DeLuna Fest vs. Orlando Calling vs. Langerado: Which is Florida's best fall music festival?
We've made a lot of noise on this blog about the inaugural Orlando Calling Festival, scheduled for Nov. 11-12 at the Citrus Bowl, with headliners like the Killers, the Pixies, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, the Raconteurs, Blake Shelton and more. And we're also keeping an eye on the return of the Langerado Festival, Oct. 8-9 in Sunrise, with Death Cab For Cutie, Ween, Ben Harper, Trey Anastasio, Thievery Corporation, Arctic Monkeys and more.
But dude. Have you seen the lineup for DeLuna Fest 2011 in Pensacola?
Deep breath: Linkin Park (above), Weezer, Jane's Addiction, the Shins, Girl Talk, Big Boi, the Airborne Toxic Event, Matt and Kim, Mutemath, New Pornographers, Cake, Stars, Manchester Orchestra, Ghostland Observatory, Wanda Jackson, A-Trak, Diplo, Trombone Shorty and many, many more.
Now, granted, Pensacola is a good 7- to 8-hour drive from Tampa Bay, as opposed to 2 hours (Orlando) or 3-4 (Sunrise). But seriously, if you could only pick one of these concerts to go to ... which would it be?
To recap, here are the top 10 headliners listed on the bill for each festival:
-- Langerado (Oct. 8-9, Sunrise): Death Cab For Cutie, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Ween, Thievery Corporation, Arctic Monkeys, G. Love and Special Sauce, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Wolfgang Gartner, the Glitch Mob.
-- DeLuna Fest (Oct. 14-16, Pensacola): Linkin Park, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, the Shins, Girl Talk, Cake, Big Boi, Stars, the Airborne Toxic Event, Cut Copy.
-- Orlando Calling (Nov. 11-12, Orlando): The Killers, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, the Pixies, the Raconteurs, Blake Sheton, Avett Brothers, the Roots, O.A.R., Chris Isaak.
And let's not forget the three biggest music festivals this fall at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak:
-- Blackwater Music Festival (Sept. 22-24): Flaming Lips, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Girl Talk, Eoto, Ghostland Observatory, Buckethead, Pepper, Easy Star Allstars, the Expendables, Iration.
-- Magnolia Fest (Oct. 20-23): Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, moe., Lucinda Williams, the Travelin' McCourys, Keller Williams, Railroad Earth, 7 Walkers, Donna the Buffalo, Anders Osborne, Infamous Krewe (Toubab Krewe and Infamous String Dusters).
-- Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival (Nov. 10-13): Trey Anastasio Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Medeski Martin and Wood, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Soulive, Galactic, the Funky Meters, Big Gigantic, the New Mastersounds.
So let's hear it: Who can lay claim to Florida's best fall music festival?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Andrew Carlton, tbt*