This year’s Wanee Music Festival, located at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in North Central Florida, delivered one of the more solid lineups of the 2017 festival season. Though it takes place in the spring, it set the bar for what a schedule should look like.
An important factor all these years for setting the bar high for Wanee was Butch Trucks. The untimely passing of Trucks in January brought the Wanee community together in an unprecedented way, to honor his life and say thanks for impacting so many over the course of his life. There was an extra sense of camaraderie – both on and off stage – the entire weekend because of the tragedy. Everyone truly realized how fortunate they were to be able to experience this year’s festival. Continue reading 13th Annual Wanee Music Festival 2017→
If your Halloween wasn’t spent at Suwannee this year, you really missed out, the third annual Hulaween, in Live Oak, Florida was by far the best Hulaween to date, a complete success in every way. This year the festival topped all other festival attendance at the park to date breaching 21,000 freaky people!
The weather was breathtaking, compared to last year’s bone chilling nights, cloudy but in the upper 70’s for the duration of the weekend. It actually was a bit too humid during the day the 2nd half of the weekend but bearable.
The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassable. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statures, swing sets, moving lights, mazes and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.
This year’s lineup was stacked, capable to suit all. Bluegrass, EDM, Jam rock, whatever you wanted, was only a stage away, at most times. With headliners String Cheese Incident (of course..7 sets), Railroad Earth, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Slightly Stoopid, Lettuce, Elephant Revival, Papadosio, etc.
The Thursday night pre-party included 5 bands on the amphitheater stage. A relatively light crowd compared to the weekend, making a slightly more intimate setting. EOTO really got the party started, the duo made up of Jason Hann and Michael Travis of SCI, the dynamic drummer/percussion duo, paying their version of electronic jam.
Dumpstaphunk donned costumes and had an epic cover of Ramble On. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, arguably the best touring Grateful Dead “cover band” with an all-star cast super group of musicians, playing their own twist of Dead tunes, belted out a spectacular Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Eyes Of The World (TH) -> The Music Never Stopped -> Jam # -> The Music Never Stopped Reprise +-> Jam $ -> Help On The Way (TH) -> Myxomatosis Jam %+ -> Slipknot! -> China Cat Sunflower Jam +-> Jam ^ -> China Cat Sunflower to end the evening around camp fires, guitars and Spirit lake and stars.
Friday got started on the Main stage with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds followed by Railroad Earth and then The String Cheese Incident. After just finishing up fall tour, The String Cheese Incident are absolutely on top of their game, pulling out rare treats, musicianship is top notch. Cheese started off Friday with ‘Song in my head’, followed by ‘Can’t wait another day’. Tim Carbone and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth sat in for ‘Sometimes a River’, a song Keith Moseley and Todd Sheaffer co-wrote in 2005 in Colorado. It was clear the barefoot boys wanted to get those songs out of the way and get straight to the jam. The rarely played ‘Indian Creek’ had an appearance, as well as Kang’s rendition of the old tune, ‘red haired boy’: ‘Valley of the Jig’. ‘Round the wheel’ had some really psychedelic elements in the middle of the song that were really unique, as a huge fan, it’s most definitely my favorite version that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. ‘On the road’ also had some killer jams added to its usual sound.
The second set started out strong with a funky ‘Colliding’. This set was packed full of fan favorites such as, ‘Restless Wind’, Joyful Sound, Mouna Bowa. Shantytown was a favorite of the night, for obvious reasons, it’s such a fitting song for Suwannee. We got a Zeppelin cover for the encore, ‘Ramble On’, an excellent way to end the first incident.
Primus and Pretty Lights closed out the night at the Amphitheater and Main stages, the grounds were peaking out, it was nearly overflowing onto the pavement at Primus and hard to see much if you didn’t get there early. Likewise at Pretty lights the field was completely packed like never before at this venue from stage to vendors and very difficult to traverse once it packed it. Both sets were amazing and full of energy. Primus played classics including Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, American Life, My Name is Mud and Jerry was a Racecar Driver. Pretty Lights had a lot of very nice lights and tons of energy from the crowd. There was no stopping the tall flags and polls in the crowd at this show even though they were supposedly banned at this years festival. Jon Stickley and Friends played on the Spirit lake Stage until 4am, a great performance to close out the live music
Bluegrass started the day off at the main stage, first with the Jon Stickley trio beginning the dat as it had ended the night before. The the Sam Bush Band. With a Slightly Stupid detour to the Amphitheater Stage, it was SCI again for an epic Hulaween three set stand at the main stage. ‘Dudleys Kitchen’ (classic cheese instrumental) started things off and got everyone moving! The favorite from the first set was “XAI”, formerly known as “Skat”, another instrumental jam, with Kang heavy on the fiddle. Only the 3rd time played all tour, and only the 3rd time played in the last 10 years! Such a welcomed appearance. A first set ‘Rivertrance’ was also a nice Halloween treat. Michael Kang told us before walking off stage for a brief intermission, “I hope yall are wearing your fucking bell bottoms!”
