Saturday, February 28, 2015

Groove At Aura Music & Arts Festival This Week

Time to dance!

The Disco Biscuits moe. , and Papadosio headline the  Aura Music & Arts Festival  this coming week, which starts Thursday evening at  Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla. The music goes on through Sunday evening, ending with a special after-fest show by Roosevelt Collier and guests.

Camping by the lake at Spirit of the Suwannee
Aura has a super-sweet vibe and a vibrant Yoga and Healing Arts program. Expect lots of hoopers and arty young folk. Three-day tickets, which include primitive camping,  are $175 advanced and $205 at the gate; Four-day tickets are $185 advanced and $215 at the gate. There are single-day options as well (they don't include camping, however)

This is the sixth year for Aura, and you can get the latest info at the festival's Facebook page. and at Twitter & Instagram: @AURAMusicFest (#AURAfest)

The Break Science Live Band will debut this year, with electronic duo Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch  joined by Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes on bass, Adam Smirnoff on guitar, Ryan Zoidis on sax and Eric Bloom on trumpet. 

The Disco Biscuits
Here's a look at the entire lineup, and you can see the schedule here:

The Disco Biscuits (two sets)
moe. (two sets)
Papadosio (two nights)
Break Science Live Band (ft. Jesus Coomes, Adam Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis and Eric Bloom)
Kung Fu
The Heavy Pets
Consider the Source
The Main Squeeze x2 including a Tribute to Michael Jackson
American Babies
The Mike Dillon Band
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
The Mantras
The Fritz
Ghost Owl
Cosby Sweater
Brother Bean
Ketchy Shuby
Uproot Hootenanny
Funkin’ Grateful
Lather Up!
Fat Mannequin
Stinky Pockets
Artists at large: The Shady Horns

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fest in the Lovely Keys This Weekend

Virginia Key, Florida

The very fine Virginia Key Grassroots Festival happens this weekend in a park just outside Miami. Expect a buffet of world-beat groove among the palm trees for this one.

The festival showcases musical roots and food in one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Plus, you get to camp by a little beach! Here's a look at the lineup:

·        * Afrobeta
·        * AJ Ghent Band
·        * Big Mean Sound Machine
·        * Bobbie Henrie
·        * Brendan O’Hara
·        * Chantil Dukart
·        * Consortes
·        * Cortadito
·        * Danay Suarez
·        * Dark Water Rising
·        * DJ Bill Kelly
·        * DJ Richard McVay
·        * Donna The Buffalo
·        * Driftwood
·        * Elastic Bond
·        * Electric Piquete
·        * Ephniko
·        * Fabi World Experience
·        * Jim Lauderdale
·        * Juke
·        * Keith Frank & the Solieau Zydeco Band
·        * Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians
·        * Lanzallamas
·        * Lobo Marino
·        * Locos Por Juana
·        * Marco Benevento
·        * MC Yogi
·        * Morikeba Kouyate
·        * Nag Champyons
·        * Nativos Orchestra
·        * Nikki Talley
·        * Osceola Brothers
·        * Preston Frank
·        * Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
·        * Rubblebucket
·        * School of Rock
·        * Sihasin
·        * Sindy Rush
·        * DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars
·        * SUENALO
·        * Swear & Shake
·        * Tamboka
·        * Telekinetic Walrus
·        * The Applebutter Express
·        * The Baboons
·        * The Blind Spots
·        * Uma Galera
·        * Uproot Hootenanny
·        * Eru Chambo
·        * WildCat Creek
·        * Zey Ta Blan

    * Zona De Bomba

Tara Nevins of Donna The Buffalo
Four-day tickets are $100 advanced, $120 at the gate (not including tax.) There are small fees for parking and camping,so it's a good idea to check the ticket link for details. Single-day ticket options are available as well, there is a discounted youth ticket price, and the littlest festers -- kids 12 and under -- are free.

festgrrl has not been fortunate enought to attend this fest but has heard great things from  her many dance-tastic correspondents!


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Florida Fest on Valentine's Weekend!

Heads up on a new camping fest outside Lakeland, Fla., happening over Valentine's Weekend!

It's Gov Fest, Feb. 12-15, four days, two stages, 35 bands, art installations, a kid's tent, yoga, workshops and campfire jams at Maddox Ranch. Weekend tickets include primitive camping and are $75 advanced, $100 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.

This is a fun group of people with an eclectic lineup of good performers in a laid-back environment. You can get the latest details on the festival's Facebook page.

