AURA Music Festival
The Saturday lineup for Aura fest featured some of the best performances of the weekend. Artists like Kung Fu, Nigel Hall, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and Perpetual Groove’s second set of the weekend made the day a nonstop party.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band rocked the daytime with their funk-laden grooves. The band surprised the crowd with an appearance by Lettuce guitarist Adam “Schmeeans” Smirnoff. Check back soon for our exclusive video interview with the band.
Nigel Hall is no stranger to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. He performs every year at the venue’s Bear Creek festival. For Aura, Hall teamed up with the band Kung Fu to bring the audience a Stevie Wonder tribute set. Hall kept the music fresh by playing a few obscure Wonder songs that some fans might not expect.
“This is an educational set with a lot of songs Stevie Wonder probably wouldn’t perform anymore…the great thing about Stevie is that he has written every song that matters in the world. Whatever songs we choose to do will be fine,” says Nigel Hall as he discusses the setlist selection.
The major event of the night was of course Perpetual Groove. The band ran over their set time, as they played extended ten-minute plus instrumental jams as well as catchy melodic vocal songs. The set closer “It Starts Where It Ends” could not be more appropriate as the band winds down to hiatus. Brock Butler seemed to be reassuring the audience as he sang lyrics such as “I try to remember that it’s all in the master plan.”
The audience at a good festival is just as much of an attraction as the fans. Many fans will become a part of the entertainment by contributing lights, juggling, hula-hoops, and fire dancing to the mix. At night the audience becomes a sea of color and excitement.
The visual arts are also represented. Several painters try to express their interpretation of the concerts with their own paintings that they create live during the performance. The result is collaboration between artists of different mediums, with each having an effect on the other’s artistic achievements.
Look forward to our exclusive interview with Perpetual Groove’s Adam Perry and Matt Mcdonald as they discuss the hiatus and their upcoming project Ghost Owl.