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Author: Subject: Wanee...reactions to the scene, anybody?

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 05:13 PM

Sorry if there are multiple threads like this. I looked but you know how that goes.

The Positive:

Great place - Yes, I would love to regularly see shows at The Gorge, Wolftrap, and Red Rocks, but it's nice to know I've got The Spirit of Suwanee park less than two hours north of me. I love that place (and I love kayak camping on that river). Beautiful.

Funny - Among the giant headed muppets, the elderly guy in the pink leotard, and the "sweet painted ladies" were a multitude of people who were just there to have a good time...quite unlike the a**hole at Bear Creek with the marshmallow gun with the laser sight.

Unbelievable music - Gregg sounded pretty damn good (and his Hammond was prominent in the mix). "Dreams" was played, so that pretty much always ensures a great show for me. I've seen them over 50 times, and still, they put a smile on my face. Nice setlists bookended by "Mountain Jam." Bobby Lee Rodgers was great, the Mule were their consistent self, but Derek for me was the real deal. His new band is crazy good and just oozing with musical integrity. Do yourself a favor and get it from archive or etree. As for Widespread, somebody will have to enlighten me as I just don't get the fervent attraction. Guess I'll try again next time. Bob Weir showed a side of him I haven't seen much. His trio was nice...perfect for hanging out in the sun on a field. The list goes on, but I'll cut it here. Oh, one more thing, please twist Jack Pearson's arm to come back next year.

The Village - Part of the ambiance are the booths, and it was just entertaining enough to hold my attention. Sure, many things were overpriced, but there were some deals to be had. I'm glad I discovered the little tie-dyed onesey as I plan on turning my co-worker's soon-to-be-born child into a little hippie. I expected beer to be more than $5.00 a cup as well. I still think that's robbery, but like I said, it was cheaper than I expected.

Great people - Friendly, helpful, quiet during quiet hours (at least where I was), clean. After the traffic jam this morning, I noticed multitudes of people bagging their trash and leaving it in central places. Granted, the field was a cluster%uck after the shows, but at least folks who left a mess in their campgrounds were in the minority. Loved the spontaneous acoustic set while the cars were backed up (which somebody dubbed "Traffic Jam"). Thanks, guys.

We're all in this together - Every time I come to an event like this, it validates a part of me. I'm not strung out, I don't drink to excess (too often anyway), and I don't even smoke. That being said, I spend a crapload of money on music. It is my vice...too many concerts, books, magazines, guitars, the new in-the-box recorder, that new microphone to better record acoustic guitar, blah, blah, blah. Wanee is filled with people who love music as much as myself. But to the folks who come and spend their entire time with their I-phone glued to their ear chatting away, I offer you a hearty, "Go %uck yourself."



The Negative:

Some Soundmen: I am happy to announce that the shows on the Peach Stage all sounded pretty good (unless you happened to be in a node or spot prone to echo), and the bigger names on the Mushroom stage got a good mix. But I can't for the life of me understand the fascination with booming bass. A) it eats up the entire bottom half of the aural spectrum, making it virtually impossible to perform with dynamics, and b) sometimes it was downright painful. For the soundman who finally dialed out some of the overwhelming kick drum during I don't know what set after I mentioned it to him, my ears thank you.

Corporate rock? - It's bad enough we are limited the Budweiser products, but why was Coke there with their own lounge? No big deal but it just seemed a little out of place to me.

Loads and loads of people Admittedly, things worked out, but when I first pulled in and saw the great unwashed masses, I had to gasp. Man, there was a load of people there. I especially liked driving off-road in the old lady's RV to get to my campground. I can't believe we made it out of the sugar sand after being sent through all the filled campgrounds.

Police? - In the past, the police got a bad rap for questionable searches, etcetera. I can't speak to that this time around. The only thing I saw personally were loads of cops milling around and two trying to assist some guy who was out of his gourd. If you got busted in your camp site, I feel for you, but if you were busted out in public, that might be construed as Social Darwinism.

Back pain - My buddy who has had two surgeries again hurt his back, and I had to help him to camp. I plied him with rum and Guinness, and he made a miraculous recovery (at least until this morning), but I missed the Dumpstaphunk Sly Stone set!!! That was a drag. I was never a huge fan of the band, but doing Sly Stone!? Crap! Anybody want to chime in with a review?

That Suwanee Mist - No, it wasn't like the first year of Wanee where everybody on that field collectively froze, but man, when that temperature decided to drop off near the stages, it took no prisoners. Was it just me or did it get cold during the Mule as well? Having said all that, the weather was phe-nom-e-nal for the most part.


Thanks for a great weekend. See you in Macon for the Brothers and Jack Pearson.

Blooby



[Edited on 4/18/2010 by Blooby]

 
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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 05:19 PM
Too tired to type but a real good overview of the last 4 days. I will post more when brain is working right!

