There’s something magical about the Wanee Music Festival. It always feels like the start of festival season, the official kickoff if you will.
Wanee began as a two-day festival with only 11 bands; it is now a three-day festival with as many as 44 performers. The lineup never disappoints, and you always end up with a few crossover sit-ins that are memorable and unique. The days are long; music typically begins around 11 a.m. and can go until close to 3 a.m. Then there’s the drum circle afterward. It’s only natural that the park’s motto is “Music Lives Here.”
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Bella, the youngest of Trey and Sue Anastasio’s two children. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and genuine beyond measure; our meeting turned into six hours of hanging out and a new friendship. For a band with a following as large and rabid as Phish, who have been together for 30+ years, they have managed to stay fairly off the public radar. As a collective whole, they have also managed to allow their children to live normal, peaceful lives out of the public eye. I wanted to get a glimpse of life behind the scenes. Bella Anastasio was gracious enough to answer every question I asked……….
People love to debate on if children belong at festivals or not. Personally, I have taken both of my kids countless times and have never regretted it. I have however learned MANY handy things along the way. Below are a series of tips, some of which I utilize at all shows, not just festivals.
Festival 101 with Little Ragers
**Your children will not care about every song like you do, you cannot expect them to. Bring them things that THEY want to play with and make sure they are items that can be lost. I promise, something will be lost.**
“I feel the feeling I forgot.”
To tarp or not to tarp? Is that the question?
It is certainly a hot topic. My answer is a resounding no.
The real question is – who are we? Yes, the collective “we.” When I came on the scene there were high-five’s on lot all day and someone shouting “Free Hugs” could be heard with every step you took. After the show strangers telling strangers – travel safe, see you next run, much love. That was the community that we were all part and it was our safe haven. Tour was a place to be as free as you chose and feel safe while doing it, it was very communal. Read More