Peeping through the Portal: Okeechobee Music Festival Must-sees
The day is March 1st, 2017, and merely one measly day is the barricade between festival-goers all across the US and the second annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Bags are packed, tents are ready for pitching, hammocks ready for hanging, and ragers are ready for raging. In all reality, we’ve been ready for Okee round two since the conclusion of last year’s wildly successful inaugural event held at Sunshine Grove in beautiful Okeechobee, FL. The kickoff of festival season is here, and Okeechobee is setting the standard high for it’s competitors with world-class talent strewn across 5 stages with state-of-the-art sound and visual production, including brand spankin’ new Danley soundsystems for your listening pleasure. With so many irresistible acts to catch throughout the weekend, attendees are sure to be running like mad men back and forth stage to stage, but there are a few acts that you just can’t afford to miss from each of the main stages: the BE, HERE, and NOW stages.
How does one choose an act not to miss when they are all of epic proportions? Bassnectar, GRiZ, Kings of Leon…the list goes on. But our highlight of the BE stage has to go to the dynamic duo that is Usher & The Roots, or dynamic orchestra rather. The R&B heartthrob has been serenading via sensual vocals and sheer sexiness since way back when. This paired with The Roots -who is arguably one of the most legendary and revolutionary American Hip-hop groups to ever make waves – is certain to be an unforgettably live journey. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 15 years, odds are you’ve gotten down to both Usher and The Roots at some point or another, and Okeechobee is your chance to witness this merging of magical musicians. The mash-up act will take on other festivals in 2017 such as Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba and New Orleans Jazzfest. Usher & The Roots close on Saturday night, March 4th, 11:45 PM – 2:00 AM.
The mainstage area is picturesque with shaded areas perfect for hammock hanging daytime and spacious grassy fields for dancing and flowing, and with names like Tennyson on the bill, the boogie will in full force. Taking the stage on Saturday at 5:30-6:30 PM, the Canadian brother-sister duo will be crushing the sunset vibes with their bright melodies and silky, jazzy structure. At the ripe ages of just 20 and 18 years old, Luke and Tess have just completed an EP with the esteemed Mr. Carmack, and we’re hoping they drop some of these bangers out on the Grove this weekend.
Come 7:00 PM Sunday, March 5th, there’s only one place you need to be: front and center at the NOW stage, movin’ and groovin’ to Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. With his single “Am I Wrong” having topped charts all over the country, Anderson .Paak’s years of work as an American singer, songwriter, drummer, producer and more have been paying off. Combine his talents with a high-energy, always-on-point band and the whole thing comes to life in one funky, bouncy, soulful ensemble that you’re sure to fall in love with right off the bat.
If you’re way behind with your ticket, don’t worry – there are still 100 passes available right here. The portal opens TOMORROW, so make sure to keep up with Sensible Reason’s Twitter and Instagram accounts for daily photos of the festival. See you in the portal!!!