented musicians and great listening to the bands who perform in the spirit of Gamble Rogers.
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 Gamble Rogers Festival is occurring on the same weekend as the opening of Romanza Festivale. The opening events of both festivals occur on May 3.
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.
Gamble Rogers Admission:
$30 for the entire weekend
20 for Friday only; $20 for Saturday only
10 for Sunday