If you thought the initial lineup for Okeechobee Music Festival was amazing, the second set of announcements will blow you away. Bassnectar, The Avett Brothers and Odezsa have been added to an already stellar lineup. Also added to the multi-genre bill:
KILL THE NOISE, LIL DICKY, NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE,
LETTUCE, WHITE DENIM, BOOKER T. JONES, POST MALONE, DUNGEN,
FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THE SHELTERS.
Who would have ever dreamed that a music festival the same caliber of Bonnaroo, Coachella or Lollapalooza would be held in what is essentially my backyard. Well, my dream has come true. On March 4th-6th,2016, OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will take place at SUNSHINE GROVE in Okeechobee, FL. The first wave of acts to be announced include Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Future, Miguel, Grace Potter and many more acts to be announced! For more information and to buy tickets, go to :
Sunfest is becoming a nationally recognized Music and Arts festival that has become a must on the Spring/Summer festival circuit. In late February, the lineup for the 2015 edition was announced and it is star-studded to say the least. Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Paramore, 311, and many more will be gracing the stages along the intercostal waterway on April 29th - May 3rd along the West Palm Beach waterfront. For more information on this party on the waterfront and how to get tickets, please go to http://www.sunfest.com/
It seems as the rock gods are shining their rays on the sunshine state as Jacksonville prepares to welcome "Monster Energy Presents: Welcome To Rockville 2015" on April 25th and 26 to Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL. Celebrating the 5th anniversary, Rockville is offering up some of the hardest and heaviest bands in the land including: Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and many other heavy hitting bands. For more information on the festival and how to get tickets, go to http://welcometorockvillefestival.com/
This morning, music fans were given a early Christmas present when the initial lineup for the 2015 edition of the Tortuga Music Festival was announced. Headlining the festival will be returning favorite Kenny Chesney (2014) and first time act Zac Brown Band. Other bands that will be on Ft Lauderdale Beach on April 11th & 12th, 2015 will be Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Sublime with Rome, Frankie Ballard and many more. For more information on Tortuga, go to http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com/
It was recently announce that the first annual "The Big Orlando" festival will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on Sunday, December 7th 2014. Featuring Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads and many more national recording artists, The Big Orlando festival is sure to be a success. For more information on how to get tickets, go to http://www.thebigorlando.com/
Recently, I was able to interview Bryce Lucien, vocalist for the Texas- metal band SEEKER. Bryce was kind enough to talk about their Victory Records debut “UNLOVED” and what inspired SEEKER in the development of the band. Enjoy the interview and for more information on SEEKER and please go to
1. Talk to me about “UNLOVED” and how that record came to be? (Follow-up: Was anything recorded that ended up being left off the record)
Unloved came out of a need to be able to do exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to be a band that was able to completely let go, play what we wanted to play, and express what we wanted to express. "Unloved" is us trying to be at our most free.
Everything that we liked made it onto the record. We're extremely hard on ourselves, so if we weren't 100% confident in a riff then we got rid of it.
2. What bands inspired you to choose Metal instead of another genre of music?
The list of bands is huge, but when I was a really young kid it was band's like Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and Soundgarden. That eventually got me into bands like Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Locust, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Isis which brought to where I'm at today.
3. With it being so early in the life of the band, how did it feel to be able to sign with such an established label such as Victory Records?
It felt amazing. We would have never imagined a label like Victory would care about what a band like us was doing, but they were ridiculously proactive about signing us and have been unbelievably supportive. They've been amazing about helping us achieve the sound and vision that we wanted and work ridiculously hard to promote our band, so we couldn't be happier with our decision to sign with them.
4. At what point did you realize that music is what you wanted your life to be consumed by?
The first time I heard Led Zeppelin I realized that nothing else in life was important. I was 11.
5. What is the best advice you have received from your peers in the industry?
Stay humble, never be content with where you're at artistically, always push yourself harder every night onstage, and keep as much control over your art and business as possible.
6. What is your favorite SEEKER lyric?
The lyrics to the song "Escape" are the most meaningful to me. I wrote those last and they still get a strong reaction from me onstage.
7. What bands do you listen to that would surprise people?
I listen to a ton of bands that sound nothing like us. Lately I've been listening to a ton of Chelsea Wolfe, The Kills, Bjork, U2, True Widow, Van Halen, and Grimes. I also listen to a ton of rap so Aesop Rock, Cage, Immortal Technique, Diabolic, El-P, Ruggedman, Tech 9, and Talib Kweli have been on constant rotation.
8. What does SEEKER have planned for 2014?
Constant touring. We've been on tour for about 3 weeks now, go home in a week, and then head back out in late February for 2 months. We're writing a little bit here and there, but touring is the priority.
11. International House of Pancakes
I hate sweet, syrupy breakfast nonsense like pancakes and waffles. Fuck that.
12. Dime bag Darrel
Best guitarist in the best metal band to ever live.
13. Would you rather watch porn starring your parents or watch porn starring yourself with your parents watching as well?
This question is ridiculously fucked up, so while I'm gonna say porn starring myself, I'm going to change the rules. It'll be fetish porn for people who like to watch people eat. This means that I will be seated fully clothed at a table in an asexual way with a platonic friend of mine. We will eat a delicious dinner while my parents watch from the corner of the room. I'm sure there's someone out there that can get off to that.