Suwannee Rising Comes Roaring Back with Soul-Satisfying 2022 Lineup
The wait is over for fans of Suwannee Rising, which just revealed a soul-satisfying 2022 lineup featuring an inspiring and multifaceted array of talent drawn from the worlds of funk, soul, blues, jam, and Americana. To be held April 7-9 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL, the bill is topped by Alabama-based gospel-powered soul octet St. Paul and The Broken Bones; legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. with fellow Crescent City funk grandmasters Dumstaphunk performing music from The Meters; Indiana’s retro-soul outfit Durand Jones & The Indications, and much more.
With more than 30 bands on the roster, the gods of future funk and bluesy soul continue to smile on the third incarnation of Suwannee Rising with appearances by New Orleans funk heroes Galactic; scorching hot Southern blues rockers North Mississippi All-Stars; piano virtuoso and groove soulster Neal Francis; British electro-funk quintet Franc Moody; Americana soul singer Maggie Rose; soulful jazz/funk/hip-hop fusion quintet Butcher Brown; and the modern Afro-beat progressive funk collective Polyrhythmics.
There’s even more to love on this oh-so-satisfying lineup featuring Magnolia Boulevard, Joe Marcinek Band with Jason Hann, Steve Molitz & Ola Timothy; Brother and Sister (Melody and Vaylor Trucks), Daniel Donato, Bonnie Blue, Electric Kif, Erin and the Wildfire, Cowford, Heather Gillis Band, Ernie Johnson From Detroit, Lemon City Trio, Savants of Soul, The Headtones, Fusion Jonez, Beartoe, Eddie 9V, Anthill Cinema, Albert Simpson, and Revival.
Fans will want to stick around until the last notes sound for what’s sure to be a historic closing set by The Nth Power Ball, a collaboration featuring the trio’s beating heart made up of drummer Nikki Glaspie, guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Cassarino, and bassist Nate Edgar who will be joined by Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, Pete Levin, Scott Flynn, Greg Erwin, and Melody and Vaylor Trucks (Brother and Sister) rounding out this eye-popping collective.
One more star of the show worth mentioning is the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park itself. Bordered by the historic Suwannee River, its enchanted grounds offers 800 bucolic acres filled with moss-draped oaks, full-service campgrounds with showers and bathrooms, a general store, restaurant, and of course, the enchanted Spirit Lake.
The ongoing pandemic has made a rough go of it for the live music industry with Suwannee Rising being no exception. 2020’s edition had to be canceled due to the pandemic, but the festival’s second iteration roared back to life in 2021 with a buoyant and joyful celebration of music, community, and hope thanks to the hard work of organizer Paul Levine and the team at his promotions company Suwannee Live. A shoutout also goes out to the staff at SOSMP, who do an exceptional job at seeing to the comfort and safety of guests.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. EST and can be purchased at the official Suwannee Rising website. For more information, click on the links below.