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It’s the 4 most wonderful days of the year!! The 2016 Bonnaroo lineup is officially here!

20 Jan

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.

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Pearl Jam
Dead & Company
LCD Soundsystem
J. Cole
Ellie Goulding
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tame Impala
Death Cab for Cutie
M83
HAIM
Halsey
Ween
Jason Isbell
CHVRCHES
Miguel
Chris Stapleton
Judd Apatow & Friends
The Chainsmokers
SuperJam
Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram)
Band of Horses
Leon Bridges
Grace Potter
Father John Misty
Adam Devine
Purity Ring
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Two Door Cinema Club
Sam Hunt
Flosstradamus
Zeds Dead
Tyler The Creator
Bridget Everett
Griz
Mavis Staples
Touchpants
Lamb Of God
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Blood Orange
Adventure Club
Lord Huron
RL Grime
The Bluegrass Situation Superjam (Featuring Ed Helms and Friends)
X Ambassadors
Piff the Magic Dragon
Lucius
Vince Staples
Third Eye Blind
Cymande
Misterwives
Clutch
GoldLink
Lettuce
St. Lucia
Cashmere Cat
Goddamn Comedy Jam
FIDLER
Ibeyi
Keys N Krates
Sam Bush Band
The Wood Brothers
Saint Motel
Daughter
The Floozies
Marian Hill
Kamasi Washington
BØRNS
Post Malone
Shamir
Allen Stone
Brett Dennen
Oh Wonder
Boy & Bear
Dungen
Judah & The Lion
Steve Gunn
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Oh Hellos
The Internet
John Moreland
Andra Day
Anderson East
Twin Peaks
Bully
Natalie Prass
Chicano Batman
Givers
Hermitude
Jarryd James
Lizzo
Papadosio
Rayland Baxter
Vulfpeck
Sara Watkins
The Knocks
Waxahatchee
Beach Fossils
Whilk and Misky
Hundred Waters
The London Souls
Lolawolf
Civil Twilight
Roman Gianarthur
LANY
Con Brio
Flux Capacitor

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Bonnaroo 2015 (Initial) Lineup Has Arrived

13 Jan

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!

Billy Joel
Mumford & Sons
Deadmau5
Kendrick Lamar
Florence and The Machine
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Bassnectar
Alabama Shakes
Childish Gambino
Flume
Hozier
Slayer
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle and Sebastian
Spoon
The War On Drugs
STS9
Ben Folds
SuperJam
Atmosphere
Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
Brandi Carlile
Twenty|One|Pilots
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests
Flying Lotus
Earth Wind & Fire
Caribou
Gary Clark Jr.
SBTRKT
Punch Brothers
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Tove Lo
Run the Jewels
Dawes
G-Eazy
Trampled By Turtles
Sturgill Simpson
Moon Taxi
AWOLNATION
Sylvan Esso
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Guster
Jamie XX
Against Me!
Odesza
SOJA
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
Bleachers
Rudimental
Mac DeMarco
Tycho
The Very Best
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Shakey Graves
Shabazz Palaces
Gramatik

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Jungle
Benjamin Booker
Houndmouth
The Growlers
Glass Animals
Ana Tijoux
SZA
Courtney Barnett
Rhiannon Giddens
Royal Blood
Tanya Tagaq
Woods
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Iceage
Temples
Between The Buried & Me
Rustie
Ryn Weaver
Dopapod
Pokey LaFarge
Priory
Bahamas
Strand of Oaks
Phox
Gregory Alan Isakov
Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH
The Districts
Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
DMA’s
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Pallbearer
Dej Loaf
Christopher Denny
Hiss Golden Messenger
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Unlocking the Truth

Maybe next year Bonnaroo…….

13 Jun

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.

Bonnaroo Artist Additions! Empire of the Sun, Solange, Maps & Atlases, Capital Cities and more!

24 Apr

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.

Revisited: My @Bonnaroo 2012 | Running down the festival from top to bottom

13 Jun

Bonnaroo is a lot like camp, you hang out with friends, create memories and have the greatest summer alive and when it’s time to say goodbye you don’t want to accept it and it can be sad. But those frowns get turned upside down when you realize it’s less than a year away from returning to the friendly confines and get the chance to rekindle friendships and make new memories.

