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Festival Reviews 2016: Wanee

18 Aug 2016

written by Croma


Festival Reviews 2016: Wanee

by Tim Borland

_MG_7823Gregg Allman on Acoustic guitar

Just like every year at Wanee Festival, 2016 brought a great number of talented acts to Live Oak, Fla. In addition to regular Gregg Allman, guests could listen to Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s Mcgee, and a host of other great musicians. The Mod Crew was on site to document the event.


Gregg Allman played a great set and arguably bested last year’s performance. He was joined onstage by guitarists Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson, who along with percussionist Marc Quiñones made four former members of The Allman Bros. onstage at once. Many other Allman Bros alum made appearances on other stages as well, such as dual drumming team Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson appearing with Haynes and Pearson during the Les Brers set.

 _MG_7791Gregg Allman on Organ

Gregg Allman pleased the crowd with hits such as “One Way Out,” “Southbound,” “Whipping Post,” and “Midnight Rider” in addition to others. The multi instrumentalist swapped out organ, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar numerous times during his set to show his versatility. Allman took the stage as the sun was setting with the confidence and swagger of an old pro, which is a title the musician has indisputably earned.

_MG_7810Gregg Allman on electric guitar

Widespread Panic headlined two nights of Wanee 2016 and offered up many of their most well known songs, such as “Tall Boy” and “Up All Night.” The band also performed a plethora of covers, such as a ZZ Top focused medley on Friday night with the help of guitarist Warren Haynes, and selections from Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, and Talking Heads among others on Saturday. The massive crowd voiced their approval via dancing during songs and cheers in-between jams.

IMG_1075 John Bell of Widespread Panic

Warren Haynes of course was everywhere, making guest spots on numerous stages. In addition to performing with Les Brers, Widespread Panic, and Gregg Allman, Haynes also performed with his personal projects Gov’t Mule and the Ashes and Dust band. In many ways, Haynes is the Wanee MVP, lending his talent to other musicians and reaching arguably the most number of people during the weekend – one would be challenged to have not seen the many appear at least once during the event.

_MG_7866Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Jack Pearson

Aside from the biggest headliners, there were still plenty of other great acts to catch during the weekend, especially for late-night performances. Soulive, Dumpstaphunk, Nigel Hall, and Umphrey’s McGee all performed well-received sets during the festival, among a myriad of other great artists.

_MG_7956Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee

Classic musicians such as Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead could be found with Billy and the Kids, and Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane with Hot Tuna Electric. The Mod Crew was able to capture live video of Umphrey’s McGee thrilling crowds at the Amphitheater stage, presented for reader’s viewing pleasure below:

Wanee Festival is always one of the biggest events at Suwannee Music Park that fans look forward to every year, and 2016 was no exception.  For those who can’t wait to make it back to Live Oak, Fla., Suwannee Hulaween is just around the corner October 28 – 30, hosted by none other than String Cheese Incident and many other talented acts.Check back soon for Wanee 2017 date announcements, as well as news about lineups and more exclusive photography and video.



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