Festival Noize: Taste Of Country, Okeechobee, FPSF, Fortress, Vortex

Catskills’ The Taste Of Country Music Festival sets final lineup … Okeechobee announces PoWoW! artists … Lorde, Flume, G-Eazy among the headliners for Houston’s FPSF … New Fortress Fest announces lineup, and Wichita’s Vortex readies for its first year. 

The Taste Of Country Music Festival made its final lineup announcement this week, adding Joe Nichols, Maddie & Tae, Cody Johnson and RaeLynn to the grand plan for

James P. Hendershot
– Joe Nichols
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

The additions also include Steve Moakler, Smithfield, Courtney Cole, Brooke Eden and Jackson Michelson.

But we’re just skimming the surface of TOC’s talent-filled plans. Previously announced artists include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt headlining a roster that includes Chris Young, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr and Maren Morris.

Three-day passes start at $175, while VIP Outlaw packages begin at $519. Check out TasteOfCountry.com for more details.

Michael McDonald tops the list of artists on the PoWoW! during this year’s Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival.
Billed as “a once in a lifetime superstar collaboration, ” the PoWoW! stars the former Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers artist performing with Gallant, Griz, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Antwaun Stanley, and Snarky Puppy members Robert Sput

John Davisson
– Michael McDonald
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, La.

Searight, Chris Bullock, Jay Jennings, and Justin Stanton. Plus special guests, of course.

The PoWoW! is a spectacular within a spectacular and takes place the evening of March 4 during the fest’s March 2-5 run at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Fla.

Once again Okeechobee has plenty for everybody. Kings Of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights (live band), Sturgill Simpson and Solange are just a few of the artists snagged for lineup duty.

Organizers have issued a “low ticket warning,” saying they will sell out of tickets before the festival gets underway. Best to go to OkeechobeeFest.com right now rather than wait until later.

Lorde, Flume, G-Eazy, Cage The Elephant, Solange, and The Shins are headliners for the ninth annual Free Press Summer Festival, affectionately abbreviated as FPSF and planned for a triumphant return to Houston’s

Presenting more than 55 acts on four stages, FPSF will also host Tove Lo, Carnage, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Jon Bellion, Jauz, Grouplove, Milky Chance, DVBBS, Portugal. The Man, Big K.R.I.T., Charli XCX and many others.

Tickets are on sale now. Head over to FPSF.com for everything you need to know.

John Davisson
– Run The Jewels
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

Speaking of the Lone Star State, Fort Worth’s inaugural Fortress Festival has unveiled its daily lineups. taking over the city’s Cultural District April 29-30, Fortress has booked headliners Run The Jewels and Purity Ring along with Flying Lotus, Slowdive, Houndmouth, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Wolf Parade and many others.

Here’s the schematic:

Saturday, April 29: Run The Jewels, Flying Lotus, Houndmouth, Wolf Parade, Survive, Sam Lao, Ronnie Heart, Burning Hotels, Bobby Sessions, Blue, The Misfit, Cure For Paranoia

Sunday, April 30: Purity Ring, Slowdive, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats,

The festival features two stages with one located on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center while the other one rocks out on the reflecting pond at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Tickets, including two-day, single-day plus VIP options are available now. Click here for more details.

Looks as if Wichita, Kan., will host a new festival, according to that city’s media outlets.

The first-ever live music / camping Vortex Music Festival is slated for Aug. 4-5 in downtown Wichita. That’s right, camping and music in the heart of the city.

Dan Steinberg / Invision / AP
– Dwight Yoakam
Stagecoach, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

Dwight Yoakam will headline Aug. 4, reports KSN-TV, describing the fest as having “an American and alt-country flair.” Pokey LaFarge, Lindi Ortega and

Saturday morning includes an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast while the Cherokee Maidens perform. Other attractions include local craft beers, a food truck rally, a midnight movie and glow-in-the-dark games.

Tickets are on sale now. Follow this link for instructions.