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Mainsail Lodging Announces 2023 Bluegrass Concert Tour featuring Nitrograss

Posted by Kelly Stafford, December 2022

North Carolina’s NITROGRASS Band Bringing Bluegrass, Good Vibes to Four Hotels

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2022) – Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today the 2023 Bluegrass with NITROGRASS concert tour with shows at four of its award-winning hotels in Georgia and Florida. The acoustic bluegrass group from Highlands, North Carolina, will perform free concerts at Hightales Rooftop Bar at Hotel Forty Five in Macon, Georgia (Jan. 15); EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge atop the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida (Jan. 16); and The Front Lawn at Fenway Hotel in Dunedin, Florida (Jan. 17). The final Florida concert will take place at the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater at Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers (Jan. 18), with tickets starting at just $10. Information on tour dates, tickets, special hotel room packages and more can be found at

“From Macon to Fort Myers, we like to treat our hotel guests and neighbors to each community’s vibrant local music scene, whether that’s on a rooftop, waterfront lawn, or riverfront amphitheater,” said Joe Collier, President and Founder of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “I’ve been trying for years to create a stage for bluegrass at Mainsail with my own banjo playing and decided it was time to bring in the big guns with NITROGRASS.”

Consisting of members Charles Wood, Darren Nicholson and Colby Laney, NITROGRASS is known for its carefree yet exciting brand of bluegrass and sonically unique and visually appealing acoustic performances. The percussive banjo of two-time national champion Charles Wood lays the foundation for the band’s unique style. Merging Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Woods’ playing is melodic in its sensibility with pure, driving syncopation. Woods has previously played on The Late Show with David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and at the 2005 New Yorker Festival with actor and accomplished banjo player Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick and Tony Ellis. Darren Nicholson is a bluegrass and Americana musician based in Haywood County, in the mountains of western North Carolina. A Grammy nominee and a recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Nicholson has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC, and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks. A renowned solo artist, session musician, and songwriter, he currently records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range, with numerous collaborative efforts each year.

For more information on the 2023 NITROGRASS tour, including tickets and exclusive room rates, visit For more information on Mainsail Lodging & Development, visit




About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Stay Sojo, Mainsail’s newest brand, provides short-term furnished living options across the country, while Mainsail Vacation Rentals manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and the Caribbean. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing leadership team, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. 

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