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Author: Subject: The Beacon VS. Wanee

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 10:59 PM
Come on, we're all comparing the two upcoming events in our minds. Some of us have the opportunity to do both, and some of us are fantasizing about what if we could?

Me, I'll be going to Wanee as long as I'm alive and the boys are still there. Maybe one day I'll get to NYC. I had three plans to get up to the Beacon this time fall through. And maybe I'm doing the "sour grapes" thing, but I believe if I had a straight-up choice, I'd choose Wanee.

First of all, it's way more music. Secondly, the atmosphere, I mean just the pure nature, is one of the peak times of the year down here in the semi-tropics. Another thing about the atmosphere that I saw Derek say in a documentary on the Music Park is that it is so much more laid back there that the musicians are more easy-flowing (or something to that effect). Thirdly, I believe the ABB play differently when they follow the Mule. Warren is just getting warmed up. And then to see the dTb follow THAT with the midnight jam (along with Susan and whoever the hell else showed up) under the stars on the river, not to mention seeing Jack jam with his wife in the early afternoon both days...well, man, just tell me how the Beacon can beat that...







edited to add, I was just listening to this Skynyrd song

New york city is a thousand miles away
And if you ask me, Ill tell you thats ok
Now Im not trying to put the big apple down
cause they dont need a man like me in town
I pick cotton down on the dixie line
Work hard all day tryin to make a dime
But thats allright, thats ok by me
cause thats the way that it was meant to be

Big city, hard times dont bother me
Im a country boy, Im as happy as I can be

I dont like smoke chokin up my air
And some of those city folks well they dont care
I dont like cars buzzing around
I dont even want a piece of concrete in my town
I like sunshine, fresh clean air
Makes me feel like you wouldnt care but
Thats all right, each to his own
But one smell from the city
And this country boy is gone
Big city, hard times dont bother me
Im a country boy, Im as happy as I can be

Well, I dont want to even read about it

Let me tell you something, let me tell you true
Whats right for me might not be right for you
Well, you live your way, Ill live mine
And I hope that your happy all the time
I pick cotton down on the dixie line
Work hard all day tryin to make a dime
But thats all right, thats ok by me
cause thats the way that it was supposed to be

Big city, hard times never bother me
Im a country boy, Im as happy as I can be



[Edited on 1/14/2007 by rlrichie]

 
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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:03 PM
But Yogi's in NYC

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:08 PM
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But Yogi's in NYC


But I'm a recovering drunkard!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:09 PM
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But Yogi's in NYC


But I'm a recovering drunkard!


Woooops.. sorry

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:11 PM
Okay, I admit I am one of the lucky ones that get to do both.

This will be my 1st Beacon experience, so I really cannot compare.

I have been to the Wanee festivals since the beginning and yes the are magical, but then again anywhere the ABB plays is magical to me.

I have been fortunate to experience ABB across the US in different venues with different people from this forum. Have met lots of kind folk here and there. I believe that it's whatever you put into it is what you get from it.

No need to compare, it's all good (great) to me ........... Peace

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:14 PM
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But Yogi's in NYC


But I'm a recovering drunkard!


Woooops.. sorry


Hey, dude, it's cool. I'm just saying Yogi's ain't the pull for me that it would have been a couple of years ago. I'm actually just now getting to the point where I'm real comfortable with my old buddies drinking in the old places we used to drink, and as long as I can get an ice tea or a Mountain Dew and some THC, I'm a happier camper than I've been in 25 years! Camper, get it? Like in tent, with music floating through the air. I swear, the sounds waves of Derek's waling are mutated somehow when they're drifting through tall pines...

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:18 PM
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No need to compare, it's all good (great) to me ........... Peace


SO COOL that you get to go to both! I hear, ya girl, it's all good I'm just trying to strike up some conversation...give us another chance to wallow in anticipation of our near future rendevous (pl?) with legendary musical experiences.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:24 PM
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But Yogi's in NYC


But I'm a recovering drunkard!


