Festival season has officially started this year as various shows begin to pop up in the Country music scene. In its infancy, Mile 0 Fest has surpassed expectations and provided a paradise for Red Dirt and Americana fans alike from Feb. 7-10.
The 2019 Amphitheater Lineup:
Wednesday- Jaime Wyatt, Mike & the Moonpies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Great Divide, Jack Ingram and Bruce Robison, The Mavericks
Thursday- Shane Smith & the Saints, Band of Heathens, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada & the Departed, American Aquarium
Friday- Bonnie Bishop, John Fullbright, Jamie Lin Wilson, Flatland Cavalry, Tyler Childers, Trampled by Turtles
Saturday- Bri Bagwell, Micky & the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band
Key West, Florida is the home place to four days of nonstop music and bliss for Mile 0 Fest. This is only the second year the festival has been in operation, marking a milestone by selling out all days at the amphitheater. Different levels of VIP packages are provided, including condo rentals, yacht parties, artist meet-n-greets and more. The organization and cleanliness of this festival truly went above and beyond any other of its kind. Ben Ryan of 95.9 The Ranch radio maintained audience participation with his hearty hosting and joyous personality.
If you weren’t quick enough to snag a pass to the festival grounds, there were plenty of outside opportunities for supporters to see their favorite musicians. Mile 0 Fest partnered with bars across the famous Duval Street and over several beach venues to provide a more intimate setting with musicians like Tyler Childers, Sean McConnell, Shane Smith & the Saints, and many more. These concerts were held for free before and after the amphitheater performances. Jamie Lin Wilson hosted an open jam which locals joined in on. Rick’s bar was also the meetup place for artists to vacationers to scream their karaoke favorites after these shows. Other outlets, such as Rebecca Creek Radio, brought up and booked teams of musicians to play at various bars and beaches for those that wanted to stray from the crowd. The team (Mario Flores, Brian Milson, Isaac Jacob, Myles Smith, and Brent Wood) even held an open jam at the Southernmost Point beach for upcoming artists like Leighton Fields to join in on.
On top of there being a ridiculous amount of music, many vendors set up and offered deals across the festival grounds. Uncle Bekah’s Inappropriate Trucker Hats, Saddle Tramp Brand, and Travis Austin Customs stayed busy making leather goods and hats exclusively for this festival while the Deep Eddy Vodka mobile made for picturesque moments in paradise. Travis Austin Customs also donated a leather jacket and hat, raising up to $5,000 for the Red Dirt Relief Fund in the live auction.
Between laying out on the beach with your favorite artists (who are also vacationing with you) to drinking mimosas on a yacht with the Moonpies, this festival has quickly become one of our top *picks.* We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.
I’m a wild woman with a love for Southwestern fashion. I collect cacti in all forms. I’m an Army veteran, musically driven, & totally in love with Texas Country.