Category: 2016 Festivals

Suwannee Roots Revival 2016 with Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers & More

Suwannee Roots Revival 2016

From Suwannee Roots Revival

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has announced the final lineup of artists for the inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival taking place October 13-16, 2016 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. Joining the lineup are The Honeycutters, Shook Twins, Arvid Smith, The Fried Turkeys, The Dunehoppers, Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band, comedian and magician Jeff Bradley, Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus and Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp.

These artists and others join Leftover Salmon (Fri/Sat), The Wood Brothers (Fri), Sam Bush (Sat), Donna The Buffalo (Sat/Sun), Peter Rowan (Sat/Sun) and many more talented and amazing artists near and dear to the Spirit of the Suwannee family.

This old school, family friendly event includes camping, disc golf, and campground pickin’ stages at Slopryland hosted by Sloppy Joe and at Bill Monroe Shrine hosted by Quartermoon. There will be performance workshops by artists Peter Rowan, Verlon Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier and others! There will also be hands on workshops with instruction provided by festival artists and daily yoga with Rhonda Bell.


Suwannee Roots Revival 2016 Lineup:
Leftover Salmon
Sam Bush
The Wood Brothers
Donna The Buffalo
Peter Rowan Band
Blueground Undergrass
Jim Lauderdale
Verlon Thompson
The HillBenders “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”
Col Bruce & Madrid Express
Town Mountain
The Mike + Ruthy Band
Jon Stickley Trio
The Honeycutters
Shook Twins
Sauce Boss
Dread Clampitt
Nikki Talley
Grass Is Dead
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins
Walter Parks & Lee Hunter
SYZYGY
Quartermoon
Sloppy Joe
The Applebutter Express
The New 76ers
Acoustic Messengers
Belle & the Band
Big Cosmo
Habanero Honeys
The Fried Turkeys
Arvid Smith
Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band
The Dunehoppers
Jeff Bradley
Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus
Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp


A special Permaculture Action Day of gardening and workshops will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Festival attendees, who sign up in advance, will come together for hands-on projects in permaculture, rainwater harvesting, and assembling recycling stations.

The Dance Tent Stage will be located in the meadow providing a shaded space designed for movement. There will be a dance floor with Contra and Square Dances led by The Dunehoppers with instruction at the beginning of each set. Many of your favorite bands will be performing there including Donna the Buffalo, Blueground Undergrass, and The Mike + Ruthy Band.

The Kids Tent will be the place to be for the young and young at heart as Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus host a variety of musical and fun activities. There will also be a kids stage for performances featuring special presentations by Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp.

Suwannee Roots Revival is also excited to unveil beautiful poster art for 2016 by Marci Davis, longstanding friend of the Suwannee music scene. Stay tuned for an additional art poster by Bean Spence. Signed posters will be available for sale at Festival Merch.

Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf and biking. The Park also offers guest comforts including a general store, full-service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms, and water stations. Upgraded camping is currently on sale and reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364-1683.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events. Please visit the Park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com for further information.

Currently, Advance Tickets are on sale now for $155 for a 4-day Weekend Pass (all taxes, fees and primitive camping included). This price is good until September 20th.

Websites & Links: SuwanneeRootsRevival.com | Facebook


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Night Lights Music Festival 2016 with Beats Antique, Jimkata, Eric Krasno Band & More

Night Lights 2016

From Night Lights Music Festival 2016

“Night Lights Music Festival is designed to stimulate the eyes, ears, heart and soul through MUSIC, LIGHTS and NATURE.

THE MUSIC at Night Lights is all about showcasing local and national talent on the same stage. The festival has seen some of the most unique collaborations and special sets these artists have performed, opening minds and creating new fans year after year.

THE LIGHTS at Night Lights transforms the trail in the woods into a work of art that can be felt as much as it can be seen, and when combined with the festival atmosphere, becomes a special experience unique to our festival. THE NATURE part of Night Lights is made possible by the incredible grounds at The Heron. Whether it be spending time with friends at the campsites or walking the trails to get from one set to another, our setting adds to the overall experience at Night Lights.

After all, who wouldn’t be happier after spending a weekend camping with friends?”

Night Lights 2016 Lineup: Beats Antique, London Souls, Jimkata, Tropadelic, Broccoli Samurai, Moon Hooch, Eric Krasno Band, and More.

