Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Upcoming Fests for Your Listening Pleasure



The Farm to Family Full Moon Concert, a periodic gathering, happens May 29-31 along the Santa Fe River. This is a sweet little bargain camping festival at Ellie Ray's Camping resort outside of Branford, Fla. Expect some cool vendors, a family vibe and some really great music you've probably never heard of. You can see the lineup - which has links to some artist recordings and videos, here. BYOB and chairs. Advanced tickets are $45, gate is $55. (RV hookups and cabins are available for an extra charge) This little fest is sooooo relaxing and fun, I love it. Nice bathrooms and hot showers available on site. Don't miss the Taylor Martin Band.

Zach Deputy


Groovemaster Zach Deputy hosts a Suwannee Disc Jam happens May 29-31 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. Disc golf tourney in the day, campout, and bands at night. Yes, please!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hangout Festival Hits the Panhandle Beach This Week



Gulf Shores, Alabama
The Hangout festival happens this week in Gulf Shores, Alabama, (just over the Florida state line, west of Pensacola) with a heavy-hitting roster of national touring acts, including My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown band, Beck, Umphrey's McGee and more (for the full lineup, read on.) The fest runs Thursday through Sunday, and you can check out the schedule here.  3-day general admission (including fees) is $280. No single-day tickets are being sold.

This is not a camping festival, so you will need to find a place to stay. There are shuttle buses (for a small fee) to take concert goers to and from the venue.There are also bike racks outside the entrance for those who want to pedal to and fro.

Also, be aware, that, although this takes place on the beach, the organizers block off the water and do not allow concert-goers to swim or boat there. You cannot bring umbrellas, chairs, coolers, or sun shades into the venue.

Grammy winner Beck plays Hangout on Sunday
Here's a look at who is playing Hangout this year:

Jack Ü 
Beck
 •Paramore
 •Krewella
 •ODESZA
GRiZ
 •Iration
 •Zella Day
Halsey
 •Kopecky
 •Grizfolk
 •SNBRN
 •Elle King
 •Goldroom
 •Steelism
 •Firekid
 •Mija
 •Gibbz



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wanee 2015 Hits on All Cylinders



Former Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks rages it! festgrrl photo.
In its first year since the breakup of its founding band, the Allman Brothers, the 2015 Wanee Festival delivered lots of Allman love and showcased its new headliners, Southern jam-rockers Widespread Panic.



Photo by Brian Hensley/MusicFest News

More than 20,000 music fans descended on Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park April 16-18, and it was clear that many have decided to take the week off from work to enjoy Wanee properly. By Tuesday night, most of the primitive camping areas located close to the stages were already taken, and that is highly unusual. Wednesday can get packed out, but Tuesday? This is a testament to the popularity of Georgia's Widespread Panic, who headlined both nights to capacity crowds under night skies on the Meadow Stage.

As far as the weekend’s Allman love: Gregg Allman delivered a fine afternoon performance, filled with Brothers hits, including a funked-up version of the classic ‘Whipping Post.” Former Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes brought his hard-charging Gov't Mule, and they played some originals, some Allman Brothers songs, and covered Van Morrison, Elton John, and even Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” 



Oteil Burbridge playing wit Butch Trucks. festgrrl photo. 
Allman Brothers drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe each held their own notable sets during the weekend; Trucks rocked it (with Oteil Burbridge on bass and his son Vaylor Turcks on guitar) and Jaimoe jazzed it.The nights belonged to Panic, and here are the setlists:


Widspread panic's John Bell. Paul Haftel photo for JamBase.
April 17: Love Tractor-Travelin' Light -Who Do You Belong To? -Little Kin-Christmas Katie-Radio Child-Steven's Cat-Climb to Safety-Blight-Papa's Home-Blackout Blues-Drums-Diner-I'm Not Alone-Smokestack Lightning-Use Me-Tail Dragger-Porch Song. April 18: Makes Sense To Me-Chainsaw City-Weak Brain, Narrow Mind - Wondering-Robs and Whiskey-Stop Breakin'Down Blues-Can't Get High-Sel Sell-Barstools and Dreamers-All Time Low-Arleen-Pilgrims-Airplane-Second Skin-Surprise Valley-Red Hot Mama-Conrad-End of the Show-Big Wooly Mammoth-Mr. Soul.

Thanks to our friends at Panicstream, you can listen to many of the Wanee shows here (THANK YOU TAPERS!!!) 

Melvin Seals and JGB. festgrrl photo.
Wanee’s preparty on Wednesday night was especially sweet this year, paying homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead with performances by excellent South Florida Dead cover band Crazy Fingers as well as Melvin Seals and JGB. The Crazy Fingers set was simply outstanding, one of the best sets of a great weekend, featuring killer versions of Dead classics Eyes of The World and Terrapin Station. Upcoming Jacksonville funksters The ParkerUrban Band impressed, and Tampa jammers Cope charged up the energy, especially with their wonderful homegrown song, Suwannee River Scrubdown.