Set 2, (the Halloween set), was a straight up disco, it was simply incredible. The boys came out dressed in their late 70’s-early 80’s attire, Afros and all. Along with a horn section and people professional dancers dancing on each side of the stage with RZA (from Wutang) as emcee. The crowd went nuts as the 1977 classic ‘Brick House’ began. The whole set was all songs from the disco era, that everyone whose anyone is familiar with, ‘Carwash’, ‘Dance to the music’, ‘Got to be real’, ‘I’m your boogie man’ a much different Halloween set than we’re used to seeing.
Set 3 began with the fiddle tune “Bollymunster”, waking everyone back up from the set break and it was all Gouda from there, ‘Desert Dawn’, ‘Best feeling’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Rosie’ this set was a heater. The encore was special, a ‘Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’ followed by ‘We are family’
We closed the night with a set from the New Mastersounds at the Spirit lake Stage.
Sunday Last Day
Following a main stage opener Sunday morning from Elephant Revival, Billy Nershi announced to us that they were feeling “A little rough around the edges” as they took the stage on Sunday afternoon, and that this was the “hangover set.” But it was in every way one of the favorite parts of the festival, since it was a bluegrass hoedown! With guests Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Elephant revival on nearly every song on the first set. The set list was out of this world, for a die-hard cheeser. Opening with a stellar version of a Flatt & Scruggs cover ‘Blue Ridge Cabin Home’.
‘Lester had a Coconut’ was dusted off, and it sounded great. It’s been years since they’ve pulled that one out of the bag. The hangover set was literally full of bluegrass favorites, ‘Catfish John’, 9 pound hammer’, ‘Will the circle be unbroken’.
They wrapped up their last set with a smaller but killer set, ‘Little Hands’, ‘Outside and Inside’, followed by ‘Windy Mountain’, ‘Bumpin Reel’ and ‘Colorado Bluebird Sky’, with a Bob Marley cover/encore ‘Could you be loved’. A perfect way to close their final act.
Lettuce played an stellar set at the amphitheater stage with some new songs off their latest album.
STS9 closed out the main stage as they had a the first Suwanee Hulaween three years before. With a new female bass player Alana Rocklin and Zach Velmer the drummer (arguably the hardest working band member and musician in general) along with tons of crowd energy and crazy awesome light show, played jam based electronic jam. Starting off with a favorite ‘Vapors’ and ‘Inspire Strikes Back’ and closing with ‘World Go Round’ and ‘Instantly’, the only thing wrong was it was just barely a warm up.
Once again, this was the best festival put on a Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and in a dead heat for best festival on land these days. We will all be back next year!
Returning to Legend Valley on August 6-8, The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival features three nights of music from host band The Werks, two nights of Papadosio, and special guests Lettuce, Dopapod and many more, including a main headliner still to be announced!
Creating their own “psychedelic dance rock,” The Werks fuses shredding guitar with the screaming organ of jam and classic rock, the slap bass of funk and the more modern sounds of synthesizers and dance beats. Coming off of a monumental 2014, the host band has two new releases with their new album, Mr. Smalls Sessions and their live recording of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (performed at last year’s Werk Out Festival with help from members of Papadosio and Dopapod).
Papadosio has amassed a dedicated following of thousands through their melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam. The band completed their innovative Night & Day(Live) series late last summer, where they posted on Youtube new songs they recorded live.
2015’s full lineup includes:
The Werks (three nights)
+ an additional headliner TBA March 30
Papadosio (two nights)
Dopapod (two nights)
The Nth Power
The Main Squeeze
Pgrass (featuring Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove)
…and more to be announced!
Formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, the sprawling festival grounds of Legend Valley have played host to some of Ohio’s most memorable live performances of the past five decades including half a dozen Grateful Dead concerts as well as tour stops from Lollapalooza, AC/DC, WOMAD, The Allman Brothers Band, and numerous other large events.
Jersey Shore Entertainment Group, Harrison Promotions, Halogen Media Works and Management Trendkiller Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Jersey Shore Music Festival on July 20, 2013 at FirstEnergy Park (BlueClaws Stadium) in Lakewood, NJ. The all-ages event will feature over fifty bands on six stages with national headliner Papadosio closing out the event. Jersey Shore has always been a popular vacation destination and in recent years has experienced a rise in pop culture status. In honor of the communityâ€™s unique character, The Jersey Shore Music Festival will feature an array of the regionâ€™s top artisans, crafters, restaurants and more. A confirmed band lineup is listed below.
Founded by Jersey Shore natives Joe Ciano, Cory Pedalino and Tyler Culley, the event aims to bolster the local music and arts scene while celebrating the diversity and merit of the Jersey Shore community. National acts including Papadosio, The Hush Sound, River City Extension, The Front Bottoms, AER are joined by some of the areaâ€™s favorite local acts to represent all genres of music. With general admission tickets starting at only $25, fans are paying less than .50 cents per band for a full day of music. Stages will be set up around the home of the beloved Lakewood BlueClaws, while vendors provide plenty of local flavor in a family friendly environment. Kids will have access to the Dr. Bernard’s Kids Zone which includes bungee runs, an obstacle course, a bounce house and eight inflatables including a massive, 22-foot slide.
