WANEE FESTIVAL | 04.13 & 04.14 | FLORIDA

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Words By: Pat Knibbs

Wanee Festival :: 04.13.07 & 04.14.07 :: Live Oak, FL

Hot April sunshine and 80-degree temperatures are just two reasons why Florida is an ideal location for early spring outdoor music. The Sunshine State helped kick off the 2007 festival season a couple of weeks ago with Langerado, and most recently the Wanee Music Festival, which centered around the Allman Brothers Band, their friends and various family projects. The two days were loaded with inspired sets from the South's finest rockers and promising up-and-comers.


Ed Anderson - BTF :: 04.13 by Zach Mahone
Backyard Tire Fire opened the Peach Stage (main stage), working the slow-growing crowd with their blend of alt-country/hard rock. Clad in flannel shirts and black jeans, the trio ripped through spirited drinking songs under the beaming sun. Songs like "Thick Skin" and "Gray Sky Blues," exposed the band's gritty rawness. Their mesh of hillbilly stomp, rowdy rock, and cryptic, alcohol induced lyrics were a nice jump start for the weekend.

Chris Thile - Nickel Creek
04.13 by Zach Mahone
Following BTF on the main stage was acoustic trio Nickel Creek (actually a quartet live with longtime bassist Mark Schatz). It was hard not to notice the unique partnership/bond between both Sara Watkins (violin/vocals) and Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals). Their vocal range and instrument command was impressive and incredibly professional. Watkins' raspy, powerful timbre added depth to their rich, acoustic instruments, harmonizing flawlessly with Thile, whose mandolin playing was virtuosic, running through scale after scale. It's no wonder the BBC named him Folk Musician of the Year.

By the time Robert Randolph and the Family Band emerged onto the Peach Stage, the crowd was at its peak. The energy the band releases live is infectious, and it was no surprise that their first set of the weekend was a scorcher! Highlights included a foot-stomping version of "The March," where Randolph was joined on stage by a small child playing the maracas, and an ultra funky "I Need More Love" > "Wanna Be Starting Something" where they transformed the funky bass line of "I Need More Love" into a full-throttle funk throwdown. Spearheaded by bassist Danyel Morgan's falsetto singing and lightening quick slapping, the Family Band took hold of Michael Jackson's explosive opener from Thriller and ignited a lively dance party.


Daniel Sproul - Rose Hill Drive
04.14 by George Weiss
Rose Hill Drive defines the term "power trio." The three talented youngsters from Boulder have an uncanny knack for hard, heavy blues, foot-stomping shuffle and sheer unadulterated rock. Sounding like Cream, Black Sabbath and Nirvana rolled into one, the trio slashed through their set with energy and attitude, clearly enjoying every minute of it. "It's such an honor to be here. It's fucking awesome," exclaimed guitarist Daniel Sproul before their last song of the day, a 30+ minute blues medley, which frantically ran through the numerous faces of the blues. Simply put, these kids are explosive and ready to blow up, so watch out!

Drifting between the Scrapomatic and Oteil and The Peacemakers sets, I couldn't help but notice the interesting range of people strolling around. College kids, old school hippies, teens and a surprising amount of children were all intertwined. There was a laid back, relaxing vibe that was rather pleasing.

Rusted Root :: 04.14 by George Weiss
Rusted Root has worked its polyrhythmic backbone and crafty songwriting for nearly 20 years now. Their mid-day set on the Peach Stage reminded me of my youthful summers. Classic songs like "Send Me on My Way," "Back to the Earth" and "Ecstasy" were tight and still fresh sounding. But, it was the drum-laden, danceable rendition of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" that stuck out. Singer Michael Glabicki's vocals cut through the songs chorus with precision, and the shuffling up-tempo groove gave this classic some life.

Keller Williams :: 04.14 by George Weiss
Keller Williams' late afternoon set on the Mushroom Stage was nothing out of the ordinary. Not that it was bad but it was everything one expects from the veteran one-man-band. His voice, guitar playing and looping were solid but nothing really stood out. The crowd enjoyed the playful "Freeker," complete with Sanford and Son theme, and the humorously funky cover of Cameo's "Word Up," but something about the set seemed gimmicky to me, a rerun of something I'd seen before.

