Live Performances - 2014

Raiford Starke

10:30-11:30 AM
Raiford Starke
Singer & Songwriter

"Never know what to expect from Raiford Starke, but rest assured that it won’t be fluffy stuff. Whether the singer-guitarist is blasting electric blues with a full band or sittin’ on a stool with his acoustic on his knee, Starke’s Southern swamp-boogie always confirms a raw but considerable talent. The bearded, wisecracking, down-home Virginia/Texas transplant recently opened shows for Junior Brown and handily bested him at his own country-rock game. The last of the South Florida singing cowboys? Take a good look, for we aren’t likely to see his kind again." - New Times



11:30-12:30 PM
Paul Buster
Singer & Storyteller

A member of the Seminole Tribe, Paul “Cowbone” Buster will provide storytelling and singing Seminole style.


J. Robert & son Martin Houghtaling

12:30-1:30 PM
J. Robert Houghtaling
Composer, Songwriter & Producer

Marco Island, Florida, original songwriter and entertainer, J.Robert presents his signature sounds of South West Florida. Songs of paradise...sun, sand, and sea…as well as songs about the backwaters of time…JRobert is multi-generation Floridian entertains with fiddle, guitar, and celebrates land preservation and world humanity efforts with song and story.

Fun music for fun people!



1:30-2:30 PM
Gator Nate
Singer & Songwriter

Gator Nate is one of the originators of the "Swamp-a-billy" sound...A south Florida based band of hellraisin', story-tellin, life-livin', rockin-rollin' and knuckle-draggin fools. Nate can often be seen playing with the Gladezmen.



2:30-3:30 PM
Boom Slang Swamp Singer

Boom Slang Swamp Singer is a one man show featuring Murray Palmetto, star and producer of what he describes as his “Swamp Opera,” which consists of a mixture of swamp music and stories. Whenever Boomslang appears he specializes in “acoustic roadhouse country music about bars in the Everglades.


PLEASE NOTE: There is limited seating and shade available at the Swamp Heritage Festival, so please feel free to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and plenty of sunscreen and a hat to wear for protection from the sun.

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The Big Cypress Birthday Bash and the 2014 Swamp Heritage Festival are made possible through the support of our partners and sponsors.

This festival provides a venue for individuals and groups with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp an opportunity to share stories of the past and hopes for the future related to this special place. The views and opinions of participants are not necessarily those of the National Park Service.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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