Are you ready for music under the sun?
There’s nothing like live music in an open-air venue. Here are some of the big music festivals heading our way.
SWEET LIFE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, March 9 at Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Free, $20 VIP seating
Who’s playing? The Bruce Katz Band, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Tall Paul & the Divers, the Mandalla Band, Bird Tribe, Bonnie Blue and Kaleigh Baker & Someday Honey.
SUWANNEE SPRING REUNION
March 21-24 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
Who’s playing? Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Steep Canyon Rangers, Billy Strings, Donna the Buffalo, Larry Keel Experience, Chatham County Line, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp Band, Grass is Dead, Jon Stickley Trio, Town Mountain, Joe Craven & Hattie Craven, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Daddy, the Mammals, Pigeon Kings, Roy Book Binder, Nikki Talley, Nora Jane Struthers, Ralph Roddenberry, TKO featuring Duke Bardwell, Cicada Rhythm, Balkun Brothers, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, Habanero Honeys and the Adventures of Annabelle Lyn.
CLAY COUNTY FAIR
April 4-14 at the Clay County Fairgrounds, west of Green Cove Springs
Concerts included with gate admission. VIP seating $15-$80, includes fair admission
Who’s playing? Drake White & the Big Fire (April 4), Marshall Tucker Band (April 5), Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye (April 6), Big Daddy Weave (April 7), Shenandoah and Joe Diffie (April 8), Big & Rich (April 9), Jimmie Allen and Jordan Davis (April 10), Gatlin Brothers (April 11).
April 4-6 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
Who’s playing? Lettuce, Moe, Oteil & Friends, Dumpstaphunk, the New Mastersounds, Ghost-Note, the Melody Trucks Band and others.
SPRINGING THE BLUES
April 5-7 at Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Who’s playing? April 5: Albert Castiglia, Nick Moss with Dennis Gruenling, Jonathon Long, Danny Delves and the Deadly Nightshades and Henry D. Jones. April 6: Christone Kingfish Ingram, Larry McCray, Vanessa Collier, John Del Toro Richardson, James Armstrong, Sean Chambers, James Armstrong, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, David Julia and the Snacks Blues Band. April 7: Poppa Chubby, the Lee Boys, DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Eric Culberson, Woody and the Peckers and Mama Blue.
SUWANEE RIVER JAM
May 1-4 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
Who’s playing? Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Chase Rice, Gretchen Wilson, Craig Campbell, Frankie Ballard, A Thousand Horses, Uncle Kracker and Brian Callihan.
WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE
May 3-5 at Metropolitan Park
Who’s playing? May 3: Korn, Evanescence, Chevelle, Flogging Molly, Killswitch Engage, Circa Survive, Tom Morello, Mark Lanegan Band, Beartooth, Black Pistol Fire, Hands Like Houses, Hyro the Hero, Light the Torch, Wilson, Amigo the Devil, Demob Happy, Cleopatrick and Dirty Honey. May 4: Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Judas Priest, the Cult, Skillet, In This Moment, Black Label Society, Yelawolf, Tremonti, Badflower, the Damned Things, Zeal & Ardor, Wage War, Movements, Crobot, Boston Manor, Pretty Vicious and Dead Girls Academy. May 6: Tool, Incubus, Bring Me the Horizon, Papa Roach, the Struts, Meshuggah, Architects, the Interrupters, Fever 333, Reignwolf, the Glorious Sons, Dorothy, While She Sleeps, Yungblud, Grandson, Shvpes, the Dirty Nil and Hyde.
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
$45 weekend pass until April 19, $50 after. Single-day tickets will be sold day of show, space permitting
Who’s playing? Al Poindexter, Amy Hendrickson, Aslyn and the Naysayers, Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum, Brian Smalley, Dave Dowling, Davis and the Loose Cannons, Dom Flemons, Doug Spears, Dunehoppers, Eden Rewa, Elaine and Sam Mahon, Fiona Chalmers, Gatorbone Trio, Grant Peeples, Gypsy Wind, Hawktail, Jamie Defrates, Jerry Mincey, Joe Mark, John Dickie IV and Collapsible B, Jordan Foley, Katherine Archer, Krickets, Lon and Lis Williamson, Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards, Michael Jordan, Mr. Aullie, Paradox, Passerine, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, Pierce Pettis, Rachel Grubb, Red Henry and Friends, Remedy Tree, Ron and Bari, Salt and Pine, Sam Pacetti, the Currys, the Obscure Brothers, the Skinny, the Troubadours, the Willowwacks, Todd Jones, Uncle Mosie, Verlon Thompson and Wax Wings
JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL
May 23-26 in downtown Jacksonville
Who’s playing? Announcement expected in the next few weeks.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Who’s playing? June 9: Four 80 East featuring JJ Sansaverino, Jessy J and Marcus Click. July 7: Eric Darius, Paula Atherton and Skyler Nolan.
Sept. 6-29 at various venues, St. Augustine
Who’s playing? Announcement expected Monday, March 11.
SUWANNEE ROOTS REVIVAL
Oct. 10-13 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
Who’s playing? Oteil & Friends, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, Keller Williams’ Pettygrass, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce, Bruce Cockburn, the Seldom Scene, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Samantha Fish, Shinyribs, Jim Lauderdale, VerlonThompson, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jon Stickley Trio, Grass is Dead, Tornado Rider, the Lonely Heartstring Band, Joe Craven & the Sometimers, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, the Lee Boys, Nikki Talley, Katie Skene & the Cosmic Kind, Sauce Boss, Whetherman, Belle and the Band, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, the Adventures of Annabelle Lynn, Brett Bass & Melted Plectrum, the Corbitt Brothers, Syzygy, the Dunehoppers, LPT and the Walker Family Band.
FALL PALATKA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Nov. 7-9, Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, Palatka
Who’s playing? Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, the Gibson Brothers, Carolina Blue, the Cleverlys, the Malpass Brothers and others.