Wanee Festival Special Issue! Manzarek-Rogers Band Tedeschi Trucks Band Allman Brothers Band Charles Bradley Furthur
Uncle Johnâ€™s Band A Tampa Institution 22 Years Strong
Buddy Guy Plays the Blues
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Uncle Johnâ€™s Band
Charles Bradley Furthur
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ence on their styles. While he was a pioneer in the Chicago area blues scene, his style of blues has
Buddy hams it up for the audience
never been restricted solely to Chicago Blues, but has instead ranged across the different types of blues music and ventured into rock n’ roll. Throughout the set, Buddy showed he hasn’t lost a step when it comes to ripping off lightning-fast and intense blues riffs. He hasn’t lost his ability to sing either, with strong soulful vocals. Guy showed his ability to impersonate his late friends and mentors, doing a perfect John Lee Hooker, imitating the style of late blues legend Albert King, and mimicking his dear passed friend, Junior Wells. Reaffirming that age is just a number for him, Buddy jumped next into a inspired version of the song from his latest album, “74 years young.” He even updated it with a verse about being 75 years young, though he is really 76 now.
Buddy Guy “76 Years Young”
By the time Guy got to the part of the set where he comes out to walk around in the crowd and solo, the crowd was ecstatic. As he ended his show, many in the crowd were certainly disappointed that Guy did not live up to his threat to keep playing all day long. This was one great
By Steve Siegfried
uddy Guy credited his appearance at Wanee Fest’s Peach Stage on Friday
before and they knew the words better. While the audience might have been
and Orlando Wright on bass holding down the bottom section.
afternoon to his driver. Apparently they
a made bit lethargic by the hot Florida
had to drive 12 hours straight to make the
sun, it didn’t take them long to rise to
Often credited as one of the few
gig. But Guy showed no ill effects from
the occasion. From the second song on,
still-living blues legends, and a world
the long car ride. In tribute, he dedicated
Guy had them eating out of the palm of
class guitar player, Guy has been
the song, “The Things I Used to Do” to his
performing for live audiences for over
A highlight of the set was the interplay
six decades. His credits include play-
between Buddy and his ace second gui-
ing guitar of best friend Junior Wells
old blues legend was on fire from the
tarist, Ric “Jaz Guitar” Hall. Hall dem-
seminal album, “Hoodoo Man Blues,”
beginning of his set. Early on, he had to
onstrated the chops that shows he could
widely considered the first album to
chide the crowd for a lackluster attempt
easily front a killer band of his own.
actually capture the sound of Chicago
Looking healthy and spry, the 76 year
to sing along with the classic, “Hoochie
The organist , Marty Sammon, held
Blues. Guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix,
Coochie Man.” Buddy let on that he
his own soloing as well, with a tight
Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn
played the same song in India the week
rhythm section of Tim Austin on drums
have all hailed Guy as a major influ-
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Ric Hall held his own with Buddy
“When you make me happy, I like to play all day long. And I said that’s why they’re gonna have to cut me off.”
way to beat the Florida heat. Considering his smoldering set and the enthusiastic repsonse from the crowd, it is a good bet that this won’t be the last time we see Buddy Guy at Wanee Fest. Here’s to hoping that in 25 years he will be singing about being “100 years young.”