Crazy Fingers. festgrrl photo.
Georgia guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers showcased his guitar chops with his Trio Thursday, followed by Royal Southern Brotherhood, Raw Oyster Cult (featuring members of the great New Orleans band, The Radiators,) Hot Tuna Electric and Pink Talking Fish. Pink Talking Fish, which specializes in covers of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish, was a crowd-pleasing extravaganza with a fantastic light show, excellent song choice and execution. It was an absolutely incredible day of music, all held on the beautiful ampitheater stage.

Raw Oyster Cult. festgrrl photo.
On Friday, the fest opened up to two stages, and those of us who had rolled in early in the week were flagging a bit. But the new crew of Wanee weekenders who rolled in Friday brought energy to the party. I kicked off my day with a gorgeous afternoon set by Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. 

Roosevelt Collier (left)and Robert Randolph play lap steel. festgrrl photo.
We got our gospel on during an afternoon set on the Meadow Stage by The Word, a collaboration between pedal-steel guitar master Robert Randolph, Luther Dickinson (electric guitar) and Cody Dickinson (drums) from the North Mississippi Allstars, John Medeski on keys and Chris  Chew on bass. Randolph had a cast on his hand, so pedal-steel peer Roosevelt Collier sat in with The Word to (literally) lend Randolph a hand.

Earth Wind & Fire. festgrrl photo.
1970s funk legend Earth Wind and Fire hit the stage during the gorgeous afternoon with a high-energy dance party. I was looking forward to this set immensely, and although I loved hearing many of my favorite hits, my fellow festivarians and I thought that the show suffered from poor song choice. (or did I just not realize how many draggy ‘80s ballads the band produced when I wasn’t paying attention?)

Zappa Plays Zappa, led by the late Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil, turned out faithful renditions of the quirky legend’s tunes to a packed-out ampitheater crowd, ending with a killer Whipping Post-Muffin jamout. They were followed by Colorado bluegrass whoop-assers Leftover Salmon, who sparked a Friday night dance blowout. After Gov't Mule (You can hear their set here) and Widespread Panic wowed at the Meadow Stage, New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk kicked it old school with a 1970s late-night set featuring covers of P-Funk, Rick James, The O’Jay’s, Sly and the Family Stone, the Temptations and even Joe Walsh’s Funk 49. Most excellent!  You can hear that show here.

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville offers a rare smile for the camera. festgrrl photo.
Saturday’s JJ Grey and Mofro show at the Meadow stage showcased our hometown Jacksonville-boy-made-the-big-time and he did not disappoint, with a soulful, spine-tingling show. JJ is a star, people! You can hear it here.

JJ Grey. festgrrl photo.
Nostalgia came in again during the afternoon, with a set by classic rockers Cheap Trick, and a Steely Dan cover set by New Orleans supergroup, the Nth Power. 

The great Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk festgrrl photo.
Gregg Allman, Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Galactic rounded out the last night of Wanee 2015, another one fit for the record books.
This cool fester says:See ya next year! festgrrl photo.
festgrrl photo.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time for The Purple Hatter's Ball

We Honor Rachel Morningstar Hoffman

The mah-velous Purple Hatter’s Ball happens this VERY weekend --May 8-10-- at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl. with a pre-party starting at 6 p.m. tonight. This is an intimate, dance-y fest held annually to honor music fester Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (she of the fuzzy purple hat,) who left this earth way too soon.

Expect a young-ish crowd and some new bands for discovery. You’ll see funk, world-beat, soul, reggae, dub, electronica, bluegrass, jazz and jam on four different stages, including a stage out at the lovely Suwanee river beach.

Nahko and Medicine for The People
Three-day weekend tickets, which include primitive camping, are $140. Tickets to the Thursday night pre party, which features Elephant Revival, Space Capone, DubConscious, Mouth, Cure For The Common, and El Dub, are $50.

Here is a look at this year’s Purple Hatter’s Ball lineup:

Lotus
Nahko and Medicine For the People
Alex Grey & Allyson Grey
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries
Toubab Krewe
The Werks
Random Rab
Roosevelt Collier's Suwannee Jam
Adrian Crutchfield and the Extraordinary Gentlemen
DubConscious
Greenhouse Lounge
TAUK
The Malah
Catfish Alliance
Benyoro
Mingo Fishtrap
Raja Kassis' Humanbeing
Kansas Bible Company
Cadillac Jones
Grandpa's Cough Medicine
Mouth
Cure For The Common
Trial By Stone
Empire Strikes Brass
Les Racquet
Shak Nasti
MZG
Scott Campbell Band w/ Avis Berry
SuperMande Jam
Parker Urban Band
New Earth Army
Future Vintage
The Galbraith Group
Lucky Costello
Sex Manatee’s Basshole
Aaron Lebos Reality
Daria & The Hip Drops
Firewater Tent Revival
Lava
Tambor
Bells and Robes
Flat land
Grit
Ruby & Friends
Vlad the Inhaler
Sir Charles
Zak the Blak
Ben Danner
Combustible
bleek 'n coy.
Charlie Hustle
Cry Havoc
Chews
Ardency
Brother Dan


You can check out the schedule here.

festgrrl highly recommends this laid-back, sweet fest. Rachel was a sweet girl who was murdered by thugs because of wrong-headed public policy and incompetent authorities who put her in harm's way, promised to protect her, and didn't. Her parents fought for statewide changes in the law to try to prevent another senseless tragedy.Make sure you make it to the special ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the ampitheater, where Rachel's family and friends honor her in a beautiful butterfly release ceremony.


