After a two-year hiatus, okeechobee music festival returned to transform Sunshine Grove into a hub of cultural excursions and explorations. This year’s event saw a diverse lineup with a lot of buzz, including hip-hop artists Baby Keem and GRiZ. Additionally, the festival featured a number of unique activities such as yoga, tea lounges, and even a casino that let you play blackjack with just weird items.
With 3 stages inside the festival and 2 outside campgrounds, there was a ton of music to check out across the entire site. From house sub-genres to funk and soul, there was something for everyone at the event.
Thursday was a solid day of music with Charlesthefirst and No Name playing their sets to an eager audience, and Rezz closing the night with her signature style of electronic music. Friday was another stacked day with the only set I missed being the first half of the set by the indie-rock band Goose. They have taken the jam-band scene by storm in recent years with a unique brand of neo-psychedelia, and has garnered the support of fellow acts like Phish frontman Trey Anastasio.
Saturday was also a stacked day with Griz leading the pack before Earth, Wind and Fire, Local Natives, Big Boi, and Princess Nokia. In addition, I was able to see the incredible mashup performance by Anderson.Paak’s backing band Free Nationals, with special guests like Outkast legend Big Boi and members of the band Goose.