Hipster Country

Yeah, you could spend your spring break getting smashed in Cancun, Daytona Beach or Montego Bay. But why pay to party in exotic locations? Why not go out of this world right in your own back yard? One of the best music festivals in the Southeast and the first music festival of the season, Langerado offers a distinct alternative to pricey traveling with the same other-worldly perks.

The 5th Annual Langerado Music Festival, happening March 9-11, features three days of great music at Markham Park in Sunrise. The festival offers a little something for everyone with over 40 bands performing, covering the whole spectrum of musical genres from funk to rock, jam, rap and electronic.

Just off the Sawgrass Expressway on State Road 84, Langerado is pretty close (for us) and when you get there you’ll meet a lot of people who traveled much further: the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Portland and sometimes even further. Last year, Langerado brought together 12,000 people who, rather than passively enjoying the musical experience, might have better thought of each other as family.

FAU senior Cassie McKenney describes her experience as, “A good time to escape from everything and hang out with some like-minded hipsters in a vacation setting. Everyone is smiling-happy to be there.”

With headliners Widespread Panic, Moe and Trey Anastasio, and the opportunity to hear a whole slew of music from bands including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matisyahu, My Morning Jacket and The Disco Biscuits, you can bet Langerado will be a three-day party of epic proportions.

A three-day pass costs $125, which boils down to a little more than $3 a band. Each special late night show costs between $15-$30 depending on the show, that (just to name a few) include Trey Anasatasio and Disco Biscuits at Revolution, Thursday and Friday, respectively, and the North Mississippi Allstars at Culture Room on Saturday. There will be a shuttle available to take you from the park to the late night shows.

Chloe Dolandis, FAU senior, says “I know a lot of people who are really excited for Langerado.” Dolandis even handed out flyers for the music festival in 2005.

“I love music and I think it’s cool that there are so many great bands in one beautiful location.”

Langerado has been named Best Festival by City Link four years running, and New Times Magazine called Langerado 2006 “a culmination of all the assets that South Florida can offer the rest of the world…emitting enough gravity to attract a musical lineup that easily trumped SunFest, Ultra or Global Gathering.”

Past headliners include Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Black Crowes, The String Cheese Incident and Cake.

Other artists performing at Langerado 2007 include: O.A.R. (….of a revolution), Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), Toots and the Maytals, Blackalicious, Perpetual Groove, The Mutaytor and many more.

In the past four years, during the last weekend of spring break-right before we all get back to the grind, tie-dye, good vibes, amazing music and positivity have conjoined with the beautiful South Florida sun and sky to make for an experience that is truly one of a kind. The result? A world of its own called Langerado.