Suwannee Hulaween: A Florida Band Primer

[Feature photo is The Difference (now Anthill Cinema) with Jon Ditty.]

In previous years, this post has served to alert the many non-Floridians to the richness of the Sunshine State’s contingent of musicians performing at Suwannee Hulaween. However, given the insanity of the past 18 months, this might make good reading for anyone attending Hula who wants to learn about new music. We know that’s a scary subject, but then this is Hulaween, after all!

The majority of the music from Florida will be found on the Campground Stage. There are some who have attended Hula before and never made it there! That’s a shame not only because some brilliant sets have been played there over the years but also because Receptor Sound and Lighting provide the best sound at the festival. Period. The end.



Oxford Noland — excellent rock duo with Aaron Buckingham playing drums and keyboards and Shua Harrell on guitar

Oxford Noland

S.P.O.R.E. — the perfect combination of prog rock and jamtronica. They played the most amazing set at Orange Blossom Jamboree. Matt Weis is joining them again. SICK


Stick Martin & Jon Ditty — the very best in hip hop and madness!

Jon Ditty & Stick Martin. 📷: Silent J Studio

Honey Hounds — booty-shakin’ blues trio from Jacksonville

Honey Hounds – HTNYR – Mandi Nulph

Anthill Cinema — A 7-piece experimental fusion collective from St. Petersburg, these gents rock so damn hard! They performed at Hula 2019 as The Difference.

Anthill Cinema – OBJ 21. 📷: Mandi Nulph

Joe Marcinek Band — this edition of the band just knocked it out of the park (literally) at Clearwater Jazz Holiday, with Tommy Shugart, keyboards; Ashley Galbraith, bass; Taylor Galbraith, drums; and Chris Sgammato, alto sax.

Joe Marcinek Band – Clearwater Jazz Holiday. 📷: Jeffrey Moellering /



TAND — not content with just funk and prog rock, this great band has added jamtronica to their palette. Added Mike Garulli of The Heavy Pets, too.


Shine & the Shakers — Saucy sounds that bite back! This vibe will take you, shake you, and remake you. Get into it. SERIOUSLY.

Shine & The Shakers

The Reality — ridiculous funksters now also delving into prog rock and jamtronica (must be the new trifecta!)

The Reality. 📷: Chris Schmitt – GRTWHT Photography

Magic City Hippies — this Miami-based indie funk band, dusted with a taste of hip hop, and baked in an oven of soul got the call to do back-to-back Hulas! They rocked 2019.

Magic City Hippies shot by Zach Sanders

Greenhouse Lounge — their last gig at the park was AURA 2016. This edition 2.0 is spectacular. Yep, the trifecta!

Greenhouse Lounge. 📷: DagPics

KAMANI — OK, so we know Nikki Glaspie is from Texas, but we’ll boast bass player Matt Lapham (still my favorite player on the planet)

Matt Lapham & Nikki Glaspie – KAMANI – 📷 Shelly Smith




Someday Honey — soulful roots, rock, and American featuring Kaleigh Baker on vocals and Matt Walker on guitar

Kaleigh Baker’s Someday Honey. 📷: Scott Hopkins

ASTRO — Ashley Smith and the Random Occurrence bowled us over at OBJ with a slinky, silky set of… well, they knocked us out.

Ashley Smith & the Random Occurrence – OBJ 21. 📷: Mandi Nulph

Revival — “Drawing from the rich traditions of old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and gospel, Revival’s mission is to perform music that nourishes and rejuvenates the human soul.” Two words: Avis Berry. One word: INCREDIBLE




Goldenera — live and energetic hip hop band out of Seminole Heights

GoldenEra – Kenny Stadelman Benefit 07.18.21. 📷: Funk Eye Media

Roosevelt Collier Band — at this very minute, Collier is gallivanting around Europe with Bokanté, but rest assured he’ll be back in time to shut down Hulaween 2021! The Dr. is IN!

Roosevelt Collier Band. 📷: M. Alan



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