Website & Links: NightLights.com | Facebook | Twitter


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Lockn’ 2016 Daily Lineups Featuring My Morning Jacket, Phish, Ween & More

Lockn' 2016

From Lockn’ 2016

“The fourth annual LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia will take place Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28. Located in Central Virginia, amidst the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Arrington is halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg and close to Washington, DC and Richmond.”

Lockn’ 2016 Lineup: Ween, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Joe Russo, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic, Twiddle, Moon Taxi, The Wailers, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Robinson, Keller Williams, Donna the Buffalo, EOTO, Lettuce, Charles Bradley, and More.

Websites & Links: LocknFestival.com | Facebook | Twitter

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Suwannee Hulaween 2016 Presents String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee & More

Suwannee Hulaween 2016

From Suwannee Hulaween 2016

“Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions have announced the first round of artists for the fourth annual Suwannee Hulaween, hosted by one of America’s most independently successful and diverse jam bands, The String Cheese Incident, over the Halloween weekend, October 28 – 30, 2016 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.” Read More

Hulaween 2016 Lineup: Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet), Disclosure (DJ set), Future Rock, Gramatik, Greensky Bluegrass, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lettuce, Manic Focus, My Morning Jacket, Rebelution, Snarky Puppy, String Cheese Incident (3 Nights), STS9, The Motet, The Revivalists, Umphrey’s McGee & More


Websites & Links: SuwanneeHulaween.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


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Dominican Holidaze 2016 with Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, STS9 & More

Dominican Holidaze 2016

From Dominican Holidaze 2016

“Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, and STS9: Each Performing 2 FULL, 2 SET SHOWS plus an additional sunset show. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus, Lettuce, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), and The Floozies: Each performing 1 SHOW on the beach. Daily Poolside and late night sets (Artists to be announced soon).

Dominican Holidaze 2016 is taking over neighboring resorts in Punta Cana. We’ll be returning to our home at Breathless, and expanding to it’s brand new next door neighbor, Now Onyx. Guests will be able to roam freely between the resorts, maintaining that intimacy and community that makes Holidaze so special!

Pre-sale:
All guests who have attended a previous Holidaze event will be eligible for an exclusive Pre-sale on May 19th. Find more details about the Pre-sale here.

General On-Sale: Any remaining rooms after the Pre-sale will go on sale to the general public on May 20th at 12pm EDT.”

Websites & Links: DominicanHolidaze.com | Facebook | Twitter @DRHolidaze


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ROMP 2016 with Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury Band & More

ROMP 2016

The International Bluegrass Music Museum presents ROMP Fest 2016. The festival will be held June 22nd-25th in Owensboro, KY. Tickets are on sale now.

ROMP 2016 Lineup: Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Town Mountain, and many more.

Websites & Links: RompFest.com | Facebook


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Northwest String Summit 2016 with Yonder Mountain, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth & More

Northwest String Summit 2016

The 15th Annual Northwest String Summit 2016 returns to Horning’s Hideout July 14th-17th. Tickets are on sale now!

2016 Lineup: Yonder Mountain String Band (3 Nights), Fruition (2x), Greensky Bluegrass (2x), Keller Williams Grateful Gospel with Stu Allen, Larry Keel, Leftover Salmon (2x), Railroad Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers , The Infamous Stringdusters (2x), and Many More.

Websites & Links: StringSummit.com | Facebook


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Desert Trip 2016 Announce Inaugural Dates and Lineup

Desert Trip 2016


Websites & Links: DesertTrip.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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Video: Envision Festival 2016 Recap

From Envision Festival 2016

Photos by Eric Allen and video by Ari Fararooy
“Glistening beaches, resplendent jungles, and the “pura vida” mantra served as the backdrop for the sixth annual, sold-out Envision Festival as 4,700 international attendees descended upon Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica this past February 25 – 28, 2016. Uniquely distinguished from any other festival on the planet, Envisionaries united to partake in the festival’s Utopian permaculture community, which inspires self-expression and conscious living through its regenerative infrastructure. World-class curation of music, art, live performance abound as yoga/movement classes and innovative workshops maintain an inclusive harmony within the sold-out event.

