The Roots, Chaka Khan, Trombone Shorty, Joey Bada$$, and more will join the hip-hop legend for the Florida festival's special jam session
Since it arrived in 2016, Florida music festival Okeechobee has set itself apart with its PoWoW!, a special collaborative jam session that unites multiple artists for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind musical experience. And in its third year, Okeechobee has raised the already-high PoWoW! bar, enlisting Snoop Dogg to headline an evening also set to feature the Roots, Chaka Khan, Trombone Shorty, Joey Bada$$, Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli, and jazz artist Cory Henry.
Okeechobee announced Snoop Dogg as PoWoW! headliner in December, but has only now detailed his unique slate of collaborators. Some, like Trombone Shorty, Lalli, and Henry, were already confirmed to perform at the festival generally. Others — namely the Roots and Chaka Khan — had not been revealed as Okeechobee performers in any capacity.
PoWoW! debuted with a bang in 2016 when Miguel, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Hall & Oates’ John Oates, Kamasi Washington, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band covered David Bowie’s “Fame” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Last year, the event brought together artists as disparate as Solange, Michael McDonald, Gallant, and Griz.
Slated for March 1 to 4, Okeechobee effectively kicks off festival season, occurring two weeks before South by Southwest and a month and a half before Coachella. For 2018, the event has put together another impressive lineup that spans indie rock, hip-hop, EDM, and jazz. Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott will headline the festival, which also includes noteworthy performers such as Khalid, Leon Bridges, the Flaming Lips, Zeds Dead, Slightly Stoopid, Sylvan Esso, and Tycho.
For a taste of what PoWoW! offers, revisit a clip from the 2016 iteration above.