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 05:32 PM
I am too tired to type an entire thang too but dam if it wasn't another epic time had by all! I love this family!!

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 08:38 PM
I'm toast, too. What a great last 4 1/2 days. Great weather, music and friends.

One immediate observation....for the first time in the six year history of Wanee, all the walking made my feet hurt.

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 08:58 PM
what a weekend!!!! yes it did get cold at Mule and it got very damp satuday night

but all in all it was a great weekend with approx 15-20K of your closest friends

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 09:09 PM
Loved every minute of it

Except leaving this afternon

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 09:42 PM
We all had such a great time, we are bound to be a little tired and road weary, but if the Brothers were going to play all week, I'd been ready to stay! Great venue, great folks, and it was good to run into Bluedad and Jackie - big shout out to both of ya!

The Brothers were at the top of their game with everyone in the band seeming to commit extra energy to put it over the top. Thought the first night couldn't be better, then you could tell from Derek's first notes that on night two, that it was going to be a special night. Warren, Derek and Gregg were all in fine form, and Oteil was unfreakin believable on bass and drums. Johnny Winter onstage with the Brothers - what can I say?

Other highlights of the weekend were: Bobby Lee Rodgers, Col Bruce Hampton, Chuck Leavell with Randall Bramblett and David Causey, and Derek and Susan's midnight set
I'm still buzzin from it all!

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 10:14 PM
Obviously much bigger this year, but the vibe that made past Wanees precious was intact. If anything, the extra people and extra energy they brought made everything that much more powerful.

They have successfully made the quantum leap to a larger weight class of festival, and if they can keep it up, Wanee should be a wonderful festival for many years to come.

 
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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 10:22 PM
(as I posted in the Guest Book):
Wanee.....was......awesome......again. Helen & company's hospitality hit an all time high. 50% bigger crowd along with more vendors, portalets, camp sights, golfcarts, you name it. I actually believe it was 20,000 by Fri and Sat nights but the fears of it ruining the vibe were not founded.

Too many details running through my head but the new Derek & Susan T Band put on an amazing show to cap things off last night - what a band! (including both Mike & Javier from the dTb on background/harmony/sometimes lead vocals along with Susan).

Black Keys were very good - think Sabbath's first album mixed w/Physical Grafiti with a touch of Ben Harper & Jack White. Hard to believe that is two guys.

Along with these two I saw all or parts of the ABB (2X), Widespread (2X), The Word!!!!!, Lee Boys w/Kofi & Oteil, Funky Meters, Scrapomatic, Particle, Bob Weir, Dumpstafunk, Dr John, N Miss All-Stars & guests, Stephen Stills, George Clinton & Funkadelic, Chuck Leavell & The Randall Bramblett Band!!!!, The Wailers. Whew!

No Jaimoe with Randall/Chuck/Davis, nor Chuck with the Brothers, nor Randall with Widespread. Oh well, plenty of fireworks otherwise. ABB & me weren't on the same page night one but night two was up my alley. The ABB performance is honestly not anywhere near the top of my list of reasons I enjoy Wanee but I had my soul revived by the band on Saturday before Susan/Derek Band took us to a *really* spiritual place later.

Overall, great music, lots of festival goers, amazing setting, perfect weather, and even better company.

 

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  posted on 4/18/2010 at 11:52 PM
Soooooooooooo much fun. In Macon, thanks to Big Dave and Bluedad. Will post my report soon. Hot damn was that a good time!!!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 12:29 AM
Very spent a the moment but i agree the carry capacity of the park was stretched most thin as evidenced by the water shortage and the condition of the rest rooms.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 07:19 AM
Not really sure of what i was expecting but it went beyond it.................

Helen and Nancy were magnificent! What a camp..........

the people and the mood was outta sight..........

meeting people you've only communicated on line....

Lots of live music and what can you say of The Brothers...........fantastic!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 07:31 AM
I was with management the first Panic show. The look on his face was priceless. Scared! They were coming in like ants. We could see them all coming down the hill from the tree house. We could see them coming through the side gate. The field at its most can hold only 15 to 20 k.

It was slam full and looked like ants dancing. The other stage was full and another how many were at there camp sites eating or whatever. The head count was given to me Wednesday at 110,000. They count each ticket as 3 shows. Which equals 30 to 35 thousand sold up to that Monday before. This is me sitting in a office talking to them with 2 of my camper buddies.This is a fact. People just do not believe how big this park is.

The park is over 900 acres. It was full to the brim. I do not think we can have many more unless there are major changes. I am still at the park. Trash everywhere! New festival starts in 3 days. People are coming in. Lets do it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Not really sure of what i was expecting but it went beyond it.................

Helen and Nancy were magnificent! What a camp..........

the people and the mood was outta sight..........

meeting people you've only communicated on line....

Lots of live music and what can you say of The Brothers...........fantastic!




