A New Location for a Small Underground Festival
Hello friends,In 2014, we started Moon River Music Festival to showcase my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, in all of its underrated glory. For the last few years we have done exactly that, and brought people from all over the country to see Memphis and experience our incredible festival. We are very proud of what we have accomplished.As we outgrew the stunning and historic Levitt Shell, we realized we had an opportunity to dream, and we have set our sights on expanding the original vision of Moon River.I have lived in various parts of Tennessee my whole life. I’m biased, but I think its one of the greatest places in the world. In our dreaming and searching for a new home, we realized we could showcase other parts of my home state, Tennessee, and we have found the perfect place, Coolidge Park, in downtown Chattanooga.Chattanooga is primed for a music festival like Moon River, and the city has opened its arms to us. It is the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Coolidge Park is right in the center of town, connected to one the world’s largest pedestrian bridges, Walnut Street Bridge, overlooking the Tennessee River.We can’t wait for you to continue in this wonderful adventure with us. We will see you this Fall in Chattanooga!-Drew Holcomb
Vagabonds and Video Games
I saw this video while aimlessly scrolling through Facebook over the weekend and was instantly blown away. I tried to find out more, but there wasn’t much online about this rap/hip-hop group. Classic hip-hop, heartbreak, slam poetry, video games, folk music, a thrift shop and that springtime suburban smell are tossed in a blender to create something like we’ve never heard before. A breath of fresh air is inhaled and the memory of that honeysuckle air sticks with you.
Their debut album, The Rise of Hobo Johnson, is a must listen for anyone and everyone. This is new, this is refreshing, this is the music that should define a generation. I hope these guys blow up, they deserve all the success they should hopefully gain over the next few years.
Who are you Hobo Johnson? Where did you come from? Can we be friends?
Pure Rock and Roll:
Growing Up in A Small Town, Being a Teenager and Dealing with Life –
I first started listening to these guys in late 2014. I came across them while going through some festival lineups, I was in love with their self-titled EP that features “Funeral Beds” and “Lyla”. That following year I saw them at Bonnaroo and have been listening to them on repeat ever since.
“The Districts were formed in 2009 by four high schoolers from Lititz, a small town in central Pennsylvania. The group self-released two EPs and a full-length album, “Telephone,” over the course of 2011 and 2012. Late in 2013, after a stint in viral success from a live studio session, The Districts signed with Fat Possum Records, and released an EP in early 2014 consisting of three remastered tracks from their previous releases and two new songs. By 2014 the group had relocated from Lititz to Philadelphia In February 2015, the group’s second full-length album, “A Flourish and a Spoil,” produced by John Congleton, also appeared on the Fat Possum label.This album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #28 on the Top Independent Albums chart.In August 2017, the band released their third full-length album, “Popular Manipulations,” once again under the Fat Possum label.”
They will be playing at Okeechobee Music Festival this Friday, March 2nd at 6:50pm.
Okeechobee Fest is returning to Sunshine Grove in just one week. This is the festival’s third year running, just like the past two years, the line up is absolutely stacked. The line up is what will draw most attendees to a certain festival for the first time. Everything else is what keeps them coming back year after year. Okee has created a universe all its own. A unique place where people of all ages can come together to dance, sing, get weird and connect. This is one of my favorite music festivals in the United States, if you have never been you have a lot to be excited about. Sound improvements, new stages and the perfect festival grounds are all great, but what exactly does Okeechobee offer beyond the 24/7 music and insanely diverse and impressive lineup? What makes Okeechobee Music Festival such a special place?
The grounds that Okeechobee Fest takes place upon are absolutely stunning. How many music festivals have a beach? Okeechobee does, it’s called Aquachobee. “Aquachobee is a daytime swimming, hanging and music hang zone in the heart of Moonlight Oasis. Complete with a swimming lake and real sand beach, it is your tropical wake up call.” It’s an amazing place to relax in the sun, meet great people and/or cool down in the water; all while surrounded by amazing music.
A lot of camping festivals are held in the summertime. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees, tents become ovens and everything turns to sweat (looking at you Bonnaroo). Waiting at a stage during the day for your favorite artists feels like an Olympic sport. Not at Okeechobee. Typical days will be around 80-85 degrees, night time it drops to around 50-60 degrees. The cool nights and warm days make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
There is a certain energy that surrounds this festival. An overwhelming sense of positivity and well being, it’s almost impossible to not smile as you walk around the stunning festival grounds. You’ll be greeted with high fives throughout the day. You’ll make friends with strangers and feel a distinct level of unity. Of course, there are some bad apples in the bunch, but they are few far and in between.
The Art/Interactive Installations
Okeechobee Fest gives tons of local artists the opportunity to create amazing pieces to share with everyone. From live paintings to the Sonic Portal and poetry readings, there is art everywhere. Take your time to really explore Chobeewobee Village, there’s something special hiding around every corner.
