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Countdown to Bonnaroo: 10 Days – Artist of the Day: Childish Gambino

27 May

I’m going to take you back just about a year ago to the day (10 days early actually). After rolling into Bonnaroo late Thursday night, our group entered the grounds and ready to hit up some late night shows. What happened next became one of my favorite moments of the entire festival, stumbling upon this hip-hop, rock set that absolutely blew my mind and my discovery of Childish Gambino! The alter ego of Donald Glover, there was an enthusiasm from his stage presence that set the tent of concert goers off the charts. At the time, with only an EP out, Glover delivered a passionate and energetic set that really helped set the tone for the rest of the festival. A year and an album later (CAMP), he returns as a bigger name and surely with more fans itching to get a glimpse of the wonder. I promise you won’t be disappointed when you make the decision to catch this show.

Saturday June 09, Which Stage, 06:15 PM


Countdown to Bonnaroo: 11 Days – Artist of the Day: Foster The People

26 May

In the last 18 months, Foster The People have gone from underground indie rockers to mainstream champions.  Check out one of the first posts I wrote about them from early 2011 when they were first performing in Vegas and an interview with Mark Pontius just before their show last summer also in Vegas.  I’ve seen these guys on the tiniest of stages and in front of over 20,000 screaming fans, poolside and in a nightclub and every time, they don’t disappoint.  Before their debut album, Torches, was released, the guys were selling out shows with just a three-song EP!  If that wasn’t a cue to take notice, the absolute firestorm of “Pumped Up Kicks” sure was and now they are the music industry’s darlings.  Two years ago being unknown to now set to play the Which Stage at the biggest music festival in the country, a tip of the hat gentlemen.

Friday June 08, Which Stage, 08:45 PM

Saturday June 09, Mark Foster DJ set, The Silent Disco, 12:30 AM

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 17 Days – Artist of the Day: Feist

20 May

“One, two, three, four…” yeah that’s how I like pretty much everyone first heard of Feist.  And I think we can all thank Apple and that iPod commercial for delivering a gifted singer-songwriter to us. But before that, Leslie Feist already had one heck of a career spanning multiple bands (including Broken Social Scene) and albums.  After disappearing from music for a couple of years, fast forward to present where she is back and out on a world tour supporting her most recent album, Metals, which was released towards the end of 2011.   With a prime time slot on Friday at Bonnaroo, her set should be a stellar one and is also one of her last U.S. dates on the current tour.

Friday June 08, Which Stage, 06:15 PM

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: 1 Day – Artist of the Day: Buffalo Springfield

8 Jun

It’s finally here, Bonnaroo Eve!  As the Countdown has reached number one, there is no band that deserves this spot more than Buffalo Springfield.  I mean never in my lifetime could I have dreamed about the opportunity to see them live in concert.  Wish granted as living original members Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young bring their reunion tour to Tennessee (with Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale as well).  I’ve seen Neil Young and Crazy Horse, CSN, CSNY and now this is going to be icing on the cake for a heck of a 10th anniversary celebration.  Hope everyone is as excited as I am.  See you on the farm!

Saturday 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 4 Days – Artist of the Day: String Cheese Incident

5 Jun

In what has become a rarity so to speak in recent years, getting to see a String Cheese Incident show is something to savor.  With each member having a side project, catching a show is no easy feat anymore and the fact that they are playing Bonnaroo next week is something very special that everyone attending should look forward to.  One of the bands on the original billing for the inaugural Bonnaroo, this late night set will be one of the top five shows to catch.  To this day, a three night run at the Backyard in Austin to see String Cheese Incident is one of the best and most memorable concert experiences I have had.

Saturday 12:45 AM – 3:00 AM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 8 Days – Artist of the Day: Lil Wayne

1 Jun

I don’t think I’d purchase a ticket to his concert but the simple fact that he’s performing at a festival, yeah I’ll check out Lil Wayne.  I’m actually getting excited to see his late night set because I’m sure he’ll put on one heck of a performance, he has a grip of songs that I think everyone knows and more than anything, he’s part of the Cash Money family and was part of the Hot Boys.  I also think since it’s the grand stage of Bonnaroo, Wayne has some surprises in store, maybe Drake?  Wayne did show up at Drake’s gig in Vegas over MDW in Vegas…..

Friday 1:30 AM – 3:00 AM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 11 Days – Artist of the Day: The Strokes

29 May

The multi-year hiatus may have been just what fans and members of The Strokes needed because man do they sound amazing right now.   I caught their first full show in support of Angles a few months ago in Vegas and it was refreshing to hear real rock and roll again.  Having hit the festival circuit hard, The Strokes are back and definitely leaving an impression everywhere they perform.

Sunday 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 17 Days – Artist of the Day: Old Crow Medicine Show

23 May

It will be a get down good time on Saturday afternoon, June 11 as Old Crow Medicine Show, bring their folk, bluegrass sound back to Bonnaroo.  The Nashville, Tennessee based band should feel right at home and put on an energetic set worth catching.  Having recently wrapped up the Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, I wouldn’t be shocked to see some surprise guests at some point during the show (M&S perform three hours later).   Best known for the song, “Wagon Wheel,” I for one can’t wait to hear this tune live and in person.

Saturday 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 22 Days – Artist of the Day: Amos Lee

18 May

I still can’t believe I haven’t had the chance to see Amos Lee perform live, that is until a little more than three weeks from now.  The Philly singer-songwriter brings it all to the table, a little folk, soul, country and R&B to project a magical sound that is soothing and relaxing.   Currently supporting the release of his fourth album, Mission Bell, released earlier this year, Amos Lee continues to get better and better.

Two shows at Bonnaroo