Purple Hat Productions has made several announcements for the ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball (PHB) taking place at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida June 17-19, 2016 including an Action Day with activist The Polish Ambassador, a Thursday Pre-Party, and the line-ups for the Silent Disco and the Beach Stage.
ActionDays.us, a platform launched by The Polish Ambassador that gathers musicians and fans to instigate community action, will host a meeting at the intersection of music and activism on the banks of the Suwannee River. Coming together on the day before the festival, on Thursday, June 16, they will bring the power of the people together with purpose. PHB attendees are invited to unite in action and have an amazing time, getting their hands in the dirt and then raising them up in the air, with their choice of awesome activities that build skills, relationships, and tangible regenerative projects that will make Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park better for all participants having been there. The projects will go as follows:
Project 1: Restore and prepare garden areas to plant a Food Forest that will nourish the land and people for generations to come.
Project 2: Build multi-purpose Waste Management Stations that reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources consumed by inefficient disposal practices.
Project 3: Learn about Soil Testing (what is in the dirt, and is it good for you?), Mycoremediation (mushrooms that clean it up!), Permaculture (how plants, animals, and people interact together) and more.
As a thank you for their work, Action Day participants are invited to attend the Thursday Night Pre-Party for FREE featuring Sunsquabi, Savi Fernandez Birthday Band, Space Kadet and Gypsy Elise.
Purple Hatter’s also unveiled the line-up for the Beach Stage, which is located along the wild black-water Suwannee River, and perfect for dancing away on hot summer days, and the late night Silent Disco, which will keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Featured artists include Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Elliot Mess, Combustible and many others.
On the Amphitheater and Campgroud Stages, Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 features organic livetronica artists Papadosio, cutting edge producer/guitarist and drummer duo The Floozies, jumpsuit wearing musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans’ prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, 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.
Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss in this feature, “How One Mother Turned Tragedy Into Triumph: The Rachel Morningstar Hoffman Story”, (http://bit.ly/1TewmFy), which includes a touching one-on-one interview with Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie). Rachel’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20.
The most memorable moment of the Purple Hatter’s Ball weekend is when 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.
Purple Hatter’s Ball also features live art, yoga, and workshops. It’s the perfect environment to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA, and more, during a laid-back and intimate event. 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
Late Night Silent Disco + Beach Stage
Big Bucks Crew
Vlad the Inhaler
Thursday Night Pre-Party
Savi Fernandez Birthday Band