It has become a local tradition. Musicians and music lovers from around the nation converge in St. Augustine to pay tribute to one of America’s native sons.
The 21st annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival runs through Sunday at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at gamblerogersfest.org or at Simple Gestures, Music Matters and The Bead Chick in St. Augustine.
This year’s festival includes a youth performance competition and an I Remember Gamble competition, in which musicians play songs that were once performed by Gamble Rogers.
In typical folk-music fashion, the festival also offers plenty of opportunities for musicians to jam together. So don’t hesitate to bring your instrument.
James Gamble Rogers, IV was born in Winter Park on Jan. 31, 1937.
His musical career saw him appear on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Hootenany” as spokesman for the Serendipity Singers.
Rogers eventually left the Serendipity Singers to pursue a solo career and became well-known for his folk music and storytelling.
On Oct. 10, 1991, Rogers died attempting to save a drowning man in Flagler County. The recreation area where he died is now called the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area.