The 10th annual Wanee music festival lineup has just been announced, with Trey Anastasio Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Rusted Root, among others, set to take center stage.
Also set to appear are Jaimoe’s Jasssz band, Umphrey’s McGee, Hot Tuna Electric, moe. and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, who will be playing Led Zeppelin music at this year’s festival.
Other artists scheduled to perform at the festival include Soulive, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rob Garza, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Melvin Seals & JGB, Futurebirds, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Sean Chambers and the Yeti Trio.
As ever, the festival will be hosted by the Allman Brothers Band, who will also deliver headlining performances on the 11th and 12th.
In sadder news, Wanee 2014 may be the last chance for Allman Brothers fans to see the band’s current lineup together. Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced earlier this year that 2014 would be their final run of performances with the Brothers. Each has suggested that he wants to spend more time with his own band, Haynes with Gov’t Mule and Trucks with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which also features his wife, Susan Tedeschi.
Speaking about the break up, Haynes said “I value the musical relationships and friendships that I have with everybody in this band. I’m sure Gregg and I will continue to do stuff in the future.”
Haynes has, however, suggested that the break up may not be forever, offering Allman Brothers fans a shred of hope.
“We’ll see,” he said when asked if this was just a hiatus. “It’s a good place to kind of stop. I’m not predicting the future.”
Wanee music festival is due to take place between April 10th-12th at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company will team up this summer for a 12-city co-headlining tour.
Both bands will be celebrating their 40th anniversaries this year, so the tour appropriately is dubbed “The 40 Tour.” Technically it’s been 40 years since Bad Company formed, and 40 years since the release of Skynryd’s debut album, Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd, so close enough.
The trek will kick off June 20 at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington, and the two groups will continue on the road together until a July 27 appearance at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York. Black Stone Cherry is set to open most of the shows.
“Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go,” said Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant in a press release. “Personally, Paul [Rodgers] is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.”
Rodgers also seems to be happy to get on the road with the group, though the two bands have never toured together in the past.
“The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70′s and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in L.A. aka the Riot House,” Rodgers said in the release. “In the 90′s the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that’s why I am so damned happy and healthy these years.”
Rodgers is one of three original members of Bad Company, along with Mick Ralphs on guitar and Simon Kirke on drums. The band now also includes Howard Leese on Guitar and Todd Ronning on bass.
Today, the only original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd is guitarist Gary Rossington, though Johnny Van Zant is the brother of original singer Ronnie Van Zant, who was killed in the 1977 plane crash that also claimed two other original members.
The third annual “Welcome to Rockville” music festival will feature Alice in Chains, Lynryrd Skynyrd and Shinedown, among a slew of other rock acts.
As it has for the past two years, the festival will be held at Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla. For the first time in its history, the event will take place over two days this year, April 27-28.
Other notable acts this year include 3 Doors Down, Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Halestorm, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Three Days Grace and many more. The festival is presented by Monster Energy drinks.
“After selling out the last two years of Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville, I now see that the city is ready to bring a full-fledged two-day rock festival to downtown Jacksonville and make it a staple in North Florida music for years to come,” says Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “We have great radio partners at ROCK 104.5 and X102.9 providing amazing support to the city and event which will make this year’s festival more massive than ever.”
Tickets for the event are general admission, and two-day passes are $99.50 plus fees. Single-day tickets cost $54.50, and limited number VIP tickets also are available.
The announcement comes less than a week after the Jacksonville City Council voted to withdraw a bill that was set to ban a dozen ticketed events set to be held at Metropolitan Park. Danny Wimmer spoke at the council meeting before the vote.
“I’m here to help grow the city,” he said. “I think the future of Jacksonville involves music… Jacksonville has such a big reach in music and it just makes sense to have festivals here.” Wimmer said he plans on presenting several shows in the park this year, and already has invested over $1 million.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama have back-to-back concert cruises scheduled for this fall.
Both will take place on the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship and will sail from Miami to a private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
First up is the Simple Man Cruise, which heads to the open sea on October 20, and before returning on October 24, will also make a stop in Key West, Florida. Lynryd Skynyrd will play the Sail Away Concert on the pool deck, and also will perform in the main theatre during the cruise. Other performers will also be on the ship, and there also will be theme nights, Synyrd-hosted activities and at least one Q&A with the band.
Fares start at $700 per guest and include all entertainment, food and access to the cruise ship’s amenities.
Wasting no time, Alabama sets sail on the Norwegian Pearl the same day the Simple Man Cruise returns, October 24, and will return on October 28. This trek will have an additional stop in Nassau, Bahamas rather than Key West.
Dubbed the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea, the band will perform two outdoor concerts during the cruise, and individual band members also will play separate sets. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the band will be inviting along over a dozen guest performers that will be named later.
Tickets for the Alabama cruise start at $750 per person. In addition to the performances, guests also receive photo opportunities with the band and an autographed poster. Kids 14 and under sail free other than the cost of taxes and fees.
The Norwegian Pearl has all the amenities expected of a modern cruise ship, including two pools, a spa, hot tub, 13 bars and lounges, and 19 dining experiences. The ship also includes a bowling alley, basketball courts, a casino and a rock climbing wall.
The initial artists for the 2013 Toadlick Music Festival have been announced, and Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jake Owen will be performing at the festival.
The country music festival is now in its second year and will be held in Dothan, Ala. on April 11-13, 2013. The event will be held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
Other confirmed artists that will appear at the festival are Gretchen Wilson, Chris Young and Thompson Square. The official Toadlick website promises that more artists will be announced soon.
The site also announced that last year’s event drew more than 31,000 concertgoers to the small Alabama town, despite some inclement weather throughout the festival.
“This year’s Toadlick Music Festival promises to be even better with events, camping, attractions, and some of the biggest names in Country Music, Rock and Southern Rock performing throughout three fun-filled days and nights,” reports the website.
While general admission three-day passes cost $79 each, the festival also offers T.I.P. three-day passes, which are similar to V.I.P. passes but stand for “Toadally Important Person.”
“T.I.P.’s receive free parking and access to premium reserved seating,” says the website. “Plus you’ll enjoy the privileges of the T.I.P. Tent, including the T.I.P. Lounge, cool-down area, luxury air-conditioned restrooms, free ice, goodie bags, T-shirts, and other perks that make this event an exceptional experience.”
T.I.P. passes cost $299 each. Camping is extra for both types of tickets, and costs between $50 and $2,000, depending on your camping preferences.
This article should probably include information on why the festival is called “Toadlick.” Organizers thought it was important enough to make it the only FAQ on the site. Turns out it came about when the founders were brainstorming a name for the festival.
“All kinds of names were popping up when one young lady hollered ‘Toadlick,’” reads the FAQ section. “We all sat there and pondered it for a while and realized she had indeed stumbled across the perfect name.”