Scene and Heard


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2014

The Allman Brothers at Wanee 2012


The Allman Brothers Band

Appearing At Wanee Music Festival

For Two Nights!

Festival Scheduled April 10 – 12

At Spirit of Suwannee Park – Live Oak, FL

Advance and VIP Tickets On Sale Now

Gregg Allman has announced that The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after 2014, so this year’s 10th Anniversary Wanee Music Festival performances could be the last time to see the whole group together with their current lineup, which includes Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (who will also be appearing with their own groups).  The band, which has headlined Wanee for ten years, is scheduled to perform Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12


According to a post in Relix Magazine, Gregg Allman said: “The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring at the end of 2014.”  When asked about The Allman Brothers Band’s future as part of an interview for Relix, Allman says, “This is it—this is the end of it.”  However, he leaves the door open to possible reunions down the road. “Who’s to say? We may all get together every five years and just do one play at a time,” he admits

Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes had already announced that they were leaving the band after this year.  According to a report in Rolling Stone: “For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with The Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands,” the two musicians wrote in a joint statement. “We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans.”


The Allman Brothers Band with Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes headline a great line-up of outstanding performers for what has become one of the most popular Festivals in the country.  The 2014 Wanee Music Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.


In addition to the The Allman Brothers Band playing both Friday and Saturday nights, the rest of the line-up includes: Trey Anastasio Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, Moe., Rusted Root, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Music of Led Zeppelin), Soulive, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Melvin Seals & JGB, Futurebirds, Berry Oakley’s Skylab, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Pink Talking Fish, Sean Chambers, The Yeti Trio and The Hip Abduction.


          But the end of touring for The Allman Brothers Band does not mean the end of the Wanee Music Festival, as new and exciting elements are being planner for Wanee 2015.


Tickets for the 2014 Wanee Music Festival are on sale now at:  The Festival will be held Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. 



$195 + Applicable Fees ( Now – February 16th 10PM EST – (Price will increase after this) Includes: 3 nights of Primitive Camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.).  Music from 12:30PM on Thursday (April 10). Full days of Music on Friday & Saturday (April 11 & 12)


$475+Applicable Fees: Includes: (1) VIP 3-Day pass to the festival with music starting at 12:30PM on Thursday, Special concert viewing area at Peach and Mushroom stages, 3 nights of primitive camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.), Wanee 2014 VIP T Shirt, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Laminate, Private Restrooms, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Poster, Catered Lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturday, Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, Discounted beer, Access to Wanee 2014 VIP only Pre Party

Last year the Festival brought great music and great times to the many thousands of fans attending.  It was the best year to date. This year with The Allman’s final Wanee appearance it is sure to sell out so get your tickets early!


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The Tedeschi Trucks Band play Rock Strong 4 Life

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 27, 2011

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

After a wet cold morning, The Rock Strong 4 Life Benefit on Saturday turned out to be a perfect evening at Popa John’s Stadium.  The sun came out just in time to warm up the 1000 plus audience and The Tedeschi Trucks Band took over from there to deliver a performance that may have been the best show to play Louisville this year.

As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music. Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music. The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and last year they each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). As well, they often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band—with whom Trucks continues to play as co-lead guitarist.

From the opening number , “Don’t Let Me Slide” it was obvious the this would be a special night. The combination of Susan Tedeschi’s stunning vocals and Derek Trucks extraordinary guitar, lead a spectacular eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Harmony singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers  joined forces with brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band),along with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, The band  also included a brass section consisting of trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons.

The band’s set included many songs from their critically acclaimed “Revelator” album along with powerful versions of Delaney and Bonnie’s , “Coming Home”, “Uptight” and a moving version of Derek and the Domino’s, “ Anyday” that included two chilling guitar solos from Trucks.

Derek Trucks is unquestionably one of the top guitar players in the world. He was  selected by Eric Clapton to record on his albums, “The Road to Escondido” and “Clapton” touring with him in 2007. An amazing slide player who rivals Duane Allman, the man  who he now covers in The Allman Brother Band. Trucks handles his task with ease and on this night he consistently received standing ovations for his artistic solos. The 32 year old was rated 81st in the 2003 Rolling Stone Top 100 guitarist of all time at the age of 24, and was selected in 2007 as one of three New Guitar Gods by the magazine.

During the course of the performance each member gets their time in the spotlight.  Kofi Burbridge played an jam filled keyboard and flute solo, while his brother bassist Oteil played and sang a jazzy solo showing his range of both vocals and instrument. There were solos by each drummer and brass member as well. Every member showing the high level of expertise on their instruments.

Although her husband’s guitar playing stands out Susan Tedeschi can play a mean guitar herself contributing with a solo that had Derek smiling with pride. They ended the show with their latest hit song, “Bound For Glory” and returned for an encore had everyone dancing to a musical medley of Sly Stone’s  Simple Song and I Want To Take You Higher”

The proceeds of the event were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Organizer Dewayne Rudd and the event committee should be commended for this effort to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

The concert capped an entire day of awareness for the genetic disease that affects 30,000 people in the United States and over 70,000 people worldwide. Prior to the concert, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted the “Climb for Life Event” in the morning in whichUniversity of Louisville football players and Head Coach Charlie Strong  welcomed the CF supporters walking the steps at Cardinal Stadium to raise money for a cure.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

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