Woooops.. sorry


Hey, dude, it's cool. I'm just saying Yogi's ain't the pull for me that it would have been a couple of years ago. I'm actually just now getting to the point where I'm real comfortable with my old buddies drinking in the old places we used to drink, and as long as I can get an ice tea or a Mountain Dew and some THC, I'm a happier camper than I've been in 25 years! Camper, get it? Like in tent, with music floating through the air. I swear, the sounds waves of Derek's waling are mutated somehow when they're drifting through tall pines...


Dang, you are waking my Wanee hopes up again

Again, I apologize if I offended you.

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:34 PM

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But Yogi's in NYC



And your gonna buy me a drink, right ?!!! In honor of me being a Beacon ,
New York City virgin

I've read so much about this place from your post.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:37 PM
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And your gonna buy me a drink, right ?!!! In honor of me being a Beacon ,
New York City virgin

I've read so much about this place from your post.


No problem roomie

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 11:40 PM
Yeah Baby !!!

If ya make it to Wanee, then the drinks on me !!!

[Edited on 1/14/2007 by Ayla]

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 02:22 AM
As between the Beacon run in NYC and Wanee in FL, the decision is a tough one and hats off to all that can go to both. The thought just occurred that, for example, the Muslims make their annual journey to Mecca and the Jews and Christians try to get to the promised land in Jerusalem.

In this regard, it seems to me that the ABB Peach Corp aim for the Beacon for their annual "trip" to the promised land.

Here in Hawaii, we never get to see the ABB. That's why we're checking out Gregg Allman and Friends when they hit these here southern shores next week! What a treat! THANK YOU!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 02:23 AM
Well, alright! Full report on the show, please.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 02:48 AM
You got it, greggswoman! (Making note to self to bring pen and papers to the shows!)
 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 02:48 AM
Ordered Gregg Allman 1974 Grey tour shirt and Blue Allmaniac T-Shirts to show colors and support at the shows. Hope they get here quick.

[Edited on 1/14/2007 by kahiki45]

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 06:31 AM
I've been to the Beacon and every Wanee and I don't think there is any way The Beacon can beat it. A show at the Beacon is maybe 3 hrs. Sh*t ...the Wanee is 3 days!!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 08:05 AM
I've only been over for the Beacon once in 98 and had a blast. I was planning another trip in 05 and then something callled Wanee came across my radar. No contest for me, Wanee is just a great time.
Throw in a weeks warmup staying with my buddy in New Orleans and you have the trip of a lifetime......................... Except it happens every year!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 08:14 AM
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As between the Beacon run in NYC and Wanee in FL, the decision is a tough one and hats off to all that can go to both. The thought just occurred that, for example, the Muslims make their annual journey to Mecca and the Jews and Christians try to get to the promised land in Jerusalem.

In this regard, it seems to me that the ABB Peach Corp aim for the Beacon for their annual "trip" to the promised land.

Here in Hawaii, we never get to see the ABB. That's why we're checking out Gregg Allman and Friends when they hit these here southern shores next week! What a treat! THANK YOU!


kahiki45, don't know which show you are attending in Hawaii but you should drop a PM to HawaiinPeachHead. He's asking who's going to these shows. He's going to the 1/21 show.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 08:23 AM
rlrichie, I have decided to do both! and I am so excited!!! I've done the Beacon Thang a few times and the vibe is amazing, not only for the music but all the people from here that you meet up with!! This will be my first Wanee. My dear freinds Big Trout, Alec and Fig went the first year and still talk about it. They were the campsite that got those jams rolling into annual events with others from here like BDOB, Bluedad, Lefty, Bill, etc. I've asked them to plan this with me but everyone is caught up in stuff so it's not looking likely for them but I just got to get a taste of this!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 09:30 AM
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Yeah Baby !!!

If ya make it to Wanee, then the drinks on me !!!

[Edited on 1/14/2007 by Ayla]
well then he'll have two... he was kind enough to buy me a drink at yogi's during my first visit to NYC back in October... Wharfy ROCKS...

