Preview: Wanee 2017
by Tim Borland
Gulf Coast music lovers who just could not get enough of The Marcus King Band and JoJo’s Slim Wednesday at SouthSounds Festival 2017 have another opportunity to see these musicians by taking a drive down I-10. Festival season is in full swing and Wanee Festival 2017 will return to Live Oak, Fla. April 20-22. Held in the gorgeous Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, the event is one of the best festivals anywhere in the country.
JoJo Hermann will of course be performing with headliner Widespread Panic. Many fans know that Warren Haynes produced The Marcus King Band’s latest release. With both the latter and Gov’t Mule present this year, there could easily be a crossover with either of the guitarists on the same stage. The Gulf Coast will be strongly represented by NOLA great Dr. John performing with his band The Nite Trippers. Other top acts include Trey Anastasio Band, two sets from Dark Star Orchestra, and two nights of Bob Weir and the Campfire Band. All bands prone to guesting with other acts, there is no telling what surprises might be in store.
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Tickets to the event are currently $239.95, which includes three days of primitive camping. Some fans will be lucky enough to receive a 3D graphics and effects collector ticket. VIP tickets run $599, for those who want a unique experience. There will also be a tribute Remembering Butch Trucks on Wanee Wednesday, for those who arrive early. Staggered sets on two stages mean that fans will not have to pick and choose between their favorite bands.
There will be numerous amazing live bands filling out the roster. Matisyahu, JJ Grey, Jamoie’s Jasssz Band, Keller Williams, and Papadosio are a few of the supporting act highlights. Additionally, Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu will team up to present Pink Talking Fu, a tribute to David Bowie and Prince. Concert goers must choose their festivals wisely, and if that choice is Wanee 2017 than they have selected an excellent option.
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