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4th Annual Suwanne Hulaween – Stringier Things

4th Annual Suwannee Hulaween – Stringier Things
October 28th – 30th, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz

It’s almost time for the 4th Suwannee Hulaween. The past three years Suwannee Hulaween has hosted some of the best music, scenery and good times many have experienced at a music festival. This year will no doubt be a grand time, with seven sets of The String Cheese Incident spread out over the three-day main event and a pre-party with EOTO on Thursday. Last year’s Hulaween attendance broke records at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, but this year, tickets are limited to only 20,000.



This will be the first time My Morning Jacket will play at the Music Park. After seeing and hearing their stellar set at Lockn Fest in August, (MMJ stole that festival) everyone is looking forward to their performance. Other notable bands include Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet), The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Snarky Puppy, The Revivalists, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.


The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassed. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statues, swing sets, moving lights, mazes, and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.


The costume theme is “Stringier Things”, which will celebrate vintage 1980s supernatural horror / pop culture, inspired by the Netflix TV Show “Stranger Things”. We can’t wait to see what kind of creatively kooky costumes are on display!


A belated Mikey Monday: A raffle for Live Oak…

In the world of live music, there are certain places that are held near and dear, sacred not for one particular reason, but rather for a host so large that trying to pin it down, or even explain it, would be a less than fruitful effort.

In similar fashion, any fan can point to a particular band, artist or player of a particular instrument as the one that does “it” for them. It, in its intended sense, is as unexplainable as Stonehenge. It is that tone that cannot be taught. It is that soul that cannot stay tucked away. It is whatever it is that gives it the ability to snatch one by his shirt and take full ownership of everything from the next move he will make to the feelings he will have while getting there.

During his short time with us, Michael Houser was the source of the aforementioned for literally countless fans. Behind an unassuming demeanor, and from a seated position, the power he unleashed was staggering. There was something about his tone that even if blindfolded, it was unmistakeable. No one since has even attempted to recreate it; they know they would fail if they tried. It was, is and always be his honest tune. Fortunately, he shared it with us and therefore, it rings with immortality, meaning that it can never depart.

Much was written in regards to how Mikey continues to shine a light of influence on us when Ian Rawn, Steve Love and Jamie Wickford published what we think was a beautiful piece recounting the We Miss You Mikey occasion. Whether watching online or from within the venue itself, we thought that it captured the feeling that the night in the Georgia Theatre spawned. In a word, that feeling was “inspired.”It was from that night that this idea being presented today was born…


â—Š The Idea


The record pictured has been sitting around for quite a long time. It’s cover tells that story by itself. It has seen better days, but those days were before it spun on a record player literally more times than even its direct owner (which is always a source of fun dispute) knows. As you will see, it has been signed by the band that created the content contained on the vinyl therein, Widespread Panic, including Mikey Houser.

Needless to say, this is a treasured little item, but alas, the conclusion has been made that it should go and live elsewhere, perhaps… say, your house.

That conclusion was arrived at about a year ago, but when it was, the decision to wait for the right time and the right reason to let it go. That time, for whatever reason, is now.


â—Š The Cause


Referring back to the first sentence way up there ↑, this past summer, one of our staff’s and senior contributor’s favorite places to be is Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. It is a “home field ” of sorts. It is a place that, for so many, has represented reuniting with old friends and never leaving without new ones.

Earlier this year, the area that is home to the park came under attack. Its wasn’t attacked by mortars of flame but rather by one of the very elements from which the location derives a portion of its identity, the molecule of life itself, water. It all happened when tropical Storm Debby descended on the small town of Live Oak, releasing an unprecedented amount of rain, wreaking havoc across Suwannee County. This was in June.

Next month, folks will flock to the town, occupying its hotels and those of close by Lake City, at least for the few very chilly wee morning hours that succeed the funk-filled late Bear Creek nights. For some, the havoc that our Mother wreaked on the grounds that have been a dance floor to so many will be out of mind. For others, thoughts of the devastation will be fleeting, resembling the Spanish moss that hangs overhead, blowing with each passing Florida breeze.

Neither of these statements are meant to come across as condescending. To suggest that people should walk around drearily thinking about a disaster while some incarnation of a “best of” lineup of musicians has sprung up for the 9th time during Bear Creek would be a bit dumb. After all, to the naked eye things appear to be just fine in Live Oak. Nearly seven months later, the roads have long since been opened and business is back to usual for a large portion of the townspeople. But, as we all know, there is always more to the story under the surface.

The fact remains that some families lost everything in June. Included in everything was their car(s), home, appliances, furniture, gardens, clothes, food, toiletry products, a combination thereof and far too much more to try and list. For these people, things are far from the way they were prior to the flood.

This is where we come in, but to suggest that we can solve all of Live Oak’s problems would be quite pompous and actually, quite naive. This said, we can definitely do something. How much will be up to you and those like you.


â—Š The Raffle


The Prize: Autographed LP- Bombs & Butterflies – Widespread Panic


The album is a limited edition LP (Vinyl) release of Widespread Panic’s Bombs and Butterflies (1997-Capricorn). It is numbered 2627 out of 3000. The album’s cover (that is the one that those common with the album recognize as the cover of the standard release CDs, cassettes, etc.) unfolds into a poster, as seen in one of the pictures below. 

