Franko Fest at Trebeache'
Trebeaché in Blue Mountain Beach is hosting Franko Fest on Thursday, May 19 from 6pm til midnight or until the music runs out. Franko Fest is a community celebration in support of our own beloved artist and musician Franko "Washboard" Jackson as he prepares for medical treatment and recovery. The night will feature many outstanding local musicians on stage, the best of food and cold drinks, a silent auction, and a special Jackson Art Showcase.
Imagine the music at a real hometown throwdown honoring a fellow music man. You’ll see Dread Clampitt, The Steenos, Hubba Hubba, Old Truck Bluegrass, John Hoormann, Duck Phat, Matt Miller, TK Bardwell, John Reinlie and more talented artists on stage. All bring a lifetime devotion to his craft and each of them loves the others like brothers. Look out.
The show will take place upstairs on the events stage. Tickets are available at the door. Franko Fest is a community fundraiser planned by loving friends for everyone to come together, contribute and enjoy.
Franko has been approved for liver transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Although his medical insurance covers much of the treatment, the Clinic requires a certain amount to be available to pay for first year of recovery/treatment expenses not covered by insurance. Friends of Franko from all over are coming together to help meet the goal of raising at least $20,000. As soon as goal is met, Franko's status on the transplant list will be activated. See Franko’s Medical Gofundme account to contribute now.
Up for auction is a washboard piece signed by the musicians from the evening. Also, a Jackson Gallery Showcase of folk art collection will be on display.
Franko Fest will take place at Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach in the upstairs event space from 7pm til midnight. The cash only event is $10 for music only, $25 wristband for music and food, $5 per drink donation.
Washboard Jackson is big part of South Walton's music scene and performs regularly at Stinky's Fish Camp and throughout the Emerald Coast of Florida. You'll find him collaborating with many artists on stage, playing the washboard and singing “Sweet Potato Pie”. Long a member of the legendary Sowal band Hubba Hubba, he has worked with and started a number of bands around here. His music is part rock, part New Orleans and a lot of soul.
Franko is not only a much sought after musician, but is also a folk artist of some note. He began painting about 15 years ago at the urging his wife, Eileen West, and good friend the late Woody Long, a successful South Walton folk artist. His artwork is as rustic, folksy and colorful as his music.
Join the SoWal community at Franko Fest Thursday, May 19 starting at 7pm. It’s going to be a real good time for the best cause ever. Pick up a Franko tshirt and enjoy the show.
There is a gofundme account where contributions are accepted: Franko's Medical Transplant.
Other ways to help:
Come out to Franko Fest May 19
Volunteer to help with Franko Fest
Donate raffle/silent auction items
Please contact Kelli@stinkysfishcamp.com / 850-797-0495.
Trebeaché restaurant and event venue is located at Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach. Read more about Franko Fest and the Stinky’s/Trebeache committee goals of the fundraiser at trebeache.com.
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