Funk, Food & Friends

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With the new Feast of Funk & Soul Food happening right before Thanksgiving at Sprit of Suwannee Music Park, you might be loosening your belts a little earlier this November. Not only is this two day event serving up some of the best funk and soul music, but headlining this fest will be, of course, the food.

The food lineup is headlined by five internationally acclaimed chefs including James Beard Award winner Art Smith, (cookbook author and former private chef for Oprah Winfrey), Harrison Sapp (owner of Southern Soul BBQ, St. Simons Island and Live Oak, FL), Chris “Shaggy” Davis (New Orleans Crawfish Boil King), John Minas (The Edison, Tallahassee) and Samuel Forbes Edwards (Edwards Brothers BBQ). Foodies will be able to purchase tickets that include meals prepared by each of these culinary legends.

Additionally, Feast of Funk & Soul Food will welcome two of Florida’s best breweries to the show – Dunedin Brewery and 81Bay Brewing Co.

Combining funky music, delicious soul food, and these Florida breweries, Feast of Funk and Soul Food will raise money for local charities Love Inc., Hope Notes and Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp. It’s the prefect opportunity to come together with friends and family at an intimate Spirit of the Suwannee event, giving thanks and love the weekend before Thanksgiving.


A Feast of Funk & Soul Food Music Lineup:
Earth Wind & Power (the music of Earth Wind & Fire performed by The Nth Power featuring Jennifer Hartswick, Skerik, Farnell Newton, James Casey, Daniel Sadownick, Brian Thomas)
The Nth Power
Jennifer Hartswick Band
The Roosevelt Collier Band
The Groove Orient
Leisure Chief
Scott Campbell Band

It all started when a much younger Jackie dove into her parents’ record collection, grabbed that trippy Magical Mystery Tour album, and played “Strawberry Fields” over and over again until it was engrained into her soul. She grew up on the dreams and stories of Simon and Garfunkel, “Bleeker Street” being one of her favorites, the seduction of The Doors, Van Morrison, because “Brown Eyed Girl” is definitely her song, and the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix…you get the picture. It may not show on the outside, but Jackie has a hippie heart, and that reflects in her musical tastes today. While some of her favorites may or may not be jam bands, her taste in music feeds into many genres. From alternative, Brit, and indie rock - OK, maybe all rock - to pop, to rap, to electronic, she loves it all. As a northerner, she thought she would never understand country until she found herself on a Georgia farm in cowboy boots watching Luke Bryan shake it for her- yeah, she got that. She is a chronic wanderluster, she doesn't believe in guilty pleasures, enjoys a great Moscow Mule, and is an absolute music festival fanatic- you’ll find her wherever the music takes her.

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