The festival season is right around the corner, boys and girls, and we couldn’t be more excited. I feel like I’ve been hibernating all winter, attending the occasional indoor concert to maintain some sliver of my sanity, but it’s about time for a weekend of outdoor music & fun to recharge the soul. First and foremost, the AURA Music Festival takes place this weekend at the one and only Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Florida. Check out our preview here, and if you’re able to, scoop your weekend passes here. We, unfortunately, can’t make the trek from Brooklyn to AURA this weekend, but we’re seriously considering the Fool’s Paradise Festival at St. Augustine, FL, on April 1st and 2nd, and here’s three reasons why. (Tickets here).
1. We love Lettuce, this is Lettuce’s festival, and it’s the first one.
As previously noted, we’re from Brooklyn, but also Boston. Lettuce is one of our favorite funk bands, and while they originally formed at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, a number of the members grew up in are now stationed in Brooklyn. This said, they have a strong following in our two towns, and the music they’ve produced over the past five years has undoubtedly won us over (check out one of their newest originals, “Phyllis,” below). Nothing’s cooler than saying you attended a festival the first year it was thrown, and this is the first time one of our favorite bands is attempting its own festival. We attended the first Mysteryland, and we want to attend the first Fool’s Paradise, and you should too.
2. Lettuce and GRiZ have a scheduled collaborative performance.
For the first time ever, renowned electronic pioneer, GRiZ, and funk powerhouse, Lettuce, will join forces at this inaugural event. The full band collaboration will take place during GRiZ‘s Friday evening set on April 1st (no, this is not a April fool’s joke). Lettuce will help GRiZ close out the headlining concert on the first night of the two-day event. L4LM is throwing Fool’s Paradise in conjunction with Lettuce and Purple Hat Productions, so it’s no surprise they’ve coordinated this one-of-a-kind performance. This summer at L4LM’s “Brooklyn Comes Alive” Music Festival, the group orchestrated countless, completely unique performances (Todd Stoops & Marvel Years, Hayley Jane & The Stratosphere All-Stars, Tim Palmieri & Natalie Cressman, and the list goes on). This singular performance is reason enough to make the trek down to Florida.
3. The festival is in Florida, on the waterfront, early in the Spring.
I usually go to Florida or somewhere seasonally warm during this time of the year to get away from the cold anyways, so why not just go to Florida for an amazing music festival? To add a cherry on top, the St. Augustine Amphitheater is on the ocean (see the coastline in the picture above). So when it comes down to it, Fool’s Paradise is offering you a warm musical escape at the forefront of festival season…so who’s in? Tickets here, more lineup details below.
Fool’s Paradise Daily Lineup (not including Brasstracks & Marvel Years – both recent lineup additions):
Friday, April 1:
Lettuce & Friends
GRiZ w/ Lettuce
Vulfpeck (Late Night)
Break Science (Late Night)
Saturday, April 2:
Lettuce & Friends
Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal & The Shady Horns
The Nth Power
Goldfish (Late Night)
Fools of Funk Supergroup (Late Night)