Purple Hat Productions has announced the phase 1 lineup for the tenth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball. Taking place at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida June 2-4, 2017, the three-day music festival benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a nonprofit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

The 2017 Purple Hatter’s Ball (PHB) line-up features organic livetronica artist Emancipator, Athens, GA indie-prog band Perpetual Groove, island-infused gospel soul ninja Zach Deputy, The Russ Liquid Test – a new live 4-piece electronic music project from New Orleans, LA that is signed to GRiZ’s All Good Records, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious – Rachel’s favorite band, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier and his band, live electronic trio The Malah, twin producer–duo MZG, and many more. Full lineup included below.


PHB 2017 will utilize three stages including the famed Amphitheater Stage, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River that is picturesque for daytime sets,  and the Uncle Charles Porch Stage.


The event will also feature live art, yoga, workshops and a silent auction, as well as a Charity Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Zach Deputy. Since Rachel was an aspiring chef, PHB will be adding a culinary component for 2017 featuring food from several top notch chefs that will be announced at a later date.


The most memorable moment of the weekend each year is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. They release 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on.


A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now for $79 + taxes and fees. Tickets include three days of music and camping, with VIP upgrades available. SOSMP offers guest comforts including a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. The park is also offering a specially priced packaged that includes a cabin for 4 and golf cart for the weekend. To join the wait list for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hook-ups, please contact SOSMP at (386) 364-1683.


Purple Hatter’s Ball 2017 Phase 1 Lineup:
Perpetual Groove
Zach Deputy
The Russ Liquid Test
Roosevelt Collier Band
The Malah
Catfish Alliance
Trial By Stone
Juanjamon Band
Parker Urban Band
Universal Green
Dead Keys Tribute to Scott Campbell
Lucky Costello
Vlad The Inhaler
Albert Simpson


About The Rachel Morningstar Foundation:
The Rachel Morningstar Foundation exists to help the public understand the benefit of guidelines for law enforcement’s use of confidential informants (CIs). Currently each state, county, city, college campus or law enforcement agency sets their own standards, laws or guidelines as it relates to recruiting and using CIs. The efforts of this foundation are dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. The first of its kind in the U.S., Rachel’s Law, a Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2009, established new guidelines for law enforcement when dealing with confidential informants.


Purple Hatter’s Ball Information:
Twitter + Instagram: @PurpleHatters (#PHB2017 #PurpAllDay #RachelHoffman)
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Information:
Twitter + Instagram: @SOSMP (#Suwannee #SOSMP)