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Cannabis, hemp and live music highlight the Emerald Nature Coast and Music Fest

Brooksville — The Emerald Nature Coast Health and Music Fest gets underway April 19 at Florida Classic Park. Cannabis and hemp, and the benefits there-of, are the focus of this two-day event, which will feature live music, vendors and educational seminars.

The idea is to get the word out, said Hayden Fouke, who is funding the festival out-of-pocket. Proceeds will go to cannabis research, said Fouke, an enthusiastic proponent who has experienced the benefits of using cannabis products to offset side-effects of treatments for multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that form in the bone marrow.

"We invited everybody we think of that would have a purpose for coming," said Fouke, adding that with the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida "this was the right time to do it."

Eight bands from throughout Florida will perform over the two days, wrapping it up on Saturday — 4/20 — which has long been considered a national holiday for cannabis consumers.

"We're opening and closing with (Grateful Dead) tribute bands," said Mike Gufford, who put together the two-day line-up.

Russ Bowers Isn't Dead Yet, a tribute band that has performed at music festivals throughout Florida, will open the event Saturday.

Other performers include Holey Miss Moley, Heavy Petty, Grindstone Sinners, Applebutter Express, Spread the Dub and Groove the Orient.

If you go: The Emerald Nature Coast Health and Music Fest will be April 19-20 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. Gates open on Friday at 3 p.m. The festival ends at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $30 to $45, with discounts for early-bird buyers. For tickets and camping fees, go to

Note: An earlier version of the story was incorrect on the name of the band Spread the Dub. The festival wraps up on Saturday. Ticket price are $30 to $45.

Contact Michele Miller at or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.