The inaugural Castaway with Southern Ground was an experience like no other for Zac Brown Band fans, combining all the luxuries of an all-inclusive vacation with the music we all love! Zac Brown Band treated us to three fantastic sets as well as performances from Kacey Musgraves, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Ave, Dawes, Brett Dennen, The Wailers, and Darrell Scott. As guests arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya from all over the country (and world!), a feeling permeated the air that something special was upon us… and it truly was!
The first night featured two feel-good shows back to back, with Brett Dennen officially kicking off the Castaway music followed by a set from reggae legends, The Wailers! Zac Brown Band, wowed us with “Colder Weather” and “Knee Deep” as well as unique covers like The Wood Brothers' “The Muse” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Michael Franti & Spearhead kept the good times and dance party rolling with a light hearted set of their own. Dawes filled the air with their unique and mesmerizing Americana Rock and were followed up by the sweet country tunes of Kacey Musgraves. Plus, with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue having us grooving and bringing that New Orleans flair down to Mexico, we couldn’t have asked for a more complete four days of music!
But the music was only half the fun! Throughout our days in paradise, we enjoyed hours on end of sunshine, relaxation, activities with artists, and more. Some activity highlights were Jimmy + Clay’s Boot Camp, an enlightening songwriting seminar with Coy of Zac Brown Band, Chef Rusty Hamlin’s Guacamole Making Contest and Mexican Cooking Class, and a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament. Many of us also enjoyed excursions exploring the local area, including snorkeling, Mayan Ruin tours, and zip-lining. Between all these extras and all the resort amenities, there was always something fun and exciting happening during Castaway! Thank you for an unforgettable adventure in Mexico! Until next time.