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Will Wanee be Allman Brothers' final Florida show?

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Musicians Derek Trucks, left, and Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden on Friday April 12, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP Images)

Shortly after performing with his solo band in Sarasota earlier this year, Gregg Allman announced that The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after 2014. With no other Sunshine State dates scheduled, this week's 10th Anniversary Wanee Music Festival is perhaps the last chance to see the iconic group in Florida, where the band formed in Jacksonville in 1969.

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In addition to Gregg on lead vocals and keyboards, the current lineup, which has been together since 2000, the longest run in ABB history, is guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (who will also be appearing with their own celebrated groups at Wanee), drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quiñones. The Allman Brothers Band, which has headlined Wanee for 10 years, is scheduled to perform Friday and Saturday.

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Berry Duane Oakley, right, with Warren Haynes and the rest of the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre in New York, March 17, 2013. COURTESY PHOTO

This year's Wanne roster also features 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 and many more acts including Sarasota-based Berry Oakley’s Skylab, which kicks things off Thursday afternoon on the Mushroom stage with a performance at 12:30.

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Oakley played bass with the Allman Brothers Band during the group's 2013 Beacon run in New York. He contributed to songs that became classics 45 years ago, in large part due to the potent, pioneering bass playing of his father, Berry Oakley, one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band.

"Standing on that stage, looking down the line that my father helped build is such an honor and joy," Oakley told me for a previous story. "It's hard to put in words but once your up there on that stage it's like being home."

Wanee Music Festival
Thursday (April 10)-Saturday (April 12); Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak; $215 for three day passes, $475 for VIP; waneefestival.com

Wanee Music Festival
Thursday (April 10)-Saturday (April 12); Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak; $215 for three day passes, $475 for VIP; waneefestival.com

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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