Orange Blossom Jamboree Schedule!
We are ten days out from the great Florida showcase Orange Blossom Jamboree, affectionately known as OBJ. The schedule for this year is scaled back just a little bit, but frankly everyone is just so relieved there WILL BE an OBJ this year. Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville is the home of OBJ, this year from Thursday, May 13, to Sunday, May 16 (and watch this space for announcement about Wednesday).
The weekend features 39 sets splashed over three stages. You could catch 27 of those without missing a note — but that would be a huge mistake. The Cypress Stage is the one underneath the permanent structure, with the Citrus Stage adjacent to it. Those two stages alternate performances each day. It’s the Clementine Stage out near the field that holds the other dozen performances, and there’s not a single one of those that doesn’t merit your attention.
Our recommendation, as always: see all of the bands you know and love, but be sure to leave time for new discoveries and new loves! There are quite a few first-time OBJ bands on the lineup. Also notice that music begins at 1 p.m. Friday through Saturday and that music shuts down at midnight (officially, anyway!).
**There will be no printed schedule handed out this year. We suggest printing out the Thursday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday schedules ahead of time!**
Opening day features nine great performances, beginning with Lucid Wake at 4:25. That’s Stephanie Perez’s band; she TORE. IT. UP. at Fool’s Engagement. Joy Wagon did as well, especially that incendiary performance closing down Fool’s. And then Tire Fire (Dani Jaye, Trey Miller, Arrie Bozeman, Sean Hartley, and Jack Boyanton) rolls in with enough Floridians to qualify!
George Pennington is back to shred with abandon, as are Tony Tyler Trance. We missed Daniel Heitz Band at Fool’s and will NOT make that mistake again! He is awesome; be sure also to check out his band Steeln’ Peaches. No secret that we hold jamtronic prog masters Guavatron in the highest regard.
The not-so-secret word for the weekend is tribute sets, and Thursday features two of those: Dead Set Florida and Wall of Echoes. Those would of course pay homage to The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.
Talk about starting off with a BANG!
There’s no fluff in the Friday schedule, either, with a dozen solid bands. The Good Wood Band is always a good way to wake up; they begin at noon. Grindstone Sinners have really established themselves with monster sets at Monster Mash, Fool’s Engagement, and shows all over. This will be the first time for rocker Hannah Harber & the Lionhearts; be sure to welcome them to OBJ!
Do the same for the eclectic Ashley Smith & the Random Occurrence, who delighted at Gasparilla Music Festival just before the shutdown. We often complain there are not enough women on festival lineups, but not at OBJ! Fully half of the day’s performances feature powerhouse women. That includes SoulJam, always a crowd favorite, the electrifying Shevonne, whose set at Suwannee Hulaween truly elevated her profile, and the magnificent Applebutter Express.
And the hits just keep on comin’! Row Jomah are back for more great music from Joe Roma, and GoldenEra will have you hippin’ and hoppin’. Anthill Cinema kicked major ass opening Suwannee Rising. Steeln’ Peaches is a dynamic Allman Brothers tribute featuring a wide range of the band’s material, and the ubiquitous Uncle John’s Band are back to do what they do best.
We haven’t seen Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu in a hot minute and are looking forward to starting the day just after 1. Shawn Brown is a master of the Hammond B3 organ, worthy of your attention (all 12 acts are!). You will always have fun with Mountain Holler & Friends, and that goes double for Este Loves and whatever amazing conglomeration she conjures up on stage.
We don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little “Grungy surfy bluesy psyche rock with garage punk influence” courtesy of Fuzzy Britches. The Headtones stepped up big at Fool’s Engagement, as did the genre-warping Ajeva. Oxford Noland is a fascinating duo with Bucky Buckingham playing drums AND keyboards, effectively!
Speaking of genre-warping, S.P.O.R.E. is back for lots more fun, and Led Zep, with lead singer Tony Tyler, hones in on the early bluesy material of LZ.
Two more sets promise to be very special. One is the return of the mighty prog/jamtronic monster Greenhouse Lounge, and the other is Tand, who about ripped the space-time continuum with their spectacular set at Fool’s.
Chuck Magid Band opens the day; Magid is also with Steeln’ Peaches. The Vivid Moxie brings the punk funk to Sunday! It never matters whom Sean Maloney recruits; Legacy Orchestra Collective will be superb. Do not miss the wonderful eclecticness of Free Range Strange nor the brilliant prog/jam styling of Electric Kif, who also knocked it out at Fool’s.
And, for a REALLY good time, call The Black Honkeys Band. They get to close OBJ 2021 in style with rock, funk, soul, and good, good times!
Thank you, Russ and Toby Bowers, for inviting us again, and thank you, Dunedin Brewery, for your continued sponsorship! See you in ten days!