Umphrey’s McGee replaces ​​JRAD as new Suwannee Hulaween headliner

Article Contributed by JSloane Creative | Published on Monday, October 25, 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will not perform at this year’s sold-out Suwannee Hulaween, taking place Thursday, October 28 until Sunday, October 31 at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Instead, Hulaween veterans Umphrey’s McGee will fill the headlining slot with their vivacious, experimental blend of rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, reggae, electronic, folk and more.

Bringing over 100 of the most diverse live and electronic acts to Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, the sold-out Hulaween 2021 marks a triumphant return for the festival. Since its inception in 2013, the Halloween-themed festival has evolved into one of the country’s leading cross-genre festivals.

Attendees can view the festival set times on Hulaween’s social media accounts and the festival app, available on the App Store and Google Play. All set times are subject to change.

For the eighth edition of the festival, Hulaween welcomes host band The String Cheese Incident for three nights of unrivaled bluegrass-focused jamming along with headliners Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Zeds Dead (Deadbeats Takeover), Umphrey's McGee, and Greensky Bluegrass. Hulaween offers attendees five different stages for dancing: The Meadow Stage, The Hallows Stage, Amphitheater Stage, Spirit Lake Stage, and Campground Stage.

Hulaween 2021 will bring highly sought-after acts to The Meadow Stage, where headliners The String Cheese Incident and Skrillex will close out Friday evening following live performances from Dumpstaphunk and Raquel Rodriguez throughout the day. On Saturday, The Meadow Stage presents live performances from Magnolia Boulevard followed by headliners The String Cheese Incident and My Morning Jacket. On the final day at The Meadow Stage, Hulaween attendees will dance the night away on Halloween with live performances from Sierra Hull and headliners The String Cheese Incident and Khruangbin.

Starting the weekend off strong, The newly-positioned Hallows Stage opens on Thursday, October 28 for DJ sets from LSDREAM, Deathpact, GG Magree, Wreckno, and headliners Zeds Dead for their Deadbeats takeover. On Friday, The Hallows Stage presents jam bands Tank and The Bangas, Russell Batiste & Friends, and West End Blend before evening DJ sets from Bonobo and Chris Lake. The Hallows Stage party continues on Saturday with live performances from Durand Jones & The Indications, Cautious Clay, Bedouine, Someday Honey, and headliner Leon Bridges. For the final day of Hulaween, The Hallows Stage will be home to special performances from Jungle, Turkuaz / Remain In Light, and Maggie Rose.

The spirit of Suwannee Hulaween burns bright on The Amphitheater Stage, opening Thursday for live performances from Kyle Hollingsworth Band and headliners Umphrey's McGee and Greensky Bluegrass. On Friday, attendees can catch a mix of DJ sets and live performances from Lettuce, Manic Focus, The Floozies, and Daily Bread while Saturday’s lineup features a hip-hop edge with performers Cordae, Earthgang, Masego, The Original Nth Power, and Little Stranger. For Halloween night, Hulaween transforms The Amphitheater Stage into a hub for dreamy music with performers Lane 8, Surf Mesa, EVAN GIIA, and Lamorn.

For those who march to the beat of their own drum, unique sounds and styles are in store at the Spirit Lake Stage, featuring Thursday performances from Lotus, SunSquabi, Break Science, LeSpecial, and S.P.O.R.E. On Friday, Spirit Lake features a stacked lineup of genre-bending acts: Grass Is Dead, Neal Francis, Krasno & The Assembly, Magic CIty Hippies, Celisse, and Tand will bring their unique sounds to the stage. Attendees can dance their entire Saturday away at Spirit Lake with DJ sets from Claude VonStroke, Mark Farina, LP Giobbi, Nala, BIICLA, MZG, and Booty Boo b2b VladTheInhaler followed by a late-night live performance from the Jon Stickley Trio. To close out the weekend, Hulaween invites Mersiv, Mize, VEIL b2b NotLö, and Levitation Jones to Spirit Lake followed by a final performance from Roosevelt Collier.

Funk and blues are the heart and soul of the Campground Stage, where acts Joe Marcinek Band, Anthill Cinema, Honey Hounds, Stick Martin and Jon Ditty, Oxford Noland, and Grandpa Da Gambler will perform the first day of Hulaween. Friday at the Campground Stage offers more extraordinary live performances from Kamani, Flipturn, Greenhouse Lounge, The Fritz, The Reality, and Shine and The Shakers while Saturday brings Funk You, Rohan Solo, Honey Island Swamp Band, Nerf The World, Revival, and Astro to the stage. For the celebratory final day of Hulaween, the endlessly exciting Dr. Bacon, Tire Fire, JGBCB, Lesibu Grand, Grandpa Da Gambler, and GoldenEra will close out the Campground Stage for the weekend.