Treasure Coast Music Festival Lineup: Classic Rock, American Idol, and More

​Many Floridians observed last week that the sweltering beast that is summer is beginning to break. Though the heat is still upon us, its intensity is waning at this point, and it will soon be safe to go back outside. Indeed, the coming of autumn (AKA weather in the 80s, not the 100s) is an occasion to celebrate in Florida. And there just so happens to be a nice outdoor festival coinciding with the September Equinox this weekend. The Treasure Coast Music Festival will take place Friday through Sunday in Vero Beach. We know that may be a bit of a hike, but, you know, it may actually be a couple of degrees cooler up there.

The festival is anchored by several classic-rock acts -- that you either know or don't know you know -- who were big in the '70s including: Brian Howe from Badfinger, Ray Sawyer from Dr. Hook, Pat Travers, Player, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot. And surrounding these still-rockin' dudes is an eclectic mix of semi- or almost-famous national acts -- including 2008 American Idol contestant Amanda Overmyer -- and some lesser-known regional acts.

To help you decide whether to make the trek, we're offering some videos here to remind you of who the heck those old bands are and to highlight some of the lesser-knowns that you may like to see.

Bad Company -- "Feel Like Makin' Love"

You know that you know this song.

Dr. Hook -- "Cover of the Rolling Stone"

You also know that you know this song. Please be patient with this video as these super-baked dudes take a little while to start the number.

Molly Hatchett -- "Flirting with Disaster"

You may not know that you know this song.

Ever So Klever -- "Here Comes Mama"

South Florida's self-described "power swing" band ought to be lots of fun.

3rd Stone -- "Some People"

Out of Gainseville, this band brings a strong, positive vibe. 

Well, in our opinion that's the meat of this event. Though there are 20 or so bands in all, so be sure to do some further exploring on your own. 

Treasure Coast Music Festival. With Brian Howe formerly of Bad Company, Dr. Hook, Player, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Pat Travers, Amanda Overmyer, and more. September 23 to 25 at Indian River Fairgrounds, 795558 Ave., Vero Beach. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Click here.

Follow County Grind on Facebook and Twitter: @CountyGrind

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Travis Newbill