The Okeechobee Music Festival is finally here and with it, a host of musical artists ranging in genres from hip hop to country, house and folk, with national and international artists alike. By now, you’ve probably mapped out your schedule to catch all your favorites, but save some spots to check out some South Florida artists. You never know, you might find a new favorite local band.
8 South Florida artists to check out:
Another emerging newcomer from Broward County, Johnny Oz recently finished a 40-city tour, released his mixtape “Dead Man Walking” and songs like “Lauderdale” and “Pay Day.” He’s a busy man, but it won’t be long before Johnny is the new Florida rapper taking the country by storm.
Johnny Oz schedule: Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. at the Aquachobee Beach
This six-piece Orlando band mixes soul, garage and rock ‘n’ roll sounds. The Orlando Weekly labeled them the “Best Soul Act” five years running and “Best Pop Band” in 2017. The group quickly became known for their live shows – sweaty, high-energy sets accompanied by a fair share of dancing and whiskey.
The Sh-Booms schedule: Friday, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Aquachobee Beach
Ski Mask the Slump God
Ski Mask “The Slump God” is one of many talented artists coming out of Broward County right now. He blends sounds from Jamaica with trap beats, pop-culture references and lyricism. He’s best known for the "Members Only Vol. 1" mixtape, released in 2015 with Florida rapper Xxxtentacion. The four-track tape has over millions of plays on SoundCloud.
Ski Mask the Slump God schedule: Friday, 2:35 to 3:45 p.m. at the Be Stage
Magic City Hippies
Magic City Hippies began as a one-man band playing on the streets of Miami. Now with three band-members, the group plays in bigger venues with a unique sound specializing in breezy blends of hip-hop, funk and beach-bum soul.
Magic City Hippies schedule: Friday, 2:50 to 3:50 p.m. at the Here Stage
The Miami-based rap artist is influenced by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and often called “Baby Bones.” He’s dropped hit tracks called "Get Buck" and "Straight Up," four mixtapes and a debut full-length album “Underground Underdog” which reached No. 2 on the iTunes Top Hip Hop Albums.
Pouya schedule: Friday, 4:05 to 5:05 p.m. at the Now Stage
Miami natives drummer Luca Medici and bass Delbert Perez first met skateboarding elementary school. Since then, they’ve played together in orchestras, jazz and metal bands. In high school, they began producing music as INVT, performing at clubs and house parties, and combining futuristic synths, dance beats and jazz.
INVT schedule: Saturday, 12 to 1 p.m. at the Aquachobee Beach
Even though Blackbear was born in Pennsylvania, he was raised in sunny Florida in cities like Daytona Beach and Palm Coast. The American hip hop artist, singer, songwriter and producer is best known for his rap and R&B-oriented music. In 2012, he co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” which hit No. 2 on Billboards Hot 100. He released his first major EP “The Afterglow” in 2014. landing him at No. 4 on Billboard’s Uncharted.
Blackbear schedule: Saturday, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Now Stage
Denzel Curry is a Carol City rapper emerging as one of the underground’s most vibrant young talents, most likely to find breakthrough success in the mainstream. Most recently, he’s joined ASAP Ferg’s North American “Mad Man Tour” and released a a new song, “Kristi YamaGucci” with his tourmates.
Denzel Curry schedule: Sunday, 2:50 to 3:50 p.m. at the Now Stage
IF YOU GO:
The festival ends March 4, but it’s not too late to get tickets. If you’re wondering how you’re going to get to the middle of nowhere, no worries. The festival offers shuttles from West Palm Beach, Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. If you need help packing, check out this list. For tips on enjoying the festival to the fullest click here.
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