Bonnaroo 15! Let the countdown begin! IMOO the best four days of the year are happening June 9-12 in Manchester, Tennessee and while the lineup leaked last week it was officially released last night on Conan.
Dead & Company
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Death Cab for Cutie
Judd Apatow & Friends
Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram)
Band of Horses
Father John Misty
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Two Door Cinema Club
Tyler The Creator
Lamb Of God
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Bluegrass Situation Superjam (Featuring Ed Helms and Friends)
Piff the Magic Dragon
Third Eye Blind
Goddamn Comedy Jam
Keys N Krates
Sam Bush Band
The Wood Brothers
Boy & Bear
Judah & The Lion
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Oh Hellos
Whilk and Misky
The London Souls
This one is special to me and I’ll champion Walk The Moon for as long as I can because they are a great group of guys and their music is fantastic. I only wish for good things to happen to good people. I was a fan of Walk The Moon the first time I ever heard “Anna Sun” and wrote about them on the blog back in May of 2011. I first saw them on the Sonic Bids Stage at Bonnaroo later that year and was enamored with their live show. At the time I was writing concert reviews for Vegas Seven and was asked to start interviewing bands for some upcoming columns. The first ask was to Walk The Moon. I ended up meeting the guys in the Lollapalooza media village where we proceeded to sit Indian style in a circle underneath a tree so I could conduct the interview. It was so bizarre yet worked beautifully. Since those days the guys have exploded and are riding an all time high to stardom and I couldn’t be more excited. They put out as much energy as any band on stage and what they receive from the crowd is tenfold. It’s a sight to witness and on Sunday of Life is Beautiful, I cannot wait to see thousands of screaming fans singing and dancing. Get your face paint ready, pull out your dancing shoes and let’s go!
What did you miss over the weekend? How about a whole lot of sheer awesomeness from some of the biggest stars in music.
Earth Wind and Fire bringing out Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper during their late night set at Bonnaroo. Fast forward to the 1:14 mark to see the magic unfold.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica performing the National Anthem at Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Mumford & Sons bringing out the calvelry to cover The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” to close out their headlining set at Bonnaroo. Guests included My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes, Ed Helms and photographer-musician Danny Clinch.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters breaks his leg during a show in Sweden. Finishes the concert like you knew he would, then posts the x-ray image. Rock on! Read more about it HERE.
Bonnaroo 2014. It was halfway through Jack White’s thrashing rock and roll set, @808Dave, @JoleneMannina and I knew it would be tough but we had to leave to make sure we were on time for the Superjam ft. Skrillex & Friends! So off we went, leaving our nearly front row spot for a chance to see something amazing happen. As we ran through the farm we finally arrived at The Other Tent with time to spare, or so we thought! Thanks to a fellow Bonnaroovian, he informed us that a push notification announced a switch in for Frank Ocean with the Superjam so off to This Tent we marched. Finally we really had made it! Thanks to some friends we had been tipped off to the remaining unannounced special guests and just knew this was going to be one of the most incredible performances we’d ever witness. And as people who weren’t there soon after found out, it was just that, an epic performance from incredible musicians. Just click play below to see the Danny Clinch directed documentary showing the preparation leading up to this unreal late night evening of music which started out with the “house band” of Skrillex and Big Gigantic with Thundercat on bass, Mike Einziger of Incubus on guitar and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee on keys. From there it was on with the special guests as Fatman Scoop hyped the crowd on a couple of tracks, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead sat in for a few, Craig Robinson and Mystikal (yes, really), followed by the ladies of Warpaint, the incredible Janelle Monae, A$AP Ferg, Zedd on drums, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and then a four song encore with Ms. Lauryn Hill. It was simply incredible and something I was in awe of. Hands down one of the coolest performances I had ever been witness to. To this day that memory on the farm stands out. If anything it set a new bar for where Superjam’s of the future need to go. Sonny Moore, Paul Peck and the Bonnaroo Crew, bravo and I can’t wait to see what awaits at Bonnaroo 2015 in June! SET LIST and WORDS.
Four days in Manchester, Tennessee can’t come soon enough! Bonnaroo is back June 11-14, 2015. Tickets on sale Saturday, January 17 at noon EST at http://www.bonnaroo.com. Can’t wait to be back. See you on the Farm fellow Bonnaroovians!
Mumford & Sons
Florence and The Machine
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle and Sebastian
The War On Drugs
Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests
Earth Wind & Fire
Gary Clark Jr.
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Run the Jewels
Trampled By Turtles
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
The Very Best
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Between The Buried & Me
Strand of Oaks
Gregory Alan Isakov
Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH
Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Hiss Golden Messenger
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Unlocking the Truth
And on December 15 music lovers freaked out in the best way possible as D’Angelo released his first new album in nearly 15 years when he dropped Black Messiah. The album is up on Spotify (see below) and click HERE to read a post from NPR Music and one HERE from Pitchfork.
On a personal level, it well into the night between June 9 and 10, 2012 we were deep in the middle of nowhere Tennessee (Manchester to be exact) at Bonnaroo inside This Tent for ?uestlove’s Superjam when we heard one of the most amazing and yet familiar voices on vocals. It was in fact the voice of D’Angelo, gracing the stage for the first time in 12 years. At that moment my friends and I looked at each other in amazement and were captivated by the R&B crooner. I didn’t think it could get better. Today it has. Welcome back, D’Angelo!
A little bittersweet start of the day for me as Bonnaroo 2013 is getting underway. That place in Manchester, Tennessee is home to four of the greatest days of the year. And personally I think Thursday is the best day of them all; some of the best performances happen the first day, not everyone has rolled into the grounds, it’s like the first day of school for first time Roovians and a reunion for veterans of Bonnaroo. As much as I’d love to be there right now, putting together a little Festival called Life is Beautiful headlined by The Killers and Kings of Leon has taken up my time! Hopefully next year I’ll be back on the farm enjoying the four day pop-up city of happiness in the middle of nowhere. Until then, looks like Bonnaroo 365, Twitter feeds and Facebook updates are what I’m going to be living vicariously through. If you are making the trek to Bonnaroo, enjoy the amazing lineup and say hello for me.
Awwww yeah! Bonnaroo has announced artist additions today and there are some big time acts now heading to the farm in June. We’re talking Empire of the Sun, Solange, ALO, The Polyphonic Spree, The Rubens, Delta Rae, Black Prairie, Bustle in your Hedgerow, Capital Cities, Houndmouth, James McCartney, Cat Martino, Mac Demarco, Maps & Atlases, On and On, White Lung, William Tyler.
Another weekend and another Five For Friday.
- This Saturday at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel, Rival Sons, take the stage but add in Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Beware of Darkness and you’ve got a ridiculous night of music for $12.
- Bucket List For Music Fans – check THIS out.
- If you missed them earlier this week, check out the initial lineups for Bonnaroo and Firefly (they just added Jim James)
- Elvis Costello and The Roots to drop an album on April 20, Record Store Day. Thanks Jimmy Fallon for making this happen!
- Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 6 and join me at Downtown Cocktail Room for a great night of music and the second installment of the Life Is Beautiful – Downtown Las Vegas Music Showcase! Show starts at 7 p.m.
Well the wait is over and after nearly an hour of Weird Al’s telethon style releasing on Bonnroo365, here is the first portion of the Bonnaroo 2013 lineup. Get ready for the Farm, June 13-16. and a word to the wise, head in as early as you can because you don’t want to miss a full Thursday.