Saturday, April 13, 2024

Langerado 2011, We Hardly Knew Ye

“Boros Entertainment Has Regretfully Canceled Langerado.”

This is all you see now when you visit the website for Langerado, South Florida’s best music festival for the majority of the ‘00s. The lineup for this year’s festival was announced in June, and the event was slated to take place at Markham Park in Sunrise Oct. 8 and 9. But to most of us in the know, the news of its cancellation, which arrived earlier this month, came as no surprise. Here’s one prescient commenter, who predicted the festival’s demise on the website of the Palm Beach Post in June:

Only a matter of time before this show gets cancelled … because of poor ticket sales. Who in their right mind would spend 150 bucks on this lineup? Not sure what the new organizers were thinking.

Well, exactly. I couldn’t say it better myself, but I’ll try.

Monday morning quarterbacks have been diagnosing Langerado’s collapse as a result of the venue, citing some fans’ grumbling that the festival

didn’t return to the Big Cypress reservation, where Langerado hosted its most significant fest ever in 2008. But this is patently absurd. Langerado made a name for itself at Markham Park, a more than sufficient venue for major headliners and smaller acts alike. Besides, if fans like a certain band enough, it doesn’t matter where they’re playing. So, to paraphrase a political idiom: It’s the lineup, stupid!

In ’08, the last time Langerado was pulled off successfully, the stellar lineup was headlined by R.E.M., Phil Lesh and the Beastie Boys. This year, there was not a single first-tier headliner; instead, mid-card acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Trey Anastasio Band and Ween occupied the marquee slots. I can hear crickets even as I type this. The booking of Death Cab was especially mystifying, since this band was also the main headliner in the aborted 2010 Langerado attempt in Miami. Remind me what it means when someone does the same thing again and again and expects different results?

The other major festivals this year welcomed headliners like Arcade Fire, Eminem, Foo Fighters and Chemical Brothers, acts that sell out stadiums. If Langerado is not able to play in the same league as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, it should have adjusted its prices at a level befitting the level of talent it scheduled.

If this blog is sounding awfully negative, there is a silver lining. Just because the festival was canceled, it doesn’t mean you won’t get to see some of these acts in South Florida Oct. 8 and 9; you’ll just have to be selective or hit a bunch of different venues to see them. Refugees of Langerado have been rescheduled at venues throughout South Florida. I’ll be writing more about them in the weeks to come, but here’s a handy listing of the ones I could find:

Arctic Monkeys and Smith Westerns, 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Yuck, (time pending) Oct. 8 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Ghostland Observatory, 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Das Racist, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami

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