Bonnaroo’s Killer Lineup: Phish, Wilco, David Byrne, King Sunny Ade, Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Gov’t Mule

Some of the country’s big ‘n’ eclectic rock/jam festivals, like Langerado in South Florida, are calling it quits this year. Or, at least, taking a break until 2010.

Bonnaroo, though, is standing strong, with a recently announced lineup that includes a huge gift to fans of a certain highly revered jamband.

Yep, Phish, reuniting in March to play three dates in Virginia, is headed to Bonnaroo, June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Trey and Co., slated to play two shows – count ’em – at the music-and-camping fest, are at the top of the bill, along with a long list of acts boasting serious music muscle.

The lineup includes Wilco, David Byrne, Wilco, the Rev. Al Green, Elvis Costello (solo), and the seriously over-exposed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. More: Gov’t Mule, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Ben Harper, Merle Haggard, moe, Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Galactic, Booker T & the Drive-by Truckers, David Grisman, Lucinda Williams, Gomez, Femi Kuti, Alejandro Escovedo, Cherryholmes, the Steeldrivers, and – yes – Nigerian juju star King Sunny Ade. More TBA.

By any measure, it’s a killer bill.

Langerado Lineup: Ryan Adams, The Pogues, Disco Biscuits, Bad Brains, Robert Randolph, Umphrey’s McGee, More

The long-promised lineup for next year’s Langerado, relocated to Miami, was finally announced this morning. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

The festival, for its seventh annual edition morphing into a cityside event from a camping festival, is again emphasizing a mix of veteran rockers, independent-minded rock acts, jambands, altcountry artists, and hip-hoppers.

Altcountry favorite Ryan Adams, veteran Irish folk/punk outfit The Pogues, jammy acts Disco Biscuits, Robert Randolph and Umphrey’s McGee, and punk/reggae heavy hitters Bad  Brains, funksters George Clinton &  Parliament/Funkadelic, and electronica/rock/jazz/dub/prog synthesists Tortoise look to be among the more interesting acts (IMO) on a lineup that doesn’t seem to pack the musical punch of earlier editions of the fest. More acts are to be announced, so stay tuned.

The fest will be held at Bicentennial Park on Biscayne Bay, and it’s almost certain that related shows (affiliated or not affiliated with the fest) will be held at nightclubs in South Beach and elsewhere around Miami.

At any rate, here are the complete details, courtesy of the press release:


7TH ANNUAL LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL ARTIST LINEUP:

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, SNOOP DOGG, RYAN ADAMS AND THE CARDINALS,
THIEVERY CORPORATION, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, FLOGGING MOLLY,
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, COLD WAR KIDS,
GIRL TALK, CHROMEO, MUTE MATH, AND BLACK KIDS

ARE JOINED BY GYM CLASS HEROES, THE FAINT,
THE POGUES, ZAC BROWN BAND, MATISYAHU, THE DISCO BISCUITS,
UMPHREY’S MCGEE, ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND,
MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD, THE VIRGINS, AND MANY
MORE

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 12TH NOON EST AT
WWW.LANGERADO.COM
MARCH 6-7-8, 2009 AT BICENTENNIAL PARK IN MIAMI, FL

Held for the first time this year at Bicentennial Park on Biscayne Bay, Langerado now calls Miami – one of the world’s must cultural cities – home.  Today, festival organizers make an initial artist announcement to make the Magic City proud.  Death Cab For Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Thievery Corporation (Live), Slightly Stoopid and Dashboard Confessional join Flogging Molly, Broken Social Scene, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids, The Faint, Gym Class Heroes, Tricky, Chromeo, Mute Math, Black Kids, Café Tacuba, The Pogues, The Virgins, Zac Brown Band and more.  Langerado is also proud to welcome back veterans from Langerado’s past including Matisyahu, The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Michael Franti and Spearhead and extend a warm welcome to the many artists performing at the festival for the first time.  Artists will perform on multiple stages throughout the three day event and more artists are still to be announced!

Tickets to the 7th Annual Langerado Music Festival go on sale Friday December 12th at 12pm EST.  Purchase tickets with no additional service charges through http://langerado.musictoday.com and at www.langerado.com.

In addition to world class music, Langerado will offer local arts and crafts, delicious food vendors, and a variety of festival activities for the whole family – all on-site at Bicentennial Park’s 30 acres of waterfront.  With Bicentennial Park located just minutes from Downtown Miami and Miami’s South Beach, visitors and locals can enjoy easy access to Miami’s many hotels, international restaurants and sizzling nightlife. Taking advantage of Miami’s after-hours scene, Langerado will host official late night shows and parties at various local venues throughout Miami including world-famous South Beach, the Design District, Coconut Grove and beyond.  Stay tuned to www.langerado.com for the most up to date information on artists and late night show announcements.

