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August 3, 2011

311 Pow Wow Festival 2011 set for Aug. 4-6 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

It's a time of celebration, a homecoming, a gathering of friends and families and so much more

Live Oak — Famed band 311 is coming to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Aug. 4-6 for the band’s first multi-day festival! The 311 Pow Wow Festival 2011 will highlight the “Unity Tour” which 311 began earlier in July and runs through August. While the band, made up of Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, P-Nut, Tim Mahoney and Chad Sexton, has been touring for many years, this will be first multi-day festival the band has put on, and it is expected to be sensational!

Bands confirmed include 311, Sublime with Rome, Deftones, G-Love & Special Sauces, SOJA, The Dirty Heads, Reel Big Fish, Mix Master Mike, Ozomatli, Streetlight Manifesto, MURS, DJ Soulman, The Supervillains, Ballyhoo! Full Service, The Movement, Shinobi Ninja, DJ Trichrome, Doug Benson and Graham Elwood.

Gates open Thursday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. with the last show ending at 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

After 20 years as a band touring all 50 states, playing Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Jamaica, Indonesia, Guam, much of Europe and also headlining with acts such as Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and the Offspring, 311 joined with LiveNation to hold its own festival at the SOSMP in 2011. The 311 Pow Wow Festival 2011 will feature two stages with great bands playing day and night for three nights and two days of great music. For the first time ever, 311 will play its album, TRANSISTOR, in its entirety! Also, 311 will play four sets (two on Friday and two on Saturday). You just can’t miss this event!

Thursday, Aug. 4 - 6 - gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, music begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday at 2 a.m.

General admission advance weekend tickets are $157 for all ages; gate price is $182 (anytime during the festival). Weekend event tickets include access to all shows on both stages for three nights and two days; 3 nights of primitive camping (tent style camping); parking for regular passenger vehicles; additional fee applies for RVs; Thursday day gate price is $25 (no camping included); Friday day gate price is $40, (no camping included); Saturday day gate price is $50 (no camping included); taxes and fees may be additional on all tickets. A limited number of VIP tickets are available with various pricing and amenities to please everyone. Go to the SOSMP website at, click on events and 311 Pow Wow for more information on those prices and more info on this event. Children under 6 admitted free.

Besides lots of live music, the campground offers cabin rental, camping (for tents & RVs), canoeing, hiking trails, disc and miniature golf, fresh water fishing, biking and more with some free, others for a small fee. There is also a great restaurant, Store of the Village and food and beverage booths on the festival grounds plus bathroom and shower facilities. Indoor activities in the Music Hall will most likely include stand-up comedy, your favorite beverages, bingo, karaoke, flip cup, yoga and much more.

A powwow is many things. It's a time of celebration, a homecoming, a gathering of friends and families and so much more. Powwows are centuries-old traditions for many American Indian nations. These summer gatherings bring together members of each tribe for music, songs and dancing. Welcome to 311 Pow Wow Festival 2011, a celebration of music and community. The band 311 looks forward to sharing this amazing experience with all of you!

For more information about the SOSMP or to book overnight or longer reservations for cabins, primitive camping or RV sites for this event or any of our upcoming events, call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683, email or go to You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up this year at the SOSMP such as Magnolia Fest, Blackwater Music Festival, Labor Day Weekend Get-A-Way, Jambando In The Park II, Thanksgiving weekend with Thanksgiving dinner, Old Tyme Farm Days and the opening of the Festival of Lights, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival and much, much more!

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!

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