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Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival returns to Jekyll Island

  • Lizzy Long and Little Roy Lewis
  • Doyle Lawson
  • Rhonda Vincent
  • The Seldom Scene

Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival returns to Jekyll Island

21 Dec 2016

It’s been going on for years now and there is no end in sight — the 41st annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival is returning to Jekyll Island.

The festival was started by Norman Adams of Adams Bluegrass LLC.

“We thought we needed a place for me to have something in the winter, a bluegrass festival where we could go and enjoy the music and not be out in the cold,” Adams says. “We thought Jekyll Island was a beautiful, beautiful place to have it. We have not been disappointed.”

This year’s festival will be Dec. 29, 30 and 31 with performers such as Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Gibson Brothers, Little Roy and Lizzie, Blue Highway and many, many more.

“We will bring in the New Year at midnight on Saturday with all the bands that have played that day on stage,” Adams says. “All of them are headliners. We have as many as five to eight groups each day.”

Adam’s company produces nine music festivals a year across the country.

“It’s a full-time job,” he says. “I spent 40 years in the insurance business.

“I started doing concerts and festivals because I love the music,” Adams says. “I was raised up listening to the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve always liked the music.”

Some of the performers return time after time because they love the festival. Some audience members also keep coming back.

“They reserve the same seats,” Adams says. “There are families, there are individuals, there are couples, a little bit of all of it.”

There is a fun anomaly involving this year’s festival.

While the current show falls in 2016, next year’s show will happen in 2018. That’s due to the calendar, not because the festival will skip a year.

“It’s scheduled for Jan. 4, 5 and 6 of 2018,” Adams says. “We always have it as close as possible to New Year’s Day.

“It’s a great show,” he says. “It’s clean family fun and no alcoholic beverages.”


What: 41st annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival

When: Dec. 29, 30 and 31

Where: New Jekyll Island Convention Center

Cost: Reserved adult $45 per day, $95 for three days. Reserved child ages 7-15, $25 per day, $50 for three days. General admission adult $40 per day, $90 for three days; children is $20 per day, $45 for three days. Children younger than 7 admitted free with adult.