2nd Annual Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series Presents Six Nights of Superstar Artists in St. Augustine Feb 10-19, 2022
The Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series returns to
Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine, FL
from February 10 – 19, 2023!
To honor the history and historical significance of Fort Mose, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States, the Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series will welcome live performances by:
10-time Grammy Award-winning "Empress of Soul" and 2022 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honoree for lifetime artistic achievement Gladys Knight
Three-time Grammy Award-winning soul, gospel, and R&B national treasure Mavis Staples
Eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader Christian McBride's New Jawn
The "future of blues" Mississippi-born and Grammy Award-winning and current nominee for Blues Music Award, guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Two-time Grammy Award-winning and current nominee for two Blues Music Awards eclectic folk singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens,
The critically-acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated Memphis-based Americana singer, songwriter Valerie June.
History of Fort Mose: Fort Mose is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, an estimated 100 Africans made Fort Mose their home and sanctuary in seeking liberation from English enslavement amidst a large-scale power struggle between European powers in the New World. Pulling from Native American, Spanish and English cultural customs, the founding residents of Fort Mose created a new cultural community. In 1994, Fort Mose was designated as a Historic National Landmark.
Inaugural Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series 2022: The inaugural Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series in February 2022 welcomed 3, 000 people from across the country to Fort Mose State Park and raised $51, 972.42 in support of Fort Mose Historical Society's ongoing efforts of building an on-site fort representation, and development of interpretive resources. The original fort was destroyed during the Battle of Bloody Mose in 1740. In its first year, the series welcomed award-winning artists including Gregory Porter, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and more.
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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