Hailed as one of the most fascinating festival experiences this planet has to offer, Envision exploded to life as nature collided with art in the form of incredible stages, driftwood sculptures, bamboo jungle gyms, and scores of smiling faces lounging in hammocks and tree pods. Sun-kissed days filled with mind-expanding workshops, philosophical discussions, yoga classes, short walks to the ocean, or a drive to a local waterfall transformed into celebratory tropical nights with an intoxicating musical lineup performing on one of four dazzling stages – Luna, Sol, Lapa, and The Village Stage.

2016 welcomed expansions to the festival including Casa de Yoga, a new zone that included two permanently installed bamboo yoga temples, the Gaia fresh juice bar, the Kula Lounge offering cacao ceremonies, and a substance-free campground. Internationally known movement and yoga teachers included author and founder of 109world.com Rachel Brathen, founder of the Goddess Yoga Project Sianna Sherman, celebrated 5Rhythms facilitator Amber Ryan, pioneer of the One Yoga movement in Trinidad and Tobago Troy Hadeed, co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga Ashleigh Sergeant, and Mexico City’s Classic Hatha Yoga master Marcos Jassan. Kids activities were enjoyed in the Family Dream Oasis to entertain and educate Envision’s adventurous families. Envision also offered both pre and post festival educational retreats, under its new division ‘Envision Education’, which showcased everything from tours of Costa Rica to permaculture immersion, an herbal clinic intensive, and a post event yoga/detox/surfing Reboot Camp — more of these boutique-Envision experiences to come in 2017.

Festival expansions also included an upgraded medical tent employing both Western and Eastern medical practices with a free herbal clinic offering herbal remedies and tonics alongside conventional treatments. For those wanting an upgrade to their camping experience, the La Sombra VIP Camping zone offered decked out tree house suites and canvas-wrapped bungalows in addition to 24hr concierge service, a salon boutique, and private bathrooms/showers. The newly erected Templo de la Tierra offered sacred fire ceremonies at sunrise and sunset or a quiet area to sit in meditation within the temple dome.

A pioneer in green festival design, Envision set forth environmentally sound initiatives throughout all aspects of the festival. Most Envision structure were built from bamboo and other locally-sourced materials (not a single metal framed vinyl tent could be found). A long-term lease on the property has allowed the festival to plant fresh banana, papaya, and other local ornamental flora to line pathways and provide natural fencing, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Throughout the festival, all “single-use” cups and tableware were banned and replaced with reusable items and a festival-wide dish washing program, drastically reducing the amount of waste at the festival. Additionally, all generators were powered by bio-diesel, a virtually unprecedented practice in Costa Rica.

Bass-heavy artists such as Shpongle, The Human Experience, Dimond Saints, Spoonbill, and CloZee, performed on an imported Funktion1 soundsystem on the impressive Luna Stage.Designed by visionary artist Carey Thompson, Luna bellowed in the form of a towering mariposa (butterfly), incorporating 3D projection mapping by the famed Mexico City artist, Golem. Performances were viewable across the expansive field, where attendees could climb a massive, multi-level bamboo jungle gym or witness visionary live paintings by global muralists Ernest Doty, Hazul, Mario Belem,and Anderson Deberardi on the walkways leading to the Envision Art Gallery. Alongside the howler monkeys in the treetops, day-chasers welcomed the sun as they danced to Random Rab during his fabled, ethereal sunrise set.

The equally impressive Sol Stage featured complex psychedelic 3D mapping projected onto its sun centerpiece by Zebbler Studios. Sol hosted live music from California’s experimental, world-fusion band Beats Antique (Live), Saint Croix reggae legends Akae Beka (formerly Midnite), Costa Rica’s 80s synth-pop band Patterns (noted as a top band to see at SXSW 2016), Colorado-based folk musicians Elephant Revival, and Costa Rica’s stand out electro-fusion rock band (and surprise festival favorite) Santos y Zurdo offering one of the most unique sets of the weekend complete with electric sitar.House and techno music came alive on the more intimate Lapa stage, where legends such as Desert Hearts’ Lee Reynolds, tribal house leaders Bedouin, Berlin-based DJ and production duo, M.A.N.D.Y., progressive trance dub DJ Grouch, and Los Angeles-based deep house selector Tara Brooks, drew dancing revelers into its feathered domain.

