The de facto gem of a jamband gathering that is the Wanee Music Festival will not be throwing down in 2019. Early this week it was announced that the event, which has been grooving at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL since 2005, fell too close to Good Friday, Easter and Passover. Historical evidence showed poor attendance in years past where the same overlap of dates occurred. The festival typically aims to hit the weekend of, or as close as possible to 4/20–of course!
What was not made clear was whether or not the festival would run at all in 2019. Live Nation, the global entertainment company that runs the event, has made no announcement about rescheduling, leaving the Peach Stage and the Mushroom Stage in psychedelic limbo (bummer).
The festival grew from a two-day to a three-day bash back in 2011 and consistently draws some of the largest crowds to visit the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park of any event. Even after the unfortunate end of the Allman Brothers Band era in 2014, the festival continued to present the marquee names of the jamband circuit.
Festival organizers may not be fully aware of the blow dealt to the hearts of the faithful adherents to the groove (and the wallets held by the purveyors of the fun-stoking, black market economy) by the absence of Wanne 2019. Somewhere the glowing tip of a nag champa stick goes dark.