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Aura Festival Preview: The Cure for Winter Blues

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Since you last packed away your tents, Camelbaks, hula hoops, and fanny packs, you’ve been anxiously awaiting festival season. As festival line-ups are announced left and right excitement builds for another live music-packed summer, but you still are forced to wait. If you’re not going to Aura Fest, that is…

Coming at you in less than two weeks with the cure for your winter blues: Aura Music and Arts Festival! March 9-11 in St. Cloud, Florida the best of the back of the rack will be performing alongside a plethora of visual artists and palm trees.

Just three years since the first Aura, this fest is making waves. Previously held in January, Aura organizers moved this year’s party to March for optimal weather at the Forever Florida venue. The timing of the festival along with its beautiful south Florida setting makes it a perfect spring break trip.

With a mission to “showcase the best regional and national touring bands in the underground jam community and live-electronic scene,” Aura is the place to be if you know what’s good in the up-and-comers game. It’s as if Aura looked at every festival line-up for this summer and chose the best of the bottom half. If you saw them at Aura, you know you should be checking them out on the side stage of whatever big festival you hit this summer. When they’re playing the late night set (a la Papadosio at All Good 2011, playing between moe. and Primus) you’ll be able to say you saw them at the intimate and all knowing Aura Festival.

For the third year straight Aura is bringing back Asheville, NC’s Papadosio, who are leading the charge in the jamtronica arena, to headline. Also headlining and performing two sets is Brothers Past, another genre-bending electro-rock force with an amazing live show.

Zoogma, who are on the fast track to festy fame this summer, are playing Electric Forest Festival, Wakarusa, and Summer Camp. The packed summer schedule is well deserved as these guys have been playing their a$$es off, leaving a trail of dance-worn, sweaty, and smiling fans across the Midwest and Southeast.

Dopapod out of NYC is playing two sets as well as FL-natives The Heavy Pets; both band are known for laying down the funk. Repping the Midwest, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is a small fest staple and guaranteed good show. And don’t miss Damn Right, a Philly/Denver hybrid whose fun style can start a dance party in either (and any) city.

The musicians aren’t the only notable acts. Aura is featuring the visual mastery and psychadelic work of a long list of live painters. Personal favorites include Allie Pristas aka Azura, Andy Reed aka Infinite Geometry, Andrew Wagner and Christian Jaxtheimer.

On top everything else you can WIN A PAIR of Tickets this year’s festival! Click here and join the thread on Facebook. Tell us what band you want to see the most and why! The comment with the most likes on the thread will win a pair of tickets!


Full Line-Up

Papadosio (2 sets), Brothers Past (2 sets), The Heavy Pets (2 sets), Zoogma, Dr. Fameus feat. Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits, Biodiesel, Kung Fu (2 sets), The Malah, Dopapod, Cope, DJ Craig Heneveld, Damn Right!, The Werks, Brother Bean, Aquaphonics, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Former Champions, Bang Bang!, The Mantras, FLT RSK, Fusik, Sonic Spank, El Groundscoro, Ketchy Shuby, J2K, Newton Crosby, Saltwater Grass, Nick Noyes, EP3, The Resolvers, Third Nature, Sounduo, The Fritz, Green Sunshine, Artofficial, ElephantGun, The Short Straw Pickers, Sosos, Marc Paper Scissor, Ancient Intelligence, The Funky Nuggets, Psychedelphia, Spontaneous Underground, The Merry Franksterz

Photos by Calder Wilson, see the rest of his gallery here.