Get ready for the 14th annual Sweetwater 420 Festival, because this year may be their best year yet! After securing a lineup on par (if not better) in comparison to Wanee, this festival isn’t joking around. Offering two sets of The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is enough to get anyone giddy. SweetWater 420 Fest also features a 5K run, the Planet 420 Eco-Village, the 420 Disco, the 420 Lyrics & Laughter presentation of comedians and up-and-coming local acts, an Artist Market and Food Village. Atlanta’s beautiful Centennial Park sets the scene on Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22, 2018 and you can purchase tickets here.
Sweetwater 420 Fest Line Up Preview
The 6-piece band out of Boulder, Colorado has been touring heavily this year and it’s never a dull moment with their eclectic jams. Their 20 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music. Peep the spotify link below for a hand-pick playlist by the members themselves.
Yet another 6-piece jam band with a cult follow is on course to grace our ears with two sets. Umph’s is on fire in the midst of their “It’s Not Us” release tour following the January release of the new album “It’s Not Us” off of Nothing Too Fancy Music. Guitarist Brendan Bayliss says of the new record, “It represents the band, because it basically runs the gamut from prog rock to dance. We’ve mastered our ADD here. The record really shows that.” The new record is also how the band is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Instead of retreading the catalog, they turn up with pile of new tunes.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
These Southern blues-rockers from Jacksonville, FL were founded by Susan and Derek Trucks. What began as an eight-piece group has now expanded to an onstage lineup of twelve musicians—a lineup that has remained unusually consistent. The band has consistently been touring heavily since their inception in 2010 and their debut album Revelator won a Grammy for Best Blues Album. “Tedeschi Trucks Band is gearing up to record our next album. We warmed up the studio last week mixing a live track from our November 18 show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. This Neil Young song is as timely now as when it was written.” — Derek Trucks
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Any fan of the Grateful Dead knows that JRAD is the quintessential band for all Dead covers. Formed by Further drummer Joe Russo in 2013 the band is full of talented artists Marco Benevento (keys), Dave Dreiwits (bass), Scott Metzler (guitar/vocals), and Tom Hamilton (guitar/vocals). The band puts on a powerful and emotional performance each time they grace the stage.
All the rage this year, Spafford is making their rounds on the festival circuit, not to mention crushing their “For Amusement Only” Tour. If you have yet to catch a set chock full of jams then be sure not to miss this talented quartet. Read our full interview here!
You can’t fake the funk with Denver, CO natives, The Motet. Their signature style gets any booty bouncin’ and feet moving. Made up of a multitude of talent; Joey Porter, Dave Watts, and formerly Dominic Lalli of Big G, these guys have been delivering their signature style since ‘98. Their most recent single “Get it Right” can be heard below.
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Artist at Large
Fourteen-year-old Guitar prodigy “Taz” is just a kid who loves playing music, but he’s so much more than that. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/ songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world shredding with some of the greats like Eric Krasno, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, just to name a few. This kid shreds. Here’s his first headlining performance at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Yet another Denver, CO native, Maddy O’Neal has been gaining ground determined to become a female leader in the male dominated live electronic scene. Maddy’s versatility, paired with her meticulous ear and effortless mixing style allows her to connect with her audience. By incorporating influences from across the genre board, Maddy’s production are full of melodic overtones, driven basslines, and jazzy hip-hop. Laying her heart and soul out every time she hits the stage, her undeniable passion gives her a massive appeal that any music junkie can relate to.
The Fritz likes to get funky. As much as they take their funk seriously, the band takes it’s rock-honed songwriting just as seriously, but the well crafted song is not the only final product in the live forum. Individually, the members of The Fritz are masters of improvisation, carefully weaving their personality into each performance.
Crowd favorites, Tauk, are back on the festival circuit this year and bringing their dancey all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz vibes with them. Stemming from NYC and touring heavily at their inception helped them quickly climb the ladder of recognition in the jam scene. Here’s the full video of their New Year’s show at Variety Playhouse.
The Mantras (Beastie Boys tribute)
The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listener’s ear and, equally important, their experience.
SweetWater 420 Fest blends music, entertainment, art and culture, all while respecting Mother Earth and has grown and evolved each and every year since 2004. A dynamic mix of live music, comedy, art, food, Planet 420 workshops and village, 420 Disco, 420 Fest 5K and of course SweetWater’s lip-smacking, lineup of brews makes this an Experience and not just a Festival.
420 FEST 5K RACE
Kick off the festivities at the 14th Annual SweetWater 420 Festival 5K at Centennial Olympic Park!
Taste more than 25 unique styles of SweetWater beers and enjoy presentations on topics as wide as their brewer’s bellies.
Enjoy 420 Disco experience with high-energy dance music, electrifying audio-visuals, lasers, cyrogenics and live interactive performers on Planet 420 and Lyrics & Laughter stages.
Founded 14 years ago as an Earth Day environmental celebration, SweetWater 420 Fest’s eco-friendly focus grows stronger each year.
When you work up an appetite after gettin’ down at the Fest, swing by the food village for our hand-picked lineup of Atlanta’s best food options.
Learn how to be more eco-friendly in your day-to-day lives, and see what others are doing to protect our precious planet.
With jewelry, t-shirts, art and more who knows what treasures you’ll walk away with from the 420 Fest Artist Market.
There are no camping accommodations, but there are a multitude of hotels and places to stay close to Centennial Park.
General Admission tickets can be purchased here for $138
BIG Fish VIP 3-Day Pass tickets are $392 and can be purchased here.
Day passes will be available as well.
Parking Passes can be purchased for each day of the festival here.
Happy Ending Productions announces new SweetWater 420 Fest Charity Auction benefiting SweetWater 420 Fest performing artists’ charity of choice.
Participating artists and charities include:
The String Cheese Incident – Conscious Alliance
Umphrey’s McGee – Atlanta Music Project
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Mr. Hollands Opus
Vulfpeck – TBD
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Atlanta Community Food Bank
Greensky Bluegrass – Alliance for the Great Lakes
SOJA – Water is Life
Stick Figure – Jessica’s Haven
Papadosio – Dogwood Alliance
The Motet – Atlanta Music Project
The Infamous Stringdusters – HeadCount
Anders Osborne – Send Me A Friend
Tauk – Gift of Music Foundation
Spafford – Positive Legacy
Sister Sparrow – Little Kids Rock
Marco Benevento – MusiCares
Taz – St. Lucia Boys Training Center
Southern Ave – Hart Fund
The Mantras – TBD
The Vegabonds – Addiction Prevention Coalition
Funk You – Gas South Corn Hole Charity
Hedonistas – Gas South Corn Hole Charity
Migrant Worker – Gas South Corn Hole Charity
The Orange Constant – Gas South Corn Hole Charity
Bird Dog Jubilee – Gas South Corn Hole Charity
Auction items include concert tickets, signed memoriabilia, photos & meet/greet with artists and more. All details including participating artists and their charities, unique memorabilia, & mobile bidding process found at Sweetwater420fest.com/fournineteen. Mobile bidding begins April 17 and lasts through the 420 Fest weekend April 20-22available to 420 Fest patrons and anyone with access to mobile platform.
The SweetWater 420 Fest Charity Auction is produced by Seth Weiner Your Rocktioneer, Georgia Auctioneer License Number: AU004320, who brings his comedic personality to the stage while raising bidding amounts.