Words: SuperDee | Photos: Michael Jurick, George Weiss
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Welcome to Langerado! Photo by Michael Jurick

The Pyramid by Night - Photo by George Weiss

The last weeks of winter have a tendency to drag on. There's no better time to be reminded of the glories of festival life. And where does it always feel like summer? Florida! Five years ago, the Langerado Music Festival was born. What started in 2003 as a one-day event with 15 acts has grown into a three-day smorgasbord of nearly fifty acts. While its roots are still firmly planted in the jam world – headliners this year included Trey Anastasio and Widespread Panic – the festival organizers acknowledged expanding tastes by welcoming hipster indie rockers like Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Band of Horses and Explosions in the Sky alongside hippie fest regulars New Monsoon, Tea Leaf Green and moe. Those that walk the line between these camps - My Morning Jacket, The Slip and Apollo Sunshine – found themselves very much at home at this festival.

Langerado has become the unmistakable kickoff to festival season. The diversity of acts makes it appealing to many different kinds of fans. Festival regulars might be rocking to their favorite Galactic jam while others are there to check out buzz bands like The Hold Steady. While this kind of diversity can be found at the behemoth Bonnaroo - in fact, they probably were the first to really believe that such a diverse lineup could work - things seem a little more accessible at Langerado. With three closely placed stages, it's possible to see a little bit of everything.

Langerado Hooper - Jurick

Night Hooper - Jurick

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