Buddy Guys Set List: 01 Intro > Nobody Understands Me but My Guitar 02 Hoochie Coochie Man 03 She’s 19 Years Old 04 Someone Else Is Steppin’ In (Slippin’ Out, Slippin’ In) 05 The Things That I Used To Do 06 I Just Want To Make Love To You 07 Banter/ “Sister Went To Milk” 08 74 Years Young 09 Boom Boom 10 Drowning On Dry Land 11 Use Me 12 Strange Brew 13 Let The Door Knob Hit Ya 14 What’d I Say 15 Voodoo Child > Sunshine Of Your Love > Miss You > Outro (instrumental medley)
Key to Uncle John’s Band’s suc-
Guitarist Alan GIlman tears off a Garcia-like lick
cess as duplicating the sound of the Grateful Dead is their employing of two drummers to provide the Rolling THunder sound of Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Drummers Dan Degregory and Mike Bortz complement each other well and hold the rythmn down with the help of bass player Mike Edwards. Edwards also shops off his vocal chops, stepping up to sing several of the songs in the groups repetoire. Second guitarist and main vocalist Steve Connely is adequate, but they could use a stronger vocalist. From what I could tell, keyboardist Art Nelson was solid, though he was too low in the mix to hear very well. Overall these guys are a solid, rocking band and provide a fun live show. The crowd was into it and danced along to the culmination with the songs, “Morning Dew” and “U.S. Blues.” If I had one reccomendation for them it would be to include some songs by
Carrying on the tradition Uncle John’s Band
but then again maybe they do usually perform other songs. I just happened
their seafood entrees. They even have
to see them on a night when they were
been featured on The Food Network for
covering an entire Dead album.
The band also has fairly regular gigs
By Steve Siegfried
other people besides the Grateful Dead,
kipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa has
Uncle John’s Band was formed in
a perfect atmosphere to catch a live
Clearwater, FL in 1990 and is booked
band and they know the Dead songbook frontwards and backwards.
While the band as a whole is good,
at The Ringside Cafe on 4th St. N. in St.
the heart and soul of the operation
seems to be guitarist Gilman.
But if you have the option, see
Born in New York state, Gilman has
them at Skipper’s Smokehouse. The
been a long time Deadhead, having
tone with his axe uncannily close to that
atmosphere, large hippie crowds, and
gone to see shows since the late 70’s.
to catch the band performing, they had
of Jerry Garcia, due in no small part to
energy level contribute to the fun.
chosen to play the complete Grateful
the replice “Tiger Rose” guitar he had
years, Uncle John’s Band has per-
Dead album “Europe ‘72” in order,
built exclusively for himself.
frormed live at Skipper’s. The Grateful
song by song.
band. The stage is located outdoors
regularly in clubs around the Bay area.;
Guitarist Alan Gilman achieves a
between the bar and restaurant, with
On the Thursday night I happened
drinks available from stands. Every Thursday night for the past 14
Dead cover band is a popular attrac-
The fact that these guys have been
On this night he went for the clean Garcia tone of the early 90’s and it
tion and still brings large crowds every
together a long time is evident as soon
gave the songs from “Europe ‘72” a
as you hear them play. They are a tight
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The cover charge of $8 is failry reasonable and Skipper’s also boasts drink specials and deals on beer during Uncle John’s Band shows. Skipper’s is also known for their food, with many people raving about
After New York, Gilman resided in West Virginia for a time, working in local bands during his time there. He also is one of the longest running members of his band, having played with Uncle John’s Band since 1993 and also being a part of previous incarna-
Steve Connely feels the groove
tions of the band. Nationwide there are literally hundereds of Grateful Dead cover bands, with at least on in every mid to large sized city. Uncle John’s Band definitely stands
out as one of the top tier in this group,
beer vendors, as few were ready to
so they are well worth the money to
leave quite yet at the early hour of 12
As trhe band closed out their second
Emotional homecoming for Charles Bradley
Uncle John’s Band packed up their
set of music with “U.S. Blues,” the
gear, and looked toward their gig the
crowd gravitiated back towards the
next day at The RIngside Cafe.
By Steve Siegfried
ife has been a long hard road for soul singer Charles Bradley. The 64 year old Gainsville native
moved to New York when he was
After a warmup by the band, the
in true James Brown form, he had the
keyboard player stepped out as emcee
crowd eating out of the plam of his
to announce Charles to the stage.
The man himself is a true throwback
Aknowledging his birthplace of
young. After a period of time being
to the golden era of Stax and Motown.
