Cape fes­ti­val de­liv­ers pure Amer­i­cana, sched­uled for Jan. 28

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Cape fes­ti­val de­liv­ers pure Amer­i­cana, sched­uled for Jan. 28

Blue­grass mu­sic has found a foot­ing in one of Florida’s fastest-grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Plan for the se­cond an­nual Cape Coral His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Blue­grass Jam­boree with BBQ―an af­ter­noon of Amer­i­cana mu­sic and food. The Jan. 28 event start­ing at noon will fea­ture Capt. Joe and the Bot­tom Feed­ers (Naples), Swing­ing Bridge, Blue­grass Gals, the mas­ter of cer­e­monies and mu­sic scholar Dick Spottswood of the Dick Spottswood Show and founder of Blue­grass Un­lim­ited, a magazine started in 1966. Event pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Cape Coral His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Blue­grass dates to the 19th cen­tury surge of English-Ir­ish-Scots to the re­mote Ap­palachi­ans; the mu­sic a blend­ing of coun­try, gospel and Amer­i­cana, the high-en­ergy pace fo­cus­ing on har­mony and strong in­stru­men­ta­tion. The mu­sic emerged with ra­dio but be­came main­stream with per­form­ers such as the Mon­roe Broth­ers in the 1920s. Bill Mon­roe and his “Blue Grass Boys” later ap­peared on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville in 1939. Mod­ern blue­grass fes­ti­vals were com­mon in the 1960s, mostly in the Ap­palachi­ans.

Cape Coral’s first blue­grass jam­boree last year was an im­me­di­ate hit with vis­i­tors, says Wayne Kirk­wood, the event’s or­ga­nizer. “In all the years, we’ve had jazz and any kind of con­cert you can imag­ine, but we’ve never had blue­grass in Cape Coral,” he says. “We dis­cov­ered there was an in­cred­i­ble amount of in­ter­est, so we launched this and hope to make it an an­nual end-of-Jan­uary fundraiser for the mu­seum.”

De­tails are at 239-772-7037, capec­o­ral­mu­

Naples-based Capt. Joe and the Bot­tom Feed­ers ap­pear at the Jan­uary jam­boree. The Cape event is much like oth­ers dat­ing to the 1960s, when mod­ern blue­grass fes­ti­vals emerged mostly in the Ap­palachi­ans.

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