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Video: My Bonnaroo

18 Jun

It took a week but I was finally able to put my Bonnaroo 2011 photos into a video slide show.  Everything is in sequential order from the moment we arrived until the final show.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture every band I saw but hope you enjoy what I did capture.  Can’t wait until Bonnaroo 2012.  Let the countdown begin.

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Revisited: Bonnaroo 2011

13 Jun

10th anniversary of Bonnaroo is in the books and I’m ready to get tickets for next year. Being a Bonnaroo rookie, it was all about taking in as much of the experience as possible. After an afternoon waiting for everyone to fly in, rent the truck and an off the reservation experience at Walmart, we were on the road.  Some 60 miles and one wrong turn later, we arrived.  After finding the RV and unpacking enough food and booze to feed the entire stage crew for the festival, it was time to get the party started.  Meandering through the festival grounds at night it was hard to capture just how big the Bonnaroo fields are and how over 100,000 people flow in and out.  The first time you see it during the day, your jaw drops at the sight of an entire city being created in virtually the middle of nowhere.  If that’s what it takes for people to get along, be polite and just have a good time, I can live with that.

I also learned that no matter what bands you plan to see, you can go ahead and throw that plan out, it just isn’t going to happen and that’s a good thing.  Getting a chance to pop in and out of shows, listening to some new bands (and some old), wandering around the festival grounds and just kind of going with the flow seemed to be just fine.  Photos will be coming soon (I promise) but here are some of my highlights from Bonnaroo X.

My First Show: The Walkmen

My Final Show: Apache Relay

Best What Stage Show: The Black Keys

Best Which Stage Show(s):
G.Love/Warren Haynes

Best Tent Show: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Best Overall Show: Walk The Moon

Biggest Surprise: Childish Gambino

Best Legend Show: three way tie – Robert Plant, Dr. John, Gregg Allman

Random Moment Of Awesomeness: blue blinkers dropping from the sky for Arcade Fire’s set

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: On Tap Stage – shows included Band of Heathens, Apache Relay, Chancellor Warhol, Mat McHugh, Pimps of Joytime, JEFF The Brotherhood, Bobby Long and more

Most Entertaining Show: Lil Wayne for the fact that at least 40,000 festival goers/hippies knew all the lyrics to his songs – you had to be there to understand where I’m coming from

Most Disappointing Moment: Terrible sound quality for the Buffalo Springfield show made it almost impossible to listen to (this saddened me more than anyone will ever know)

Next Big Thing:  Walk The Moon and Apache Relay

Top Party: the overflowing sea of madness for Girl Talk at 2:30am

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Primus

Funky Good Time Show: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Band I Was Sad To Miss: GIVERS

Angriest Performer: Eminem

Best Intro: Lewis Black for Warren Haynes

What Would Have Been Great: a late night set from a headlining DJ

Top Roo’er: Guy trying to make the “World’s Biggest Glow Stick” (if you saw/met him, you know what I’m talking about)

Top Sports Bar Moment: Game 6 of the NBA finals was like the March Madness scene in Vegas (video coming soon).

Best Festival Eats: Bear Creek Farms’ hand cut French fries and Gravy

Best Broo’ers Festival Beer: Ashville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter

Best Place To Cool Off: the cinema (if no line to wait)

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line

Shocker Of The Festival: no rain

Worst Part: Dust everywhere and if you didn’t have a bandana, you were SOL

Clutch Move: renting a pickup truck

Tip For Next Year: less junk food and more healthy food, bring laxatives and don’t go off the reservation

More Tips: flip flops are your enemy, dust sucks, that fountain water is filthier than Vegas’ Rehab, expect rain, drink water and more water

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 6 Days – Artist of the Day: Arcade Fire

3 Jun

Since winning a Grammy for Album of the Year with Suburbs, Arcade Fire has been spreading like a wildfire as headliners for just about every festival in 2011, an honor that is well deserved.  The first time I ever heard Arcade Fire was at VEGOOSE in 2005 after they had release Funeral (which was nominated for a Grammy) and I remember being impressed but not knowing too much.  This year at Bonnaroo I am well aware and can’t wait to see the performance which should be an epic one for sure.

Friday 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM – What Stage

Bonnaroo X Schedule Released Today

13 May


Finally the Bonnaroo schedule has been released! Click HERE to take a look. As expected when the schedule came out, there are  many many conflicts and overlaps with artists and set times. Of course for me there are the staple artists that are marked as must sees (Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Buffalo Springfield, Mumford & Sons, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant, G. Love, The Black Keys, Warren Haynes, etc.) and after that, time to figure out the rest. Who knows, my ideal schedule today may end up being completely different when I arrive. All I know is there is a ton of great music and I can’t wait to be surrounded by 90,000 of my new closest friends.


