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WMNFs 1st Annual Rockin' the Ranch - WEEKEND INFO

Friday Mar 1 9:00PM Add to Calendar
Sertoma Youth Ranch [map]


Advance ticket sales are closed, as of 4:20pm Thursday, plenty will be available at the gate

Weekend tickets are available at the Ranch for $70 for the weekend (GATE OPENING Friday at 12pm or sooner). CAMPING with water and electric is available for $25 per night, for FRI or SAT from WMNF or at the gate... We hope you can attend!

A new WMNF event! WMNF presents a ROCKIN' festival in a beautiful setting, Friday-Sunday March 1st-3rd... Rock n' Roll in the woods! Close enough to drive back and forth each day; or there are nice primitive campsites, included with admission; OR for $25/night there is camping with hook-ups. To get camping with hook-ups, pay at the gate.

Dogs on leashes are welcome! Kids under 14 are free. Showers, food vendors, lots of WMNF friends...

Don't use your GPS if you're an iPhone user. It will not take you to the Ranch. It is Exit 293, off of I 75. Make a left off exit, on the cross street and go 1.5 miles and take a left on Clay Hill Rd. It winds through orchards & makes 2-90 degree turns. The ranch will be on your left, just before the county line.

FRIDAY lineup: see times on the Friday Rockin' The Ranch event page

Funk, Latin, Caribbean, Hip-hop and R&B; Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these, takes them and mashes them together into a somehow harmonious blend. A great party dance band to close Friday night at our new festival.

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister
He's My Brother She's Sister was a sensation at Heatwave; their Crowbar set was jam-packed. The quickly rising young band has a unique sound and stage presence. Their music exudes the earnestness of folk, the colorfulness of glam rock, the rawness of blues, the theatrics of cabaret, and the hip shake of rock-a-billy. The colorfully vintage-attired band is led by brother and sister Robert and Rachel Kolar; a live highlight is a percussionist-tap-dancer. The band's infectious rhythms and high energy make the sounds come alive and cause even uninitiated crowds to erupt in dance.

Paper Bird
Called by the New York Times, 'local folk-pop heroes', Denver's Paper Bird's backbone is their songwriting, musicianship and a general allergy to all limitations and trends. With seven members and no leader, possibilities are ever unfolding. When asked what genre of music they play, they answer "joyful." The band consists of three female singers, accompanied by banjo, guitar, stand-up bass and trombone. Young in age but timeless in spirit, Paper Bird's rare and beautiful approach to music led them to be featured on NPR's All Things Considered and they were voted in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands by Denver Post three years in a row.

Roadkill Ghost Choir
The Deland FL band is breaking nationally with their new EP drawing comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and My Morning Jacket.

Shakey Graves
Alejandro Rose-Garcia of Austin, Texas, goes by the name Shakey Graves for his music. Shakey Graves came about in 2005 the year Alejandro says he caught a ghost of his very own. "I kept him in a cage and he sang songs for me when I fed him cigarettes and certain key substances." He and his ghost have lived in New York, lurked around as part of the Antifolk scene out there, traveled across the United States on trains, recorded in the desert, froze in Chicago, played songs on the TV, wore a mustache.

SATURDAY lineup:see the time schedule on the Saturday Rockin' The Ranch event page

Black Taxi
The Brooklyn band has become one of our favorite live bands and so we definitely want them at this new rocking festival. They play with an anything goes punk ethos, unparalleled energy and strong songwriting...and a bunch of instrument change-ups.

Dash Rip Rock
is the legendary New Orleans trio known for their high-octane roots rock. SPIN says Dash Rip Rock is “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band.” The New York Times calls Dash Rip Rock “skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild….” No Depression raves that DRR’s recent albums prove that Dash is “one of the greatest bands working today.” In 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

The Whiskey Gentry
Paste Magazine was dead-on when they called The Whiskey Gentry a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum.”

The Hip Abduction
A little Paul Simon, Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi, and roots reggae have played a role in shaping the sound of The Hip Abduction. Singer/songwriter David New keeps the theme moving from his years spent traveling South America. The eight members on stage during a Hip Abduction event are skilled enough to follow world, rock, soul, afro-beat, and reggae themes.

Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
Johnny Cakes has played many WMNF shows and never fails to deliver a good time with their excursions into punk, ska, rock, reggae and island music territories. They always feature a stage full of musicians and they concoct creative costumery and stage tricks. And they have a great new album!

