April marks what we here call the beginning of “festival season” which always kicks off with Orlando Rock Station 101.1 WJRR’s Earthday Birthday. This was the 24th year of the festival and it continues to get better every year. A wide range of musical tastes are satisfied during the festival each year, and 2017 was as diverse as any previous years, offering something for every fan’s delight.
This one day festival sprawled all across the Orlando Amphitheater for a day of rock, rides, vendors, food, alcohol, and all around fun. Unlike some of the other festivals, you don’t have to pick and choose which band you want to go see, because the awesome folks who put this all together have arranged the sets in such a way that you can see every act if you hustle the short distance between stages. This year was headlined by Sublime with Rome, which set the theme of a more reggae-rock lineup in store. Having great times with friends but by also helping the Earth by keeping it clean and recycling. A great addition which I have never seen at an EDBD were the frozen margaritas which are perfect on the usually hot Florida days.
Besides having carnival rides EDBD 24 also offered tattoo artists, body painters, suspension artists, wrestling, and helicopter rides. Mel’s Bad Girls Club does a lot of good work in the community, raising funds for various charities and other cool projects. They put together an art walk, with many local and national artists peddling their wares and were also selling laminated set list and running a dunk tank for charity.
With this being the first EDBD since the tragic Pulse shooting in Orlando, there was a memorial to those we lost later in the day. The memorial went through every victim of the event on the big screens, and had those on stage, and in the crowd, in tears. Following the video memorial, the WJRR hosts brought a handful of the first responders from the event to the stage. While it was definitely an emotional part of the day, it was also beautifully done, and really embodied the heart of Orlando Strong.
As always EDBD is the best kick off to the Florida festival circuit every year on Earthday weekend, and we can’t wait to see what WJRR has planned for us next year.