Verlon Thompson

As winter thaws away, the first signs of spring are clear, and there is an undeniable sense of excitement. It’s the time of year when festival season is just around the corner, and music lovers, adventurers, and dreamers are emerging from their winter hibernation, eager to soak up the sun’s warmth and dance under the stars. Suwannee Spring Reunion is leading the charge in this seasonal awakening, scheduled from March 21st to 24th, 2024. This event will bring music lovers from far and wide together, creating an electrifying start to the spring festival season. Held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, Suwannee Spring Reunion is a pilgrimage for the soul. This premier destination in Florida is revered as a haven for music festivals of all kinds. Still, this festival is a brilliant light for Americana and Roots music. Under the canopy of live oak trees, music lovers gather to celebrate, dance, and reconnect with their ‘jam fams’ in a magical atmosphere. This festival takes place amidst thousands of acres of natural beauty, including the mystical energy of the river and woods. Attendees often speak of feeling a spiritual connection that transcends the music, creating a profound sense of bonding. The communal spirit and natural surroundings make this festival an unforgettable experience.

Lineup Highlights

The stage is set, and the lineup is better than ever for this year’s festival; with the best from the realms of Americana, bluegrass, and roots music, the festival’s bill boasts both renowned performers and emerging artists ready to make their mark. Leading the charge this year are icons like Sam Bush, known for his mandolin prowess and genre-bending tunes, and Railroad Earth, whose blend of bluegrass, rock, and folk has captivated audiences nationwide. The lineup also features the Grammy Award-winning band The Steep Canyon Rangers, who have been proven to define and defy bluegrass for many years. Festival veterans will also be delighted to see the return of festival staple Donna the Buffalo performing multiple sets. 

Notable Performers to Watch

Spring Reunion is also a showcase for talents like the iconic Peter Rowan Band and Keller Williams’ PettyGrass featuring The HillBenders, who bring a twist to Tom Petty hits with a bluegrass spin. The Steel Wheels will grace the stage with their dynamic performance, while acts like the Jon Stickley Trio push the genre’s boundaries with creatively cultivated instrumentals that will have you transcended to another dimension. Spring Reunion is renowned for spontaneous collaborations, and this year will be no exception. With artists like the multi-instrumentalist virtuoso John Mailander, announced as an Artist at Large, expect surprise guest performances and one-of-a-kind jam sessions that can only be witnessed at this festival. 

Workshops to Spark Your Creativity
Eager learners and aspiring musicians will be thrilled to know that the Music Farmer’s Stage is once again hosting workshops that promise to be as enlightening as they are entertaining. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best, with sessions like Dobro with Jared Womack, where the strings tell stories, and flatpicking guitar with guitar master David Grier; and for those looking to unleash their vocal potential, the ‘Singing with Soul’ workshop led by Joe and Hattie Craven is not to be missed. Their return to the festival is eagerly anticipated, as it brings both education and fun!

Hattie Craven Photo By Ashley Feller

Culinary Delights
The food and merch vendors at Suwannee Spring Reunion are a bustling area of flavors and finds. Whether you’re craving classic burgers and fries, exploring the taste of the Bahamas, or diving into the fusion twist of won-ton tacos, the variety is endless and always a delightful surprise for all eating lifestyles.

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Fun for the Little Ones

The festival is a family affair, with kid-friendly activities that make it an inclusive experience for all ages. The kids’ tent is a hub of creativity and fun, open daily and culminating in a special talent show on Saturday at 10 AM featuring Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus. It’s a moment for the young (and young at heart) to shine.

Relax and Rejuvenate

 For those seeking a moment of tranquility, daily yoga sessions offer a chance to unwind and reconnect. And if you need a break from the sun, the Music Hall beckons with its indoor stage, cozy SOS cafe, comfortable seating, and the much-appreciated nice indoor restrooms. With music radiating from five unique stages, Suwannee Spring Reunion is an immersive escape into a world where community thrives, the arts flourish, and the spirit of music reigns supreme.

Embrace the Atmosphere

Expect a laid-back environment where friendliness is the norm, and a helping hand is never far away. The park offers a plethora of camping options to suit any preference. Upgraded camping with reservations is available at for those who like their comforts. Group campers will find ample space to set up a lively base, while solitary souls can retreat to quieter spots along River Road for some peace. The festival’s culture is rooted in openness and music. Two notable campsite hubs are the Bill Monroe Tent hosted by Quartermoon and Slopryland hosted by Sloppy Joe. Both are welcoming places on the festival map where anyone can join the musical festivities, regardless of skill level. It is not uncommon for attendees to enjoy intimate and spontaneous campground jams that rival the stage performances.

First-Timer’s Guide

In Florida, the weather can be as unpredictable as a jam session. It’s wise to come prepared for all conditions—sunshine, rain, or the occasional chill. Pack a variety of clothing and suitable footwear to navigate the terrain comfortably. For those attending the Suwannee Spring Reunion for the first time, here’s some helpful advice: Feel free to explore the unknown and let your curiosity guide you. Take advantage of the opportunity to discover bands you may not have heard of before, and make sure not to miss out on the workshops – they’re a chance to learn and connect with others. Wander, explore, and don’t hesitate to talk; you might make new friends.  Remember to bring your instrument if you’re a musician; there’s no greater joy than sharing your music under the beautiful Suwannee canopy. And for all the artists, remember to bring your supplies; nature provides an excellent canvas and inspiration. Most importantly, keep an open heart and an adventurous spirit; the festival will reveal its wonders to you.

Celebrating Community and Creativity: LOMAF’s Role at the Suwannee Spring Reunion

Suwannee Spring Reunion is an event that celebrates the fusion of culture, music, and art and is deeply rooted in the community through the efforts of the Live Oak Music & Arts Foundation (LOMAF). The Foundation was established to enrich and educate the community, and its history is a testament to the power of the arts in bringing people together. LOMAF offers instructional workshops, music camps, and public performances to ensure that music and other art forms continue to thrive in the region. The Foundation also provides critical resources such as instruments, supplies, tuition assistance, and artist retreats to promote the study and advancement of the arts. It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization and stands as a pillar of the arts community, inviting all those who value culture and education to support its endeavors. The Foundation helps fund programs like the Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp, a cornerstone event that offers free music education to children aged 5-17. This camp is an extraordinary opportunity for young aspiring musicians to learn from seasoned artists, fostering the next generation’s love for music. Attendees of the Suwannee Spring Reunion can support LOMAF in several meaningful ways. Engaging with the Foundation’s programs, contributing donations, or even volunteering time can help sustain the Foundation’s impact. By supporting LOMAF, festival-goers contribute to a legacy of music and art that will echo through the live oaks for generations to come.

Join The Legacy

Suwannee Spring Reunion is a homecoming for the heart. It’s where traditions are honored and new memories are made. And where each of us, regardless of where we come from, can connect with the music, the earth, and each other. As you plan your journey to Live Oak, Florida, remember that your presence completes the Suwannee Spring Reunion. Your spirit, year’s music, and support for initiatives like the Live Oak Music & Arts Foundation make this event special. So come and be part of this unforgettable celebration. Allow the community to embrace you, and let the Suwannee Spring Reunion be the highlight of your year. For more information and to secure your tickets, visit