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Matthew Sabatella & the Rambling String Band

Matthew Sabatella connects people with music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. As a singer, instrumentalist, recording artist, performer, speaker, writer, and content curator, he illuminates the connection between music and the story and people of the United States. He writes a blog called American Heritage Music and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and as the leader of the Rambling String Band. More at:

The Kody Norris Show

Complete with colorful rhinestone suits and cowboy hats, The Kody Norris Show gives a bluegrass fan one of the most solid, entertaining and animated performances they will ever experience. Their album When I Get The Money Made was named 2017 "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the National Traditional Country Music Association. The band was nominated for seven awards at the 2018 SPBGMA Convention including Male Vocalist of the Year and best Bluegrass Band Overall. More at

25% off advance tickets purchased online before 5pm November 9.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Uproot Hootenanny
Local favorite folk/bluegrass band, Uproot Hootenanny, stays true to the genre through heavy jam sessions and whiskey dreams. Raucous tracks like ‘Twisted Riff’ and ‘Lucy and Stynes’ go full blown jam with a funky bass line laying down a solid foundation for the fiddle to shine through. Whether it’s just one shot or the entire bottle, Uproot Hootenanny are the perfect accompaniment to a good ole’ fashioned time. More at

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

Special Consensus
The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 19 recordings and has appeared on numerous radio programs and television shows. The Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984. The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver  (Compass Records) won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The tune “Fireball” won the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. More at

Swampfest Bluegrass Festival

November 10, 2018 

South Florida Bluegrass Association presents SwampFest Bluegrass Festival featuring Grammy-nominated band Special Consensus along with traditional Bluegrass band Kody Norris Show, and local favorites Uproot Hootenanny and ​Matthew Sabatella & the Rambling String Band. Other local bands scheduled to perform include Alligator Alley and Pine Island Express. Bring your own acoustic instrument to strum along in the Jam Tent.

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM          Pine Island Express
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM        Alligator Alley
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM        Mathew Sabatella & the Rambling String Band
12:30 PM –  1:50 PM         Uproot Hootenanny
2:00 PM – 3:10 PM            Kody Norris Show
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM            Special Consensus
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM          Bring your acoustic instrument and join us!

Admission is $19.95 ages 12 and up/ $12.95 ages 3-11. Children 2 and under, as well as members of Flamingo Gardens and South Florida Bluegrass Association, enter free. Narrated Tram Tour is included in the price of admission.
​ Chairs are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Tents, coolers, and outside food or beverages are not allowed. Vetrans enter free with ID and immediate family is half price at ticket booth only.


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