Sonny, you nailed it

I concur 100%

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By the way the park except running out of water did a fantastic job.The crowd moved very well The owner will certainly get a glowing email from me. On the hill in the Tree house we got a air conditioned bathroom and $1 beer.I bought 10 tickets. They all got in because they were my guest. I could not believe it.

They treated the members like kings and queens!

 

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I thought the park did especially well......the staff were great

there were rumors of no showers by thurs. am and they kept them going mostly even by Sunday!

Larry the Stable Guy was running around like a Madman!

And you could even find treasure on the Campgrounds....be it Canadian treasure....

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 08:01 AM
Stíll on the road coming home. Riding with Chuck,Mike and Rose. Unbelievable cannot really describe the experience. Thanks to Helen and her hard working crew.

 

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I thought the park did especially well......the staff were great

there were rumors of no showers by thurs. am and they kept them going mostly even by Sunday!

Larry the Stable Guy was running around like a Madman!

And you could even find treasure on the Campgrounds....be it Canadian treasure....


Like coins? I came over to the Hilton and through around a bunch of old Canada and British coins on Tuesday.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 08:12 AM
I'm back, still tired and have so much work to do, but wanted to check in here to view pics and see others' reaction quickly. I'll post more later, but just had to respond to the Dumpstaphunk question. YES, the Dumpsa Sly & the Family Stone set was AMAZING!!! Absolutely jaw dropping and I couldn't sit still. Danced every single second of the entire set!

It was great seeing so many friends, but I hate I missd some of you. I was at the Mushroom Stage most of the weekend. THANK YOU, Helen and Nancy, and everyone else who had a hand in the Helen's Hilton Experience!!

More later...

 

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So i was a Boy Scout at one time and the term "primitive Camping" didn't bother me tooooo much..........

especially when i woke up Thurs. Morning and got a golf cart ride to get ice and a cappuccino! and Thurs. for a ice cream bar......and then the Hilton.......yeah, i'm roughing it now!!!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 09:00 AM
A few favorite moments:

The Funky Meters with their "cavalcade of stars". When Robert Randolph is on stage just as a "dancer" you know it is an interesting set.

Seeing Butch with the grandkids on the side of the stage and Aster's performance during Bonobos reminded me of the family aspect of this festival.

Seeing the Auctioneers wandering around, catching other band's sets reminded me that the musicians enjoy the festival scene as much as the fans do (and that musicians are fans also).

When Jimmy Herrring shook Luther Dickensons hand on stage after WP did Slipping into Darkness, a great sign of mutual respect.

The Pink Floyd start to Mule's set blew us away.

The Mountian Jam bookends to the two ABB sets made it all feel so complete.

Derek & Susan's band were outstanding and the perfect, soulfull way to close the festival.

 

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How about the whole freaking weekend????!!!!! Dumpstafunk was my favorite followed by, of course, night two of ABB. Shout out to those I met and will send you a link to my pictures on flickr once I have time to sort them.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 09:55 AM
The best WANEE yet !!! I hated to see yesterday come as we packed, said our goodbye's and headed our separate ways......

The croud was huge this year but still managable. We had no problem going to the different stages between shows, it just took a bit longer. The kids there around us were pretty cool and I enjoyed their company for the most part.

The bathhouse situation was to be expected with a croud this large. We still had hot water all week long. The park installed a new hot water system and tripled the capacity of the runoff and septic areas. The secret was to shower before 8AM each day.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 09:58 AM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, we watched all day and night Friday and Saturday. Even had a nice group over for BBQ that I cooked all day Saturday on the grill. It was an awesome time. Your comments made me feel like I was right there with you all. I played golf yesterday thinking about you all departing the park and for some the long trip home with a mind full of thoughts of the weekend. Now I bet you all are very tired, half unpacked and ready to hit the sack for a few days.

Now we look forward to Macon this weekend. Gonna pick up right where you all left off.....


Thanks for sharing your thoughts, pictures, and new friendships.......Wanee is the best. Now thanks to Moogis if your there or not!!!!




 

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A few favorite moments:

The Funky Meters with their "cavalcade of stars". When Robert Randolph is on stage just as a "dancer" you know it is an interesting set.

Seeing Butch with the grandkids on the side of the stage and Aster's performance during Bonobos reminded me of the family aspect of this festival.

Seeing the Auctioneers wandering around, catching other band's sets reminded me that the musicians enjoy the festival scene as much as the fans do (and that musicians are fans also).

When Jimmy Herrring shook Luther Dickensons hand on stage after WP did Slipping into Darkness, a great sign of mutual respect.

The Pink Floyd start to Mule's set blew us away.

The Mountian Jam bookends to the two ABB sets made it all feel so complete.

Derek & Susan's band were outstanding and the perfect, soulfull way to close the festival.



I can't get Slippin' Into Darkness out of my head ... and I'm glad ! Herring and Dickinson absolutely blew it up !

 

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