The outer cover is signed by all members of Widespread Panic that were in the lineup at the time that the album was released: John Bell, John “JoJo” Hermann, Michael Houser, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz and Dave Schools


There will be a second prize but that is still being ironed out. Trust us, it will be good and as worthy a consolation as it can be to the “once in a lifetime” status of the grand prize.


Here is the plan:

1) The autographed Widespread Panic album will be raffled for 5 bucks per ticket. There will be a second place prize (that will be announced soon… still working out the details there)

2) One family will be the beneficiary of all monies collected and that family will be chosen through cooperation with our friends at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.*

3) The money will be delivered during or before the Bear Creek festivities and only after a winner has been drawn from the raffle.


That’s it! Sounds simple, right? Not so fast! This requires YOUR help. Why? Well, other than the obvious reason that we need you to buy a ticket (or 20), if by November 2, 2012, there has not been at least $500.00 raised, all monies will be refunded and the raffle will not go down or be extended accordingly.


Why 500 clams?

The fact is, there is a near identical item that recently sold for 3,500.00 and another up for auction on eBay with a starting price of 2,750.00. So, if we wanted to, we could just hop on over to eBay, sell the album of a couple of thousand dollars, donate that money and be done with it.

But that requires absolutely zero community effort and excludes so many from the opportunity to have the album and the opportunity to give to a family that is in need.  Plus, we hope that we can do better that a couple of thousand dollars. We want to blow this family’s mind with the amount of generosity that the folks with our little Honest Tune family & community gathered.


So tell your friends, tweet, post this on Facebook, etc.  Let’s make this thing work! [AWD_likebutton]


â—Š Rules & Eligibility:


1) All of the entered names will be collected from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool, click here. If we are lucky, maybe we will bump into Col. Bruce and get him to draw names out of a beer pitcher again.

2) The drawing will be held on 11/7/12** and the winners will be notified within 7 days from that date.

3) No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter

4) Contributors (senior and otherwise) may enter.

5) A person may enter as many times as he/she wishes, but please note all raffle “virtual ticket” sales are final.**

6) Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and from within the continental United States.


â—Š How to enter?

Are you ready?


Well, here ya go:

Simply click on the pay now button below and you will be directed to PayPal where you will complete your transaction. After you are done and if everything goes correctly, you will be redirected to a “Success!” page and your email from PayPal will confirm your entry.

If you have any questions, please publicly list them below in the Facebook comments section. If, for whatever reason, you need to contact us with a question, please utilize the contact option in the menu at the top of this page.

Lastly, we encourage everyone to read the fine print, which contains terms and other items of interest, including checks & balances that ensure legitimacy.


â–º Don’t forget:


There are three Honest Tune giveaways underway. Prizes  include autographed CDs from Trey Anastasio & Jimmy Herring, tickets to one of a handful of Gov’t Mule & Jimmy Herring Band (w/ Victor Wootem Band) shows, a new copy of Gov’t Mule’s new Georgia Bootleg Box and some merch and CDs from Jennifer Hartswick and Van Ghost. Be sure to check them out. They don’t cost a penny to enter and with the vibes you are putting out by entering this raffle, you r odds surely just increased! Good Luck!



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*We are choosing to do this in this manner, as opposed to the traditional routes we have taken with past charity-related auctions, donations, contests and giveaways, is due to the trusted relationships that we have in Live Oak who can steer the giving appropriately, and because we want to see how and who your and our efforts help… especially with a prize as near and dear to our heart as this one is.

**Exceptions: 1) If, by November 2, 2012, there has not been at least $500.00 raised, all monies will either A) be refunded and the raffle will not go down or B) be extended past the original deadline. 2) If a mistake is made in purchasing, refund requests will be looked at and evaluated on a case by case basis. For example: If you accidentally choose to purchase 100 tickets, but you meant to purchase 10, that would be an obvious “of course, we will refund your money.” On the other hand, if you choose to purchase three tickets and have some odd form of buyer’s remorse, your probably going to be out of luck. The refund policy is necessary to ensure that the contest, short as it is, runs smoothly.






Fine Print:

This contest/giveaway is not endorsed, sponsored by or affiliated with Michael Houser, Widespread Panic, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Capricorn Records, the city of Live Oak or any related entities to include (but not be limited by: management, estates, official representatives, copyright holders, etc.) It is, indeed, the sole responsibility of Honest Tune, thereby making Honest Tune responsible for all parts of this giveaway/raffle.  Due to the financial commitment each entrant is making, Honest Tune will, at minimum: Publish a list of every entry and dollar amount. Entrants confidentiality will be kept by use of his/her email’s first 3 letters and first two letters of domain (example: John Doe enters and buys 3 tickets. His email is johndoe@gmail.com. His information will appear as: j**n***@gm***.com) This list will be published within 90 days after the close of the drawing via Google Docs.It will be up to each individual to check the site, honesttune.com, for the release of this document. Further, a screenshot of the PayPal balance, as it stands on the drawing date will be included in that document. Currently, the balance is $0.00.




