Wanee Festival 2014


Ahhh, Wanee is close, so close, 3 days close.  This year it is packed with great artists such as Lynard Skynard, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule and Tedeschi Trucks Band.  Other incredible bands are: Umphree’s McGee, moe., Dumpstaphunk, Soulive  (see list below).  And yes, this is a Thursday to Saturday festival, where everyone leaves on Sunday and is good to go to work on a Monday, unlike most festivals that start on a Thursday and end late Sunday night.

However, this year will be different.

This is the 10th Anniversary.  It’s also the last year the Allman Brothers Band will be playing/on tour.  I have a feeling this will be one of the most special Wanee’s ever.  The anticipation is killing me.

IMG_2716Grab your tickets now!

For past recaps of Wanee Festival, check these stories out:

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Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, 2011

2010, Day 1

2010, Day 2

2010, Day 3

photo by View Skewed

2014 Wanee Lineup:

  • Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Blues Traveler
  • The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • Hot Tuna Electric
  • moe.
  • Umphree’s McGee
  • 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
  • Bobby Lee Rodgers
  • Melvin Seals & JGB
  • Futurebirds
  • Berry Oakley’s Skylab
  • Matt Schofield
  • Break Science
  • Pink Talking Fish
  • Sean Chambers
  • The Yeti Trio
  • The Hip Abduction



Wanee Festival, 10th Anniversary, 2014 Announcement


Not sure where to start – the last two weeks have been a flurry of festival announcements, even I can’t keep up. However, the first festival to start off my 2014 (besides Jam Cruise, which is another post altogether) is WANEE FESTIVAL.
If you know me, you know this is my staple festival, I go for the great southern guitar twangs, the southern hospitality of The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park, and the southern charm. Not to mention the Allman Brothers host this event every year.

This year is the 10th anniversary Wanee Festival (how did that happen already?) and promises to be a star studded event. The line up consists of:

The Allman Brothers Band * Trey Anastasio Band *  Lynyrd Skynyrd * Tedeschi Trucks Band * Gov’t Mule * Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band * Umphrey’s McGee * Ziggy Marley * Blues Traveler * The 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 * Bobby Lee Rodgers * Melvin Seals & JGB * Futurebirds * Matt Schofield * Break Science * Sean Chambers * The Yeti Trio *

Advance and VIP Tickets On Sale Now

Yes, I’ll be there.  Yes, find me.  I’ll be the one smiling.  :-)

Gathering of the Vibes 2013 – Highlights – Friday/Saturday

This year started with me having my first ten day vacation since I don’t know when, and we began at The Vibes.  After the usual “get here, find the tickets there, park here, walk there, grab the cooler, don’t forget the tapestry, find some ice, text your friends, get to the stage, find your place” shenanigans, we finally settled in.   We got in on Friday, and saw John Scofield’s Überjam at the smaller Green Vibes stage.  We also said hello to about a gazillion friends.  This festival is held in the beautiful Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT – and since CT is my hometown state, this truly was a gathering of friends and family far and wide.  But, I digress.

photo by: Dino Perrucci

photo by: Dino Perrucci

Scofield is one of my favorites, and he jammed with Andy Hess, John Medeski, drummer Tony Mason, and Avi Bortnick. This was a heavy jam, filled with that roundabout guitar virtuosity that Sco is known for.  Scofield just released a new album, Scofield’s Überjam Deux I was thrilled to be standing infront of Sco, with the water behind me on a gorgeous Friday afternoon.  This was a beautiful entry into The Vibes.

photo by: Dino Perrucci

photo by: Dino Perrucci

Another highlight was Tedeschi Trucks Band.  TTB is touring to promote their latest album to be released on August 20 – Made Up Mind – and we were treated to a few new songs mixed in with their usual southern style bluesy Janis Joplin, slide guitar heaven. I realized that today I was being treated to two of my all time favorite guitar players, Scofield and Trucks, combined with Saturday’s Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) and Steve Kimock which could easily put me in guitar hero overload.  This is what Vibes is for.

It is a curious thing when one of the hottest sets are so under the radar, you incredulously look around you to notice that there is not enough people around you to witness what is happening on the stage in front of you.  This was Steve Kimock/Bernie Worrell’s set.  It was a hot day, no doubt about it, and there is hardly any shade, but it didn’t matter.   Continue reading

Wanee Festival – Friday, April 20, 2012

I woke up and hung with my camp family while some people trekked up to the Peach Stage for Bruce Hornsby.  Even in camp I could hear Bruce playing a soulful tribute to Levon Helm with “The Night They Drove ‘Ole Dixie Down” and “Ride That Train”.  It gave me the chills and I wasn’t near the stage.  My friends told me it blew them away.

I do finally motivate around 1:30 to go see Buddy Guy.  On a hot afternoon, the sun beams down on the field and my notes go something like this:  playing with one had, keyboardist explosion, deep southern groove, Buddy is BAD.