Gainesville, right down the road from
homless, Bradley moved to upstate New
Stage presence is an understatement as
the Wanee campgrounds, Bradley was
York and took on a series of labor jobs
he put everything he had into bellowing
quite emotional with the warm home-
to scrape by.
out his selection of original soul tunes,
coming he received.
But he never gave up
After several numbers,
his dream to become a
Bradley stepped out into
the crowd to give tear-
After years performing
ful and hearfelt hugs to
as a James Brown imper-
many of the audience
sonator, Bradley finally
members as his band
got his break.
held down the groove.
In 2011 he released
his debut album, “No
displays are common-
Time For Dreaming” on
place at every show he
does, but this time it took
The album came out
on extra weight as he
to rave reviews across the
played for the people of
country and since then
Bradley has been touring
After several calls from
non-stop with his band,
the band to get back
up on stage and sing,
In a rainstorm at
Charles finally made his
Wanee Festival, Bradley
way back to the micro-
put on a typically smok-
phone to deliver a couple
more songs, including a
While the crowd was a bit smaller than normal due to the elements, they
Bradley tearfully hugs a crowd member
were no less enthusiastic
and 79’s soul and funk.
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larly powerful version of his signature song, “Why is it So Hard in America.”
when Bradley’s tight band started grooving their mixture of 60’s
slowed-down and particu-
For those who braved the mixed with a few covers. Dancing and moving across the stage
rain to see him, Bradley was surely one of the highlights of the weekend.
Two nights with Furthur By Steve Siegfried
t has been a long strange trip for the
bers Bob Weir and Phil Lesh took to the
surviving member of the Grateful Dead
main stage for two days with their cur-
lethargic “Ripple,” they reached the
rent incarnation of the Grateful Dead,
highlight of the first part of the show.
since Jerry Garcia passed in 1995. While they have re-formed as The Dead from time to time over the years,
named Furthur. The first show on Friday was hit or
After an uneven “Alligator” and a
“My Brother Esau” was never a hugely poplar tune when the Grateful
mostly they have pursued projects with
miss, maybe due to the Florida heat
Dead played it back in the 80’s, but
their own bands.
taking a toll on a band used to playing
Furthur rocked this song hard. Hopefully
they keep it in the rotation.
While former Dead drummer Mickey Hart led his own band of Rythmn Devils
After opening with the anthem “Not
of the Wanee Festival Mushroom stage
Fade Away,” the band played a short,
earlier on the day, former band mem-
tight “Brown Eyed Women.”
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A by the books “Scarlet Fire” led into a rather mundane “Eyes of the World.” A main reason for the lack of spark
during this first show might have been
sturmental, “King Solomopn’s Marbles,”
during Garcia’s lifetime, but the Furthur
lead guitarist John Kadlecik.
the band finally found their stride.
arrangement plays more as a crowd
What followed was a perfectly
sing-a-long then a serious song to be
Known for his ability to eerily mimic the playing of Jerry Garcia, Kadlecik
played “Unbroken Chain,” featuring an
was a bit off on Friday, pushing hard to
interesting jam between Kadlecik and
find a groove on his solos but coming
bassist Phil Lesh.
out sounding stale and repetitive.
Bob Weir got his turn next, singing
explored by the band. After leaving the stage, Phil Lesh came back to give his donor rap. Since receiving a liver transplant sev-
“Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” and
eral years ago, lesh has made a point
tion” with “The Eleven.” Both well
ramping up the intensity as it went
to request that people donate their
played but lacking in intensity.
organs at every show he plays.
Nexty up was the pairing of “Cau-
At this point we got to the highlight
A crowd favorite, “The Wheel,”
of this show. Starting with the jazzy in-
followed. This song was a highlight
On this night, Lesh was surprised as someone set off a sky lantern from the
crowd as he gave his speech.
