Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Two 2016 Music Festivals Announce Lineups

We’ve barely shaken off summer in South Florida, but two of our area’s music festivals have already announced their initial spring 2016 lineups. Way to resist procrastinating, guys!

Tortuga, which will attract thousands of toes in the sand April 15-17 on Fort Lauderdale Beach, will present another strong lineup of country and roots music, headlined by “Voice” prankster and recent tabloid bait Blake Shelton, three-time Grammy-winning actor-singer Tim McGraw and Arizona singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley (“Drunk on a Plane”).

The deeper you delve into the lineup, the more genre variation it contains: The indefatigable Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusers Michael Franti & Spearhead, alt-rock tunesmith Elle King (“Exes and Ohs”), and the Jacksonville blues-rock outfit JJ Grey & Mofro will join country singers like Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Chris Janson and at least 17 other artists.

Regular and VIP tickets are available now for $199 or $899, respectively, at tortugamusicfestival.com.

The other festival to broadcast its talent early is a bit of a hike from Boca—about an hour and a half’s drive—but the inaugural Okeechobee Musical Festival in, you guessed it, Okeechobee, promises to be worth the expense. Electronic, indie and hip-hop acts will perform on five stages at this youth-targeted festival in the middle of nowhere, with organizers touting the event as “a place for us to gather together amongst wondrous nature to celebrate the best in music, art and intersecting paths.”

Running March 4-6, the festival offers headliners Mumford and Sons, the UK pop-rock sensations whose third album, “Wilder Mind,” arrived this year fresh off an artistically rich hiatus; the Internet-bred hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar; and the innovative, six-time Grammy-winning DJ Skrillex. Other artists of note include Big Grams, the sexy collaboration between electro-rockers Phantogram and OutKast’s Big Boi; the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter; X Ambassadors, the alt-rockers behind the breakthrough hit “Renegades;” danceable rockers Portugal. The Man; the neo-psychedelic folk songs of Dr. Dog; and Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip-hop act founded by Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler.

Tickets, which include “primitive camping” during the fest and a Thursday “pre-festival” day, run $269 for general admission and $599 for VIP admission. Pick them up at okeechobeefest.com.

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