Yes, Buddy is bad singing “Nobody Loves Me but my Guitar,” and then he stops and banters with the crowd.  “Wait a minute, wait a minute.  Ya’ll brought me here to sing the blues, we will not disappoint!”  He goes into “Hoochie Coochie Man” and then stops again to scream at the crowd.  “I was in India, and even they didn’t f*ck up the words like yall have.”  Yep, Buddy Guy is a character – but can belt the blues like nobody’s business.

Then he does this bit where he leans on the speaker, turns the guitar around and sings this song where he plays a lick with his belly – or more to the point – his man parts.  Uh huh.  Seriously.

Then I move over to the mushroom stage to hear Mickey Hart’s new band that I had been hearing really great things about.  I wanted to hear it for myself.  The crowd goes wild on the first song, Not Fade Away, and the female singer, Crystal Monee Hall, brings a nice feminine voice to the mix.  Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) is on base and then we go into some of Mickey’s new songs from his latest album, Mysterium Tremendum.  I can honestly say this was the set that blew me away with new sounds, great jams and hard hitting percussion and bass.  Some new music that really blew me away with its experimental groovy danceable jams.  The third song began sounding reminiscent of early Pink Floyd with a bit of space and drums mixed in.  The jams were hot and new and fresh.  I can’t wait to see them again.

SET LIST:  Not Fade Away >, Let There Be Light, Time Never Ends > Who Stole The Show?, Starlight Starbright, Cut The Deck > Bertha >, Supersonic > jam >, Fire on the Mountain

photo by: Shelly Smith

I then move back to the Peach Stage to see Tedeschi Trucks Band.  If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge Derek Trucks fan.  No, I was not disappointed at this set.  They are greeted by a loving crowd.  Tedeschi sings the first note of the first song and the audience is captivated.  The sun beams down on the field, Susan Tedeschi banters with Derek Trucks’ guitar.  The horn section is tight and sharp.

A few songs from Trucks’ old band, Derek Trucks Band were dusted off with “I Know” with Matt Mattson singing.  It was a strong rendition, with a B3 keys explosion from Kofi Burbridge, and a just a tiny bit of shredding from Derek Trucks.

“Love Has Something Else to Say” was changed up a bit, there was a sick trumpet groove by DeShawn Ross, Oteil Burbridge, bass, was squirming in the background, hitting the sickest bass groove.

I then found some food while they played “Midnight in Harlem.”  Derek noodled for a bit while I was on the ticket line, and then they began the song. Derek and Kofi start off the song sultry and soft.  It is a beautiful song, Susan sings it perfectly – there is no one else out there with her type of voice.  It was chillingly beautiful.  And it was silent during Trucks’ solo.  A field of 20,000 people, silent.  He shreds that guitar to a silent crowd.  Wow.

The second DTB song was Majoun, with its soft and dreamy bantering flute and guitar also kept me swaying in the crowd.  Full set list below:

Don’t Let Me Slide, I Know, Love Has Something Else To Say, Midnight In Harlem, Down Don’t Bother Me / Band intros, Lord Protect My Child, Nobody’s Free, That Did It, Mahjoun > bass > drums, Darlin’ Be Home Soon >, Bound For Glory

I needed a break after that one; needed some food, more drink, and a rest back at camp.  On the way back to the site I heard Bonerama from the Mushroom stage.  A little bit later I heard Furthur begin to play. I sat in a chair at camp (home), and listened to both bands play. Continue reading

Gathering of the Vibes, 2011 – Audio Links (torrents incl.)

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to Rob Clarke and Scott Bernstein for taping the festival, and being so prompt in putting the out there for us to all relive again.  Mucho gracias!

The Infamous Stringdusters: http://www.archive.org/details/stringdusters2011-07-21
Roots of Creation: http://www.archive.org/details/roc2011-07-21.jz-bt201.flac16
New Mastersounds: http://www.archive.org/details/nms2011-07-21.v2KM184
Dumpstaphunk: http://www.archive.org/details/dumpstaphunk2011-07-21
The Mother Hips (torrent): http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547058

Ryan Montbleau: http://www.archive.org/details/montbleau2011-07-22
God Street Wine (Lo Faber, Aaron Maxwell, Jon Bevo, Dan Pifer) with special guests Jason Crosby and Joe Russo:  http://www.archive.org/details/gsw2011-07-22
Kung Fu: http://www.archive.org/details/kungfu2011-07-22
Big Sam’s Funky Nation (torrent): http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547156
Furthur: http://www.archive.org/detail/furthur2011-07-22.v2km184.clarke.115050.flac16
The Bridge: http://www.archive.org/details/bridge2011-07-22
Tedeschi Trucks Band (torrent): http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547111
Taj Mahal (torrent): http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547047

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