February 27, 2008

Seminoles host music festival

Langerado Festival comes to Big CypressStarting Thursday, March 6, the music festival will bring all sorts of big-name groups to the stage: Rockers R.E.M., bass player Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, do-it-yourself rappers The Roots, punk-folkee Ani Difranco, laid-back world-beat hipsters Thievery Corporation, rapping hipsters The Beastie Boys and many more. Plus, there are lots of lesser-known bands such as Minus the Bear, The Walkmen and The Heavy Pets.

"I think it's great," says Brooke Bockemuehl, 29, of Fort Myers, who's going with her boyfriend and eight other Southwest Florida friends. "I've never heard of anything like this here."

Big Cypress is the same place where jam-band Phish played its millennium concerts in December 2000. Those two concerts attracted 75,000 people and clogged traffic on Interstate 75 for hours.

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