Today, the upcoming third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival annouced the highly anticipated lineup for the event’s annual all-star jam session, dubbed the “PowWoW!” In addition to the session’s previously announced maestro–the one and only Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, this year’s Okeechobee PoWoW! will be held down throughout by the best backing band in the business, the legendary Roots crew.A long list of artists from the worlds hip-hop, funk, soul, and beyond will join Snoop and The Roots onstage throughout the jam, including the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Rounding out the stacked PoWoW! lineup will be young hip-hop superstar Joey Bada$$, Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli, exceptionally talented New Orleans’ multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty, and organ guru Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy). Of course, as is customary for the Okeechobee PoWoW!, additional surprise guests are sure to make appearances during the set as well.Last year’s collaboration with Solange, Michael McDonald, Gallant, Griz, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno, members of Lawrence & more reimagined McDonald and Kenny Loggins‘ hit “What A Fool Believes” and much more. At the inaugural Okeechobee weekend in 2016, Miguel and Win Butler of Arcade Fire, along with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kamasi Washington created their own versions of David Bowie’s “Fame” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.Located in the heart of Florida, sitting between Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Sunshine Grove spans across 800-acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. The diverse, multi-genre festival celebrates the start of Spring with both world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations, yoga, meditation, local culinary treats and more.As Okeechobee Festival enters its third year on the heels of two sold out weekends in 2017 and 2016, respectively, it has quickly grown to be the largest independent festival in the Southeast and the first major destination of the festival season.Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set to take place from Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 4th at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL. To purchase your weekend ticket for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, head to the event website.
Japan’s exports fell in May at the fastest pace since the 2009 global financial crisis as US-bound car shipments plunged, bolstering expectations for a deep contraction in the world’s third-largest economy this quarter.Weak global demand for cars and slowing business spending could drag on Japan’s export-led economy, even as China-bound trade shows signs of picking up and US and European economies reopen.The trade data came a day after the Bank of Japan increased its support through lending schemes for struggling businesses to US$1 trillion. Shipments to Asia, which account for more than half of Japanese exports, declined 12 percent, and exports to the European Union also fell 33.8 percent.Japan’s economy slipped into recession for the first time in 4-1/2 years in the first quarter and is on course for its deepest postwar slump as the pandemic ravages businesses and consumers.Analysts warn of an even bleaker picture for the current quarter as consumption crumbled after the government requested citizens to stay home and businesses to close.Overall imports fell 26.2 percent in the year to May, versus the median estimate for a 20.4 percent decrease, posting the biggest drop since October 2009.As a result, the trade balance came to a deficit of 833.4 billion yen ($7.77 billion), versus the median estimate for a 1.07 trillion yen shortfall.Topics : Ministry of Finance (MOF) data out Wednesday showed Japan’s exports fell 28.3 percent in the year to May, worse than a 26.1 percent decrease expected by economists in a Reuters poll.That followed a 21.9 percent decline in April and marked the biggest annual drop since September 2009.US-bound exports – Japan’s key market — halved to mark the biggest annual drop since March 2009, due to more than 70 percent declines in shipments of cars and car parts, the trade data showed.Exports to China, Japan’s largest trading partner, fell 1.9 percent in the year to May, a smaller drop than the prior month’s 4 percent annual decline.