Large music and art festivals that promote peace, happiness and love have become widely recognized since the rise of 1969's 'Woodstock.' However, ever since 'Woodstock' most festivals have been more about just the music less focused on onculture, harmony and peace.
On March 12, 2005 I arrived in Sunrise, Florida and took part in the Langerado Music Festival. Thankfully, my assurance of the continuance of smaller scale 'Woodstock' type festivals has been re-established.
The Third Annual Langerado Music Festival was a phenomenal experience for folks of all ages. With over 10,000 people in attendance, the Florida sun was out and smiles were seen all around. Opening early Saturday morning, the line up to the festival seemed very efficient and it was evident that the event's staff put a lot of effort into organizing the traffic.
Although the art work and vending was diverse and the weather was perfect and the fans were kind, it was really the music that was the highlight of this festival for me.
Saturday, the sun was scorching and many options were open to festivarians like myself. The first show I caught was Particle, and boy it was a blast. Consisting of their own trademark sound of 'funktronic,' Particle was the perfect way to get the weekend started.
Following that dance frenzy, I enjoyed a beautiful set of the ever so famous Toots and Maytals. Toots, who was a reggae phenomenon in the 1960's, confirmed his unbelievable talent over the coarse of the day.
Next up, I enjoyed an hour of Soulive; a jazzy / hip-hop organ trio, covering a lot of ground stylistically. Lead by guitarist, Eric Crasno, and accompanied by a horns section, Soulive tore the roof of Langerado. Including an incredible version of Jimi Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic."
Moving along, the ever so political and inspiring Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra was up next. Although, most of the band members originate from New York, Antibalas and its 12 members focus on Americana traditional music that had the Florida crowd jumping uncontrollably.
Followed by a beautiful sunset, the time had arrived to witness one of the most creative bands in the jam scene, the String Cheese Incident. Lead by guitarist Billy Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, mandolin/fiddler Michael Kang, Pianist Kyle Hollingsworth, Drummer Michael Travis and newly added percussionist Jason Hann, the String Cheese Incident flourished both nights, as they were able to incorporate many genres of music that kept the crowd energized and wanting more.
The String Cheese Incident set list / March 12, 2005
Outside, inside > Valley of the Jig, Miss Brown's Teahouse > Remington Ride, Shine, Time Goes By, ¡BAM!, On the Road > Restless Wind
Encore: Don't Stop Till You Get Enough > Desert Dawn
On the last day of the event, I spent most of my day enjoying other aspects of The Festival. Throughout the day, I walked around the grounds and witnessed the various goods the many vendors were selling. From tye die t-shirts to hand made rugs; this festival had everything an art/music lover could want and more.
After a little shopping, I went to the Sawgrass Stage and witnessed an epic performance from the "mad scientist" himself Keller Williams. Consisting of a one-man band, Keller Williams was able to incorporate an original sound and a solid beat that had everyone watching this magnificent guitar player in awe.
Following Keller's stellar performance, Michael Franti, a role model for everything that is good in the world shocked the Jam nation with an unbelievable performance that consisted of uplifting rock, reggae and funk.
The festival concluded with another amazing performance by The String Cheese Incident. In comparison to most festivals, String Cheese ended with class by bringing up such musicians as Keller Williams, Karl Denson and Michael Franti.
The String Cheese Incident set lisi / March 13, 2005
Search, Sirens > Jam > Rivertrance, Eye Know Why, Boo Boo's Pikanic, Ring of Fire, Seventh Step, Close Your Eyes > Sand Dollar* > Close Your Eyes, Drums, It Is What It Is
Encore: Best Feeling
With another year under its belt, the Langerado Music Festival is on the rise as one of North America's most successful musical events. This weekend was an unforgettable experience and I encourage everyone to head down to south Florida next March.
Stay tuned for exclusive orcasound interviews with Keller Williams, The String Cheese Incident, and the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.