Festival Details as follows:
7th Annual Langerado Music Festival
Bicentennial Park on Biscayne Bay
301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Tickets starting at $120 for weekend passes; individual day tickets starting at $75.  Langerado is proud to announce that prices for weekend passes and day tickets are all inclusive and there will be no additional service charges.

Langerado will also be offering a layaway plan for purchasers of weekend passes with 3 equal payment spread out over three months.  Visit the Langerado ticketing page at www.langerado.com for more information.

VIP packages that include upgraded amenities such as daily catered buffet, merchandise packages, exclusive viewing decks for the main stages and more will also be available at www.langerado.com.

Children 8 and under are admitted at no charge with paid adults. More details are available at www.langerado.com.

For six years, the Langerado Music Festival has kicked off the United States’ burgeoning festival season with a full weekend of music and art in South Florida. Recognized by such national media outlets as the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine, Langerado has grown enormously since it’s inaugural year; growing from 3,500 in attendance in 2003 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, to nearly 25,000 per day in attendance at 2008’s event at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation.

The Langerado Music Festival is produced by Mark Brown and Ethan Schwartz.  Brown is the managing partner of Jam Cruise (www.jamcruise.com).  Schwartz produces and promotes shows in the South Florida area.  Together, the partners also produce the Caribbean Holidaze festival in Runaway Bay, Jamaica ( www.caribbeanholidaze.com).

Langerado – rumor patrol

The latest: Umphrey’s McGee, Robert Randolph and Bisco (AKA the Disco Biscuits) reportedly are set to play Langerado, March 6-8, relocated to Miami (see my below posts).

Rumored to play — The Killers, Kings of Leon, Justice, and Daft Punk.

Any updates on this? Send ’em my way.

Official lineup comes out Monday.

Langerado Update

As a follow-up to the below post …

Lineup announcement is set for Monday, Dec. 8

Here’s the official word: “We’ve got an incredibly eclectic lineup coming for 2009 featuring a number of remarkable artists who’ll be making their Langerado debuts, as well as some old friends returning to South Florida once again.”

According to one fan, posting on Langerado’s Facebook site, Umphrey’s McGee and Robert Randolph are slated to play. I can’t confirm that at the moment.

Wassup, Langerado?

Langerado, the South Florida jamband/rock/more fest that has gathered a legion of devotees, apparently ran into some logistical issues during this year’s event at Big Cypress — namely, huge traffic jams on the road leading to the event, and some crowding-related camping hassles.

I’ve never been to Langerado, although I’ve been eying the lineup – and thinking about going – for several years. I’ve heard great things about the performances.

Looks like I missed the boat on enjoying the music-and-camping incarnation of Langerado: Next year’s fest, set for March 6-8, is being relocated from the swampy woods to various locations around Miami.

The announcement of the lineup for the ’09 event has long been slated for November. Not sure how likely it is, at this point, that the info will be released by Monday.

No matter who’s slated to play – with the reunited Phish playing Hampton during the same time period, that rumor/wish has now been squashed – some of Langerado’s faithful are mighty hacked off by the change from country to city setting.

Max Paderewski, on the fest’s Facebook site, had this to say (posting it as is, with no corrections and with the profanity excised):

“So i’ve been to langerado the past two years. The first year, it was in Sunrise, and that was a pretty good venue. Last year, in Big Cypress, it sucked —. The dirt road to get in was so jammed with traffic, there were ants all over the campground, and the land was hilly and had shitty grass. I’m glad they’ve moved from Big Cypress.

But no camping for this year? That is ridiculous. They are turning a legit festival into a pseudo-fest like Lolla (which had an amazing lineup this year btw). You can’t expect me to stay in a hotel; that is not happening. So what am I to do? Langerado, you have —— me.”

Can’t say as I blame Max and the other angry commenters for how they’re feeling, as a camping festival can be an awful lot more laidback and fun, and less expensive, than a cityside fest. For starters, out-of-towners will have to pony up for at least two nights’ lodging.

And for some, particularly in this shaky economy, that will make the new Langerado too expensive to attend.

I expect that the loss of the camping festgoers, though, will be offset by the attendance of those who like the idea of going to a show at a non-camping concert venue, and then going home to a nice, clean, comfortable bed. There’s lots to be said for that, too, particularly if your schedule doesn’t permit a 3-4 day jaunt in the woods (and a couple of days off work).

Meanwhile, the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, which I had the chance to attend several weeks ago at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park near Live Oak, is poised to become the Sunshine State’s best all-round jamband fest – lineup was first rate, crowds were manageable, and weather was spectacular (if quite chilly on Saturday night).

I reviewed the fest for Relix mag. I’ll post pics and more thoughts later. Here’s hoping that Bear Creek returns in ’09.