2017 Flashback

January 31-February 3, 2017
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

It felt so great to return to Mexico for Castaway with Southern Ground in 2017! Surrounded by old friends and new, we felt right at home as we arrived, ready for another unforgettable 4 days in paradise. For the 2nd year in a row, Zac Brown Band brought the rhythm and great times to the Hard Rock Riviera Maya with help from supporting acts JJ Grey & Mofro, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Toots & the Maytals, Maren Morris, Margo Price, Drake White and The Big Fire, Muddy Magnolias, and Corey Harper. With such great company in tow, we knew this year was one for the books!

Soul and roots rocker JJ Grey & Mofro kicked off the musical festivities and reggae legends Toots & the Maytals kept the energy high! Corey Harper treated us to a spectacular set at the Lagoon, a sweet acoustic affair that served as a perfect warmup for sets from up and coming country star Margo Price and then Mexican guitar gurus Rodrigo y Gabriela! Zac and the the guys had so many incredible performances, some highlights included when Zac Brown Band began their set with Steve Miller Band’s “Swingtown”, before jumping right into “Jump Right In”, “Uncaged”, and “Beautiful Drug” to go along with songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and Nathaniel Rateliff’s “S.O.B.”. By the time the show ended with “Homegrown”, we were all satisfied knowing we had four days worth of vacation memories with friends we’ll never forget!

While the music brought us down to Mexico, it was all the extras that really made the experience so special and unforgettable! Some of the biggest highlights were the Songwriting Workshop with some of the guys from ZBB, Jimmy’s Boot Camp, the Drake White and Chef Rusty judged Margarita Making Contest, and an awesome afternoon of BINGO out at the pool that benefitted Positive Legacy and Camp Southern Ground! Thank you all for helping make Castaway with Southern Ground such an amazing vacation for everyone!