Matt Abts - Gov't Mule :: 04.14 by George Weiss
Gov't Mule strolled onto the Peach Stage just before the sun ducked down over the horizon Saturday night. Warren Haynes' long, frizzy hair was tucked into a ponytail that bounced as he and his Mule-mates ripped ferociously through their extended set. Haynes' guitar mastery and passionate vocals have made him a highly sought after artist for collaborations, but his true focus has always remained the Mule. Their set was fierce, loud, and lively. The stretch from "I'm a Ram" > "Love Me Do" > "I'm a Ram" sounded different, hard reggae rhythms giving the early Beatles' tune new breath before snuggling back into Al Green's "I'm a Ram." The added bonus of saxophonist Ron Holloway on "Mule" and the powerful set closer "Soulshine" gave the quartet a fuller, more dynamic sound. Each member of Gov't Mule is unique, but it's as a unit that the group truly shines.

Haynes & Trucks - ABB :: 04.14 by George Weiss
Closing off the Peach Stage festivities with an impressive moonlit set, the Allman Brothers Band welcomed several special guests and showed just why they've survived more than 35 years. From the start, the band was on fire, opening with "Mountain Jam" and a killer "Statesboro Blues," during which an image of departed guitarist Duane Allman was superimposed over Haynes on the video screen. The interpretation of the band's vast catalog by axe men Derek Trucks and Haynes gave many of the old songs a facelift.

Gregg Allman - ABB :: 04.14 by George Weiss
Guitarist Chris Anderson joined the group for a rousing "Good Morning Little School Girl," and then Devon Allman (Gregg's son from Honeytribe which performed earlier) joined them for a sing-along "Midnight Rider." A fresh sounding Gregg Allman took hold of this classic and ran with it. Holloway, whose sax was also on hand for the special Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi midnight set, joined them for a lively "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." Trucks' slide solo was chilling, and the rhythm section – bassist Oteil Burbridge, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe and percussionist Marc Quinones - was phenomenal on this epic instrumental. The encore reprise of "Mountain Jam" and an inspiring "Whipping Post" were nothing short of spectacular. The Allman's two festival sets were nearly flawless, and the lineup they put together for this festival was remarkably solid.

Derek Trucks :: 04.14
By George Weiss
Saturday's midnight set was a special introduction to the husband-wife team of Trucks and Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival. This 12-piece group combined the Derek Trucks Band with a four-piece horn section and Tedeschi. Touching on facets of R&B and soul, the ensemble sounded rehearsed and organized. Exploring a vast sonic landscape, many of the arrangements remained slightly open-ended and uncluttered. Highlights included the two songs by The Band, "Don't Do It" and "The Weight," as well as a Tedeschi sung "Walkin' Blues."

Not even the early morning downpour Sunday could put a damper on the Wanee experience. Beautiful camping, a friendly, helpful staff and a relaxing vibe all contributed to a great weekend!

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dudleynoon Mon 4/30/2007 07:26PM
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everyone doesnt have to hate on keller ?!

Rich Lieberman starstarstar Mon 4/30/2007 08:30PM
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Rich Lieberman

The reviewer doesn’t appear to be hating, just calling it like he saw it I guess. I left for Mule right after "Freaker" because I also felt like I was seeing nothing new. The Nokia show recently in NYC blew this set away. Keller was good but not everybody brings it every show, even if you love them.

The Midnight DTB w/ Susan Tedeschi was a major highlight. Tedeschi’s bluesy, sexy voice blends in perfectly with Mike Mattison’s on tunes like The Bands ”Don’t Do it” (listed as "Don't Break My Heart" above) and Derek and the Dominos; ”Key to the Highway. The cover of the "Weight" was great but didn’t come close to the energy level when they played it Aretha style at the Warren Haynes Jam in NYC a few weeks earlier w/ The DTB & Eric Krasno (Soulive). For me the musical highlight of the encore was the "We're A Winner". A Curtis Mayfield penned song recorded by The Impressions in 1967. It is such a great song and it was the first time they have ever played it. Another interesting tidbit was that Derek was playing a Gold Top Les Paul once owned by Duane Allman for the "Walkin Blues" duo with Susan.

Being an "old school hippie" I thought Rose Hill Drive kicked major ass on the "Shroom Stage". Love those guys!

