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Looking Back On An Amazing Weekend At Fool's Paradise April 10, 2017 14:19

Words & Photos by Amanda Franklin

Last weekend, funk fanatics and groove chasers gathered at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to celebrate another weekend of incredible music at Fool’s Paradise.  The weather was immaculate, spirits were high, and the music, to no surprise, was spot-on.

Friday highlights included Manic Science supplying a funk-heavy electronic set, Lettuce supplying the sunset vibes, and JRAD bringing the absolute heat and Tom Hamilton closing off the night with some raging riffs.  The crowd echoed throughout the amphitheater as everyone joined in belting "Brown Eyed Woman" along with Scott Metzger and Hamilton.  Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti carried the 10+ minute jam as the band traversed between the mellow melody and high-energy playing.  Fans screamed in support as the guitarists mercilessly shredded and everyone in the crowd that night could agree, we wished “the music never stopped.”

The next day, The Main Squeeze it up a Saturday night fever by kicking off the day’s lineup.  The Floozies laid down the funk with a practically flawless show and thrilled the crowd by bringing out The Shady Horns for a portion of their set.  However, Lettuce’s closing set that night stole the weekend.  They began by immersing the crowd in smooth, psychedelic jams that highlighted the band’s incredible flow and cohesiveness.  The energy increased and Lettuce played perfectly to the people of St. Augustine with rich reggae undertones and an Exodus cover.  Antwaun Stanley joined the band for a cover of Vulfpeck’s "Funky Duck," which was an outright dance party in every sense of the word.

Even though attendance was slightly lower compared to last year, Fool’s Paradise proved again that they are a festival force to be reckoned with and drove home the fact that we’ll never miss this weekend as long as it’s put on.  Fool’s has everything you could ever want in a fest—a gorgeous venue, incredible crowd, stellar staff, unbeatable vibes, and sounds supplied by funk’s finest.  Honestly, what more could you ask for?

Watch complete footage of Joe Russo's Almost Dead's set here:

 


Fool's Paradise Releases Complete Weekend Schedue March 17, 2017 09:31



Photos by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo

Fool’s Paradise is just around the corner! We’re gearing up for a weekend with Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science), The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store. 
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In addition to the main lineup, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! On Friday, March 31, there will be performances from Jaw GemsEric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. On Saturday, April 1stDumpstaphunk will bring their unique brand of down-and-dirty New Orleans funk to the Elk’s Lodge for a very special late night set, their only performance at Fool’s Paradise. After Dumpstaphunk finishes up, they’ll join forces with members of Lettuce to form this year’s “Fools For Funk” super group.

There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes, The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky, and Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley, or ping-pong tournament with Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff, or a sailing adventure and DJ set at sea with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best.

There will also be music at the Elk's Lodge on Saturday afternoon, from 1PM-4PM with performances from AjevaThe Groove Orient, and Ben Strok & The Full Electric. More information can be found here.

With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore.

For more information on VIP packages, hotel packages, camping options, or other recommendations, click here. See you at Fool’s Paradise!

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Check out the official 2016 Fool's Paradise aftermovie here:
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Fool's Paradise Adds The Motet, Antwaun Stanley, And Much More February 03, 2017 01:00

Photos by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo by Keith G

The forecast for the upcoming Fool’s Paradise just got a little sunnier with some very exciting lineup additions and late-night announcements. In addition to the previously announced lineup, the Florida destination event has added funk/dance powerhouse The Motet to the bill, and announced frequent Vulfpeck vocal collaborator Antwaun Stanley as an Artist-At-Large.

On Friday March 31st, Lettuce will kick off their first night with premier Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus & Break Science, LA-based groove masters Organ Freeman, along with Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists-At-Large.

On Saturday April 1st, Lettuce will close the celebration with electro-funk duo The Floozies, The Motet, and contemporary funk ragers The Main Squeeze, with Antwaun Stanley as an Artist-At-Large.

Fans can expect various cross-collaborations by the artists in attendance.

When the music at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre comes to an end each day, fans will have the option of continuing over to the Elk’s Lodge for additional late night after shows. The intimate venue will host a series of separately ticketed shows from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge onFriday, March 31st along with performances by Dumpstaphunk and the “Fools For Funk” featuring members of Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, and more on Saturday, April 1st.

St. Augustine is roughly one hour from Jacksonville, one hour from Gainesville, and two hours from Orlando. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to theFountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, oceanic activities, and historical adventures galore, attendees will have plenty to explore during their stay. Stay tuned for artist excursion announcements coming soon!

Brought to you by Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, Live for Live Music, and Silver Wrapper, Fool’s Paradise is set to return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for the second year in a row. The state-of-the-art performing arts venue is nestled in a beautiful 16-acre section of Anastasia State Park. Campgrounds and beach shores make up this perfect Florida landscape.