Now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the meat and potatoes that was Bonnaroo 2012. First off flying in Wednesday night was the best move of the festival which besides getting to roll in to the grounds during daylight, I got the opportunity to enjoy a full Thursday and what a first day it was.

Over the course of the four days I exhausted myself trying to squeeze in as much music as possible. And at the end of the day, that was a tough task and personally I feel I fell short and should have squeezed in more but ultimately my body didn’t agree. I did however stay true to my top three to see: Dispatch, Alabama Shakes and Black Star and those were three shows I got so much joy out of. Dispatch was over a decade in the making for me and the fellas were enthusiastic, having fun and straight up rocking the way I imagined. Alabama Shakes reconfirmed to me what I have been preaching; amazingly talented, rock and roll has a new voice and Brittany Howard may be one of the most charismatic musicians in the business. And Black Star, a true honor to see some of hip-hop’s finest share the stage and just own the night.
As for the rest of my thoughts on Bonnaroo 2012, here we go:

A Breakdown of who I saw each day

Thursday:
Feist (did an impromptu set on Which Stage to prepare for her regular gig), Fort Atlantic, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Rubblebucket, Mariachi El Bronx, Danny Brown, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kendrick Lamar, Marina Orchestra, SOJA and Phantogram (just tidbits walking by), Alabama Shakes, Big Gigantic, CHERUB
Friday:
Shahidah Omar, Electric Guest, Michael Kiwanuka (he ended 15 minutes early so only heard one song), Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Two Door Cinema Club, Caitlin Rose, Afrocubism, The Avett Brothers, Foster The People, Radiohead, Black Star, Major Lazer, Umphrey’s McGee
Saturday:
Charles Bradley, DAWES, The Temper Trap, Flogging Molly (one song), Oberhofer, Santigold, Childish Gambino, The Roots, Dispatch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Superjam, (gulp) Skrillex
Sunday:
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, ALO, The Black Lips, Honey Island Swamp Band, GROUPLOVE, Mac Miller (Beach Boys was too crazy had to watch from a TV!), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Machines Are People Too, Phish

My First Show: Feist (impromptu set)

My Final Show: Phish

My Moment of Joy: Seeing a throng of people overflow This Tent for the Alabama Shakes and watching them in amazement as they owned opening night at Bonnaroo. Want to try and capture the energy? Click HERE to download their set from Bonnaroo!

Best What Stage Show: Phish – are you kidding me, besides having Kenny Rogers come out to sing “The Gambler,” the jam band legends did their legacy well.

I did also love The Avett Brothers show, those fellas are so damn good live.

Best Which Stage Show(s): Dispatch and Childish Gambino. Dispatch were on fire and had an aura of happiness that was contagious with the crowd. Gambino didn’t allow technology malfunctions to derail his time in the spotlight and a major upgrade from the tent last year.

Best Tent Show: GROUPLOVE (see below)

Best Side Stage Show: DAWES at Sonic Stage – after thinking it was going just be a “30 minute set and play some songs,” Taylor Goldsmith wasn’t shy about letting the packed legion of fans know “ you made this like a second performance at Bonnaroo” which in turn granted fans an encore after the show was well over! Wild stuff.

Best Overall Show: GROUPLOVE – there is something about this band that I feel and it gets me to the bone every time I see them live. I love their story, their music, the way they approach shows, how sincere they are and yeah, they are damn good musicians. The crowd was lively; the band was energized and together formed a beautiful hour of music euphoria.

Biggest Surprise: Marina Orchestra – no idea going in and left loving this band craving more.

Best Legend Show: Kenny Rogers (even if I did miss Lionel Richie coming out to sing with him).

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Seeing Kenny Rogers come out on stage to sing “The Gambler” with Phish; Flea taking a moment during RHCP set to reel off all the bands he had the chance to see and how awesome Bonnaroo is.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Got to go with the main one, What Stage, this year was packed with supreme talent that did not disappoint.

Most Entertaining Show: Rubblebucket – this show had it all, sick horn section, rocking lead singer, robots (yes really) dancing in the crowd courtesy of the band and all this happening on the Solar Stage!

2nd place – Mariachi El Bronx which was not only amazing but I love this hardcore punk turned mariachi band. Best part was lead singer Matt Caughthran finding a way to dedicate every song to someone and to see the sheer joy about performing at Bonnaroo.