Saturday at Wanee got off to a
Having never seen one of the
blustery and stormy start.
mini-helium baloon toys before,
After the Government Mule
Phil inquired of the crowd “what
show was cut short due to
is that thing. Something from
monsoon-like conditions, some
beyond? Is it a bird, a plane?”
people feared that Furthur might
While many people were
not take the stage at all.
expecting The Band song “The
As the rain died off and
Weight” as the encore, as
things began to dry out, peo-
Furthur does cover that song
ple’s hopes were restored, and
and former Band drummer Levon
when the band took the stage
Helm had died earlier in the day,
and launched into “Playin in
instead they came back with
the Band,” everyone knew this
“Touch of Grey” as the final song
would be a different animal than
of the night.
The song started off slow and
Kadlecik was on fire from the
sloppy but through his bass work
get-go and the band was in rare
driving the band on, Lesh was
able to kick-start them one more time and get the song rocking.
Phil Lesh at work
While this was certainly an up and down show, most people still left the show with smiles on their faces anticipating the next night.
After a rocking “China Cat,” Weir provided a rare let-down on the night with a slow and
“What is it? Something from beyond? A bird, a plane?” - Phil Lesh
unspirited “Estimated Prophet.” “Ramble on Rose,” “Bird Song,” and “Sugar Magnolia” were next, sandwiched between the “Playin” reprise. All good.
Bob Weir tries to play guitar was treated to a stellar “Help on the
sion of “Viola Lee Blues” in three differ-
Way” through to “Franklin’s Tower.”
ent tempos with “Bertha” and “Wharf
day show, the crowd had finally been
Rat” stuck in the middle of it.
delivered the goods, in a big way.
Going old school all the way, the band veered into “Cryptical Envelopment,” and “The Other One.” Now it was time for the crowd to dance even harder to a swinging “Shakedown Street.” Showing they can still get werid, Furthur next played a weird progres-
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Kadlecik sung out a sweet “Stella
After a somewhat disappointing Fri-
Furthur is set to play a run of shows
Blue” next to calm everyone down
in the fall, but after that it is anyone’s
before the “I Know You Rider” closer.
guess if Weir and Lesh will decide to
After Phil’s donor rap, the band came back one more time for an appropriate and rocking “U.S. Blues” encore.
continue this band or they will go back to their own bands full time. So do yourself a favor and get out to see them now while you can.
Wanee Fest : An Allman Brothers Family Affair
Warren Haynes has become the band leader By Steve Siegfried
The Allman Brothers Band has hosted the Wanee Festival since its inception, and this year was no exception. With the large amount of side projects and bands affiliated with the Allmans, the festival takes on the air of a family. The bands at the festival that either included a member of the Allman Brothers Band or a family member of the group included Tedeschi Trucks Band, Government Mule, and Devon Allman. The Allmans headlined both Friday and Saturday nights of the festival, closing out on the Peach stage. 14 Still Dead
Clear to all in attendance was that founding member of the band, Greg Allman is not well right now. After liver transplant surgery in 2010 and a hernia operation last year, Allman has experienced a heart arrhythmia. He was weak for the entire festival and only sang on a few songs. Stepping up in the void was bandmate Warren Haynes. Haynes has become the effective leader of this band, and it continues to thrive under his guidance. Haynes combines a blister-
ing ability on guitar with a voice perfectly suitted to the southern rock that the Allman Brothers specialize in. With fellow guitar master Derek Trucks, Haynes continues the Allman Brothers tradition of tight twin lead guitar attacks. On Friday night the band payed tribute to Band drummer and close friend Levon Helm, who died earlier in the day. They played twosongs by The Band, “It Makes No Difference” and “The Weight.” On “The Weight” they were joined by Trucks’ wife Susan Tedeschi and Furthur bandmember
Bob Weir. Of note in Fridays set was the rarely played Allman’s tune “Blue Sky” and the song “Dreams.” On Saturday they came back with an entirely different setlist. The second night was also guest might as they had three different people sit in for a time with the band. The band started out with the classic hit and crowd pleaser “Jessica.” A rare treat for die hard fans of the band was the performance of “Mountain Jam,” a classic Allmans guitar song that they rarely perform these days. They demonstrated that they
