Orange Blossom Jamboree, one of the top independent Florida festivals, has announced its 2018 lineup, and it will surely get many Florida music fans over-the-top excited. Early-bird tickets go on sale this Thursday, January 18th.
First things first: the 9th annual Orange Blossom Jamboree is being held May 17-20 and will once again be at Sertoma Youth Ranch. For those who have never been, Sertoma is often described as “a mini Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.” It’s heavily wooded with both primitive and electric campsites (though be warned: electric sites usually sell out the same day tickets go on sale) and has much of the same laid-back feel as SoSMP. The nice thing about it being smaller is that about the longest you will have to walk to get from place to place is only a few minutes. The other unique part about OBJ is that it is strictly Florida bands only. It’s a great chance to experience some of the great music we have around the state.
The big news first: Cope is back! For many years, the festival was anchored by Florida jam band Cope. They played every year, and if any festival can be considered to have a “house” band, Cope was it. After missing the past two years due to being on hiatus, this year’s big surprise will be not only the return of Cope but that they will play two nights.
Bobby Lee Rodgers is a Florida festival staple and will make a great addition to the lineup this year.
Making their second appearance at OBJ is Miami’s Trae Pierce and the T-Stones. Led by multi-Grammy winner Trae Pierce, this band brings the party every time they take the stage and will be a fantastic addition.
Melody Trucks Band recently played Hometeam New Year’s Rally and will also make their Orange Blossom Jamboree debut this year as well. Melody and her band bring a great Southern roots rock and Americana sound that is perfect for festivals.
South Florida will be well represented again this year. In addition to Trae Pierce and The T-Stones, other SoFla acts this year are Juke, Electric Piquete, Crazy Fingers, Guavatron and Uproot Hootenanny.
Returning again this year will be a Wednesday Pre-Party featuring Crazy Fingers, Blackwater Grease, Sonic Stew and Grindstone Sinners.
This lineup announcement covers 60 bands and a wide range of music that is sure to have something to get everyone excited.
Cope (2 nights)
Bobby Lee Rodgers
Trae Pierce and the T-Stones
The Applebutter Express • Resinated
Holey Miss Moley • Melody Trucks Band
Shak Nasti • Ecology • Crazy Fingers • Fusik
Mama’s Batch • Displace • Joose • Guavatron
Spred The Dub • Between Bluffs • Electric Piquete
Juke • Uproot Hootenanny • Sosos • Bath Salt Zombies
Antelope • Fugu • Universal Green • The Funky Nuggets
Lemon City Trio • The GetBye • High Cotton • Side Hustle
Leisure Chief • N.W. Izzard • Legacy Orchestra Collective
Mind Medicine • Evan Taylor Jones • The Psychedelic Monks
Este’s Church of Love • Ella Jet & Future Soul • Sonic Stew • Firewater Tent Revival • The Reality • Llamas on the Loose
Rusty Shine • Blackwater Grease • SoulJam • NoNeed
The Conglomerate Band • The Bird Tribe • Somatic
Universal Funk Orchestra • Daniel Heitz Band
Oklahoma Stackhouse • Skallop • Flint Blade
High Test • Xotic Yeyo • Razed by Wolves
Oak Ramble • Grumpy Ole Trolls
Blue Sky Pipes and Drums
Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 18th, at 2pm!