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 09:50 AM
You can't compare them . It's that simple.

Beacon to Wannee is not comparing apples to apples. It's a diffrent scene , a diffrent vibe. They are not meant to be the same or compared.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 10:08 AM
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You can't compare them . It's that simple.

Beacon to Wannee is not comparing apples to apples. It's a diffrent scene , a diffrent vibe. They are not meant to be the same or compared.




Couldn't agree with this more...

I've never been to the Beacon, hope to someday but I've gotta be honest...it's not on the radar anytime soon.

Wanee is my thing...it's nearby so no brainer.

Those that can do both are truly lucky.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 11:20 AM
Although there are many differences between Wanee and the Beacon, I think it a valid discussion to compare them. After all, aren't these the 2 biggest annual ABB events? I've been to both, so I'll try to give a feel for both from someone who wouldn't miss either one.

I was born in Manhattan, grew up and still live on Long Island, 25 miles from Manhattan. I'm very lucky, in that I enjoy beautiful places like the ocean, open spaces, quiet tree-lined streets and the big city. I love to trek around Manhattan as much as I love to camp. I go to the city a lot and always find it exciting and fun, no matter why I'm there.
I hadn't camped much since I was a Cub Scout leader when my boys were younger, but still love it.
I've been to see the ABB at the Beacon Theater for the past four years, seen about 15 shows there. The energy and intimacy of the shows there is hard to describe, but I know everyone loves it! The Beacon staff is great too, some of them come to our parties. I really do enjoy the indoor shows more than the outdoor. The real draw for me is knowing that my friends are there to share it and we have all those great parties. The Beacon Hotel is full of ABB family and you can't get into the elevator without running into a friend. Everyone at the show is a friend (with a few exceptions )
because they're there to see a band we all love so much.
You haven't lived until you've been packed into a Beacon Hotel Sweeties suite, sucking down a jello shot with fans from all over the world. Folks you've known, even though you've never met. There's a lot of hugging, smiling, talking and laughing going on. Next thing you know, Lana walks in with Butch Trucks on her arm. They work their way through the room, as Lana introduces us to him by our names. He takes pics, greets us all with a smile, and signs stuff for us. Oteil will probably turn up unexpected at one of the parties too. We have a jam in the hotel conference room with Lefty, Devon and Pedro. Another day we have a jam with our family of great musicians and Oteil and Junior Mack might sit in for a song or 2. Derek and Susan mingle with us at the HTN party and have a few jello shots, while posing for silly pics.

After my first Wanee last year, I stopped over in Macon for a few days. At the Big House, Kirk and I were doing just this, comparing Wanee with the Beacon. I hope he won't mind I tell you this, but as great as we both think Wanee is, he did say, "there's nothing like a Brothers show at the Beacon '.

As for Wanee....I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't miss it. It's a lot more relaxed and affords a little more time to talk to people one on one. Helen and Pat (jamgram) and others set up Helen's Hilton. We couldn't have asked for a more warm and welcoming spot, felyt at home right away. I can never thank them enough for what they did. They made sure they got there early to set up an area for all the campers and had food and drinks to share with everyone. It was especially nice after driving 20 hours straight down from NY!
The music, the campfire jams, the people, all great. The park is very beautiful, a nice backdrop for the music, day or night. You'll be likely to run into someone you know at the general store, the concession stand or on the potty line. Definitely lots more for your money at Wanee.

When all is said and done, you have to experience both and decide for yourself. I actually give the Beacon an edge, but will be at both as long as I am able!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 11:32 AM
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If ya make it to Wanee, then the drinks on me !!!

[Edited on 1/14/2007 by Ayla]
well then he'll have two... he was kind enough to buy me a drink at yogi's during my first visit to NYC back in October... Wharfy ROCKS...


Gee thanks Brudda My pleasure

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 11:38 AM
No Yogi's near Wanee
Yogi's ain't my cup of tea, but I do like a lot of the people who frequent that establishment. Good place to grab a cheap beer too.

 

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