Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Magnolia Fest is Almost Here!

Lyle Lovett
Hard to believe, this time next month we will be gathering in the woods for Magnolia Fest, Oct. 16-19.

This is the 18th year for this outstanding Americana festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl. and the lineup includes Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls, Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou,” Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Donna the Buffalo, The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, The Duhks, Rodney Crowell, Anders Osborne, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Tornado Rider, New Orleans Suspects, Willie Sugarcapps, American Aquarium, The Lee Boys, and a festgrrl fave -- the A-Mazing acrobatic, stilt-walking, booty-shaking March Fourth Marching Band all the way from Portland, Oregon.

March Fourth Marching Band
This is a great time, all around. Magnolia Fest manages to be both laid-back and world-class at the same time, a magic combination. Campfire picking goes all night, it's family-friendly, it brings some of  the finest string players in the world together, and you can easily camp by your car in shaded sites. RV hookups are available too, and cabins (if they aren't sold out. Call Spirit of the Suwannee to check.)

Every Magnolia Fest, the talented bluegrass musicians from Wisconsin's  Sloppy Joe band turn their Slopryland camp by the cypress lake into an after-hours picking wonderland and they make the best ever jack-o-lanterns.

Tickets are $185 advanced, $200 at the gate, and include primitive camping. Single-day tickets are also available if you want to come hear the music but not camp.

And don't forget to go to the park's beautiful river beach  to say hi to the Suwannee, y'all:

Here's the complete Magnolia Fest lineup (The schedule is here:)

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group

Jason Isbell

The Indigo Girls

Dr. John & The Night Trippers

Bela Fleck/ Abigail Washburn

Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien

Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little

Donna the Buffalo x2

The Wailers

North Mississippi Allstars

The Duhks

Rodney Crowell

Anders Osborne

Tornado Rider

New Orleans Suspects

Rushadicus The Cello Goblin

Jim Lauderdale

Nikki Talley Trio

Tim Reynolds & TR3

Willie Sugarcapps

American Aquarium

Marchfourth Marching Band

The Lee Boys

Big Cosmo

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sloppy Joe

Grandpa’s Cough Medicine x2


Canary in the Coalmine

The Steppin Stones

Flagship Romance

The Vegabonds

Parker Urban Band


Bryce Alastair Band

Chelsea Saddler


Tyler Denning Band

Rusty Shine

Friday, September 12, 2014

Boogie Wonderland: Earth Wind and Fire Touring South in October

Dance-a-liscious R &B powerhouse Earth, Wind and Fire, which has been performing in one incarnation or another for 43 years, is playing nine Southern shows next month, six in Florida.

The band was founded by the great Maurice White, who has Parkinson's disease, and can't tour now for health reasons. White, bandleader, songwriter, percussionist, producer, and singer, was nominated for 21 Grammy Awards and won 7 over the course of his career.

Three Earth Wind and Fire originals -- singer Philip Bailey, bass player Verdine White and singer Ralph Johnson -- still tour with the current 12-person ensemble that plays irresistible groove hits like "September," "Shining Star, " Boogie Wonderland," and festgrrl personal fave (that horn line intro!) "Got To Get You Into My Life." The band has racked up 26 Gold and Platinum albums.

Catch 'em while you can, the reviews of shows this year have been stellar. Here are the Southern tour dates:

Oct. 4- Robinsonville, Mississippi
Oct. 5- Mobile, Alabama
Oct. 9 -Raleigh, North Carolina.

And the Florida shows:

Oct. 11- St. Augustine
Oct. 12 - Fort Myers
Oct. 15- Hollywood
Oct. 16- Clearwater
Oct. 18- Melbourne
Oct. 19- Orlando

These cats have been bringing it for 43 years:

Bassist Verdine Whilte
Singer Philip Bailey

Singer Ralph Johnson
And just 'cause it's so damn awesome, here's one from Back In the Day:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Widespread Panic Dips South This Fall

Tickets for a fall tour by jam rockers Widespread Panic are still to be had, friends!

