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Langerado: Not too big, not too small 

If you missed Langerado this year, I’m here to tell you about it so when March comes around next year you won’t be angry because you missed out on three days of peace, love, and music.

Langerado is a three-day music festival in Ft. Lauderdale that is the official kick-off of the large-scale music festival season in the United States. Headliners of this year’s festival were Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, My Morning Jacket, M.O.E., Matisyahu, and about 40 other bands.

With music constantly playing from about 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. there was no time to be bored. With three stages and 15,000 other festival fans Langerado was a perfect festival. It’s not too big, so you can’t get lost for hours, but not too small. Langerado’s sound equipment was top notch, clear sound with very few technical difficulties the whole weekend.

One of my favorites was My Morning Jacket. Wow... if you haven’t heard of these guys I suggest you go buy a CD today. They rocked Langerado with their heavy riffs and beautiful vocals, amazing stage presence; it was a perfect live show. My Morning Jacket puts on the best live show I have ever seen, a must-see for anyone who loves music.

If you haven’t seen Matisyahu you need to see him perform live. Matisyahu is an Orthodox Jew who lives very religiously. I got to speak to him on Saturday during his Shabbat and he blew me away. He is a very calm soul, peaceful in every way, and thinking of others.

I asked Matisyahu what’s his favorite kind of music performance, and he answered:

“I really love outdoor music festivals. There is nothing like playing in front of thousands of diversified people who all come together for music,” he said.

 

“Festivals like Langerado, Bonnaroo, and Coachella bring the gems of music lovers, which make it such a better show, and you’re always able to bring in new fans who haven’t listen to your music before. The festival experience is very unique.”

Matisyahu turns live music into something you’re not just talking about for a week after the show, but for years to come. He has a way with music like no other performer I’ve seen. His voice is beyond beautiful, he has a way of making you feel his music and take it to heart; his live shows take you on a religious experience. 

For all of you Widespread Panic fans, as you’ve known, they know how to jam. With Jimmy Herring ripping up the guitar on every single song you just loved every minute of it. Then on top of that you have John Bell’s amazing voice, which is so unique; it fits like a puzzle piece with their music.

Panic has a following like no other; I met people from Washington state who drove three and half days to come see them. That’s a true fan. Panic being the last show at Langerado gave every one who stayed until end a real treat.

With the 2007 Langerado Music Festival behind us,  don’t worry, this was only the first festival out of many over the course of the summer. Wanee Music festival is April 13 and 14 and only a couple hours from Savannah. Next is the Wakarusa Music Festival in Lawrence, Kansas on June 7, 8, 9, and 10.

After Wakarusa, the biggest and best festival in the United States takes place in Manchester, Tenn.: the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 14-17.

With nearly 100,000 people in attendance and the only 24-hour music festival, it will be the best four days of your summer. č

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