Wanee Music Festival 2018

Article Contributed by Samuel Welshans | Published on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Let me start by saying WOW, what a great weekend! I arrived Wanee Music Festival Thursday afternoon to catch Dumpstaphunk. Putting on a great set (as always) and getting everyone's energy up for the weekend. Someone I really enjoyed most (and have never seen before) Phil Lesh. Such a great two sets, both days--out of Phil. The great song picks along with unmistakably groovy and excellent bass lines that stood out in the mix.  Those, Along with Widespread Panic made the weekend. I have been to a lot of the Wanee fests (several years) and probably enjoyed this year the most. The music and the people were great. 

Wanee Music Festival | Suwannee Music Park

Dark Star Orchestra played a great set, along with As The Crow Flies and The Main Squeeze, having never heard each of these but DSO, I fully enjoyed what I heard, unfortunately, missing Sunny Landreth was a regret.

Widespread Panic | Wanee Music Festival

Widespread Panic played a high-energy set the first night with some of my favorite songs--playing a relaxing set to cap off the second night. Phil had a great setlist both nights. There were some great artists I've never heard before and will be fans of for life (such as the Main Squeeze).

Wanee Music Festival | Suwannee Music Park

The art and some of the vendor this year had great things in the shops, the food was excellent and plentiful, unlike many fests. I ordered a chicken on a stick, and someone said: "it appears you've got a whole chicken there."

Wanee Music Festival | Suwannee Music Park

All in all, Wanee music fest this year was nothing short of spectacular; absolute magic! All festivals at the Spirit of Suwanee music part are always fantastic--but Wanee shines especially for its jam bands and atmospheric candor in general. Everyone is here to have a great time and enjoy the music and one another. Wanee has always been kid-friendly, more so than most festivals.

Wanee Music Festival | Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, Florida

Check out a few more photos from Wanee.