Okeechobee Music Festival is All About The Experiences
February 22, 2017
Music shouldn’t be the sole focus of a festival. If you’ve been to the likes of Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and Burning Man, you know that the main stages are great, but what turns a first-timer into a lifer is the all-around experience. From set production and thoughtful layouts, to a separate schedule of non-music related activities, next weekend’s Okeechobee Music Festival understands exactly what it’s like to build a lasting connection for every type of art-seeker.
They call it the “Cultural Epicenter” and honestly, once you see what they have in store at The Moonlight Oasis, you’ll understand why. This is the magnet that draws each soul to disconnect from daily stress and connect to your six senses, to express yourself freely and give yourself the joy you deserve. Because happiness is always an option in life, and at Okeechobee.
Within the Moonlight Oasis is this mystical intersection of weird and wonderful. In their own words, it’s “curated to feed the soul; inspire creativity, community, and connectedness. ChobeeWobee is a collection of communities all brought together to create a neighborhood to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.” Filled with every kind of immersive experience you can imagine, this will quickly become your favorite spot in the festival. During the day, jam to celestial sounds, participate in classes like a totem making and creative activism workshops, or watch improv and open mic performances. At night, you’ll fall under the spell of some of the most vibrant live artists and masters in the worlds of VR, light design, sound creation, and more. Did we mention it was multi-sensory? From the Pagoda Art Lounge to the Participation Row action village (because who says you can’t do good while you boogie?), thoughtful is an understatement.
This is also where you’ll find your premiere destination for re-centering your entire being: Yogachobee.
Its name gives away a big part of its nature, with workshops by some of the best leaders around ranging from vigorous acro sessions to relaxing flow, and the kind of deep stretching you need after spending continuous hours on your feet. The Healing Sanctuary in the same spiritual commune will cover all things holistic like Thai massages, muscular explorations, and even early morning sound healing. Finally, the Earth Arts Academy featuring classes and talks that touch upon subjects ranging from Urban Super Herbs to Intentional Music Improv and what it means to be a human at this point in time. Your path to self discovery starts here.
The entire festival grounds spans multiple terrains. Forest, plain, and even beach–that’s where Aquachobee comes in. Think: the best summer BBQ you’ve ever had meets a deserted tropical island with all the best vibes you could ask for. During the day, you’ll find the wooden sanctuaries and shady geometric coves a welcoming escape, while having your mind blown by things like water screen light installations, hydrodynamic artistry, and of course, a ferric wheel.
Things to Look For:
If you take a deep look into the site map, you’ll discover there will be a Farmer’s Market on the grounds which definitely has us intrigued. And while we’re on the subject of food, make sure to chat up your vendors because a good amount of them are local. And speaking of local, make sure to support the Moksha Family Art Collective at this year’s gallery within Chobewobee.
But most importantly, don’t forget to buy those tickets because they’re almost sold out and FOMO is not allowed!