Middleground - Acoustic Blues from Florida

Barbara Armbrecht - guitar & vocals
Mark Armbrecht - bass guitar/percussion/vocals
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Available for private parties, corporate
events, festivals and house concerts.
Barbara – (352)672-8254 / BarbArmbrecht@msn.com
Mark – (352)672-8255 / TallWoodForge@msn.com




The duo MIDDLEGROUND consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht and is the product of over 40 years of collaboration between these two professional musicians. The music has evolved over the years to now include an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites, all of which have been flavored by Barbara's finger picking style, use of open tunings and occasional use of slide and supported by Mark's solid and expressive bass technique.

Prior to moving to Florida and forming MIDDLEGROUND, both Barbara and Mark worked in the studio recording industry, Barbara as a vocalist and Mark as a bassist, and for many years they could be heard on numerous national and local commercials. Mark was also the bassist with the staff band and Barbara appeared as a regular for Jamboree, USA, a weekly live radio broadcast of country music featuring the top country artists of the day and second only to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in status. They also appeared on Jamboree In The Hills, the largest country music festival in the country several times and played to an audience in excess of 100,000 people.

Today, they combine these years of experience to create a mix of music that appeals to listeners both young and not-so-young and their relaxed style creates an intimate feeling with their audience whether it is large or small.

Since it's beginning over five years ago, MIDDLEGROUND has been widely accepted in North Central Florida, appearing at local eateries, festivals and private functions and can be heard regularly at such outstanding local restaurants as The Great Outdoors in High Springs, and at Cafe C in Gainesville  on Sundays for the Brunch. 

MIDDLEGROUND has competed in the North Central Florida Blues Competition and was chosen to represent the North Central Florida area at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January, 2013 in the Duo category.



Music Samples (click to open in your player)

Happy with the One I Got

Ain't Nothing in Ramblin'

Photos & Videos from performance at  The Black Dog Bar and Tables





Available for private parties, corporate
events, festivals and house concerts.
Barbara – (352)672-8254 / BarbArmbrecht@msn.com
Mark – (352)672-8255 / TallWoodForge@msn.com


Friends of Middleground

Downtown Blues Bar & Grille
Gone... But, not forgotten!
714 St John's Ave, Palatka FL 32177
downtownbluesbarandgrille.com (386)325-5454

ArtWalk Gainesville
The Doris
716 North Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601
thedoris.org (352)505-5062

Bo Diddley Community Plaza
111 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Downtown Gainesville Farmers Market

5408 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32605

High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609
highdivegainesville.com  (352) 872-5949

The Black Dog Bar and Tables
360 Dock Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625
 (706) 248-2110

Downtown Festival & Art Show
200 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
gvlculturalaffairs.org (352) 334-2787

St. Johns River Blues Festival
Downtown, Palatka, FL 32178
stjohnsriverbluesfestival.com  (386)325-5454

Great Outdoors Restaurant
65 North Main Street, High Springs, FL 32643
greatoutdoorsdining.com  (386)454-1288

Sandy Hall Gallery and Cafe'
121 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, FL 32347  (850) 672-2007

Union Street Starbucks
Gainesville Downtown ARTWALK

201 SE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

Blues in the Schools
Hosted by North Central Blues Society


Two nights of amazing music, food trucks, and fun!
The second annual Cymplifest is something you won't want to miss!
A free shuttle will run to and from the parking lot behind Burger King on Newberry Road
(1/2 mile away) every 10 minutes.

Warehouse Restaurant 
502 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
warehousedinning.com (352) 240-6432

Jake's Bistro
14960 Main St
Alachua, FL 32615
jakesbistro.biz (888)250-5253

Downtown Gainesville
33rd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show