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Hippie tribes to gather for Purple Hatter’s Ball

Three-day festival features lots of music, yoga and healing workshops

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Hippie nation will gather in its element this weekend, as the tribes meet for the Purple Hatter’s Ball at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park here.

The Motet, DubConscious, Beats Antique, The Nth Power and Emancipator Ensemble are among the featured musical artists at the three-day festival that starts Friday and ends Sunday. But Purple Hatter’s Ball is about much more than music, implementing healing and arts workshops, yoga, massage, hula hooping, a drum workshop, painting and other activities into the three days near the banks of the historic Suwannee River.

Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles and Zak Tha Blak will headline the lineup at the Purple Hatter’s Ball late-night “Silent Disco.”

The ball will be held among the 800 acres of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, home of the annual Allman Brothers Band-hosted Wanee Music Festival. The park features a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and primitive camping. RV hook-ups, cabins and golf carts are also available (call (386) 364-1683) for rental.

Also scheduled to perform at the Purple Hatter’s Ball are The New Mastersounds, The Floozies, Space Capone, Rising Appalachia, The Heavy Pets, The Fritz, Greenhouse Lounge, Catfish Alliance, Avis Berry & the Scott Campbell Band, Locos Por Juana, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Applebutter Express, Stillwood, Ketchy Shuby, Trial by Stone, Cherry Royale, Shoes and Laces, S.P.O.R.E., Herd of Watts, Parker Urban Band, Squeedlepuss, Jason Lamar & the Ric Jacksonvegas, Love Chunk, Morning Fatty, Stereo Yudu, Flat Land, Hail Cassius Neptune, Bells & Robes, DJ Ruby, MSNRA and Parker Robinson.

Other artists featured at the Silent Disco include Trillucination, Legince, Ellfunk, Combustible, Mason Masters and Matthew Conor.

Weekend tickets, available at the gate, are $120. Single-day tickets — $60 Friday and Saturday, $40 Sunday — are also available.

The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park is located between Interstates 75 and 10. From I-10, take Exit 283 and go north on U.S. Highway 129 for 4.5 miles. From I-75, take Exit 451 and travel south 4.5 miles.

Information about the festival is available at www.facebook.com/PurpleHattersBall or www.facebook.com/musicliveshere. You may also call (386) 364-1683.