The promoters say:  

"This is a “bring your own cooler to the stage” event, we will NOT be selling alcohol of any kind! Come prepared…. And please NO GLASS!! We will have many food and merchandise venders here set up for your shopping pleasure.There is ATM on site and also an Ice / Firewood Vender set up by the Maddox Ranch.Maddox Ranch is fully equipped with Outdoor showers to wash off whenever, we will have many port-o-johns onsite for use. No electricity is provided, but generators are welcome as long as they are properly maintained and not disruptive."

Here is the lineup:

1. Beeb’s and her Money Makers
2. Dangermuffin
3. Big Something
4. Come Back Alice 
5. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine 
6. Juanjamon Band
7. Copious Jones
8. Savi Fernandez Band
9. Stadelman Bros. (An acoustic Beatles tribute)
10. New Earth Army
11. Bath Salt Zombies
12. Donna Hopkins Band
13. Lucky Costello
14. Yamadeo
15. Displace
16. Freddys Finest
17. Rev D and the New Diggz
18. Post Pluto
19. Ajeva ( Michael Jackson Tribute)
20. Legacy Orchestra Collective
21. Future Vintage
22. Marvelous Funkshun
23. Fungus Garden Reverb
24. Holey Miss Moley
25. Flat Land
26. The Happy Campers
27. The Greenes
28. Sgammato’s Loopy for Love
29. Travis Reynolds Project
30. Currentz
31. Dropin Pickup
32. Not Tuna 
33. Row Jomah
34. The Groove Orient
35. Prison Wine
Artists at Large: Johnny Nichol, Alex Sears, Corey Peterson, Este Loves 

Just a couple more tips -- you can have a fire only if it is in a raised, contained pit or grill. No pets, golf carts, or fireworks. Kids 17 and under need an adult with them.

Other than that, all ya need is love, love, love festivarians!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Florida Deadhead Has Online Petition to Allow Camping at Chicago Shows

Florida Deadhead Jeremy Davis has started an online petition to Chicago city officials, asking them to allow camping in the parking lots around Soldier Field, where the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and special guests will  play their final three shows July 3-5 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary.

Well HELL YES Jeremy Davis! It's a high bar indeed for folks to swallow both the travel prices, ticket prices, and Chicago hotel prices, and camping would be so ... Deadhead-lot friendly.

Oh we know we will have to endure the insipid media interviews about the 1960s still being alive, blah blah, as reporters wander among the assembled Dead family. But that's the price of hanging on and making history.

Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by Trey Anastasio (Guitar), Jeff Chimenti (Keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (Piano), and will perform two sets of music each night.  You can get all the details about the shows at, and you can see some killer ticket mail order envelope art here.

Take a minute and sign Jeremy Davis' Soldier Field camping petition, won't you?

Finally, a "Florida man" we can be proud of!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Graham Nash Headlines 30A Songwriter's Festival This Month

The great Graham Nash. Eleanor Stills photo.
The 30A Songwriters Festival  is happening Jan. 16-18 along  coastal highway 30A, in and around the town of Seaside in the Florida Panhandle's gorgeous Walton County.

Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare, Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Toby Lightman, Liz Longley, Deana Carter, Heather Maloney, Peter Karp, Sue Foley and David Ryan Harris are among the 150 artists that play this fest.

This is not a camping fest. You buy a ticket ($237) that lets you in, first come-first serve, to 25 different venues (mostly bars and restaurants) spread out in the area, where the artists will be playing. You'll need a car, a designated driver, and a place to stay.

festgrrl has seen some A-mazing performances at this fest over the years. Additional artists confirmed for 2015 include Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill (Psycho Sisters), Charlie Mars, Randall Bramlett, Old Salt Union, Gabriel Kelley, Brigitte DeMeyer, Will Kimbrough, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), Rusty Young (Poco), David Olney, Grant Peeples, Pete Sallis, The Smokin' Novas, David Berkeley, Jeff Black, Crystal Bowersox, Callaghan, Grayson Capps, Adron, Robbie Hecht, Ruston Kelly, Phil Madeira, Mark D. Sanders, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Tommy Talton, Reed Waddle, Daphne Willis, Webb Wilder, Nicole Witt, Alan Rhody, Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Gretchen Peters, Billy Montana, Season Ammons, Marc Beeson, Cory Branan, Eliot Bronson, Diane Durrett, Griffin House, Ryan Hurd, Jemina & Selina, Jaren Johnston, Ruston Kelly, Tony Lane, Brandon Lay, Emily Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers, The Shuggah Pies, Sugarcane Jane, Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, Hannah Thomas, Pierce Pettis, and Willie Sugarcapps.

