Get ready family, it’s that time of year again! In just a few weeks, Wanee will return to the beautiful Spirit of Suwannee Music Park for another year of spectacular music, awesome art, and a weekend full of excitement.
Wanee 2012 was a record breaking year, and we can expect nothing less than amazing from the 2013 lineup including of course The Allman Brothers along with Jam Gods Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, and Tedeski Trucks Band. There is something for everyone with Les Claypol’s crazy ass, Dumpstafunk’s super funky dance party, and Michael Franti’s good vibrations. Being able to see such a stellar group of music legends in such an intimate venue is one of the things that makes Wanee such a beloved festival.
Before heading off to Wanee, here’s a few things that may help you out. The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park is different from most festival venues. The festival allows attendees to choose their own location rather than being assigned a slot to camp, so when you arrive on the grounds, take your time to find the right spot for you. Arrive early as possible to get the best pick. Shower houses as well as outdoor showers are located throughout the grounds. The Suwannee River, with it’s little sandy beach and a super fun rope swing can be a cool place to sit and chill when the weather gets toasty. A general store is located near the entrance of the Park with anything you may need to snag once you get settled in. If you can’t find what you need at the general store, the festival does allow re-entry of vehicles so you are free to leave and come back. I do suggest, however, that once you set up camp you plan to stay put. For those who visit the park for other fests, Wanee is generally more high volume, so getting your car in and out may be a hassle. If you want to travel around the grounds you can bring a bike, or a golf cart. If you don’t have a golf cart you can rent one on site. Also remember that Florida weather can be slightly unpredictable, so pack some rain gear just in case. Usually short showers are common, so a little preparation can save ya some headache.
A very important thing to know about Wanee is that the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park often has some differences in security than other festivals. For example, along with normal festival security, local police will also be present. This means attendees should be aware of local laws. . Keep your head on your shoulders and don‘t make bad decisions that will cut your awesome weekend short with a visit to the clink. A little caution goes a long way. Nothing to be worried about, just a head’s up so you can make the best of your time in Live Oak.
In between shaking your ass at the shows and lounging under the mossy live oaks, Wanee has a few other things to check out. If you want to gain some good karma, make a stop by the Conscious Alliance booth. Their Art That Feeds food drive will benefit a local Florida Food Bank. Just donate 20 non-perishable food items and you will not only help some less fortunate folks, but also earn yourself an original Wanee poster. It’s a great cause and you get some cool art, everyone wins! Wanee is also excited to welcome back Jorma Kaukonen’s “Fur Peace Ranch”. Sign up to experience musician/songwriter workshops and lessons, all under the tutelage of world class musicians. This is a unique opportunity to branch out and experience something different during your festy retreat.
Wanee is right around the corner, and we could not be more excited to see the Suwannee family again! Safe travels and a Merry Wanee to all!