Wanee Music Festival 2015 Lineup Announced: Widespread Panic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gov't Mule

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Claire Nelson

Each year, Wanee Music Festival brings the joy of jamming, barefoot dancing, and the sweet smell of patchouli and Dr. Bronner's to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Founded by Allman Brothers' drummer Butch Trucks, you won't catch his classic act on stage this year given the band's October retirement. But Butch ain't missing the party. He's bringing some "Very Special Friends" with him to perform in 2015. The empty space left by the Allman Brothers proper is being filled with a mélange of jamming, funky, rocking acts you'll both recognize and that will make you smile.

Besides big names on the festival circuit like Widespread Panic (which'll be playing two shows) and Gov't Mule, there are funky acts like Earth, Wind & Fire. Also on the bill are a few locals like the Jacob Jeffries Band, Juke, and the Bobby Lee Rogers Trio. Keep clicking for the details on Wanee, taking place April 16 to 18.

See also: Photos of the People of Wanee Music Festival 2013


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Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

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Alex Markow

Fort Lauderdale has plenty of festivals where you'll jam and sweat the day away sucking down beer while wearing your favorite cowgirl hat. But not many of them take place on the actual beach, where the cool ocean breeze'll dry you right up as you dance like a rabid coyote next to the waves.

Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival offers that great view and so much more. The fest, which is also promoted by HUKA Entertainment, has quickly grown into a musical giant in the area, touting environmental conservation and country tunes. Dates for 2015 have already been announced, and if last year was any indicator, these'll sell out before the lineup comes out.


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The Five People You Meet at MoonFest 2014

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Ian Witlen

West Palm Beach's coolest ghouls will be crawling along Clematis Saturday night, drinks in hand and ready to party. It's already time for MoonFest again, the city's annual Halloween block party that results in a fair amount of hubbub, smooching, and booze-flinging while dancing.

With 20 bands and DJs on three stages and a Silent Disco area, MoonFest certainly won't have a shortage of sounds. However, we know you'll probably be too distracted creating your three boob-ed Florida lady costume to actually figure out which act to see by the time you arrive. So we here at County Grind kindly compiled a simple guide for the fest. We matched which kinda Halloweener you are with which bands are playing, so you can easily meet up with those of similar tastes and interests.

Here are the five people who will definitely be at MoonFest this year.

See also: The Ten Most Florida Halloween Costumes


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

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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

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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

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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)

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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?

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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

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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!

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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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