Valdosta Daily Times


February 11, 2014

Electronic music festival to light up the woods

LIVE OAK, Fla. — While its theme has made it the Southeast’s premier live electronic music festival, Aura has become a celebration of various genres of music and art styles.

The Aura Music & Arts Festival opens later this week at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Aura is the latest music festival to come to the park which also hosts the Suwannee Springfest and Magnolia roots music festivals, the country music-driven Suwannee River Jam and the Allman Brothers-sponsored Wanee festival.

“Since its humble beginnings in Brooksville, Aura has become one of the premier multi-day boutique music events in the Southeast U.S., attracting fans from around the country,” notes Susan K. Lamb, the music park’s media relations representative. “Now comfortably at home at the famed Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Aura comes to life in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River and utilizes one of the most beautiful natural amphitheaters in the country only made more awe-inspiring by Aura’s attention to sound and lighting production.”

Festival organizers have added “the Vibe Tent,” which features a yoga and healing program, and other events. Aura also features live painters, an interactive arts village, a canned-food drive, and a charity disc tournament.

But it is the music that brings people to festivals.

The festival’s headliners are Lotus, Papadosio and Conspirator. Also performing on the music park stages are Zoogma, The Werks, The Revivalists, Particle, the Heavy Pets, Future Rock, Marco Benevento, Mike Dillon Band, Kung Fu, Dopapod, Stokeswood (including a tribute set to Hall & Oates), Superhuman Happiness, Start Making Sense: A Tribute to the Talking Heads, Earphunk, Twiddle, Jimkata, etc. Several of these bands will play two sets during the three-day festival.

While the festival’s official dates are Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16, early campers at the music park will get a treat Thursday, Feb. 13, as Florida-based bands the Heavy Pets, Greenhouse Lounge and the Funky Nuggets play.

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