The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music
of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling,
and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music.
Its mission is to keep the folk music tradition alive for future generations.
The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival gives back to music programs at area schools
and holds a youth music contest at the festival each year.
Who was Gamble Rogers?
James Gamble Rogers IV was born in 1937, the son and grandson of prominent architects in Florida, but he chose to be a musician instead. He blended music with dialogue and storytelling to captivate any audience he came before.
Gamble inspired many artists, including Jimmy Buffet, to expand their capacity for storytelling and their musical talent will follow. Gamble first gained national attention as a lead singer and guitarist, both acoustic and electric, for the band the Serendipity Singers.
He introduced and verbally set the stage for their songs when they appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Hootenanny, and The Ed Sullivan Show. Gamble soon moved to a solo career where he earned national acclaim, appearing on talk shows across the country, hosting numerous music specials, and continuing to play his whimsical, spellbinding music. At the age of 54, Gamble passed away trying to save a drowning man at Flagler Beach in Florida. He is remembered today through the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation and the Gamble Rogers Folk Fest.
Meet The Team
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lolly Rogers — President
Jim Carrick — Co-Vice President
Lis Williamson — Co-Vice President
Harvey Lopez — Co-Treasurer
Susan Brown — Co-Treasurer
John Dickie — Secretary
Chris Crosby — Assistant Secretary and Grants Coordinator
Don Cooper — Board Member
Pamela Fausset — Board member, Merchandise Coordinator, Education Outreach
Taylor Fausset — Board member
Robert Ganley — Board member
Robert D. Patterson — Board Member, Past President, Founding Member
Steve Lowe — Board Member, Past Vice President
Marianne Lerbs — Board Member
Aslyn Baringer McTaggart — Board Member
John Winters — Board Member
Richard Hilsenbeck — Board Member
Renee Unsworth — Board Member, Marketing & Promotions
Lynne Pouliot — Volunteer Coordinator