Valdosta Daily Times

April 6, 2014

Wanee Festival 2014

Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd headline music festival

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

LIVE OAK, Fla. — For a decade, the Allman Brothers have made it an annual tradition to settle along the Suwannee River and jam with some friends and fellow musicians. And music fans from near and far can come watch, listen and dance.

Next weekend, this tradition continues with the 10th Annual Wanee Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Spirit of the Suwannee has hosted longer-running music festivals, such as the Suwannee SpringFest, the MagnoliaFest, the Suwannee River Jam, but the Wanee Festival has become the park’s most popular event, Teena Peavey, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground marketing director, said earlier this year.

The Wanee Festival regularly draws attendance from all 50 states and seven countries. They are drawn by such past performers as Robert Plant, Leon Russell, Widespread Panic, etc.

And always the Allman Brothers Band ... with one exception.

In 2008, the Wanee Festival went on but the Allman Brothers had to cancel their gig due to health issues.

The Allman Brothers Band has its roots in Jacksonville, Fla. Founded in 1969, the band featured Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, “Jaimoe” Johanson. Songs include “Whipping Post,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Midnight Rider,” etc.

After releasing the landmark live album “At Fillmore East,” Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. The band went through periods of break-ups and reunions but has performed regularly for many years.

In addition to the Allmans, this year’s Wanee headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trey Anastasio Band.

In some minds, the Allmans and Skynyrd are strangely linked by the sudden loss of each band’s driving force, by the rock-radio era of the 1970s.

Beyond the tragedy, the history, the raging guitars and the killer songs, ultimately, Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will — about survival of spirit, unbowed, uniquely American, stubbornly resolute. With a backbone of Southern rock and country, passionate Van Zant vocals, and trademark layered guitars, the group has produced numerous rock anthems, such as “Free Bird,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Trey Anastasio is best known for being a guitarist, composer and singer with the band Phish, but he’s also known for his orchestral work which has placed him with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other symphony orchestras. With his namesake band, Anastasio presents a more intimate set of music than with Phish or with the orchestral groups.

Waneefest 2014 returns

When: April 10-12.

Where: Sprit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

The Line-Up: The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, moe., Rusted Root, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Music of Led Zeppelin), Soulive, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rob Garza (Of Thievery Corporation), Blind Boys of Alabama, Melvin Seals & JGB, Bobby Le Rodgers, Futurebirds, Berry Oakley’s Skylab, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Pink Talking Fish, Sean Chambers, The Yeti Trio, The Hip Abduction, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Heavy Pets, COPE, Juke, The Politix.

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