Suwanneee Hulaween: String Cheese, Odesza, Jamiroquai, Janelle Monae Top Fla. Festival Bill

Suwannee Hulaween
Dave Vann
– Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween, The String Cheese Incident’s yearly Halloween bash, has announced this year’s lineup featuring Jamiroquai, Odesza, Janelle Monáe, Tipper, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, STS9, REZZ, Tory Lanez, and many others Oct. 26-28 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla.

Jamiroquai’s appearance will be just one of five 2018 North American performances by the funk group, including Coachella, which was their first North American shows in more than a decade. 
Other artists on the lineup include  Gramatik, Action Bronson, Lettuce, Trampled By Turtles, Stephen Marley, Bishop Briggs, Dr. Dog, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mavis Staples, Yonder Mountain String Band, and still others. There’s an official pre-party on Thursday featuring Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, STS9, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters and more for fans who want to set up shop a little early and enjoy extra jams. 
Hulaween partner and talent buyer Michael Berg told Pollstar he is proud of this year’s lineup and made a conscious effort toward gender-neutral billing. 

“We are proud of our efforts to feature and include so many wonderful women across all genres from the headliner tier down. Due to artist unavailability, passing and/or scheduling conflicts, we wish there were more women on the final line up,” Berg added. “However, it certainly was not from a lack of trying or having it be a topic of conversation within the core Hula team.”
Some of those artists and groups include headliner Janelle Monae, fresh off the release of her new Dirty Computer LP, as well as  Rezz, STS9, Bishop Briggs, Lizzo, Mavis Staples, Yonder Mountain String Band, Turkuaz, CloZee, Knower, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Ghost Light, Maddy O’Neal and several others.”
The event started as The String Cheese Incident’s freaky Halloween party and has not so quietly turned into a picturesque destination event attracting 20,000-strong daily crowds.
“The goal was always to grow it into something bigger and better,” Berg told Pollstar previously. “We are completely independent at Silver Wrapper. Part of the charm of what we do is it’s our own ass on the line and our money.”
The lush environment of the venue makes the site one of the festival’s main attractions, located about 90 minutes from Tallahassee and Jacksonville, with the park offering comforts including a general store, full-service restaurant, showers, indoor bathrooms and water station to go along with the otherworldly art installations and offering morning yoga, speaker sessions, workshops and more. 
Tickets are on sale now.