Column: Why you should go to Aura Music Festival this year

Florida Atlantic students will be performing, volunteering, and attending Aura Music Festival for its sixth year


Photo by Phil Sunkel

The folks at Aura Music & Arts Festival just announced the schedule for the 2015 installation of their increasingly successful festival. Last year’s festival saw over 4,000 guests in attendance — the year before that had about 3,500. Held in the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., Aura Fest is about a five-hour drive from Boca Raton, and this year, it is conveniently during FAU’s spring break (March 6-8).

Aura Fest is catered toward people interested in funk, jam, rock and electronica bands, camping, yoga and great food. Last year, the UP wrote a review of Aura and reported about the event, along with other Florida Atlantic students’ experiences at the festival. They played in some of the bands, helped set up and tear down the stages or attended just for the music and atmosphere.

In contrast to local festivals like Ultra and Warped Tour, the environment is very laid back at AURA. The goal, as stated on their Facebook page, of “a community of music, arts, culture and togetherness” is achieved through the music, yoga sessions, camping, food trucks (that serve vegan and vegetarian options), and through the staff and attendees.

This year’s lineup features The Disco Biscuits, moe and Papadosio playing two sets each along with Break Science Live Band (as opposed to the usual DJ/drummer duo), Dopapod and over 20 other bands from around the country. Some of the bands on the roster are from South Florida including The Heavy Pets, Uproot Hootenanny, whose guitar and violin players both graduated from FAU, Juke, and Fusik.

In addition to the live music that will go from Thursday to Sunday, yoga and healing arts studios, BoomYoga from Miami, Dharmi Vortex from Miami, AcroYoga from San Francisco, as well as others will be holding workshops Friday through Sunday from morning to evening.

Live for Live Music has already published an article explaining why AURA should be your first music festival of the season, but if you’re still not sure, we heard from some fellow Owls who will be there this year.

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