Article and Photos By L.Paul Mann
One of the newest and unique multi-genre music festivals in the country is set to take place for the second time in natural forest wetlands just outside the rural town of Florida. Tens of thousands of music lovers will set up camp March 2-5, to enjoy four days of nearly non-stop music in the lush tropical setting.
This year’s festival features at least two Santa Barbara additions, including Reggae powerhouse Soja and classic rocker Michael McDonald. The former Doobie Brother singer, McDonald will head up one of the unique aspects of the festival, the POWOW. According to the festival website “The Okeechobee PoWoW… that once-in-a-lifetime collaborative coming together… that mish-mash of all the best moments… has arrived! MICHAEL MCDONALD, a legendary musical presence for over 4 decades as a staple member of both Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers, headlines this year’s PoWoW extravaganza. His soulful & distinctive voice will now grace our beautiful Sunshine Grove. He’ll be joined on vocals by powerhouse R&B crooner GALLANT, while GRIZ will lend both his production skills and sax riffs to this ultimate soulful affair. Funk outfit VULFPECK will join Powow Musical Director, and longtime master of funk, ERIC KRASNO (Lettuce/Soulive), to steer this soul ship straight through the portal. Soul singer ANTWAUN STANLEY alongside members of high energy jazz ensemble, SNARKY PUPPY, will make this collaboration unlike any other.”
The second installment of the Okeechobee music festival is almost sold out with just a few four-day passes remaining. For more info: http://okeechobeefest.com/