Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 18, 2013

Leon Russell, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers headline Wanee Festival

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Leon Russell, Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band lead dozens of musical acts playing this weekend during the annual Wanee Music Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Both Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band are scheduled for two performances each during this annual music event.

Anyone familiar with Wanee should not be surprised that the Allman Brothers is not only participating but playing twice.

The Allmans developed the Wanee Festival. The legendary band is the festival’s centerpiece as well as one of its headline acts. With one exception, the band has played every Wanee Festival, and typically, the Allmans always play twice.

However, in 2008, the Allman Brothers Band had to cancel its appearance due to band member health concerns. Even without its founders, the Wanee Festival continued.

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.

Widespread Panic began in Athens back in the mid 1980s. The band reached legendary status for its soaring jams during live shows, on a level comparable to the Grateful Dead or Phish in terms of Widespread Panic’s ability to play improvisational riffs. While it has never reached a high level of fame through radio airplay, Widespread Panic has a devoted following of fans.

In recent years, Widespread Panic has released recordings from some of its early concerts. In 2009, the band released “Valdosta 1989,” a two-disc set featuring a Widespread Panic concert performed April 8, 1989, in Valdosta.

Both Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band are scheduled to play Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20. Widespread is scheduled to play 6:30-8:30 p.m. both nights on the Peach Stage. The Allmans, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, both nights on the Peach Stage.

There are two stages filled with music Friday and Saturday. One stage is available today with music from the early afternoon until 1:30 a.m.

Leon Russell is scheduled to play 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday on the Peach Stage.

The 71-year-old Russell was once a first-call studio session musician who worked on recordings with everyone from Jan & Dean to George Harrison and Ringo Starr to Doris Day to Willie Nelson to Elton John to Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and the Rolling Stones.

He wrote and co-wrote numerous songs from the 1960s. In the 1970s, Russell embarked on his own recording and performing career. In more recent years, Russell felt he had been forgotten until Elton John asked him to partner on the 2010 CD, “The Union,” which brought Russell out of obscurity. He has enjoyed increased attention and overdue appreciation ever since.

In addition to the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and Leon Russell, Wanee is scheduled to feature Groves, Juke, Beebs & Her Moneymakers, Kettle Of Fish, Cope, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Oli Brown, Monophonics, the Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Voice Of The Wetlands Allstars, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, Greyboy Allstars, Blackberry Smoke, Robert Randolph, Govt. Mule, Flannel Church, The Revivalists, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, North Mississippi Allstars, BoomBox, Steel Pulse, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yeti Trio, the Lee Boys, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Maceo Parker, Tower Of Power, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Galactic & Friends.

 More information: Visit www.waneefestival.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results