can do more than just southern rock and blues as well, treating the crowd to a jazzy version of the Bob dylan song “All Along the Watchtower.” “Statesboro Blues” is an Allmans staple and had the crowd on its feet. The Van Morrison song “Into the Mystic” was a good choice for Haynes to sing as it fits his voice perfectly. Sandwiched between ”Mountain Jam” was the Howlin’ Wolf classic “Smokestack Lightning,” featuring blistering harmonica from Jimmy Reed. Closing out the show, Greg Allman came out and was
propped up in a chair to sing the Neil Young song, “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Greg sang with heart, if not energy, as he struggled to get through the performance, slurring his words as though he were on pills or alcohol. Healthy Greg Allman or not, the band still put on a hell of a performance, but the mood was a bit bittersweet as the audience left the field. On the one hand, people were buzzing from the great music, but they also were worried about Greg Allman. Here’s to hoping for his full recovery. May/June 2012
right, but it is her amazing singing voice that sets her apart. With a voice that could accurately be de-
Free,”“That Did It,” and “Darlin Be
can get aband to the point where they
Home Soon,” they closed out with
are at their peak musically and prefes-
another crowd favorite, “Bound For
Kicking it off with the song, “Don’t
scribed as a more soulful and ranged version
Let Me Slide,” they got the crowd fired
of Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi has toured for several
up right away,
years with her own band before joining up with Derek.
After a couple more songs, Trucks broke into a raga type solo that melded
With a Gold record and sold out tours under
into the beautiful ballad “Midnight in
So the couple has no plans to devote
After their epic performance, many
band for the near future. That is besides
the highlight of the entire festival.
Derek’s appearances with The Allman
From Wanee they continue right
Harlem.” The song is a perfect vehicle
back on the road, with a grueling
for the amazing voice of Tedeschi. It’s
non-stop schedule of concerts the world
hard to say this was a seminal version
of this song as they always seem to
album as they learned to work together.
play it perfectly, but if you asked the
plied of performances from the last
crowd attending they would agree that
year, due out in May.
Grammy Award and was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a “masterpiece.” Since then the band has been touring non-stop and has been generating serious buzz for their electric performances everywhere they go.
The band took to the Peach stage on Friday following a great performance by Buddy Guy.
Brothers Band. This group can only hope to get better. With their award winning combination of blues, rock and soul music
together, and went in the studio to record an The resulting album,”Revelator,” won a
much time to anything else besides this
in the audience agreed that they were
her belt, Tedeschi met Trucks and the the rest is In 2011 they finally decided to form a band
Trucks and Tedeschi The Married Life
From the start, they were picture perfect
On deck next is alive album, com-
already realized, it is hard to fathom how much better they can get. It seems like ages since The Tedeschi
it really doesn’t get any better than this.
Tedeschi and Trucks then plan to
Trucks Band debuted last year at the
Another highlight was their version
bring the band back into the studio to
Wanee Festival. They seemed like a
record their followup to “Revelator.”
road hardened veteran unit wowing the
of The Staple Singers song, “Lord Protect My Child.” The song allows Tedeschi to really strech her vocal range and helped to fire up the crowd even more. After the songs “Nobody’s
Speaking of his hopes for the band, Trucks talks of the importance of honing a band’s skills on the road. According to Derek, only a packed schedule of concerts over a long period
crowd at this years festival. One thing is for sure, the sky is the limit for this pair, and fans of the band can only hope they come back to Wanee again next year.
By Steve Siegfried
he marriage of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi is almost like music genetic engineering,
Their two children were born to immedicately be considered to have maybe the finest music genes on the planet.