Tickets for The Jersey Shore Music Festival are currently on sale. General admission tickets are currently available for $25. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Limit 2 kids per adult. VIP passes are available at the $75 and $150 Platinum VIP levels. All VIP ticket holders will enjoy free parking and premier viewing access in front of the main stage. Platinum VIP ticket holders receive a private buffet and cash bar, and access to the BlueClawâ€™s air-conditioned bathrooms and upstairs sports club.
Umphrey’s McGee Ziggy’s / The Fillmore Winston-Salem, NC / Charlotte, NC January 23, 2013 / January 24, 2013
Fresh from a much-talked-about string of stops in the Northeast, Umphreyâ€™s McGee descended on Winston-Salem, NC for the first of a handful of Southern dates on their 2012/13 Winter Tour.
The crisp January air brought the majority of the pre-show lot scene inside Ziggyâ€™s Music Hall for opener Papadosio, an Asheville, NC-based livetronica quintet that did a great job of warming up the enthusiastic crowd. Umphreyâ€™s took the stage just before 9 pm and came out of the gates running. The band served up a two tasty sets, each of which sandwiched by a longtime staple from their debut album, the tongue-in-cheek entitled Greatest Hits Volume III.
Set one, book ended by â€œPhilâ€™s Farm,â€ featured a nearly 16-minute â€œRed Tapeâ€ (replete with improvised jamming, or â€œJimmy Stewartâ€ in Umphspeak). Set one was further highlighted with the elusive and aptly-named â€œSpace Funk Booty.â€ The second set began and ended with â€œDivisions,â€ another jam-filled standard that moved seamlessly into a familiar-sounding riff that had the mostly 20-something crowd screaming once they recognized it as a Reggae / dub-styled cover of Pink Floydâ€™s â€œBreathe.â€
Drummer Kris Myers was practically on fire on what turned out to be the 10th anniversary of his first show with the band. The evening ended with always hard-rocking â€œPay The Snuckaâ€ (peppered with teases of Led Zeppelinâ€™s â€œRain Songâ€) and left many in the audience wanting more.
Thankfully, more was just what was in store, as the band’s next stop was a quick 90 minutes from Winston-Salem, at Charlotteâ€™s Fillmore, part of the impressive NC Music Factory complex.
If Wednesday night in Winston-Salem was chilly, Thursday night in Charlotte was downright freezing. Familiar faces from the previous night dotted the long line outside the Fillmore, and the venue took the somewhat unprecedented step of opening up their Express Line â€“ a premium service that under normal circumstances would cost patrons an additional $5.00 â€“Â to speed along access to the shivering throngs gathered outside.
Papadosio again played as support, this time to an almost capacity crowd as the Fillmore was nearly full well before the end of their opening set.
Umphrey’s’ first set opened with the unfamiliar â€œDrink My Drank.â€ Played for the first time since its debut during the recent new years run, this song, at its heart, is a hard rocking tune that the band seemed to have fun with and one that will likely develop into an incubator for serious jamming in the near future.
The evening really got going with â€œThe Crooked One,â€ which had even the relatively calm top tier of the four-leveled venue jumping, and made it clear that the majority in attendance were true Umphreyâ€™s fans, not merely locals coming to check out one of the biggest bands in the jam scene today.
Other highlights of set one included guitarist Brendan Bayliss playing slide during â€œMullet (Over)â€ with his Budweiser longneck between sips, a fun cover of Eddie Moneyâ€™s â€œTwo Tickets to Paradise,â€ and an epic â€œTwo by Twoâ€ to close the set.
â€œHurt Bird Bathâ€ opened set two, carrying with it all the energy and intensity from set one, and from there the band didnâ€™t let up at all. A string of popular favorites followed, including â€œHangoverâ€ and â€œNemo,â€ but the highlight of the show was undoubtedly the rarely-played Warren G / Nate Dogg tune, â€œRegulate,â€ which brought the loudest crowd response of the evening. The fun and funky â€œ40â€™s Themeâ€ finished out the set, and after a short break the show closed with the very danceable electronica instrumental â€œThe Triple Wide.â€
Celebrating their 15th anniversary with this tour, it can be said that the band has really hit their stride. One might expect that shows in these mid-size venues will soon be a thing of nostalgia.
1/23/2013 Ziggyâ€™s Music Hall Winston-Salem, NC
Set 1: Phil’s Farm > The Bottom Half, Red Tape, Loose Ends > Space Funk Booty, 2nd Self, Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis > Turn & Dub > Phil’s Farm
Set 2: Divisions > Breathe (dub)> Mantis, Push the Pig, Thin Air, Resolution > Pipeline > Divisions
Encore: Pay the Snucka
 with Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles) teases
 with Norwegian Wood (The Beatles) jam
 with The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin) jam
1/24/2013 Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Set 1: Drink My Drank > The Crooked One > Out Of Order, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Mullet (Over), Two Tickets to Paradise, Search 4 > 2×2
Set 2: Hurt Bird Bath, Deeper > Rocker Part 2, Hangover, Nemo, Regulate, 40’s Theme
Encore: The Triple Wide
 with Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy) jam
 with Xxplosive (Dr. Dre) tease
Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show byÂ Brad Kuntzâ€¦