Review: Rainy skies can't sink the Pinellas Folk Festival
This year's Pinellas Folk Festival, held over the weekend at Largo's Heritage Village, featured an afternoon tribute to Bobby Hicks, a Florida folk musician who died of lung cancer two years ago. The tribute marked a gathering of folk musicians from around the state.
But before the tribute could begin, the skies opened up, and musicians like Frank Thomas scurried from the outside stage into the Lowe Barn. For about 60 minutes, the musicians took turns paying homage to Hicks. About 40 spectators were able to squeeze into the building to listen. That's Jim Carrick, above, performing during the tribute.
Although this year's festival will go down in history as one of the wettest ones, organizers were pleased with the outcome.
"After the tribute, musicians gathered over at the train depot, and there were even people dancing inside," said Shelly Eckert, music coordinator for the festival. "The partygoers definitely didn't want it to end.''
For more on the 2010 Pinellas Folk Festival, click here to read Piper Castillo's recap of the event.
Photo: Brian Blanco.