The tour has only one date  in Florida -- Oct. 5 at the St Augustine Ampitheater. It's not sold out yet.

Here are the other Widespread Panic dates for your planning purposes:

Oct. 8- Montgomery, Alabama
Oct. 10 - Huntsville, Ala.
Oct. 11 -- Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct. 12-- Biloxi, Miss
Sept. 3 - Charleston, S.C.
Sept. 4 - Charleston, S.C.

And then the boys will play at the all-star Lockn Festival, which happens Sept. 4-7 in Arrington, Virginia. Widespread plays Lockn on the 6th & 7th

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Slightly Stoopid headlining upcoming Blackwater Music Festival

Slightly Stoopid

The reggae-fueled Blackwater Music Festival  is happening Aug. 21-23 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl., with Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, Steel Pulse, The Resolvers, Zoogma, Lucky Costello and more on the 3-day bill. Check out the schedule here. 

Yeah, it's hot out, but remember Spirit of the Suwannee has a gorgeous river beach, and the fest will bring in some water park features to keep everybody chill.

Stephen Marley
Advance weekend tickets  are $140, and you can buy single day tickets for $65. ($30 for Thursday night)

The Resolvers 
In warm weather festies like this, festgrrl likes to have a "summer fire" -- which is a baby pool -- at the campsite. Throw a couple bags of ice in there and it's all good. And remember, the Suwannee looks dark, but it's spring-fed and sand-bottomed. Just lovely.

Beautiful Suwannee beach

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zach Deputy Headlines Dunes and Tunes Fest in Fla This Month

Zach Deputy

Traveling one-man band Zach Deputy brings his "island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul" to headline the beachside one-day Dunes & Tunes Arts & Music Festival  Aug. 16 in Fernandina Beach, just north of Jacksonville.

This is a family-friendly event (kids under 12 are free) and tickets are $20.  You can get details at the Dunes and Tunes Facebook page, and here's a little preview write-up from the organizers: 

The Dunes and Tunes event will kick off at 12:00pm at Main Beach with the Sand Sculpting Competition. This sand sculpting event is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Prices are $10 for 12 and under, $15 for 13 and up and $30 for any teams. Participants then have 3 hours to create their best sand sculpture. Participants will also be eligible to attend the music concerts for $10.

At 3:00pm the Music and Arts Festival will open. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the gate for $25 (12 and under free). Inside the festival, there will be showcases from some of the area’s best artists in all mediums. There will be live paintings going on during all the music performances and other booths with completed sculptures, photos, paintings and more!! 
Sand sculpting

The music will feature Parker Urban Band, a popular funk band from Jacksonville. Following them on stage will be BIG Something, one of the fastest rising acts out of North Carolina. BIG Something brings a party filled with everything jam fans love – an expertly-played, eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, reggae and more! 

After them, S.P.O.R.E will take the stage. S.P.O.R.E. is a high energy 5 piece Livetronica Jam Band out of Jacksonville that creates and fuzes a unique medley of Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, and Dancy Electronic jams! 

Then closing the show we have Zach Deputy. Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA and best known for his live looping shows. A crowd favorite, he always sends fans home with a smile on their faces.

In addition to the arts and music, the festival will feature a line of food trucks, an interactive kids zone, the giant water slide, the Northeast Florida Cornhole Championships, a rock-paper-scissors battle royal, vendors and much more!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Watch Robert Hunter Play Friend of The Devil

73-year-old Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter played  Friend of the Devil at last weekend's Newport Folk Festival:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jerry Day!

The late Jerry Garcia

Deadheads Report!

Musicians will celebrate The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia at Jerry Day in Atlanta this Sunday, July 27.

The one-day event is $25 and happens at Atlanta's Terminal West venue.

The lineup includes 

David Gans With Ted Norton, Romin Dawson, And Rick Welsh, Deep Blue Sun, Escape Vehicle, Electric Codpiece, Gr8fulDude & Frenz, Swami Gone Bananas, High Mountain Ramblers, The Charlie Fog Band, Maynard Hicks & Co., Wildman Steve

Here's the link to get your tickets