Like most people, I love me some tasty food. Okeechobee has a ton of amazing food vendors, one has a very special place in my fat heart. The Gouda Boys are now a festival staple. They make forearm sized egg rolls stuffed with all types of deliciousness; mac and cheese, buff chick, bacon etc. They also have mac and cheese bowls and other insanely amazing foods.
The Largest Sound Meditation EVER
For the first time in OMF history, the festival collaborates with the legendary mass meditation movement, The Big Quiet, to host the largest sound meditation ever. The Big Quiet is renowned for bringing together thousands of people at landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the top of the World Trade Center. Designed for people with any level of meditation experience, The Big Quiet incorporates sound practitioners, string instrumentalists and powerful musicians to create a guided meditation experience unlike anything else.
If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, it’s not too late. Do not miss this festival. Click here to buy tickets.
About Slightly Stoopid
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is only 17 days away and I am so ready to dance, sing and get weird with all the beautiful attendees. Okeechobee is one of my favorite music festivals in the country. This is the third year that 30,000 + people will make their way to Sunshine Grove in the middle of Florida. This 4 day camping festival will host some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop and EDM. Going through the line-up can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry I’m here to help. If you are going to Okeechobee Music and Arts Fest, do not, under any circumstance miss these 5 artists.
The Flaming Lips
Nothing in the world really compares to a Flaming Lips live show. Wayne Coyne and friends create an entire universe for you to enter and disappear into. If Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka went on tour with Pink Floyd, it would be something like the Flaming Lips live. They currently only have 9 US tour dates set up, do not miss these guys.
Tipper is currently set up for only two shows this year. This legendary DJ is teaming up with some insane visual artists (Datagrama) to create an experience like no other. It’s Tipper, don’t question me.
These four dudes from Philadelphia (well right outside Philly) bring everything you need in a rock and roll show. They play their hearts out everytime I have seen them, Rob Grote, Connor Jacobus, Braden Lawrence and Pat Cassidy are everything that rock should be. Hands down one of my favorite artists out right now.
Arcade Fire has been one of the top bands in the United States since they released their breakthrough album “Funeral” in 2004. Since then they have been nominated and won several Grammys. I have never seen them live, but I have heard nothing but good things. I love this band and their entire discography (Reflektor was just OK). I can not wait to scream “Wake Up” with everyone.
The Pow Wow
Holy Mary mother of God I am excited for this. Snoop Dogg with The Roots and Chaka Khan?! Are you kidding me Okeechobee? You’ve outdone yourself with this. I really don’t know what else to say, but thank you.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet you can do so here. You have until 2/19 to have your tickets shipped out, but be careful. It sold out last year and people were losing their minds trying to get tickets. Hope to see you there!
SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL – just announced a massive Phase One lineup for its seventh annual installment, taking placeFriday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Spring Awakening’s two main stages – Solstice and Equinox – will once again showcase the event’s biggest names and productions. Headliners on the Solstice Stage are sure to please fans with performances by AFROJACK, BORGORE, CARNAGE, DASH BERLIN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, HARDWELL, KASKADE, STEVE AOKI, and TIËSTO.
Meanwhile, on the Equinox Stage, ALISON WONDERLAND, BIG GIGANTIC,DEADMAU5, FLUX PAVILION, NGHTMRE, TCHAMI, SLUSHII, VIRTUAL SELF (Porter Robinson’s new alias that blends house, happy hardcore, garage and techno), and ZEDS DEAD round out the bill by featuring a variety of genres within the realm of dance music. Additional artists providing high-intensity energy on the Equinox Stage include BAAUER, BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINE, JOYRYDE, MATOMA, MINNESOTA, while 3LAU, GETTER, SAM FELDT, SEVEN LIONS, SLANDER, and TRITONAL takeover the Solstice Stage.
To accompany the first phase of artists from around the world, Spring Awakening also reveals the identity of this year’s six Branded Stage showcases. React’s coveted event series will return with another round of specially curated stages for fans to explore. Whether you’re searching for soaring thrills and infectious rhythms of the TRANCE ARENA, the BASS KITCHEN’s perfect combination of grit and grime, or minimal beats by REQUIEM, the newest techno series, there’s a stage for everyone to call home.
Additionally, SAMF will host stage takeovers from three diverse brands within the dance music community. Attendees will experience uniquely tailored lineups from SUNDAYSCHOOL, featuring both big-name and underground champions currently dominating the scene, Oliver Helden’s HELDEEP Records imprint, and the acclaimed music publications MAG with its own all-star lineup of DJs from the highest realms of EDM stardom.
Phase Two will be released next week!
Ticketing Link: www.springawakeningfestival.com
Phase One Announce Images: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_Phase1Announce
Phase One Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2nzBnMq
2017 Aftermovie: https://youtu.be/eiK_Q98dNYY
High Res Photos: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_HighRes
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