Tedeschi Trucks A must see Band
But even stornger is the band they have assembled for their current venture together. Boasting a picture perfect rhythm section, and a full horn section (all of whom can sing as well), this band is amongst the best touring today. Derek Trucks grew up in music, with his uncle Butch Trucks being a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Developing his skills since childhood, Derek has become a world class slide guitar player, forming his own band and joing The Allman Brothers in 1999. His wife, Susan Tedeschi, has tons of acllaim under her belt to bring to their partnership as well. Tedeschi is a solid blues guitarist in her own
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After The Doors The Manzarek - Rogers Band
Airplane and now forming the band
pursued a solo career for a time before
world over to his virtuoso slide-guitar
Hot Tuna, which also played at Wanee.
focusing on producing other acts.
“I haven’t seen these guys in so many years,” Manzarek lamented. Overall they gave a good performance. There is no question that this is
Of signifigance was Manzarek’s
As a producer, Rogers has worked
production work on seminal Los Ange-
on albums for people as diverse as
les punk Band X’s first few albums.
John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack
He also helped Iggy Pop out when
a rocking and entertaining band. With
he first came to Los Angeles, provid-
a tight rhythm section and a propensity
ing him with a place to stay and even
resume as well, along with a couple
to jam out, they had the crowd dancing
trying to start a band with him for a
Grammy nominations for songs he
along even though they didn’t know
time.But none of that stopped him from
many of the songs.
getting back together with his former
If this band has one weakness, it is in the vocals. While Manzarek is
Door’s bandmates from time to time. Ray produced the final Doors album
Televison and film scores are in his
He has recorded music with the likes of Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, and Sammy
somewhat servicable as a singer, and
“An American Prayer,” in 1978. On the
Rogers just mediocre, neither should be
album the band recorded new material
The combination of Manzarek and
doing vocals. Get these guys a singer
and placed poetry recored by Jim Mor-
Rogers, backed by drums and a bass
and they will be on to something.
rison before his death over the music.
player is an all-star lineup in it’s own
Prominent in the set were several
The Doors have re-formed to tour
songs from Manzarek and Rogers
a few times over the years with differ-
alnum, “Translucent Blues.”
ent singers taking the place of the late
land, before taking a hiatus as Rogers
goes out with his own band on tour.
Manzarek has kept busy over the
Roy Rogers is no slouch either with
Currently their band is set to tour Po-
At Wanee they helped get the
years since the death of the man who
his track record in blues recording,
weekend underway with a serious shot
co-created The Doors with him.
producing, and music writing.
of blues adrenalin. At 73 years of age,
After a few albums without Morrison, The Doors decided to call it quits. Ray
With his band The dela Rhythm Kings, Rogers has treated audiences the
Ray has lost no ability to rock and is brining more intensity than ever.
Manzarek and Rogers jam out
By Steve Siegfried
howing that Jim Morrison wasn’t the only reason for The Doors’ success,
Ray Manzarek and his bandmate Roy Rogers brought their mix of jazz, blues,
Roy Rogers utilized his twin-necked
achieve the goals of peace and love in
guiter to show off tasty jazz and blues
the 60’s before telling the crowd they
chops throughout the set.
reminded him of those days.
Of particular note was a swinging
Mazarek showed real emotion as he
and rock to Wanee Fest on Thursday
and soulful version of “Riders on the
explained that the Wanee Festival and
afternoon at the Mushroom stage,
Storm.” Manzarek dedicated it to Mor-
the crowd made him feel like he was
rison, who died in 1971.
back in the 60’s.
Sprinkling in re-arrangments of a few Doors classics, Manzarek wowed the
Ray appeared touched by the
He even ran in to some old friends
crowd with his undiminished keayboard
warmth and appreciation of the crowd.
from those days, Jorma Jaukonen and
He maented about how they failed to
Jack Cassidy, formerly of Jefferson
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