49 Days Until Bonnaroo, 49 Reasons To Look Forward to June 9-12

21 Apr

We are 49 days away from Bonnaroo!!  Since I’m claiming it as a holiday, here are 49 Reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo June 9-12.

49. Saying you are going to Tennessee just sounds so good

48. GIVERS are going to be going Up! Up! Up! after playing the festival

47. Bonnaroo Buzz from Ben & Jerry’s

46. Getting a chance to hear an amazing talent in Bobby Long

45. A good excuse to go buy galoshes

44. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packets in tow

43. Donald Glover is part of the comedy line-up

42. Getting a chance to see The Band of Heathens live!

41. The legend, Henry Rollins

40. “Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums

39.  Mud sliding during and after the rain

38. Sonic Stage

37. Florence Welch – I can’t wait to see her perform

36. Grace Potter

35. Matt & Kim’s intro music (Beastie Boys – “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”) and they’re fun live

34.  Check out the works on display at the Poster Art Exhibit

33. Portugal. The Man

32. The cinema but only if The Big Lebowski or My Blue Heaven are playing

31. Listening to Ryan Bingham play tracks off Mescalito, his first album

30. Since Jimmy Fallon announced the initial line-up maybe hope that he and The Roots show-up as a surprise guests

29. Old Crow Medicine Show belt out “Wagon Wheel”

28. Les Claypool

27. Checking out Eminem to see if he reaches way back and busts out D12 “Purple Pills”

26. The Black Keys rock out (I’ve been blown away by their performances twice this year already)

25. Grammy Winners Arcade Fire play yet another festival as a headliner and after years on the smaller stages

24. Getting down with Galactic

23. Late night with Bootsy Collins

22. A chance to see The Decemberists before the pack it in

21. Planet Roo

20. The only way I’ll see Lil Wayne because I know I wouldn’t buy a ticket to just his concert

19.  Have you ever seen Ray LaMontagne live?

18. Austin’s Finest – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

17. The Silent Disco

16. Listen to blues music with G. Love

15. Lewis Black, nuff said

14. Party into the night with Girl Talk

13. Seeing the sun rise

12. Mumford & Sons play their largest show to date

11. The honor of seeing Mr. Robert Plant live

10. Hearing Warren Haynes play “Soulshine”

9. One more time to see Gregg Allman before it’s too late

8. Superjam

7. Late night with Dr. John and the Original Meters

6.  Surprise performances that are sure to be in store this year

5. Celebrate 25 years of Widespread Panic

4. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bonnaroo

3. String Cheese Incident do their thing

2. In my lifetime getting a chance to see Buffalo Springfield perform live

1. Four days listening to music and camping with great friends

Of course there are a whole lot more than 49 reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo so feel free to drop yours in the comment section below.

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Just Released: Outside Lands 2011 Line-up

11 Apr

Just released, check out the line-up for Outside Lands Festival August 12-14 in San Francisco.  Should be an incredible three days with Phish, Muse and Arcade Fire headlining.  Throw in The Black Keys, Deadmau5, The Roots, Foster The People, The Decemberists, Girl Talk, MGMT, Beirut, Arctict Monkeys, STS9, Warren Haynes, Big Boi, The Original Meters, Major Lazer, !!!, Joy Formidable, Toro Y Moi, The Original Meters and a whole lot more, you have yourselves a pretty sick group of musicians.

Bonnaroo Artist Additions

7 Apr

Today Bonnaroo announced artist additions and the comedy line-up for this summer.  I know some people were hoping for bigger names but really, you couldn’t expect more headlining acts to be announced.  Could it have been better, sure but either way I for one am stoked as two of my favorite artists we added, G. Love and Black Joe Lewis.  Add in Galactic, Black Uhuru and Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub and Superfly definitely added some great talent.  DJ line-up should be coming soon too.

Artists Additions

NOFX
Galactic
G. Love & Special Sauce
Black Uhuru
Shpongle Presents Shpongletron Experience
Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub
Allen Toussaint (w Dr. John and The Original Meters)
Anthony B
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Ben Sollee
Graveyard
Dennis Coffey
Forro in the Dark
The Knux
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Futurebirds
Hangaii

Comedy Lineup!

