The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, apparently not content with the overload of talent already named to its inaugural lineup, has added Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitar god Tom Morello to the March 4-6 concerts.
It would not be surprising to see the influential guitarist come as his folky alter ego, the Nightwatchman, when he performs as a guest of Mumford and Sons, who have invited him to join their festival-closing set, along with the Avett Brothers and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The set is scheduled from 10:30 p.m. Sunday (March 6) to 12:30 a.m. Monday (March 7).
But given the dynamic nature of the festival and the unique wealth of talented accompanists nearby, will Morello be able to resist sitting in and plugging in to rage with a few more acts?
The Okeechobee Music Festival, which will open its gates on March 3, features headliners Robert Plant and Bassnectar on Friday night, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex on Saturday, with acts including Ween, Jason Isbell, the Avett Brothers, Fetty Wap and Future preceding Mumford & Sons on Sunday.
Another highlight will be "PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup," uniting Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Grammy-winning R&B vocalist Miguel, along with a host of other performers led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates. That gathering is scheduled for Saturday night at midnight.
Beyond the aforementioned, the festival's extraordinary lineup includes Big Boi's Big Grams, Grace Potter, Kamasi Washington, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, White Denim, Booker T. Jones, Shpongle, Lettuce, Joey Bada$$, Four Tet, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, the Supervillains, the Soul Rebels, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, the London Souls, Kill the Noise and the Spam All-Stars, among many others.
The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will take place on 800 acres at Sunshine Grove (12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee), north of the lake that gives the festival its name.
The site, on a broad expanse of pristine fields, lakes and shady woods, includes a variety of camping options, a white-sand beach with lakeside bar, art installations, craft beer and some of Florida's most popular food trucks. Yoga, meditation and holistic workshops also will be offered.
Four-day passes are on sale for $279.50 (plus fees), with Friday-Sunday passes $259.50 (plus fees). Single-day tickets have not been released. For more music and ticket information, visit OkeechobeeFest.com.