Purple Hat Productions has added Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans’ prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, the ethereal funk fusion of Flat Land, Miami’s horn driven producer DJ duo Bedside, and roots rock artists Heather Gillis Band, to the ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball. It has also been announced that The Disco Biscuits’ drummer Allen Aucoin will join MZG for a live band performance.
Taking place at the much-loved Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida June 17-19, 2016, the three-day music festival benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.
The 2016 Purple Hatter’s Ball (PHB) line-up features organic livetronica artists Papadosio, cutting edge producer/guitarist and drummer duo The Floozies, jumpsuit wearing musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious (Rachel’s favorite band), progressive rock and jam band The Mantras, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier and his band, rising stars The Hip Abduction, and many more.
PHB 2016 will utilize three stages including the famed Amphitheater Stage, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River and a Campground Stage, which will morph into the Silent Disco late night. The event also features live art, yoga and workshops. The most memorable moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Each year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on.
A laid-back and intimate event, Purple Hatter’s Ball is the perfect way to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA and more. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking and disc golf.
The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. To join the wait list for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hook-ups, please contact SOSMP at (386) 364-1683.
Tickets are currently on sale at www.PurpleHattersBall.com along with Morningstar Miracle VIP Packages that include VIP area access, dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), an official poster and t-shirt. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal – a cabin for 4 and a golf cart for $575. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style.
Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 Lineup:
The Polish Ambassador
Melvin Seals and JGB*
Roosevelt Collier Band
The Hip Abduction
Trial By Stone
Scott Campbell band with Avis Berry
MZG Live featuring Allen Aucoin
Herd Of Watts
Kaleigh Baker with The Groove Orient
The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience
SPORE with Zahira
Heather Gillis Band*
*Phase 2 band