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Alice Cooper, Hey Rosetta!, The Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Kurt Vile, Trampled By Turtles, to name some

Next Big Thing: Electric Guest and GROUPLOVE (Alabama Shakes have already arrived)

Giving it a shot: I did two things I said I wouldn’t, caught some of Skrillex’s set and took in Bon Iver (actually found a song I like, “Skinny Love”)

Top Party: Superjam, c’mon were talking about ?uestlove bringing D’Angelo out! First show in the US in 12 years and man did he sound good.

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Danny Brown

Funky Good Time Show: Charles Bradley

Band I Was Sad To Miss: The Civil Wars

Best Intro: Do my intros to friends going to see a band they never heard of count?

What Would Have Been Great: a fifth day to see some more of the acts

Top Roo Rookie: Dispatch, yeah the seasoned veterans played their first Roo and boy was it special

Top Moment: The entire crowd at What Stage singing “Under The Bridge” during the Red Hot Chili Peppers show.

Best Festival Eats: Amish Bakery Doughnuts

Best Broo’ers Beer: Starr Hill Brewery Amber

Best Place To Cool Off: the RV

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line (again)

Shocker Of The Festival: Not too many surprise guests as expected

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: Native Rain Boots, comfy and convenient to deal with the mud on Day 4

Tip For Next Year: Walmart is so close to the campground, don’t buy more than you really need, you can always go back for more, we did this year and it saved us close to $1,000.00.

More Tips: drink water, more water, sunscreen is your second best friend after water, if you see someone struggling give them a hand or find someone, Ben & Jerry’s is still my favorite thing to eat at Bonnaroo.

Photos coming soon, stay tuned!

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 8 Days – Artist of the Day: Red Hot Chili Peppers

29 May

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are not only riding the high of being honored as music royalty but also as the grandioso 2012 festival headliner, and well deserved.  I’ve been to a ton of concerts in my lifetime and I’ll continue to remember seeing RHCP live and what a fun show it was.  RHCP are one of those bands that every song they play is a hit that you’ve been listening to for years.  The only thing I expect is everything to be bigger and better on the big stage of Bonnaroo.  Night two is going to be awesome!

Saturday June 09, What Stage, 10:00 PM

BONNAROO Artist Additions and Schedule Announced

15 May

Just a shade over three weeks away and Bonnaroo is coming together more and more each day.  Today even more artist additions were announced (they actually leaked on the site last week) including The Dirty Guv’nahs, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Penguin Prison, GZA anda handful more!  You can view the whole artist lineup HERE.

Also the exciting news is that the schedule was released which means the agony of trying to figure out what bands you are going to see, miss, run from to another, etc. can begin as you plot and plan how to attack this incredible lineup.  You can view the whole schedule HERE.

Personally I can’t wait to get the 2012 festival underway with Tennessee’s own, The Dirty Guv’nahs!

 

 

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 25 Days – Artist of the Day: The Temper Trap

12 May

If you read my blog you know my affection for bands from Australia and The Temper Trap might as well lead the pack.  Back in ’09/’10 it was all about “Fader” and “Sweet Disposition,” the latter skyrocketed the band as it got crazy club play being remixed by some top tier DJs and now the wait for new material is over as they will be fresh on the heels of dropping their sophomore effort when they perform at Bonnaroo.  I can’t wait to finally see the indie-rockers live, been wondering if I’d ever get the chance.

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 27 Days – Artist of the Day: SOJA

10 May

This is a band I can’t wait to see at Bonnaroo.  While they have been around for a long time, they really came to my attention after opening for O.A.R. and I’ve been hooked since.  I mean who doesn’t love reggae music?  This is going to be the perfect band that I can see pulling an early time slot to get the good vibes flowing throughout the grounds.

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 28 Days – Artist of the Day: Fitz & The Tantrums

9 May

I take it back to November 2010 when I first heard Fitz & The Tantrums and I encourage you to read what I wrote on the blog back then, it’s all true.  In the year and a half since, they have seemingly blown up playing just about everywhere you could imagine and now make their appearance at Bonnaroo.  Having seen this group more than a handful of times I encourage you to experience their live show for yourself which will certainly be one big, hot and sweaty dance party in the Tennessee sun.