The Gerry Williams Band
is an integration of funk, soul, and rhythm music with styles that blend strange brews of synths, beats and blues inflections. Their sound is original with a unique style of theatrics, improvisation and orchestration.

Rayzilla's Dreamboats
One of Tampa Bay's most creative ensembles, Rayzilla backed by Patrick Bettison (muti-instrumentalist who plays the chromic harmonica like Stevie Wonder, sings , plays bass and guitar and keys); saxophonist Jeremy Powell and Joe Bencomo. This band is highly entertaining and kicks ass.

The Garbage Men:
A band of 5 teenagers from Sarasota, FL who make their own instruments from garbage and recycled materials in order to help educate the community about recycling, reuse, and community service.They play all the classics! They play donate 100% of our money the band makes from the sale of CD's to Heifer International Charity.

Morgan Bernard
15 year old Morgan Bernard's stage show is an eclectic blend of straight ahead rock, hook-laden pop rock originals with some fun rockabilly thrown in for good measure. You can hear her diverse influences from Lady Gaga and AC/DC to Brian Setzer and Elvis in every song she sings. Morgan and her band also cover a number of classic rock songs, including an amazing version of Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” which she has totally made her own. The highlight of her show is an infectious original song, co-written with Nashville songwriter Jesi Kettering, called “Shame” which is an anti-bullying anthem.

Listening Room Showcase Saturday 1-4:30pm at The Soggy Bottom Pavillion

Six fabulous singer-songwriters, fantastic artists who are in the area for the Listening Room Festival of house concerts will showcase at Rockin' The Ranch's second stage..

Fran Snyder is the "house concert guru" dedicated to the proliferation of intimate listening rooms inside home. His personality, charm and talent have made him a leader in the listening room movement.
Paul Sprawl combines percussive guitar techniques with bottleneck, tapping, harmonica. Along with his amazing guitar work, he sings in a baritone voice songs that tell stories of the politics, love and romance, and the downtrodden.
Roy Schneider is a joyful player of most things stringed; Blues Matters! magazine describes his music as "a beguiling and tasty stew of blues, country, folk and Americana.
Heather Pierson began her music career in Maine playing in various rock, folk and world music bands. She now has seven albums of diverse solo material with her most recent albums exploring universal themes of love, loss, hope and perseverance.
Jon Carroll Since his early days of notoriety with the Starland Vocal Band (just 19 when he won his first Grammy), he he has wowed audiences leading Mary Chapin Carpenter's band and playing with Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks and many others. His solo material ranges from the rollicking to poignantly reckoning.
Natalie Gelman Raised in New York City's West Village, Natalie started busking in the subways when she was 16. She learned how to captivate tourists and straphangers alike and she still returns to play there even though she is also performs and House of Blues, Webster Hall and festival. Compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie's music is contemporary and timeless.

SUNDAY lineup for the time schedule, see the Sunday Rockin' The Ranch event page

Damon Fowler Group
With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. Local, state and national audiences are flocking to Damon's sizzling stage shows. Described as having a 'take-no-prisoners' attitude, his trio generates powerful energy and presents a dynamic and dramatic delivery. Fans in the audience get swept up in the moment, and there's no doubt the guys on stage are having a ball performing.

Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock returns for a second set, completely different material from the set on Saturday.

Mercy Brothers
Sunday morning honky tonk Gospel! The Mercy Brothers blend the spiritual fervor of an old-time tent revival with the rambunctious feel of a rural roadhouse — combining the best elements of celestial and honky-tonk heaven. This unique holy hubbub hybrid, and a reputation for electrifying live shows that inspire impassioned sing-alongs, has won the band a loyal — dare we say devout — following. The Mercy Brothers are one of South Louisiana’s most exciting and original new bands. They are fixing to preach and testify from coast to coast and this is their first time in Florida.

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Tickets: All three days, $70 at the gate
Friday only, $30 gate
Saturday only, $40 gate
Sunday only $25 gate.
Ticket price includes primitive camping. Camping with water & electric hook-up, $25/night ~ Pay at the gate.


$60.00 advance $70.00 at the door

Get tickets:

Sertoma Youth Ranch

85 Myers Road
Brooksville , FL 34602 [map]
Phone: (863) 984-8445
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