Outdoor Jacksonville music festival to honor members of Lynyrd Skynyrd

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A music festival plans to remember and honor the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who lost their lives over four decades ago in a tragic plane crash.

Oct. 20 will mark 45 years since the crash of the band’s charter airplane. Six people died and 20 more were injured in the crash.

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The “Roots of Southern Rock” festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 22 in the grass field at WW Motocross Park, located at 1445 Otis Road. It’s $20 per person and parking is $20 per vehicle.

The event is family-friendly and features a guest appearance by Gene Odom, a survivor of the crash and friend of Ronnie Van Zant, who published the book “Lynyrd Skynyrd: I’ll Never Forget You.”

The bands start performing at 1 p.m. and include:

  • Bobby Sanders
  • Beau Knott & The Burners
  • The Sam Hill Band
  • Preacher Stone
  • Nuthin’ Fancy Tribute Band

Food trucks serving barbecue and snow cones will be there — and hayrides will be offered in between bands!