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Bryan Jackson Music Festival Will Be At St. Lucie Fairgrounds For A Day Of Music From Local Bands, Food And Fun

Thirty-five local-area bands are set to show off their skills to the masses at the Bryan Jackson Music Festival in Fort Pierce. 

The event, held in memory of local musician Bryan Jackson, is set to take place Saturday, Jan. 9, at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds.

Jackson, a member of Fort Pierce band Ghost Cat, was killed by a wrong-way driver in 2013 at the age of 26. 

The second annual festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., will feature bands from as far south as Fort Lauderdale and up through Orlando on three stages. Groups from Pennsylvania and Germany are also part of the line-up. 

Attendees can expect more than just music at the second annual event, however. There will be a skate ramp, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities.

Organizers are hoping to draw a crowd of nearly 7,000—more than double last year’s turnout when the event was held at a local restaurant.

Attracting new faces may be the plan, but festival organizer Candace Callahan said she’s probably most excited to see what those who attended last year think of the changes and the 13 new bands. After all, music was what Jackson loved most. 

“If you didn’t know Bryan, we wanted you to feel like you knew Bryan by coming to this event,” she said. 

Callahan said she’s been told Jackson was a pretty shy guy who likely would’ve thought advertisements with his face on them were cheesy, but she thinks he would’ve appreciated the effort to expose all the local bands to as many people as possible. 

“From what I’ve gathered … he would’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support and everyone participating in one way or another,” she said.  

Tickets are $10. Kids 12 years old and younger are free. Proceeds will benefit Learn to Read of St. Lucie County, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating adult illiteracy. Jackson’s family and bandmates have worked with the organization since before the accident. 

For a complete lineup and more information, visit the Bryan Jackson Music Festival website

(Photo credit Tom's Fauxtography)

Bryan Jackson Music Festival