SPRING LAKE ó The 14th annual Stringbreak Festival kicks off April 5 and continues through April 8 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake on the Hernando/Pasco border. The four-day event features more than 20 national touring bands on multiple stages performing alternative country, Americana, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, roots rock and more.
"This festival has itís own flavor," said event founder Mitch Lind. "It is a high energy show, an eclectic genre from blues to zydeco."
Headlining on April 7 will be Grammy Award-winning zydeco band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. The entertainer also will host a limbo competition, Lind said.
The festival will feature music jams and workshops, craft and food vendors, and an full program of youth activities throughout the weekend to include hayrides, contests and entertainers.
The musical lineup will include Fireside Collective (Thursday and Friday), Seth Walker (Friday), Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers (Saturday), the Cordovas (Saturday), Randy McAllister (Saturday), Lonely Heartstring Band (Saturday), The 502s (Friday and Saturday), 8 Ball Aitken (Saturday and Sunday), Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets (Friday), Swan City Swingtet (Thursday), Coppertones (Saturday), Robbin the Bank (Friday), Wiley, PJ and the Maz (Saturday), the Hummingbirds (Thursday), the Woodwork (Saturday and Sunday), Mitch and the Lagerheads (Friday), Hymn 4 Her (Sunday), Wild Shiners (Saturday), Nikki Talley (Friday) and Mustang Sally ĎN the Hamjos (Saturday and Sunday). Other groups will be added into the mix.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy a day of music, or stay and camp throughout the weekend (no coolers). A percentage of the income goes to the improvements and maintenance of the Sertoma Youth Ranch, which may be the festivalís greatest attraction.
"Sertoma has a beautiful campground under the oak trees," Lind said.