The ‘Gum Drop Volume XXIII: Hear New Rafter, Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets To Langerado

Rafter Roberts, aka San Diego-based Asthmatic Kitty carrot top Rafter, has been composing a “song a day” after the release of his second full-length Sex Death Cassette. “Fruit,” one such catchy nugget of weird, appeared for the first time in this week’s Gum Drop. For the occasion, he explained the “love and lust” story behind the song’s creation. (Note: It has a happy ending). You can live vicariously through his words while you indulge in Rafter’s “Fruit” over here.

On top of the tune, we offered the chance for one winner to nab a pair of tickets/VIP Passes to Florida’s sunny Langerado Music Festival, where you can catch R.E.M., the National, Beastie Boys, and dozens of others. Full list after the jump.

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[Photo by Lizeth Santos, who you’ll learn more about in the Rafter Q&A]

One winner gets two tickets/VIP passes to the sixth annual multi-stage, outdoor-camping Langerado Music Festival, which takes place 3/6-3/9 on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation, 30 minutes outside of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. That’s 600+ acres of a federally protected Seminole Indian Reservation. Your pair of VIP tickets includes:

  • Two (2) Four-Day passes to the 2008 Langerado Music Festival
  • Secluded VIP Camping area
  • Langerado Merchandise Package including festival T-Shirt, Poster and more
  • Exclusive Access to the Everglades Oasis Lounge conveniently located between the main stages, featuring an assortment of relaxing activities
  • Exclusive Viewing area for main stages
  • Daily Catered Buffet and snacks
  • Discounted Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Air conditioned bathroom facilities
  • Shower facilities
  • Daily massage tent available

All that — plus other amenities — and you’ll be rocking to R.E.M., Beastie Boys, the National, and Vampire Weekend, along with the following (following the alligator).

Phil Lesh & Friends
311
Matisyahu
Thievery Corporation
The Roots
Built to Spill
Gov’t Mule
Ani DiFranco
Ben Folds
G. Love & Special Sauce
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Les Claypool
Umphrey’s McGee
The Disco Biscuits
Mickey Hart Band
of Montreal
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
The Wailers
funky Meters
Citizen Cope
Antibalas
!!!
Dark Star Orchestra
Ozomatli
Sam Bush
Minus the Bear
Ghostland Observatory
Arrested Development
Blind Melon
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
The New Deal
Benevento Russo Duo
Perpetual Groove
Railroad Earth
Martin Sexton
The Avett Brothers
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The Walkmen
Dr. Dog
Indigenous
State Radio
Vampire Weekend
The Bad Plus
The Felice Brothers
Pelican
Yard Dogs Road Show
Brett Dennen
Earl Greyhound
The New Mastersounds
Dan Deacon
Josh Ritter
Pete Francis
Ryan Shaw
Blitzen Trapper
matt pond PA
The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
Bassnectar
Balkan Beat Box
The Lee Boys
Shout Out Louds
Golem
The Wood Brothers
Busdriver
Raq
Will Hoge
Spam Allstars
Phix
American Babies
The Heavy Pets
Backyard Tire Fire
The Postmarks
Steel Train
Hoots and Hellmouth
Jonah Smith
Pnuma Trio
Awesome New Republic
That 1 Guy
Trevor Hall
American Bang
School of Rock All-Stars

And a ton more. Enter to win here. You can find out even more at the official site. Or listen to some of the bands here. Those R.E.M. guys are pretty good. Also, there’s still time for two winners each to take home a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and a copy of Jean’s Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant. You can enter to win those over here.

CONTEST ENDS 02/20/08 AT 12PM EST.

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