The entire venue is General Admission, with the exception of minimal reserved seating. VIP packages will include reserved seating in front of the soundboard, priority access to the pit area, artist happy hour, discount alcoholic beverages, event poster and t-shirt. Hotel/Camping packages include lodging, transportation, VIP tickets to the event, and late-night tickets.

If guests are craving the ultimate outdoor experience, there are two nearby campsites with availabilities at Anastasia State Park and KOA Campgrounds. The city also offers a variety of lodging options.

Tickets for two-day passes are currently on sale, with single day and late night tickets going on sale this Friday, February 3 at 10am ET! For more information, visit www.FoolsParadiseFL.com

 


Fool’s Paradise Lineup:

Friday 3/31:
Lettuce
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Manic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science)
Organ Freeman
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Saturday 4/1:
Lettuce
The Motet
The Floozies
The Main Squeeze

Artists At Large:
Oteil Burbridge
Antwaun Stanley

Friday 3/31 Late Night:
Jaw Gems
Eric Krasno Band
Infinity Jam (Eric Krasno & Oteil Burbridge plus special guests)

Saturday 4/1 Late Night:
Dumpstaphunk
Fools For Funk (Members of Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & more)

Watch the official 2016 Fool's Paradise recap video here:
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Fool's Paradise Announces 2017 Lineup January 17, 2017 12:33

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo by Keith G

On March 31 & April 1, Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, Live for Live Music, andSilver Wrapper will host the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise, a funk-fueled destination event taking place in the heart of one of America's most historic cities: St. Augustine, Fla. Returning to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the two-day extravaganza will feature two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce, along with premier Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, electro-funk duo The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus & Break Science, contemporary funk ragers The Main Squeeze, LA-based groove masters Organ Freeman, and Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge as an Artist at Large. Additional special guests will be announced soon, and several cross-collaborations amongst bands are to be expected.

With music as the main attraction, Fool’s Paradise is a premier destination event like no other. For two days under the Florida sun, there will be genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, and plenty of time for nautical activities just steps away from the ocean. A number of late night shows at the Elk’s Lodge (next door to the venue) will be announced in the coming weeks. Once in a lifetime artist-led excursions will also soon be announced, allowing you to embark on a water adventure, participate in a local activity, and immerse yourself with some of your favorite musicians in an intimate setting.

Thrown in conjunction with the organizers of some of the Southeast’s most treasured festivals, including Suwannee Hulaween, Purple Hatter’s Ball, and more, Fool’s Paradise is set to return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The state-of-the-art performing arts venue is nestled in a beautiful 16-acre section of Anastasia State Park. Campgrounds and beach shores make up this perfect Florida landscape.

St. Augustine is roughly one hour from Jacksonville, one hour from Gainesville, andtwo hours from Orlando. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, oceanic activities, and historical adventures galore, attendees will have plenty to explore during their stay.

The entire venue is General Admission, with the exception of minimal reserved seating. VIP packages will include reserved seating in front of the soundboard, priority access to the pit area, artist happy hour, discount alcoholic beverages, event poster and t-shirt, and a ticket to the late night concerts at Elk’s Lodge. Hotel packages include lodging, transportation, and VIP tickets to the event.

If guests are craving the ultimate outdoor experience, there are two nearby campsites with availabilities at Anastasia State Park and KOA Campgrounds. The city also offers a variety of lodging options.

For tickets and more information, visit www.FoolsParadiseFL.com

Watch the official 2016 Fool's Paradise aftermovie here:


GRiZ to Perform with Lettuce for First Time Ever at Fool's Paradise February 04, 2016 10:39

For the first time ever, renowned electronic pioneer GRiZ and funk powerhouse Lettuce will join forces at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. The exciting full band collaboration will take place during GRiZ‘s Friday evening set on 4/1. Lettuce will help GRiZ close out the headlining set on the first night of the two-day event.

The destination event on April 1st & 2nd will also featuring performances from Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie, Neal Casal & the Shady Horns), Goldfish, The Nth Power, Break Science, and more.

Presented by Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, and Live for Live Music, Fool’s Paradise is a funk-fueled destination beach event right in the heart of one of America's most historic cities: St. Augustine, FL. For two full days, there will be genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, musical workshops, yoga and activities just steps from the ocean. 

Camping options and VIP hotel packages are available, and tickets are on sale now. For more information, tickets, and hotel & camping packages visit: www.FoolsParadiseFL.com.

 

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Fool’s Paradise Lineup:
Lettuce x2
GRiZ
Vulfpeck
Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal & The Shady Horns
Goldfish
The Nth Power

Late Nights:
Break Science
Vulfpeck
Fools for Funk Supergroup (Lineup TBA)
Goldfish

Online Resources:
www.FoolsParadiseFL.com
www.facebook.com/FoolsParadiseFL
Twitter + Instagram: @FoolsParadiseFL