Suwannee Springfest announces additional artists and special sets


With only 8 weeks to go before the 16th Annual Suwannee Springfest kicks off at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, today festival promoters announce another round of artist additions. Springfest is pleased to welcome to the lineup San Francisco rockers Tea Leaf Green, as well as Packway Handle Band, Bobby Miller & The Virginia Daredevils, Grant Peeples, Sanctum Sully, Red June, Taylor Martin’s Engine, Tennessee Firearms, Short Straw Pickers and Uproot Hootenanny. They join more than 30 other artists including Yonder Mountain String Band, Donna the Buffalo, Justin Townes Earle, Emmitt-Nershi Band and others.


Additionally, Springfest is proud to host two very special sets with Tony Rice, who will sit in with Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and also with Infamous Stringdusters. Full lineup details are listed below and on the newly re-launched website, www.suwanneespringfest.com.


The 16th Annual Suwannee Springfest will be held March 22-25, 2012 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Three-day weekend passes are available now for only $150 and children age 12 and under are free of charge. Discounts are offered for students and retired and active military. On March 15, weekend passes go up to $165 so buy early and save. To purchase tickets online or to find out more, please visit www.suwanneespringfest.com.


2012 Suwannee Springfest confirmed lineup below:


Yonder Mountain String Band
Donna the Buffalo
Justin Townes Earle
Emmitt-Nershi Band
Guy Clark
Verlon Thompson
Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings
Tea Leaf Green
Hot Buttered Rum
The Gourds
Tony Rice
The Mosier Brothers
Tornado Rider
Greensky Bluegrass
Infamous Stringdusters
Great American Taxi
Ryan Montbleau Band
Roy Book Binder
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Jim Lauderdale
Joe Craven
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Dread Clampitt
Grant Peeples
Randall Bramblett with Geoff Achison
Split Lip Rayfield
Ralph Roddenbery Band
Elephant Revival
Two Man Gentleman Band
The Pinkham Family
Saltwater Grass
Jubal’s Kin
Larkin Poe
Big Cosmo
Habanero Honeys
Packway Handle Band
Bobby Miller & The Virginia Dare Devils
Sloppy Joe
Two Foot Level
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
Mickey Abraham’s Traveling Acoustic Ensemble
Uproot Hootenanny
Short Straw Pickers
Tennessee Firearms
Bibb City Ramblers
Lefty Williams Band
Donna Hopkins Band
Sanctum Sully
Red June
Taylor Martin’s Engine
Lizzy Ross Band
Honey Blue


Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is also home to other Big IV Productions, including the Blackwater Music Festival, the Purple Hatter’s Ball and the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival. Hosted each November, the 2011 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival lineup featured Trey Anastastio Band, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, The Funky Meters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, John Scofield & Piety Street, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, and the Pimps of Joytime. For more information on the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival go to: www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com


About Big IV Productions:


Big IV Productions is owned and operated by Paul Levine and Lyle Williams, founders of the Bear Creek Music Festival and co-producers of the new Blackwater Music Festival with Blackwater Music, LLC (a company owned by Williams and Judy Van Zant / owner of Jacksonville Beach, FL’s Freebird Live). In 2011, Big IV Productions added Suwannee Springfest to their family of festivals. Deeply engrained in the Florida music scene, Big IV Productions is also partners in Tallahassee’s Engine Room as well as Suwannee River Jam, and producers of the Purple Hatter’s Ball.



Suwannee Springfest announces initial lineup

11.jpgKnown for consistently booking some of the finest performers in new and traditional folk, roots rock, bluegrass and newgrass, and other American roots music, Suwannee Springfest returns in 2012 for its 16th straight year. Suwannee Springest will be held March 23-25, 2012 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida and features some of the biggest names in the scene with veterans and up-and-comers alike. Yonder Mountain String Band, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Duo, Justin Townes Earl, Emmitt-Nershi Band, and Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings will be joined by The Gourds, Hot Buttered Rum, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and more, with additional artists still to be announced.

Three-day early bird festival tickets are only $125.00 and children age 12 and under are free of charge. Discounts are offered for students and retired and active military. Fans at this year’s MagnoliaFest (October 20-23, 2012 at Suwannee Music Park) will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to Suwannee Springfest 2012 on-site at MagnoliaFest for only $115.00. To purchase tickets online or to find out more, please visit http://suwanneespringfest.com/.

2012 Suwannee Springfest confirmed lineup below, more artists to be announced.

Yonder Mountain String Band
Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Duo
Justin Townes Earl
Emmitt-Nershi Band
Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings
The Gourds
Hot Buttered Rum
Infamous Stringdusters
Greensky Bluegrass
Great American Taxi
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Ryan Montbleau Band
Split Lip Rayfield
Elephant Revival
The Pinkham Family

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is also home to other Big IV Productions, including the Blackwater Music Festival (taking place this weekend), the Purple Hatter’s Ball and the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival. Hosted each November, the 2011 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival lineup includes Trey Anastastio Band, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, The Funky Meters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, John Scofield & Piety Street, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, and the Pimps of Joytime. For more information on the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival go to: www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com