Gibson Brothers Team Up with Norman Adams for 10 Festivals

Article Contributed by Groove On Music | Published on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The world of bluegrass music has lost more than a double handful of its emblematic festivals in the past year, but with decades of family-friendly events from Florida to Virginia under his belt, one event producer is still going strong. Norman& Adams has produced over 200 events during 43 years as a bluegrass festival promoter, including one stretch where he presented Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, for 25 years in a row—and today, he’s still giving a platform to the top acts in bluegrass on a regular basis, averaging 10 festivals a year. By our count, he is the top employer in Bluegrass.

That’s a track record unequaled by any other promoter, and to Eric and Leigh, the music’s renowned Gibson Brothers, it’s something to be celebrated.  And so, in recognition of Adams’ commitment and the value of Adams Bluegrass, the twice-recognized International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year will appear at every one of Adams’ events over an entire year, starting in November 2017.

As part of the effort, the Brothers will spend multiple days at many of the events, offering not only their signature sounds, but special sets and collaborations, too.  They’ll even suggest a few added family events to help engage new fans and bring an even stronger sense of community to bluegrass, and the festivals that have become family reunions for so many.

Additionally, Rainmaker Music Management is offering the company’s services to help brand, market, and expand the reach of these events, with the goal of keeping them going for another 40 years and more.  Says Rainmaker’s Chris Harris, “Bluegrass music needs Adams Bluegrass's events just as much as Adams Bluegrass events need Bluegrass music.”

“We've worked with Norman for years,” says Leigh Gibson.  “And there's one thing for sure: he knows how to put on a quality festival. You're always going to have good sound, good people, and a fan-friendly event.  We always spend a lot of time in the crowd at his festivals, talking with folks and having a good time. We are honored to have the chance to come alongside of him and help usher in a new generation of fans to keep these festivals going strong for many more years to come.”

When asked about the Gibson Brothers, Norman said, “The Gibson Brothers are super entertainers and Adams Bluegrass, LLC is honored to team up with these guys in promoting bluegrass music”

Here are all of the Adams Bluegrass events starting with the Fall Palatka Festival:

Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival

November 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch

380 Boys Ranch Road

Palatka, FL 32177

48th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

Convention Center--Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

2101 North Oak Street


November 23, 24 & 25, 2017

42nd Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival

 Jekyll Island Convention Center

Jekyll Island, GA 31527

January 4, 5 & 6, 2018

6th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival 

May 3, 4 & 5,  2018

Elijah Clark State Park

2959 McCormick Hwy

Lincolnton, GA 30817

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

​June 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Happy Holiday RV Village

1553 Wolfetown Rd

Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

38th Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival

June 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2018

Summersville Music Park

7441 Webster Road

Summersville, WV 26651​

44th Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

August 16, 17 & 18, 2018

Tom Johnson's Camping Center

1885 US 70 West

Marion, NC 28752


Anderson Bluegrass Festival

​October 25, 26 & 27, 2018

In the Civic Center of Anderson, SC

3027 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

Anderson, SC 29625


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