Solshine music festival attracts new bands

The Floozies, a brother duo from Lawrence, Kan., blend electronic dance music and funk for tunes that will get the crowd on their feet.
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Streaks of greens, yellows, blues and purples will light up the sky this Saturday evening in Winter Park, but the light show is no aurora borealis. Instead the colors will kick off this year’s Solshine Music Festival.

The festival, which starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Hideaway Park, features Lettuce, the Floozies and Dynohunter, three bands new to the Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park. It will also feature a light show throughout the concert.

Catherine Ross, executive director for the Winter Park and Fraser Chamber, said the Chamber worked with iHeartRadio to decide what bands to bring this year.

“This year too we were directed by several groups to see if we could bring a band that would target a little bit of a younger crowd,” Ross said.

Lettuce, a modern funk band with hip-hop inspirations, is known for their energetic live shows and unconventional takes on classics. The Floozies, a brother duo, produces a unique sound that blends electronic dance music and funk that will keep the crowd dancing all set long. Dynohunter, originally from Boulder, infuses electronic dance music with live saxophone, bass and drums to create music embraced by fans of techno and house.

Ross said she expects the show to be a popular one since it is the only event the Chamber hosts at night in the summer. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

This year’s event is ticketed, which is different from previous Solshine Festivals, but Ross said the Chamber worked to set a reasonable price and was able to use the proceeds to attract new and popular bands.

“Having a lot of ticketed shows is different and we’re all kind of finding our way to what the right price is,” Ross said. “We budgeted to bring in ticket sale dollars in order to up the talent, so we spent a little more on the musicians this year.”

As always, Ross said the goal of the event is to bring people to town and have them enjoy a unique experience in Winter Park.

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