Okeechobee is a Florida festival that’s going down in March. It’s got Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, and Skrillex headlining, and its bill features people like Robert Plant, Future, Ween, and Jason Isbell. It is, in other words, a whole lot like many, many other music festivals. But one thing a music festival can do to set itself apart is the Bonnaroo-style superjam, in which various unlikely combinations of musicians come together for one-off collaborations and surprises. Bonnaroo’s Superjam director Paul Peck has put together one of these for Okechobee, and the festival has given it the unfortunate name “PoWoW!” (Exclamation point theirs.) This one will include some truly strange combinations: Miguel, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, John Oates of Hall & Oates, astral jazz wonder Kamasi Washington, Meters funk legends George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Soulive’s Eric Krasno and Neil Evans, and turntablist Chris Karns. It also promises “very special guests.” Will we get Butler singing backup on “Adorn”? Will Kendrick show up? These are the sorts of questions that may, potentially, lead someone to buy an Okeechobee ticket.
The festival is coming to Okeechobee, Florida, 3/4-6; you can get all relevant info here.