The Orange Blossom Jamboree Countdown Is On
We are only a couple of short days away from Orange Blossom Jamboree. The Brooksville festival that brings together bands that have made their mark in the Sunshine State has become a favorite Florida festival tradition, and in its 7th year the event has grown to a four-day affair, with over 60 artists taking four stages throughout the event. This year, the music starts on Thursday May 19th, with some not-to-be-missed groups including Dunedin’s Row Jomah at 7pm, singer-songwriter Dean Johanesen at 5:55pm, and Gainesville’s “Ethereal Funk Fusion” powerhouse Flat Land.
If you couldn’t swing the Thursday off of work, the rest of the weekend should make up for it. Orlando’s funk/jazz crew Leisure Chief has recently undergone some personnel changes, but if their killer performance at last month’s Mother Earth Festival is any indication of what they have planned for OBJ, this is not a set that you are going to want to skip. Leisure Chief hits the Dunedin Brewery Stage at 4:05 on Friday afternoon, and the funk continues into the night with Tampa’s Serotonic, OBJ favorites Between Bluffs, The Applebutter Express, headliners Come Back Alice and many more.
Check out Leisure Chief’s full set from Little Econ Fest earlier this year:
Not to be outdone, Saturday’s lineup keeps rolling with the festival’s most recent addition Justino and the Difference. The band recently crushed a show at Dunedin Brewery, where they co-hosted an inspired night of music with Tampa’s Us Four and Serotonic. If you were not there (even if you were), you are definitely going to want to drop whatever you are doing at 4:10pm to catch these guys throw down on the Dunedin Brewery Stage. Also lined up for Saturday, Blues heavyweight Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Tampa’s Dispace, Shak Nasti, and headliners Suenalo.
Sunday afternoon will feature Legacy Orchestra Collective, which is always full of surprises and features some of the best instrumentalists from various OBJ bands throughout the weekend, and the weekend ends with a family jam celebration that brings together members of Dunedin Brewery’s house band with special guests throughout the set.
So break out your brightest orange, and get ready for a weekend full of family fun and juicy Orange Blossom Jams. If you don’t have your tickets yet, head on over to the Official Orange Blossom Jamboree website to purchase weekend or day passes, and for more information including camping info and more.
If you have not been fortunate enough to experience the depths of talent that the Florida music scene has to offer, the event organizers have graciously put together a FREE compilation download complete with over SIX hours of music to get you ready for OBJ.
Download the compilation here.