Six 2015 Festivals in (or Around) Florida Worth a Road Trip

Liliana Mora

Florida is big and populous, and it's becoming one of the nation's most popular places for musical gatherings of all sizes and descriptions. One reason we have easy access to huge concerts year-round is the warm weather. We don't have to wait for the summer months to enjoy live tunes outdoors.

We gathered a list of a few in-state festivals well worth a mini-road trip that you'll want to catch in 2015.

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Third Annual Brazilian Festival Hits Pompano Beach

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Ellen Oléria, landslide winner of The Voice Brazil.

Brazil has been getting all the good gigs lately.

It got this past World Cup (even though the team was brutalized by the German squad, the nation still reaped in the bucks) and are looking forward to hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. And now, for the third year in the row, Brazilians are planning to take over Pomapano Beach for a massive celebration of their homeland. And it's not surprising, seeing how Pompano and Deerfield Beach have large communities of the country's expats.

This festival is as much an ambassador of the culture as it is a celebration of roots for Broward's large Brazilian contingent; it is an opportunity to explore the finest the large South American nation has to offer. And Brazil has plenty, from mouth-watering feijoadas to risqué and fun Carnaval dancers. This is the same country that gave the world Marcel Camus' classic Orfeu Negro and Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund's gripping Cidade de Deus.

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Big Guava Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

Alex Markow

The only thing sweeter than a guava is a Big Guava Music Festival.

Though you might not be able to cram the massive Tampa event into a pastelito, you can now pencil in the concert's 2015 dates.

Going down Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, the Big Guava will once again land at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and the Florida State Fairgrounds.

See also: Coastline Festival 2015 Announces Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and Others

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Coastline Festival 2015 Announces Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and Others

Photo by Ian Witlen

Coastline Festival is back!

And for its sophomore return, the fest is trekking the SoFla coast, bringing a "Craft Cove" village, "Food Frontier," and "Isle of Art" to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Sunday, February 22, 2015, and to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg the day before.

While the select beer, gourmet grub, and art of Coastline is pretty exciting, the music is where all the hype is at. That's because the guys over at AEG, Pop2Life, and Ledge Entertainment are bringing the experimental psych-rock of the Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and a slew of other indie acts to the 954 next year.

Check the cut for the rest of the line up.

See also: Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

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First Florida Burlesque Festival Starts Tomorrow at Cinema Paradiso


This state's very first Florida Burlesque Festival will take place this weekend at Fort Lauderdale's eccentric hot-spot Cinema Paradiso. Before you start thinking it's just another cheap peep show adorned with pasties and glitter, executive producer Bambi LaFleur is quick to dispel any misconceptions.

"As many people in Florida don't know," she began in her breathy voice," around the world and in the U.S., there are strong communities that have burlesque fests. It doesn't seem right that we don't celebrate it here. I wanted to bring it back for that reason," she continued, laughingly adding: "Most people think it's the movie [2010's Burlesque]. It's not the movie! The movie has nothing to do what burlesque really is."

In fact, the fest has a local and personal slant. It's dedicated to late pinup model and photographer Bunny Yeager, a friend of LaFleur's who passed away this May.

See also: Bunny Yeager to Attend Her Sexy Pinup Show in Palm Beach

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Feast of the Sea Music Lineup Announced with Some of West Palm's Finest

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Dana Drolet
Jamming and eating, eating and jamming.

Food festivals are always a great excuse to stuff your face, but a new fest on the scene wants to cram your earhole with good stuff, as well. Feast of the Sea is a brand new waterfront seafood blowout kicking off on September 13, in downtown West Palm Beach. The best part about this soon-to-be crowded crustacean day party is that general admission is free. That's right, roam the grounds and devour fresh tunes, and all you have to pay for is food when the hunger monster strikes (food prices top out at $6!).

See Also: Treasure Hunt Promotes Inaugural "Feast of the Sea" Festival in West Palm Beach

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Coral Skies Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, and Others

Photo by Ian Witlen
"All day music. Two stages. Food Trucktopia. Craft Beer. Garden of Art."

That's what the Coral Skies Music Festival promises to bring to West Palm Beach when it takes over the Cruzan Amphitheatre October 26, and Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater the day before.

Over a dozen indie bands will bring their rockin' tunes to the Amp, including the indie pop rock of Cage the Elephant, former Strokes singer Julian Casablancas with his new band the Voidz, the Hold Steady, and a slew of others.

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The Summer Daze Concert Series Returns to Propaganda with Badfish

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Monica McGivern

Summer in South Florida - it sounds picturesque but honestly, it can kind of be a sticky, sweaty bummer. Venues stop booking, snowbirds hit the road, and it's the only time of the year you don't have relatives clamoring to sleep on your floor. For the most part, we're forced to create something from nothing. And that's kind of the brilliance of Propaganda's Summer Daze.

This three-weekend festival isn't just a party or a concert, it's a season-embracing affair giving locals the opportunity to share the stage with national acts and the street with skateboarders competing on a 24-foot half pipes and models strutting a makeshift catwalk. Kicking off Saturday, June 28, and continuing on July 19 and August 23, each day features a block party, two stages, multiple bars, and the quality live performances for which Propaganda is known.

See also: Shorty the Giant Is "Stoked" to Play Propaganda's Summer Daze

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Lee DeWyze: "One of the Hardest Things About Winning American Idol Is Winning American Idol"


"One of the hardest things about winning American Idol is winning American Idol," says Lee DeWyze, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Illinois who was crowned winner of Idol's season nine back in 2010.

"There's this perception that if you come from American Idol, in some cases, you can't possibly be a writer, you weren't a singer before you were on the show... That can be rough, especially when you're trying to make a name for yourself doing what it is you love."

Over the past twenty years or so, we've witnessed reality TV devour many an innocent (or not so innocent) soul. It's no surprise when we hear about an artist struggling, often unsuccessfully, to come into his own once the smoke has cleared and the attention deficit-affected masses have moved on. Despite shows like Celebrity Rehab, where the price of fame is made all too visceral, we tend to forget that these are in fact real people, with real lives beyond the producers, beyond the editing room.

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Jillette Johnson on Adversity: "Figure Out How to Get It Done"

Jillette Johnson is the girl in high school whom all the nerds openly adored and all the jocks secretly loved -- all the other girls would have been jealous, if it weren't that the pretty, bubbly brunet was just so darned sincere.

She listens to everything from Radiohead to Josh Ritter, and when asked what she absolutely couldn't live without on the road, the singer doesn't hesitate a moment before blurting out, "Really good bacon."

Well-spoken, unassuming, and charmingly offbeat, the young singer/songwriter who turned down a contract with The Voice to take a gamble on her own luck has declared herself Gryffindor house material and has no problem admitting she's a huge dork.

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