All in all… nice review of a great festival. The late night electric and acoustic jams in the woods, drum circles, friendly peeps, and amazing camping facilities make this festie a jewel.

cshort1 starstarstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 01:15AM
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So there I was sitting in the Jacksonville Airport getting ready to come back to Memphis, depressed as shit that one of the best festies had come to an end, and Keller walks right past me. I was speachless at first but I gathered the courage and walked up to him. He was nice enough to let me take a picture with him and blab on about how fucking cool he is.... Wanne is a great place to be and I can't wait for next year.

Zach Tue 5/1/2007 05:44AM
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I believe the link is wrong at the bottom of the review. If you ar looking for some web hosting go to wanee.com If you are looking for more information about Wanee Music Festival go to http://www.waneefestival.com/. The show was awesome by the way Susan was defiently the highlight.

Treetophigh Tue 5/1/2007 05:48AM
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just tellin it how it is with keller

cant wait to rediscover this great musician with the wmd's at summer camp


kaiserbun starstarstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 06:04AM
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great review, sounds like a fun time. i need to see rose hill drive, keep hearing good things about them. agreed on the keller thing, he's one of my favorites, but the material has been repetitive for a while now. the wmds will be a nice change

rockera starstarstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 07:13AM
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Keller please join a band. String Cheese has an opening. Sounded great with Cheese @ 10klf last year. The Allman camp can sure throw it down

cocheese starstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 07:31AM
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decent review, wish it could have been longer and more in depth, but still good. a few mistakes, as Rich said it's "Don't Do It" and there was late nite music both nites just not at the stages. My highlights of the weekend, well other tan both nites of G-Mule and the Bros., was definitely.....
1. The Radiators-1st time to see these old dudes and man can they rock. "Waiting on the Rain" and a cover of "Morning Dew" had everyone at the small intimate Mushshroom stage dancing and singing along. watching the keys player drink what seemed like 30 bottles of water was fairly amusing too.
2. Oteil and the Peacemakers- i had seen these guys here last year and a few times in between, but never had i seen them play with so much passion and energy. Oteil is a true entertainer and carried the lead vocals very well in Paul Henson's absence(did he quit or what???) 1st day was spectacular, but the 2nd day was off the chain dawg! it really took off with their cover of "Kawlijah", then Jason Crosby join them with his fiddle on "Blue Eyed Savior" and then a crowd pleasing "What is Hip". Roosevelt Collier joined on the pedal steel for "Turn On Your Lovelight" oh yeah things were getting all funky and hot by now! A tight "Pull Together" followed and then a few songs later Oteil brah Kofi joined with some flute action on "Payday". Kofi seemed to be enjoying hanging in the crowd more than anything else all weekend, as every where i went there he was. They threw some ACDC and Zeppelin teases in the middle of "Power of Soul". To end the hottest set of the Fest they brought back out all the special guest for a soul slammming "Power in the Blood". Best set of the weekend by far and the Peacemakers really seemed to be gelling good. Mark Kimbrell's juicy tasty licks on guitar seemed to even get him salivating, cause he holds the neck of his guitar right up to his face like he's gonna lick it any moment.


knibbs Tue 5/1/2007 08:08AM
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Hey thanks for the feed back, truth be told I was supposed to have some help writing this thing (that's why there's no mention of a lot of the sets). Can't wait for the WMD's, no offense to KW, and the Radiators were nasty both nights!

Astronaut Jones starstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 08:22AM
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Astronaut Jones

i wouldn't go so far as to call the derek set a "highlight". don't get me wrong, i think he's probably the most talented slide guitarist of all time, but for Pete's sake!! take some of that creativity and come up with some new songs brother! basically the same set w/ a different order each of the 10-12 times i've seen him. now Rose Hill Drive--there's a freakin' highlight!! rockin' off what was left of my face bright and early Saturday. these dudes are sick. i'll DEFINITELY be at the SOCO event in ATL on the 11th. And to anyone thinking of attending next year: don't go expecting the Brothers to be the best thing you'll see. I'll leave it at that. Great festie!! to the promoters: let's have R.H.D. on the 'shroom stage for 2 full sets in '08 opposite Mule. just a thought

catspit starstar Tue 5/1/2007 08:50AM
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Warren's long, frizzy hair was tucked into a ponytail, I think not. How about his long hair blowing in wind with the impending storm coming. Cocheese great feedback on the Rads and especially Oteil's over the top set.

