Thousands of fans arrive for music fest

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday morning, when Okeechobee Walmart associates found someone asleep in a hammock in the trees next to the store, they took it in stride. The 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival opened Thursday. Fans started arriving by the carload on Wednesday in anticipation of four days of music, camping, yoga and fun in the […]

Area non-profits participate in music fest

OKEECHOBEE — Fans attending the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) March 1-4 will no doubt have lots of fun seeing performances by Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips and more than 100 other acts. But they’ll also be doing lots of good. Thanks to the efforts of HeadCount, a non-partisan, non-profit […]

County prepares for music fest

OKEECHOBEE — Note to Okeechobee County residents: Consider doing your grocery shopping early this week, and fill your gas tanks. By Thursday, expect longer lines at local stores and at the gas pumps. The third Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set for March 1-4 at Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee. The event will feature […]

Music festival plans on track

OKEECHOBEE — As the dates near for the third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, county officials appear confident that plans are on track for another successful event. Okeechobee County Planning Director Bill Royce said the county has received all of the plans for the March 1-4 camping festival at Sunshine Grove (aka Sundance Trails), […]

Music festival announces 2018 dates

OKEECHOBEE — On Monday, the Okeechobee Music Festival announced the 2018 fest will be March 1-4 at Sunshine Grove (aka Sundance Trails) in northeastern Okeechobee County. While the line up has not been announced, advance loyalty presale tickets will go on sale July 17 for those who purchased tickets for the 2016 and 2017 festivals. […]

Moving stage may cut music fest sound complaints; Soundslinger plans 2 music festivals in 2018

OKEECHOBEE — Reorienting the direction of the main stage could significantly cut the sound levels to the populated areas near the Okeechobee Music Festival site, according to a report presented June 8 to the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. Changing the orientation of the BE stage at the Okeechobee Music Festival to the northeast could […]

Okeechobee Music Fest momentum grows

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Music Festival 2017 generated an additional $11 million in economic impacts to Okeechobee according to event promoters and organizers Soundslinger. Kevin Collingsworth told the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners that the event in March generated $17.3 million in economic impact and paid $1.7 million in state and local taxes. The […]

Commissioners to discuss 2018 music festival plans

OKEECHOBEE — An update on the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is on the agenda for Thursday’s Okeechobee County Commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 302 N.W. Second St. The second annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival (OMF17) was held on the first weekend of […]

Brother-sister fronted band proves siblings can get along

OKEECHOBEE — The 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival has drawn to a close, but many musicians gave memorable performances that will keep fans buzzing. Among those bands was Lawrence, a New York-based soul-pop group led by brother-sister team Clyde and Gracie Lawrence. The rest of the band is comprised of Sam Askin on drums, Sumner Becker, […]

Gainesville band rocked the stage at Okeechobee Music Fest

OKEECHOBEE — While lead vocalist Gytis Garsys admits the Delta Troubadours like to joke around a lot and considers it to be a double edged sword in terms of being productive, the Gainesville-based band managed to put on a fantastic show at the 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival, held March 2-5. The rock ‘n’ roll band […]