The Wanee Music Festival 2018 Lineup is stacked, reminding us why they are the preeminent southeastern music festival. Get to know some of the fantastic artists on this year’s bill.
Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra celebrated their 20th anniversary last year, offering fans across the globe the full Grateful Dead concert experience. Their unique improvisations of past Dead shows has earned them the respect of fans and critics, as well as the original Grateful Dead members.
They will host their 7th annual Dark Star Jubilee festival, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend in Thornville, Ohio.
St Paul & The Broken Bones
St Paul & The Broken Bones’ second studio album, Sea of Noise, catapulted them into the spotlight, earning them critical acclaim for their soulful, high-energy style and sound.
The band is preparing to embark on a tour through the U.S., which ends with their debut performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK.
Walter Trout has been recording and touring for more than five decades, and is viewed as a sort of father-figure in the blues community.
Recently featured in Guitarist Magazine, Trout’s latest album We’re All In This Together features collaborations with Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa.
The Main Squeeze
The Main Squeeze has made it their mission to move people’s hearts, souls, and feet through music. Their eclectic mix of funk, rock, soul, and hip-hop, with powerhouse frontman Corey Frye, has done just that, mesmerizing the “Squozen Ones” out onto the dance floor since 2011.
They are currently on tour promoting their fourth album, Without a Sound and are excited to be back at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July, where they’ll open for The String Cheese Incident.
The New Orleans Suspects
Comprised of some of NOLA’s most talented and respected artists, The New Orleans Suspects deliver fans a dance party that can’t be matched.
They are set to release a live album that will be released on CD and vinyl later this year.
North Mississippi Allstars
Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson have been delivering award-winning blues-rock hits since forming North Mississippi Allstars in 1996.
NMA is hitting the road again in February, where they will share the stage with some of today’s finest musicians for the “Blackwater Sol Revue.”
The Soul Rebels
This eight-piece brass band flawlessly blends traditional New Orleans brass music with elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, and soul. When not on tour, they play a weekly show at the infamous New Orleans’ Le Bon Temps Roulé.
The Soul Rebels spent 2017 touring the globe and will be playing a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City in March.
Grammy nominee and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth is no stranger to the Blues Rock community. His unconventional slide technique renders a unique sound that has earned him collaborations with numerous legends, including Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks.
Landreth is currently on tour promoting his latest album, Recorded Live In Lafayette.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s unique style, passion, and talent has redefined electro-funk, ensuring even the toughest of critics lets loose and get out on the dance floor.
They are currently on tour to promote their latest album, Pizazz, and are hosts of the 8th annual Domefest.
Big Something has been flawlessly fusing pop, funk, and rock since their first album release in 2010.
Their latest album, Tumbleweed, has garnered great attention. Big Something is headed to Panic en la Playa later this month and is hosting the 7th annual The Big What festival, which takes place August 16-18 in Pittsboro, NC.
Wanee Festival 2018 Lineup:
Widespread Panic Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band As the Crow Flies Dark Star Orchestra St. Paul & the Broken Bones Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Chris Robinson Brotherhood North Mississippi Allstars Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Eat a Bunch of Peaches Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Walter Trout Sonny Landreth Marcus King Band Soul Rebels Les Bros George Porter Jr. and the Running Pardners Pink Talking Fish (Tied to the Whipping Post) Bobby Lee Rogers Trio Big Something New Orleans Suspects Berry Oakley’s Indigenous Suspects Midnight North The Yeti Trio Crazy Fingers
About Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast U.S, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is one of the most beautiful live music venues in the country. The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, full-service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms and water stations.