You bought a ticket so you might as well see the show. What’s that? You mean to say you aren’t in the know? What? That’s so sad. Don’t worry, little pumpkin. Nail Travels is here to catch upon things regarding camping festival music. You’ve been away far too long.
It’s spring in North Florida and that means it’s time for another trip to the turkey oaks of The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. It’s f’sho time to load the adventure wagon with camping paraphernalia and glamping contraband and hit the ro-ad. April 20-22, 2017 The Wanee Festival returns to Live Oak and with it comes a line-up that’s sure to make your happy parts all tingly. Widespread Panic, Bob Weir and the Campfire Boys, The Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dark Star Orchestra headline a festival that includes Dr. John, JJ Grey and Mofro, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Crazy Fingers and Devon Allman, just to name a few. Prepare thyself, weary traveler, for the proverbial bee’s knees.
9 Reasons You Don’t Want To Miss Wanee 2017
- Spirit of Suwannee Music Park: Located in beautiful Live Oak, FL the SOSMP is the premier festival and camping destination in the Sunshine State. Camp along the banks of the winding Suwannee River and enjoy the perks and weather that come with the Florida spring season. The amphitheater stage remains one of the finest places to watch a show on this or any other planet. Dance in the dirt or let the music carry your hammock away as you drift blissfully along the river of time. Yea, it’s that good.
- Butch Trucks Wednesday: All day, Wedesday April 19th Wanee will be remembering, Allman Brothers drummer, Butch Trucks. This is an homage to one of America’s best so get there early enough to pay tribute to Butch through song and dance. Cody and Luther Dickinson will be joining Butch Truck’s Freight Train Band, along with the New Orleans Suspects, Crazy Fingers, The Ben Sparaco Band, Matt Reynolds, and Brothers and Sisters.
- Magnolia Disk Golf: The goal is to navigate from the tee to the basket in as few throws as possible. In a wooded thicket! Listen quietly and you can hear the trees laughing when you knock into them repeatedly. The Magnolia Disc Golf Course is beautifully wooded and relaxing, located behind the country store. The store has discs, maps, and scorecards. For more information on disc golf at the SOSMP, contact the course pro, Patty Young at 386-205-3614. The competition level at the Magnolia course has been formidable in the past, bust recently has declined due to injury and old age of seasoned veterans. Be on the lookout for the Wanee Open and practice stretching each morning at field locations throughout the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.
- Gov’t Mule: Warren Haynes and the boys will be doing their part to make sure the Allman Brothers influence is never far from the Wanee stage. With Greg taking the year off for health reasons, the Mule will be representing in full force. Or maybe you weren’t at the field stage the night they shredded out a very personal version of Pink Floyd’s classic, “Fearless”. Every once in a while there comes a perfect moment. Keep your eyes peeled for it.
- The Bat House Field: For everything there is a season. There once was a season for the loop with it’s fancy electricity and thirty foot coaches. That was very nice, but not everyone is on board with late night frisbee and bad music and there’s nothing sadder than a guy sent outside by his girl to quiet everyone down. That’s definitely a tough look. Now, as it often does, the season has changed toward the more primitive side. The animal side. Join Camp Happiness and the Dead Cat Society as we form an unholy alliance at the Poncho Tree in search for the perfectly balanced mimosa. Earplugs will be provided in advance to those who come to Wanee for a good night’s sleep. For the rest, the pleasure palace is open as long as the fire is running. After that, back up or we’ll be forced to use lethal force.
— Jason Nail (@NailTravels) March 22, 2017
- Camping Girls: You know the one I’m talking about. She hula-hoops with light-up rings while you play mediocre guitar all night. She’s not afraid to turn her feet into hard, black hooves while remaining completely, flaming hot. The entire package is all kinds of colorful, and not just when she’s at the festival. She goes down late and gets up early and if you ask her nice, she might join in some late night fisbee. Good luck kid. You’re in love with a gypsy princess, so while it might not always be easy, it’s all you know how to do. It’s not like you ever had a choice.
- Leftover Salmon Performing the Music of Neil Young: For the past twenty-five years, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging down into the vat that supplies its many influences. Tonight’s menu serves heaping plates of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. Hope you came with an appetite. They are the direct descendants of bands like Little Feat, New Grass Revival, Grateful Dead and The Band, born of the heart and soul of America itself. Oh, and they’re playing Neil Young songs. I can feel my face sliding off already.
- The Suwannee River: Providing the backdrop for the campground and festival, this winding piece of Americana is perfect for sightseeing, kayaking or a freezing bath with the hippies. No trip to SOSMP is complete without a walk down the road to the river. Let its slow moving water remind you of why this is still the best idea to come around the horn in a long time.
- Old Friends: Since 2002, Nail Travels and the Dead Cat Society has been making pilgrimages to Live Oak with friends and family. It’s the one place everyone can set down their burden for a few days and let their love light shine. Through good and bad, old and new, crazy and sane, it all comes down to family and music. It’s always the source. Listen for the sound of cracking bull whips if you’re not sure where the party is. Don’t worry if you forget the words to the song. They always come back, and if not, make up new ones. It’s not a problem. The train’s not going anywhere without you.
This is the know. Now you are back in it. Congratulations for being bright enough to use Nail Travels as your go-to for summer festivals and fun. Visit the Wanee site for ticket, lineup and camping information. Follow their social media sites on Facebook and Twitter and help get the message out there to those who need it. And who doesn’t? You’ve been working too damn hard.
Grab your ez-up and strap it to the roof. Fill those bald tires and grab some chips, it’s time to make the pilgrimage to Live Oak. Somebody may already be poaching your camping spot. Chances are, they’re already there having fun that should rightly be yours. What are you going to do about it?
All good music circles begin and end with a roaring campfire. Make sure to visit Robbie and Holly just outside the park for firewood and check out their Facebook page at Festivals Firewoord.
Follow Nail Travels this summer as we head west with our new staff photographer, Christopher Michael and the rest of the travel team, Lucienda Rosalita and Luke Skywalker, in search of the Mica Mines and lost Chihuahua herds of Northern Mexico. Stay tuned for more adventures with Lazlito and JMan with the Dead and Company summer tour, Roger Waters in Tacoma, and bluegrass festivals from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and furthur.
It promises to be a bit of the other. Best job ever.