If you can't make it to 30A, Graham Nash has five other Florida tour dates -- Jan. 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 13 in Melbourne, Jan. 14 in Lakeland, Jan. 16 in Fort Lauderdale, and Jan. 17 in Jacksonville. 

And don't forget, that is also the weekend of the Sunshine Blues Fest, happening one day in Boca Raton, Fl. and one day in St. Petersburg, Fl. Grammy winners Tedeschi-Trucks Band headline that fest.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunshine Music & Blues Fest Coming Right Up

Blues rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Let the 2015 fest season begin!

The powerhouse, Grammy-winning  11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival happening Jan. 17 and 18 in South Florida. This one-day fest happens twice:  Jan. 17 at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, and  Jan. 18 in Boca Raton's Mizner Park. This is not a camping fest, so you'll need to make arrangements for a place to stay. The gates open at noon.

Grace Potter

Also on the bill are Grace Potter, Robby Krieger (from The Doors,) The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Los Lobos,The Both, (new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo,) The Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield, and Sean Chambers.

Rebirth Brass Band
Although the website says general admission tickets are available for $49, I did a check and the cheapest seats I found on Ticketmaster were  $117. There are VIP options as well. 

As in past years, vendors will be available with food and drinks for sale (just in case you didn't get enough over the holidays!)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have Camping Christmas With Your Festy Friends, Then Rage at the Home Team New Year's Rally.

Zach Deputy will play Saturday night at the Rally
The Home Team New Year's Rally , a camping festival at Maddox Ranch outside Lakeland, will open up a day early next week,  on Christmas Day, for a festy camping gathering of kind friends . More info here.

The fest proper happens Dec. 26-28. Those dates leave you free to catch the various New Year's Eve shows going on throughout the southeast (including Phish in Miami, Widespread Panic in Charlotte, Donna the Buffalo in Tampa, etc.).

Advanced tickets are just $65 for the whole three days ($80 at the gate,) and that includes primitive camping. More details from the promoters are below, after the schedule.

M = Main Stage 
S = Side Stage


M 2:45- 3:45 Legacy Orchestra Collective
S 3:45- 4:30 Endless Flow
M 4:30- 5:30 Between Bluffs
S 5:30- 6:30 Fil and Friends
M 6:30- 8:00 The Uncle John's Band
S 8:00- 8:45 Christie Lenee
M 8:45- 10:15 Come Back Alice 
S 10:15 11:00 Grandpa's Cough Medicine
M 11:00- 12:30 The Applebutter Express
S 12:30- 2:00 The Corbitt Brothers Band


S 11:00- 12:00 Bath Salt Zombies
M 12:00- 1:00 Shoeless Soul 
S 1:00- 2:00 Rev. D and the New Diggz
M 2:00- 3:00 Serotonic
S 3:00- 4:00 Future Vintage
M 4:00- 5:00 The Juanjamon Band
S 5:00- 6:00 The Funky Nuggets
M 6:00- 7:30 Green Sunshine
S 7:30- 8:15 Holey Miss Moley
M 8:15- 9:45 COPE
S 9:45- 10:30 Displace
M 10:30- 12:30 Zach Deputy
S 12:30- 2:30 S.P.O.R.E.


S 1:00- 2:00 Jeremy Willis
S 2:00- 3:00 Under the Willow
S 3:00- 4:00 Currentz
S 4:00- 5:00 Ajeva

**Artists at large... Christie Lenee, Clay Watson, Isaac Corbitt, Christian Ryan (, Savi Fernandez, John Parkerurban

Here’s what you need to know:

• This is a KID FRIENDLY event, and children 12 and under get in FREE! Kids 17 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian**
• **VERY IMPORTANT** NO DOGS ALLOWED. The wonderful people at Maddox Ranch are kind enough to allow us to host our event on their property, and we respectfully oblige to their few requests. Thank you in advance for understanding
• No electricity is provided, but generators are welcome as long as they are properly maintained and not disruptive
• RV’s and campers are allowed
• Raised or confined fire pits ONLY! Firewood will be available for purchase on site at the event
• Port-o-potties provided, as well as outdoor showers
• NO outside FIREWORKS
• This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, be prepared for the unpredictable FL weather!
• If interested in vending, please send an email to:
• Events such as these CAN NOT exist without the help of a good volunteer support system. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to:

For any other general questions contact Jenelle Muir, Jillian Melucci or Robyn Alleman. Musicians with questions may contact Cody Bean or Kyle Biss..all via Facebook