Florida music festival preview: Wanee, Ultra, SunFest, Harvest of Hope and more
Spring is here, and with it comes a slate of excellent music festivals in Florida, starting with Julianne Hough, Switchfoot and Darius Rucker at this weekend's Strawberry Festival in Plant City. In March and April, a host of huge names will descend upon the Sunshine State for weekend music festivals like Wanee, Harvest of Hope and Sunfest.
Click here to read my story about the 10 best Florida music festivals this spring, with lineups, ticket info and more. Or if "clicking here" isn't really your thing, here's a thumbnail sketch of each festival's top headliners, by date. (Note: the Florida Music Fesival hasn't announced its headliners yet, so I've replaced it with Jazz in the Gardens in Miami):
March 4-14: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City. Darius Rucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Sara Evans, Michael W. Smith
March 12-14: Harvest of Hope Fest, St. Augustine. Billy Bragg, Broken Social Scene, Rogue Wave, Dr. Dog, Anvil
March 20-21: Jazz in the Gardens, Miami: Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Boyz II Men, David Sanborn
March 25-28: Suwannee Springfest, Live Oak: Leftover Salmon, Robert Earl Keen, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donna the Buffalo, Ruthie Foster
March 26-27: Ultra Music Festival, Miami: Tiesto, Deadmau5, Faithless Sound System, Orbital, will.i.am
April 9-11: Tampa Bay Blues Fest, St. Petersburg: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, JJ Grey and Mofro, Bettye Lavette, Shemekia Copeland
April 15-17: Wanee Festival, Live Oak: Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
April 16-18: Stringbreak, Brooksville: Slaid Cleaves, Malcolm Holcombe, Crooked Still, Austin Lounge Lizards
April 22-24: Suwannee River Jam, Live Oak: Zac Brown Band, John Fogerty, Travis Tritt, Kansas, John Michael Montgomery
April 28-May 2: SunFest, West Palm Beach: Weezer, Flaming Lips (above), ZZ Top, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Rise Against
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.