The annual Halloween-based music festival known as Suwannee Hulaween will return to The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida this year on Oct. 26-28, and its newly announced lineup will certainly bring a lot of fans out to join in on the fall fun. Announced on Wednesday morning, the headliners for this year’s multi-day event include performances from its founding group The String Cheese Incident on all three nights, in addition to funk heroes Jamiroquai, ODESZA and Janelle Monáe.
The three-day festival’s jam-friendly lineup also boasts a roster of artists including The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, Mavis Staples, STS9, rappers Action Bronson and Tory Lanez, Gramatik, Lettuce, Trampled By Turtles, Stephen Marley and Bishop Briggs, just to name a few. Even the artist listings in the smaller font should provide an abundance of excitement for fans who hope to attend this year, with artists like Lizzo, Younder Mountain String Band, Galactic, the multi-colored power funk group known as Turkuaz, Led Zeppelin tribute band Bustle In Your Hedgerow, Rebirth Brass Band, Knower (full band) and The Fritz.
As festivals around the country continue to develop and expand their scheduled programming with pre and after-parties, this year’s Suwannee Hulaween is no different. The festival’s official pre-party on Oct. 25 will include performances from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets), STS9 performing 2010's Axe The Cables, Lettuce, Papadosio and many more.
Since forming with the help of The String Cheese Incident back in 2013, the Florida festival has increased the geographic potential of the live event landscape in North America while major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago continue to add their own new festivals every few years. Thankfully, Suwannee Hulaween has done an outstanding job of keeping the lineup focused on jam, dance and funk-friendly artists rather than just going the general pop route. Regardless of what your plans for this year’s Halloween will be, they’ll most likely shrivel in comparison to the weekend party that will be taking place down in Live Oak!