Monday, April 27, 2015

This Weekend in West Palm Beach - Sunfest Rocks It

Lenny Kravitz is one of the headliners


The downtown waterfront area of West Palm Beach hosts the 33rd annual SunFest this weekend, April 29-May 3.

The eclectic musical roster includes Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Hozier, Kaskade, BOSTON, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wilco, 311, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, SOJA, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, AWOLNATION, Lindsey Stirling, Matisyahu, Iration, Milky Chance, ScHoolboy Q, Eddie Money, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Letts, The Shadowboxers, Bo Ningen, Lizzo, Copeland, Knox Hamilton, Hundred Waters, Kehlani, Bea Miller, Zeale, Dreamers, Spazmatics, Elliot Root, Johnnyswim, SomeKindaWonderful, The Hip Abduction,The Rico Monaco Band, Dear Tatiana, Dew Pendleton Band, FELICITY, Jonnie Morgan Band, JS THE BEST, Jumbo Shrimp, Kasson Leaving Haven, Morning Fatty, Sidereal, The Inverted, The McNaughstys, Trial by Stone, and YARDIJ. 


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
This is a huge (100,000-plus crowd) street festival, not a camping festival, so you will have to arrange lodging. It runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1, then from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and kicks off at noon on Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3. The fest closes out with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Kids 5 and under are free, and kids aged 6-12 are $10 a day advanced and $12 a day at the gate. There are lots of multi-day ticket bundles for kids and adults. A 5-day adult pass, for example, is $70 advanced and $80 at the gate. Check out the options here.

You can use the Sunrail trains, and you can also reserve parking spots ahead of time here.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Zach Deputy, Col. Bruce Hampton headline Swamptown Getdown in Ga. This Weekend



Zach Deputy headlines
The intimate, laid-back Swamptown Getdown happens this weekend (April 24-26) at the Okeefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross, Ga.


This is a family-friendly bargain camping festival. Kids 12 and under are free. Adult tickets, which include primitive camping, are only $45 for the weekend  ($35 for student/military tickets.) There are showers and bathrooms on site, as well as food and craft vendors.

No alcohol will be for sale, but you can bring your own cooler, no problem.

You can also bring pets! Here is a look at the lineup:

 Zach Deputy
Col. Bruce Hampton and The Madrid Express
Back From The Brink
Beauty & the Beard
Chillakaya1
Copperhead
dangfly
Droppers
Lazy Lightning
Lowdive
Mojo Bone
My First Circus
The Pine Box Dwellers
Thunderbird
Uncle Dave and The Younguns
The Woodgrains
Kris Bell Band
Red on Red

If you want to bring an RV, there are some electric and water hookups and you can buy an RV pass for $30 on the fest website. This is going to be a chill time in a great place.



Monday, April 20, 2015

SunFest in West Palm Beach

Lenny Kravitz is one of the headliners


The downtown waterfront area of West Palm Beach hosts the 33rd annual SunFest April 29-May 3.

The eclectic musical roster includes Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Hozier, Kaskade, BOSTON, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wilco, 311, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, SOJA, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, AWOLNATION, Lindsey Stirling, Matisyahu, Iration, Milky Chance, ScHoolboy Q, Eddie Money, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Letts, The Shadowboxers, Bo Ningen, Lizzo, Copeland, Knox Hamilton, Hundred Waters, Kehlani, Bea Miller, Zeale, Dreamers, Spazmatics, Elliot Root, Johnnyswim, SomeKindaWonderful, The Hip Abduction,The Rico Monaco Band, Dear Tatiana, Dew Pendleton Band, FELICITY, Jonnie Morgan Band, JS THE BEST, Jumbo Shrimp, Kasson Leaving Haven, Morning Fatty, Sidereal, The Inverted, The McNaughstys, Trial by Stone, and YARDIJ. 


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
This is a huge (100,000-plus crowd) street festival, not a camping festival, so you will have to arrange lodging. It runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1, then from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and kicks off at noon on Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3. The fest closes out with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Kids 5 and under are free, and kids aged 6-12 are $10 a day advanced and $12 a day at the gate. There are lots of multi-day ticket bundles for kids and adults. A 5-day adult pass, for example, is $70 advanced and $80 at the gate. Check out the options here.

You can use the Sunrail trains, and you can also reserve parking spots ahead of time here.