Ancient singers had no microphones, which meant audiences were quieter, and bringing a pet howler monkey to a performance was twice as irritating. Hoot and holler all you want with today’s Groupon to the Ormond Beach RiverFest. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get admission for two adults on either day of the festival (up to a $14 value) and two soft drinks (up to a $4 value; up to an $18 total value).
- For $25, you get a two-day VIP pass, which includes private seating and personal beverage service (up to a $50 value).<p>
Ormond Beach RiverFest brings together more than 25 musical groups, which converge on riverfront park Rockefeller Gardens to play a jam-packed schedule of folk, reggae, Celtic, and other aurally pleasing styles of music. Headliners Claire Lynch and Chuck Pyle—the singer-songwriter who penned country tunes “Cadillac Cowboy” and “Jaded Lover”—will tickle their guitar strings on both Saturday and Sunday. Festival-goers water their ears with music at two stages, harmonizing to the sea chanteys and Celtic melodies of Bill Good and strumming vocal cords during the Americana, bluegrass, and blues blend of the John French Connection. Keep stomach grumblings from upstaging drummers with eats from area businesses such as the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., River Grille, and Gene’s Steak House. Inside the kids’ area, tykes romp in bounce houses and offer their faces up as canvases, upon which staffers paint animals or replicas of Whistler’s Mother while parents stroll the park or lounge beneath the VIP tent.
Although Ormond Beach RiverFest features a discounted rate at certain downtown businesses, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.