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Wanee 2010 Festival

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This year’s Wanee Music Festival was a cheerful and pleasant weekend featuring many of our favorite bands and food vendors we’ve seen over the years. Read on for interviews, photos, and an in depth festival review.

One of the best places to see live music is down at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, in Live Oak, FL. Snuggled in between Atlanta and Orlando in Northern Florida, our journey to Wanee was well worth it. Epicurean Musician sat down with many festival vendors who spend every spring and summer following musicians across the country supplying festivals with a steady supply of quality food.

Roll, Jerry, Roll

One of the most familiar faces on the festival scene is our favorite vendor, Lou, who is known as the “Jerry Roll” guy. This specialty item, named after everyone’s favorite gray-haired bandleader, features cabbage and carrots shoved inside of delicious egg-roll skin. Lou has been on the road every summer since 1989 with the Dead, serving up his Jerry Rolls, funnel cakes, delicious lamb schwarma, and falafel.

While he screams to customers and passersby that his ‘goat got away’, Lou runs a  very successful operation and proudly keeps his establishment drug-free with his wife. We have seen Lou over the years at such fests as Langerado, All Good, and Bear Creek, and his food is consistently fresh and delicious. Please keep an eye out for their booth and be sure to try the Jerry Rolls.

Fiyo on the Bayou

Epicurean Musician also chatted briefly with Southern South BBQ from St. Simons, Georgia. Featuring world-class brisket, pulled pork and all the delicious fixins, they have been on the road only for the last two years or so. Their restaurant recently experienced a tragic fire and the entire place was lost. As they rebuild, the owner and managers are staying busy, planning out their festivals for the summer and setting up shop. We loved their food and look forward to seeing them this summer and beyond.




Mellow Mood Has Got Me

A familiar pizza restaurant in the south, Mellow Mushroom, has begun its venture into the summer festival scene. We stopped off and talked with the manager Laura, who offered us some of MM’s options featuring slices with toppings like banana peppers and pesto. We also noticed that aside from their food vending, they were giving away earplugs and frisbees, two important parts of any music festival.

Can You Hear the Music?

Similar to the prior six years, this year’s Wanee Festival featured the Allman Brothers Band as headliners, solo projects of the Allman members and many other excellent artists. Aside from the ABB, Steven Stills performed many songs he wrote during his years in CSNY, Buffalo Springfield, and Manassas. Also performing were New Orleans staples the Funky Meters, Dr. John and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, who played an entire set of Sly and the Family Stone.

For those needing their Grateful Dead fix, drummer Bill Kreutzman performed with Papa Mali and Bob Weir appeared with Jay Lane and Rob Wasserman in Scaring the Children. Bobby played numerous Dylan tunes (Maggie’s Farm, Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall) along with favorite songs written by Garcia/Hunter (Friend of the Devil, Days Between).

Down by the River

 Aside from the amazing music and excellent food options (we didn’t mention the Jambalaya, but WOW), the beauty of the festival was our ideal camping conditions in the forest of Northern Florida. Our campsite, set near the Frisbee golf course, allowed us to make friends with neighbors and wandering festival goers alike. Our neighbors, Ryan and Gina, joined us for a trip to the special secret of the Suwannee Music Park, its prime location on the Suwannee River. Don’t let the river’s brown, New Castle color fool you. The river was cool, clean and delightful on a day where the temperatures approached 90 degrees.


During the morning at the river, we spotted dozens of people who dangerously swung from a cliff using a very weathered rope. These jumpers kept observers entertained with backflips, Olympic style maneuvers and some painful belly/back flops. The only thing missing from this ideal afternoon, was a full-on music performance on the banks of the Suwannee. 

While we would love to go to every festival at Suwannee Music Park, it doesn’t look like Epicurean Musician will reappear until MagFest or Bear Creek, both of which will happen later this year. Stay tuned to EM’s reports from the Hangout, Mountain Jam, Sasquatch and Bonarroo Music Festivals! 

For free downloads of music featured at this years Wanee Festival, check out the below links!

All Star Funk Jam – April 17, 2010 – SBD Download link (This set took the place of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, scheduled between the Meters and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk. Sharon and the band were stuck in a European airport due to the volcanic ash fiasco)

Black Keys – April 17, 2010 – Download link

Bob Weir, Jay Lane, Rob Wasserman – April 16, 2010 – Download link

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi – April 17, 2010 – Download link

Dr. John – April 17, 2010 – Download link

Govt. Mule – April 16, 2010 – Download link

JJ Grey and Mofro – April 16, 2010 – Download link

The Lee Boys – April 16, 2010 – Download link

North Mississippi Allstars – April 16, 2010 Download link

Steven Stills – April 17, 2010 – Download link

Widespread Panic – April 16 link, April 17 link

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  1. Chase / Apr 20 2010

    My first festival ever and definately the best weekend of my life…too many blurry memories, trying to look through everyone’s photos to find some answers. Post some more pictures if you can, thanks and thank you Wanee!

  2. Clay / Apr 23 2010

    Great job! Thanks for listing all the sets on the LMA.

  3. Kim / Jun 15 2010

    Thanks for using our (Kim and Jessi) picture! I just now remembered to look for it! Wanee was a little blurry for me too Chase!

  4. mietwagen spanien / Oct 22 2010

    last few days our class held a similar discussion on this topic and you illustrate something we have not covered yet, thanks.

    - Kris

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