Florida Flow Fest: Movement Arts Festival Celebrates Body, Mind, and Spirit


It's an offbeat event perfectly suited to the offbeat city of Lake Worth, a three-day festival of colorfully-clad dancers, acrobats, jugglers, martial artists, and mistresses and masters of movement arts of the most exotic kind, gathered in the city's waterfront park to spin and bounce and twirl through the day and into the night.

Last year's Flow Fest was New Times' pick for Best Festival 2013. This year's incarnation, its fourth, has been dubbed "Synergy," and founder and guiding genius Cass Tannenbaum says it includes new workshops (some free to the public) and new categories of performance rarely seen in these parts.

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Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014: Finest Moments From Nashville

Alisa B. Cherry official photography
Lee meets the great Ian McLagan: Bucket List Moment Achieved!

It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Music Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville. But first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone. Americana is now a very real, living, and breathing genre that finally found true context, he declares.

It's a statement that's obvious to all who attend, as evidenced through the music, through the bonds of fellowship, through the shared experiences that ebbed and flowed throughout the festivities. Yet, what Hilly doesn't point out, but what is equally true, is that the term Americana may have finally outgrown its initial meaning. For what had begun as a broad patchwork of singer/songwriters with a feel for the heartland and a scrappy roots rock, alt-country sound has now found a larger audience, one that embraces artists from all over the world -- from the U.K. and Europe to the far realms of the Pacific. Indeed, the very term "Americana" seems something of a misnomer now, especially considering the international evocation.

See also: Lucinda Williams on Requited Love, Elvis Costello, and Bobbie Gentry

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Mad Decent Block Party Video: Twerking, Tweaking, and Florida's Own DJ Remedy

Categories: Festival Days

Ian Witlen

Last Saturday was the Mad Decent label's second annual block party at Revolution Live. Lord have mercy, the thing was packed! This was the first date on a pretty large US tour for the Diplo-headed bass fest. And the photos don't lie, Florida freaking loves its bass.

The lineup included Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, and even Florida DJ and producer Remedy. Mid-concert, we made our way through the dense and dancing crowd to speak with him about the perks of the experiencing the block party right here in SoFla. Videographer James Argyropoulos got the scoop and caught the crowd in action.

See also: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 at Revolution Live (Slideshow)

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Action Bronson Got "Bored" at Mad Decent Block Party Tour Kickoff (Photos)

Categories: Festival Days

Ian Witlen

The most interesting person in hip-hop at the moment -- and yes, we're allowed to make this claim -- is probably Action Bronson. The plus-sized ginger not only got locked in a Porta Potty while taking a piss (or dump?) mid-set recently, he also has his own Vice foodie webseries called Fuck, That's Delicious.

See also: Slideshow of Mad Decent Block Party 2014 at Revolution Live

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How Dangerous Are Music Festivals Like Coachella and Ultra, Really?

Timothy Norris

On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 -- though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them.

But as always happens when a young person ODs at a music festival, parents and onlookers alike are wondering: Just how safe are these bacchanals? Should they be shut down entirely? Or should we just be glad there aren't more fatalities?

By Andrea Domanick

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Tortuga Music Festival 2014's Ten Hottest Beach Bods

Alex Markow

Our little corner of the world often gets high praise for all of the attractive people who congregate here. It's hot, we wear less, and thus we gym often. At Tortuga Music Festival, things were no different from your average beach day. We spent it ogling above-average sunbathers.

To the sounds of Ziggy Marley and Eric Church, sundresses dropped, muscle shirts were tossed aside, and the beachside became supersexy. Though the sand was swarming with toned bods, what follows are just ten of the hottest concertgoers who caught our eye.

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Virginia Key Grassroots Festival Tickets Half Off!

Categories: Festival Days

Catch Choc Quib Town at the festival too!

South Florida fans of roots music, rejoice! The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival is returning for its third year in a row to that funny little plot of beach on Biscayne Bay. This year, it even made our list of the top five fests in the Sunshine State worth a road trip.

You can catch out of town acts like Boston-based reggae guys John Brown's Body or African-via-Asheville's Toubab Krewe. And meaty local favorites like Deerfield Beach's Uproot Hootenanny, Fabrika Music's electro-rockers Minimal and Grammy-nominated Latin trio Locos Por Juana.

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Wanee Music Festival 2014 Lineup Announced

Categories: Festival Days

Claire Nelson

Every year, the Allman Brothers Band gets together in Live Oak, Florida, and organizes an instrumental blowout at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. They bring out a roots and jam scene that is as trippy as it is granola, classic but never stale, and all talent.

2014 marks the tenth year of their Wanee Music Festival featuring everyone from Ziggy Marley to Umphrey's McGee. Tickets are already on sale for the three-day fest that begins April 10. Click on for the full lineup.

See also: The People of Wanee Music Festival 2013

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Tortuga Music 2014 Festival Lineup Announced!

Alex Markow

Tortuga Music Festival took the salty life to the next level by planting a beer-, boob-, and beach-friendly festival square on the sand in Fort Lauderdale.

The inaugural event brought in waves of music lovers in cowboy hats and flip-flops. The lineup was country-heavy, but there was some folk, blues, and pop mixed in for those less interested in twang.

Just today, the fest announced its 2014 lineup (which you can see after the jump). For 2014, CMT will be partnering with Tortuga on contests and other things that'll be announced shortly. Remember, this is also all about the turtles, literally. Last year, it raised more than $70k for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other marine conservation orgs.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the April 12 and 13 fest go on sale this Friday, December 13, 10 a.m. EST at tortugamusicfestival.com.

See also: Photos From Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers Talks Fracking and Miley Cyrus

Categories: Festival Days, Q&A


Before the honey-sweet vocal harmonies of indie folk darlings Tegan and Sara, there were the Indigo Girls. Their brand of heartfelt folk rock had commercial appeal from the beginning, leading to a quarter-century-long career for the singer/songwriters, who continue to write and tour today. But as two openly gay best friends making music together, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have always gone against the grain.

Ignoring advice to keep their sexuality under wraps to avoid being pigeonholed in the industry, the two decided to let the music speak for itself and have used their public platform to speak out on issues that matter to them: feminism, human rights, the environment. They're not just the Indigo Girls; they're also entrepreneurs, activists, and generally great human beings.

Next month, Indigo Girls join Lyle Lovett and Huey Lewis & the News as headliners of the inaugural Lauderdale Live music festival on the downtown waterfront of Fort Lauderdale. We spoke with Saliers, who weighed in on everything from fracking to music festivals to Miley Cyrus.

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