6th Annual Langerado Music Festival

Music legends R.E.M., the Beastie Boys, and Gibson artists Warren Haynes—with Gov't Mule—and Sam Bush are among the slew of top acts recently announced for the Langerado Music Festival, set for March 6-9, 2008 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The sixth annual gathering, which now officially expands from a day festival to a camping event, also gets a new location next year: the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, which is located off Florida’s infamous "Alligator Alley," approximately 30 miles west of Fort Lauderdale. The venue is best known as being the site of the world’s largest millennium concert on December 31, 1999, hosted by Phish.

R.E.M. is currently putting the finishing touches on their 14th studio album with Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Green Day). They are targeting next spring for the album’s release date. Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule are currently on tour in support of Mule’s latest project, Mighty High, and are set to release a dual-disc concert DVD titled Tail of Two Cities on Dec. 11.

Other artists scheduled for the event include, Phil Lesh and Friends, 311, Matisyahu, Keller Williams, Thievery Corporation, The Roots, Ani DeFranco, Ben Folds, Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, Les Claypool, Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Ozomatli, and Perpetual Groove. Festival organizers Cloud 9 Adventures expect to announce additional artists in the coming weeks.

As always, on-site camping will be available for attendees. A new twist, however, includes the price of camping in the cost of a four-day pass. Festival promoters are distributing the general admission tickets through a tiered pricing system, which will include one-day passes tentatively set to go on sale in January 2008. Complete ticket information and the current list of artists can be found at the festival’s website.—Gabriel J. Hernandez