Ten Acts That Make the Drive to Okeechobee Festival Worth It for Miamians

Fetty Wap and so much more coming to Okeechobee Fest.
Fetty Wap and so much more coming to Okeechobee Fest.
Photo by George Martinez

In this age of Facetime and high definition streaming, it takes a lot to get you to leave the comforts of your couch and your gadgets. Right now, Google maps is telling us it'll take two hours and 22 minutes to get from our office in Wynwood to the campgrounds of Okeechobee Festival, and that's not even accounting for the inevitable Miami highway traffic-fuck.

Fortunately the minds behind the upcoming Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival know this, and have no interest in wasting your time. They have built a musical lineup at a picturesque setting that makes this trip 100 percent worth the effort. You can check out the full lineup and daily schedule over at our sister paper New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Also, it should be noted that Uber is partnering with Okeechobee to offer some pretty reasonable flat rates to the festival. Miami-Dade ranges from $130 to $250.

Still need a little convincing? Fine. Take a deep breath and follow along as we recap just a fraction of some of the acts that will be waiting for you up in Okeechobee.

No such thing as a boring Ween set.
No such thing as a boring Ween set.
Photo by Timothy Norris

10. Ween.
The stoner musical savants will be playing one of their first shows in five years on Sunday evening at Okeechobee. The Pennsylvania duo has built a cult following over the last three decades by infusing folk, funk, punk, and comedy into its live show.

Shabazz Palaces should be on your playlist.
Shabazz Palaces should be on your playlist.
Photo by Timothy Norris

9. Shabazz Palaces.
This Seattle two-piece made up of multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire and emcee Ishmael Butler plays a more experimental brand of hip-hop than Butler's previous act, Digable Planets. But Digable fans will be comforted to hear Butler's familiar voice on Saturday afternoon as he continues to mix the poetic with the political like few others.

Give jam bands a chance.
Give jam bands a chance.
Photo by Cody Peterson via Wikipedia Commons

8. Dr. Dog.
The six-piece from Pennsylvania will finally make you understand jam bands. Playing live Saturday afternoon, mixing harmonies with art rock influences like the Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog is one of those acts that can sneak by your initial radar. But you'd be wise to carve out some time for these canines.

Watch Big Boi's post-Outkast project.
Watch Big Boi's post-Outkast project.
Photo by Alex Markow

7. Big Grams.
This un-unholy amalgamation of electronic rockers Phantogram and the rapper Big Boi from Outkast will make its Florida debut Sunday night. Will fellow headliner Skrillex make a guest appearance on the song "Drum Machine," as he did on Big Grams' self-titled EP? Maybe. You know how you'll find out, though? You have to get off the couch, unfortunately.

Skrillex won't be at Ultra this year, but he's coming to Okeechobee.
Skrillex won't be at Ultra this year, but he's coming to Okeechobee.
Photo by George Martinez

6. Skrillex.
The superstar DJ isn't playing Ultra this year and it's unlikely that he will be making a surprise appearance as he's scheduled to play in South America on those dates. His midnight Saturday set at Okeechobee will probably be one of the few chances South Florida gets to see the Harry Potter of EDM this year, so take advantage. 

The Avett Bros bring a welcome change of pace.
The Avett Bros bring a welcome change of pace.
Photo by Christina Mendenhall

5. The Avett Brothers.
Nothing will make you feel one with nature quite as much as the folksy crooning of this North Carolina foursome. Fine, maybe a fistful of mushrooms and a drum circle, but that's about it. The easy melodies of the Avett Bros' old-timey Americana on Sunday night will be a good way to come down from the weekend.



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