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Tallahassee Museum hosts 42nd Annual Swamp Stomp festival

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 09:18:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — People from across the Capital City made their way to the Tallahassee Museum for one of the first musical festivals to take place since the start of the pandemic.

Organizers for Tallahassee Museum's 42nd Annual Swamp Stomp could easily have canceled the fan favorite festival due to COVID19. Instead, they decided to push forward with a purpose.

"We feel like people need to start getting out and doing things responsibly. And so, the museum has gone through great pains to have everyone social distance, everyone is wearing masks, we're showing that you can play by the rules and actually come out and have a good time at a public event," said Del Suggs, Music Coordinator for Summer Swamp Stomp.

Among those pains were, cutting back presale tickets by 75 percent, staggering seating within the amphitheater, and escorting guests to their socially distanced seats.

Coordinators also booked about 50 percent fewer artists this year to allow ample time for sanitation between acts. Those who made the bill say it's great to be back on stage.

"A place in your heart as a musician does kind of like ache a little bit when you want to like sing and be vulnerable in front of people again and make people smile, so I'm really excited about this at the Tallahassee Museum. I'm Happy to be here. I'm Happy that everybody's outside, we're able to social distance, and play some music, have some fun," said Singer and Songwriter, Royce Lovett.

Swamp Stomp attendees are equally eager to enjoy the entertainment this year.

"This was the only live venue that's come up with people actually present as an audience and real musicians which is a great feeling after three months of almost total online events and music," said attendees Linda Marie Cossa and Goron Magill.

The Swamp Stomp has been adding it's own soundtrack to Tallahassee summers for 42 years.