There is a music venue rapidly rising in the South,
The Spirit of the Suwannee. It is an absolute,
beautiful place on Hwy 129 way back in the woods in
Live Oak Fl. My first experience was in the mid-ninties
when I won some tickets from a radio station to see
one of my all time favorites...B.B. King. Located
right on the Beautiful Suwannee River, the
atmosphere was one of serenity.
The show was great! Kenny Wayne Sheppard,The Neville
Bros., Delbert McClinton and "The King of the
Blues" B.B.King. The show was outside in a huge
field on a grand stage with a sound system that blew
your hair back.
Since then, their has been many great shows. Some of
Country Music's best as well as "Rockers"
such as Gov't Mule, Dickie Betts and Great Southern,
The Southern Rock Allstars and .38 Special just to
name a few.
I met an upcoming promoter named David Hogan who has
been putting on some great shows as well. We (The
Graveyard Boogie Band) have been fortunate enough to
be included in some of David's promotions such as,
The annual "Rock and Blues Bar-B-Que",
"Rock & Wheels" Bike Show and Party,
as well as "Full Throttle Magazine's"
Spring and Fall Festivals all presented by Hogan
2004 is gonna be a great year for the
"Spirit" and Hogan Entertainment with the
second annual "Rock & Wheels" festival
featuring one of the legends of Southern
Rock..."The Marshall Tucker Band" with
Special Guests "The Graveyard Boogie Band"
and "The Lost Southern Boys" who, by the
way, are managed by founding "Molly
Hatchet" member, Steve Holland. (what stories
he has to tell)!
If you are looking for a vacation spot that has
everything from camping to eating, "The
Spirit" is the perfect place. There are
numerous stages, camping facilities, restaraunts,
and even a place to drink some beer. You can canoe
down the famous Suwannee River, hop on a horse and
ride around, get something to eat, grab a beer and
enjoy music 'til your heart's content. Ya'll come
and see us. For more information you can log onto http://www.musicliveshere.com
and relax, you will be in good hands.
By John Lanham
P.S. You can also find information about the shows
at The Spirit of the Suwannee br checking out
"Full Throttle Magazine and Dixie Biker.