Gee no mention of the way too short campground set Friday night. And I guess you would be disappointed in a 5 song Keller set since that is all you had time for to go catch Mule. Or how Derek's set got short because of the weather.

chasetc20 starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 09:31AM
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keller is steller

Rich Lieberman Tue 5/1/2007 12:05PM
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Rich Lieberman

I guess the problem I have catspit in a situation where you have to make a tough choice on 2 bands you like playing at the same time at a festival... If I am seeing one and they don't grab me and hook me in by the 5th song them I'm off to check the other stage. And I surely wasnt the only one treking over to the Peace Stage once Warrens blazing guitar was bleeding through the Oak trees. But thats just me.

As for the Campground sets, if you mean the River Road Compound sets, I agree that was a bummer they put a 2am curfew on electric music this year. Last year i went on all night long. Still Pedro and Lefty and the guys did a heck of a job!

stevi starstarstarstar Tue 5/1/2007 08:01PM
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Wanee was amazing again this year. I saw Rose Hill Drive for the first time and my mom even enjoyed them. Mule stold the show. hands down.

torn&treyed Wed 5/2/2007 06:34AM
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I think keller has exhausted his looping thing. Hopefully after a stint with the wmd's he will come back to his lexicon or echoplex or whatever he isusing these days with a fresh perspective. I just wish the wmd's had a little bit more of a technical bassist

rockera starstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 09:22AM
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If keller shows are boring you Check out another one man looping machine, Dosh, also drummer for Andrew Bird. Not jammy like keller, but more on the indie, trance side, very cool

cocheese Wed 5/2/2007 09:33AM
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way more people at Wanee this year. a lot more obnoxious punks trying push and shove their way down front and riding on golf carts. i seen several people, including myself almost get run over by carts flying around the roads at nite with no lights on. like all other good festies that have excellent vibes, Wanee will slowly attract more and more punks that have no respect for the community vibe.

O1Roggae Wed 5/2/2007 09:55AM
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Wanee was one of the chillest fests iv'e attended all year. The vibes were awesome and I felt at home. Next year though I would love to see WSP join the lineup, because in my opinion I think Wanee would be the perfect fit for WSP. Keep the vibes clean

O1Roggae Wed 5/2/2007 09:58AM
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Cocheese you are right about the golf-carts. Why do people need to ride around on golf carts at a fest of that size. At times I felt like people were driving by and just being beligerant. You are right a lot more punks/college frat kids will be going to more and more fests, but don't ever let any of them ruin your fest experience.

linsbee314 Wed 5/2/2007 10:48AM
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01Roggae - I have to disagree with the WSP thing. I'm a huge fan, seen them 100 times, but they attract too much mischief for a fest of this size. I like the small, community, blues/roots/rock feel of Wanee. I like that there's tons of kids around. I'd love to see them there, I guess, but who would want to have to choose betw. Panic and Trucks/Tedeschi? Panic needs to stay with the big fests and I'll still be there to see them.

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 11:16AM
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Astronaut Jones

01Roggae--you'll never see a band at Wanee that is any bigger than the Brothers b/c it's their festival, and I doubt any big name band would likely play second fiddle to another in that small of a venue and lineup. I missed all the demolition derby action with the carts though. I actually saw less this year. There were, however, those obnoxious kids camped next to me that insisted on playing the Duballstars covering "Dark Side of The Moon" ALL THE TIME. When I say "kids", I mean kids. They had to be teenagers. It was almost the first murder ever at a festival. Know what I love the most though? It has been my misfortune all of the 3 years to be stationed at the Brothers' show beside either the guy who sings really loud to all the songs or the guy who hollers "Bring back Dickey!" the whole show. Beware those guys.

fsu420 starstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 11:59AM
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theres no way this guy could have been at the same keller show i was. between the epic mushroom stage, great vibes, and a "brown eyed women" what more could u have asked for... i still got like 10 hours of warren haynes so i think ill be just fine. if this guy didnt like this show im surprised hes not raving about the sister hazel show. more his speed maybe.....