In the heart of the festival grounds stood The Village, a bustling caravan of educational workshops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and the fresh produce Vida Market complete with the live music Village Stage, Tea House Lounge,and a women’s only Red Tent pavilion. The Village Stage hosted insightful and speakers such as nutritional expert David Wolfe, astrologer Kaypacha, City Repair Project’s Executive Director Marc Tobin, and sustainable living educator and Envision Co-Founder Stephen Brooks, plus live musical performances by Vir, Camilo, and Incus. The Witches Healing Sanctuary provided a unique communal healing and ceremony space for herbalists, body workers and educators to share therapeutic practices. Craft vendors boasted unconventional souvenirs with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, art, and clothing from across the Americas. Food vendors offered a selection of mouthwatering world cuisine and local dishes made from unprocessed, fresh food sourced from local farms.

Having successfully set itself apart from other music-driven festivals through its emphasis on soul empowerment and holistic living, Envision seeks to fulfill an inherent human desire to connect with like-minded individuals and feed the innate human need to be and live interconnected with nature. Don’t miss out on the chance to cross Envision Festival – Costa Rica off your bucket list. Tickets for the 2017 gathering taking place from Feb 23-26 are already on sale and are destined to sell out! Visit the Envision website to grab your Envision 2017 ticket and start planning the trip of a lifetime to experience the wonder of Envision on the tropical pacific coasts of Costa Rica.”

Websites & Links: EnvisionFestival.com | Facebook | Twitter


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Video ~ Arise 2016 Announce Ziggy Marley, Jurassic 5, Hard Working Americans & More

From Arise 2016

“Featuring over 200 scheduled performances across 7 stages, ARISE highlights a diverse musical lineup that spans hip-hop, reggae, bluegrass, electronic, rock, jam and improvisational acts from around the country. With three more headliners to be announced in May — plus Yoga Zone, Workshops, Children’s Village and more — the 2016 ARISE Festival will be the very best yet!

3 Day GA Super Early Bird Tickets are available now at only $149.00. Walk-in camping included. This tier will sell out soon!”

Arise 2016

Websites & Links: AriseFestival.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest


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Magnolia Fest 2016 Announce Relocation

Magnolia FestMagfest Family and Friends,

After much thought and consideration, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that we will not be producing Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in 2016. Instead we will host a Magnolia Fest 20th Anniversary Celebration in St Augustine at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. It will be a one day event on Saturday, October 15 with a pre-party on Friday, October 14. St Augustine is a beautiful city with wonderful beaches, there are a lot of hotels and also camping right next to the venue, with easy access to the Jacksonville Airport. Details will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Band of Heathens!

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Rising costs for talent, production and the inability to negotiate a deal with the Spirit of Suwannee make it impossible to do this event in Live Oak without a substantial increase in ticket prices or a reduction in the quality of the show.

Magnolia Fest has been a magical experience for years and a place for family and friends to come together every fall to enjoy some of the best music in the country. Always cherish those memories.

If you have already purchased camping from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, you may get refunds by calling
(386)364-1683

-Magnolia Fest

Websites & Links: MagnoliaFest.com | MusicLivesHere.com

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Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 with The Floozies, Papadosio, Melvin Seals & More

Purple Hatter's Ball 2016

The Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 is a Celebration of life for Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. The festival will return to Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL – June 17th thru 19th, 2016. The 2016 Lineup includes: Dubconscious, Earphunk, Melvin Seals & JGB, Papadosio, The Floozies, The Malah, The Mantras, The Polish Ambassador, and More.

Websites & Links: PurpleHattersBall.com | Facebook


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The Werk Out 2016 with The Werks, STS9, Lettuce & More

The Werk Out 2016

The Werk Out Festival 2016 returns to Legend Valley in Ohio. Dates have been announced for August 4th-6th, 2016 and tickets are available now.

The Werk Out 2016 Lineup: The Werks (Three Nights), STS9 (Two Sets), Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Dopapod (Two Nights), Twiddle (Two Nights), The Motet, Twerkapod: A Tribute to the 90’s (featuring members of The Werks, Dopapod, & Twiddle), Zoogma, Kung Fu, The Mantras, Broccoli Samurai, Everyone Orchestra and More.

Websites & Links: TheWerkOutFestival.com | Facebook | LegendValley.net


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