Lewis Black
420 Comedy Blaze hosted by Cheech Marin featuring Ralphie May, the stars of Workaholics and more
John Waters
Henry Rollins
Henson Alternative’s Stuffed & Unstrung
The League (Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Jon Lajoie, Stephen Rannazzisi)
Donald Glover
The Gregory Brothers
Kathleen Madigan
Eugene Mirman
Ted Alexandro
Tim Minchin
Tig Notaro
Hannibal Buress
Craig Baldo
Nate Bergatze

Video: Arcade Fire Play Surprise Show in Haiti

31 Mar

The audio is not the greatest but check out the videos below (via Esquire and Pitchfork).  Earlier this week Arcade Fire performed an impromptu 45-minute set at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  During the set they covered Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “The Tide Is High” by the Paragons (made famous by Blondie), the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

Say Hello to BONNAROO 2011

15 Feb

The Coachella lineup is pretty damn sick but after seeing the initial announcement of artists slated to perform at Bonnaroo, I am now torn and thinking I should look into heading to Tennessee this summer.  I mean at Bonnaroo you have the return of Buffalo Springfield and Widespread Panic celebrating 25 years, String Cheese Incident, Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman which I can all but see some fun little guest appearances in the works, Mumford & Sons are thrust to the big time stage, Ray Lamontagne and Iron & Wine finally out of the tiny print on the line-up, just knowing Primus is going to be there leaves me wondering what Les Claypool has up his sleeve, Sleigh Bells, Portugal the Man, The Drums, Wavves, Ryan Bingham!  Plus Smith Westerns, Beats Antique and STS9, Hayes Carll, Amos Lee, Deer Tick, Matt & Kim, Grace Potter and so many more great acts and that’s not even including the headliners, Eminem and Arcade Fire.

Here’s the line-up as of today:

My Thoughts On Some Of The GRAMMY Performances

14 Feb

The Grammy’s were well the Grammy’s, filled as usual with a ton of fantastic performances but I have to say that Mumford & Sons v. The Avett Brothers v. Bob Dylan was the highlight of the night for me.  Not only did M&S rock out on that tiny little rectangle of a stage that somehow didn’t break to perform “The Cave,” they cemented themselves as the next great band from the UK.  If 2010 was a huge step for the folk rock foursome in terms of crossing the pond and selling out small concert venues, 2011 is going to be one hell of a wild ride.  The Avett Brothers continue to amaze me and I dug their performance which gained steam midway through and probably netted them a ton more fans following.  And no matter how old Bob Dylan gets and how mumbled he may sound, I can never get enough of the musician who made me love music.

Also did Mick Jagger rock the Grammy’s or what?  His cover of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” with Raphael Saadiq was sensational.  What a tribute it was, filled with energy and spunk that no doubt must have had Burke smiling down from up above.

Eminem, Rihanna, Dre I’d say was as you’d expect, a great, energetic performance but the real winner seems to be Skylar Grey who practically stole the show with her vocals on “I Need A Doctor.”  And you know what, I’m sure the Eminem, Dre and Alex da Kid are grinning from ear-to-ear knowing they just hit the jackpot yet again.

B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae – three of todays most talented definitely didn’t disappoint and 2011 should continue to be huge for all three.

Arcade Fire, wow!  The Suburbs propelled them to another level in 2010 and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Canadians after their performances brought rock back to the Grammy’s.  My only question is did they know they were going to win that they were set to play a second song?  I hope not but just curious….

Cee Lo dressed as a ginormous parrot was a bit scary.  Was he trying to be Koko B. Ware?  The Gwyneth Paltrow part, did I miss something?  And The Muppets, loved them!

Drake and Rihanna was just ok.  Anyone else think it wasn’t that great?  I just wonder if Chris Brown was watching and what he must have been thinking about RiRi’s outfit.

Some other notes:

Trombone Shorty!  Let’s hope he gets his due eventually

The Aretha Franklin tribute was a nice touch

Props to Esperanza Spalding and her big win!

John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban paying tribute to Dolly Parton was pretty cool

How many times do we have to see Lady GaGa and Katy Perry perform at awards shows?  Talented they may be but again?

Barbra Streisand, would have been cool if Duck Sauce was a special guest during the performance.  Hey we can all dream, right?

Do J. Lo and Marc Anthony tell award producers we’ll only present if we appear together?

Can Lady Antebellum officially be considered not country since their crossover to mainstream is now cemented?

And one more note because I just can’t leave it out, what the heck was up with Puffy and his gold teef?