cocheese Wed 5/2/2007 12:28PM
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i feel you just-joshin'! some of my neighbors decided which music me and the rest of the campers in our area would listen. they had some huge speakers in their duelie(?) truck and blasted John Cougar Menstural Cramp and other 80's rock all nite sooo loud nothing could compete. then at 6am they decided it was time for some more and crank it up for a bit till everyone was hollering and screaming at them. we i woke a few hours later they were gone. sooo sad. WSP will never play Wanee, it's the Family's fest and it shall stay that way for all time. Oh and Joshin', you must have been beside me, cause those same dudes singin loudly and shouting for Dickey were right behind me, along with some drunk chick that never stopped talking at the top of her lungs.

carphishhead Wed 5/2/2007 03:44PM
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^ Sounds like a great "community vibe"

franknjam starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/2/2007 04:33PM
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Great review...Sorry you couldn't make the Bonobos Convergence set. We will be on the JamCam DVD for anyone else who missed. I love the Wanee festival and can't wait to get back next year. . . total community vibe. Thanks to everyone who attended and supports this great festival.


theragman Wed 5/2/2007 09:59PM
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i've been at all 3 Wanee Fests and this one was by far the wildest, craziest, energetic one yet, although it seemed to not be able to duplicate a certain paradise vibe from the first year but either way, i can't help but say that i had one of the most fun weekends of my life and ALL the music was incredible. Seeing Keller on the mushroom stage was a dream. His set was great, i don't care what anyone says.

this review of it kind of sucked though.

AikoBearzly starstarstar Thu 5/3/2007 08:02AM
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"but something about the set seemed gimmicky to me, a rerun of something I'd seen before",,, LoL,, if you have been to more than three of Keller's concerts You have seen all he has to offer,,, worlds greatestpaid whistler,, One narc for every three people,, kinda gave a negative energy about the place,, place is fantastic if not for that,,, Allman Brothers set fri thought was better than sat,,

knibbs Thu 5/3/2007 08:34AM
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Sister Hazel? Ok, well like i said KW is the man but after 6 years of the same ol song and dance when is enough enough? ONCE AGAIN: I was supposed to have a co-author for this (who took my press tick and pass) who didn't contribute at all! Thats why huge chunks are missing folks! But to each his own. Word

carphishhead Thu 5/3/2007 02:41PM
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This kinda shit happens all the time
You gotta get yours before I gotta get mine
Everything is fine when youre listening to the DOG...

JuanTosmoke Thu 5/3/2007 05:21PM
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Yeah, Warren Haynes tied his hair up after a few songs with his hair flying around. Derek sat in with Robert Randolph on Saturday, which was cool.

The Allman Brothers were the best, followed by Gov't Mule and Robert Randolph.

The festival had some jerks, but overall the people were friendly. And no, the jerks weren't the younger people. Most of the jerks were older people.

JiveTurkeyMcButterpants starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/4/2007 09:31AM
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fun festival, bumping music, good vibes, and nice review... under the circumstances (other chick bailing on her half). one thing i know you did miss out on was that second night of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, it was steller -- Danny from RHD and Derek Trucks joining Bobby on stage was aswesome

knibbs Fri 5/4/2007 11:47AM
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franknjam: I actually caught the very end of one of their sets. I'd like to hear more though. I was hoping that the person helping me with the review would have been there but...oh well. Great time though.

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/4/2007 10:12PM
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the secret is out - Wannee Rocks !

patrick007 starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/5/2007 06:15PM
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It was beautiful weather and a great time. Thanks Warren and Company. Thanks for the Suwannee Music Park.

Astronaut Jones Mon 5/7/2007 10:09AM
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Astronaut Jones

cocheese--maybe we should hook up before hand and camp next to each other. i got the mack spot 2 years runnin' bro! we got a water spigot and all. it's super secret, but i guess i could let you in on it's whereabouts--as long as you wont play any JCM or rap or reggae we'll be cool and the gang. and no cool and the gang either. when are we gonna get some moonshine still down there? i figured they would've already played. BRING BACK DICKEY!!!

cocheese Tue 5/8/2007 06:05AM
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sounds good just-joshin' as long as there is plenty o shade!

Astronaut Jones Tue 5/8/2007 07:59AM
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Astronaut Jones

lots o shade dude!