MS Walk & Florida Acoustic Festival ~ April 25 @ Unity Plaza



National MS Walk, Florida Acoustic Festival curated by North Florida Folk Network with a Crafts Arts & Orchid Show

2015walk-logoDate: 04/25/2015
Location: Unity Plaza
220 Riverside Avenue

Registration: 8 a.m.
Walk Begins at 9 a.m.


Walk Contact Information:


Florida Acoustic Festival 10:45am – 3pm



Presented by the North Florida Folk Network


10:45 – 12:00 – Alan Gross
12:15 – 1:30 – Blue Veronica (Lauren Fincham and Michael Pearson)
1:45 – 3 – Old Dawgs New Trixx (Carlton Higginbotham and John Brennan Roche)




Alan Gross is a singer/songwriter whose ideas span genres and generations. An eternal optimist, hopeful romantic and kid in the candy, he faces life’s mirror with lyrics that express a unique appreciation for love, challenges and relationships (not always in that order). A player for more than 40 years, he brings a distinctive style to his six and twelve string, acoustic and electric playing. To Alan, music is at once the ultimate escape and introduction.


Blue Veronica

The core of Blue Veronica is Lauren Fincham and Michael Pearson. Lauren Fincham has been a featured musical artist for independent and Internet radio stations across the US – and abroad. She has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Gamble Rogers, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Caroline Aiken, John & Mary (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs,) and John Mayer. She has also participated in various regional compilations, benefit concerts, studio sessions, and commercial spots, was the Jacksonville Super Bowl performer for Westwood One, a Folk Alliance OASIS featured artist, a Tedx performer, and is also currently a Swamp Radio podcast contributor. Adding additional textures and coloring the sonic landscapes of Lauren’s songs is guitarist extraordinaire, Michael Pearson. Michael has performed with favorites like the Dead fan band, Glass Camels, surrealistic rock band Crawfish of Love, plus Chain of Fools, 86 Love, and the Jacksonville Symphony Lauren’s 3rd CD, Perfect Pain, is an interactive CD, which includes two videos; an elaborate sock puppet video created and filmed by local multi-media artists and musicians, and a second video comprised of various segments of Super 8 footage. Their music can be heard on iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify radio and is available for download at CDBaby and iTunes. They are currently performing live, recording her next collection of songs and looking for that ever-elusive perfect second cup of coffee.


Old Dawgs New Trixx

Old Dawgs New Trixx aka Mr. Charleston & Fiddlin’ John are both lifelong musicians who were brought together for a Celtic gig and decided to put together a duo.  They found out that their musical interests are diverse and cover music that is Authentic, Old Time Celtic, Country Folk Rock, and Americana Jazz (you read that right) among other genres. They have so much fun playing music together that they choose the songs they like and hope folks listening will like it too.  Carlton Higginbotham is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist.  John Brennan Roche plays mandolin, violin and adds vocals.





Unity plaza is a life enriching urban gathering space designed to uplift, educate, entertain, and electrify Jacksonville through 365 days of wellness, performing arts, and community engagement activities.

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