The self-dubbed ‘Bayou Americana’ jammers of Honey Island Swamp Band inject colorful lyrics into funky roots music that gets your hands clapping and your feet stomping. The band uses traditional Americana instrumentation featuring blazing horns, searing harmonica, twangy guitar riffs and soulful vocals, to tell stories that range from heart-in-mouth confessionals to epic ballads to playful jigs. Honey Island Swamp Band formed in 2009 in San Francisco by New Orleans residents-turned-evacuees following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina. While marooned, the band members formulated their unique brand of roots-infused blues and country grooves to tell their complex stories and get listeners dancing. Ever since, they’ve been traveling across the country delighting audiences—including those at Levitt Pavilion Arlington (2012), Levitt Shell Memphis (2012) and Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks (2014).
Honey Island Swamp Band’s 2009 debut album Wishing Well was awarded “Best Blues Album the Year” and earned them the title of “Best Emerging Artist” by OffBeat Magazine, who also named them “Best Roots Rock Artist” in 2010. In 2011, Honey Island Swamp Band earned the title of “Best Roots Rock Artist” at the Big Easy Awards in New Orleans. The group has received coverage from prominent music tastemakers like No Depression and Blues Blast Magazine. Their latest album Demolition Day was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Jeff and the Jarretts at 6pm
Voted Ocala Magazine’s “Best of the Best: Local Musician” in 2017, Jeff and the Jarretts has performed 217 shows to date, featuring a lively acoustic mix of pop, R&B, country and rock ‘n’ roll from the 1970s to today that keeps audiences coming back for more.