SATURDAY, JUNE 12
Waking up to a late start, we realized we needed to venture back out to Walmart to pick up some crucial supplies for the group, a process that only took only about 45 minutes; from what I've heard, GA passholders can't leave the farm at all. Though momentary civilization was a nice break, especially the wifi, while we were out I missed the first of four Blind Pilot sets. Though I'd recently seen them play at Crowbar, I've been playing their album nonstop and really wanted to see the band perform in front of a crowd this large. I heard they played a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," which would've been really cool to hear at a festival with jammy roots.
After the relaxing morning we'd just experienced, emerging out into the masses was like encountering a scene from The Grapes of Wrath. Mid-day in the hottest sun of the weekend, the day pass holders had invaded the festival in what seemed to instantly double the amount of sizzling sunburned bodies sprawled in the dust. It was bizarre realizing just how different this festival is for general admission, as we shook our heads in sympathy for the swarms of people waiting in line to fill their water bottles. [More after the jump.]
Here's CL's own Arielle Stevenson interviewing Mayer Hawthorne of Mayer Hawthorne and The County at
It could've all ended in disaster, but I wasn't about to let my first trip to Bonnaroo go down in flames.
Put it all together and it only looks like a disaster. Truth be told, it was just another adventure called Bonnaroo 2010. Here are my shots from Thursday through Saturday, with the full gallery from Sunday to be added soon. Click here to read about Andrew and Arielle's Bonnaroo 2010 experiences, and see Andrew's pics from the weekend.
Bassist Paz Lenchantin of The Entrance Band
Edward Sharpe [pictured] & the Magnetic Zeros
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas
She & Him [Zooey Deschanel, right, and M. Ward]
[Tons more pics after the jump.]
Creative Loafing writers Arielle Stevenson and Andrew Silverstein have journeyed north to Tennessee for the weekend to brave the wilds of the four-day fest otherwise known as Bonnaroo, jumping from stage to stage, snapping photos (the ones currently included are all by Andrew), talking to musicians on the fly (audio interviews to be added next week), and reporting back here throughout the weekend about their adventures. Photographer Tracy May is also in the field and will be submitting his own pics later as well; currently, all shots included here are by Andrew unless otherwise noted...
The following is their transmissions direct from the fest, including some photos, with more to be added later; make sure to keep checking back for updates...
Why isnt mud a four letter word? It should be. Please understand, there is quality to the earthy feeling you get knowing youre at the mercy of mother nature. The first day is probably the hardest of the weekend as the Roo-gin half of this coverage team can attest. Everyone is utterly exhausted from the drive up, and like a child refusing to nap, they continue on stubbornly.
Well, that first day of Bonnaroo has come and gone and we're ... still alive. Manchester graced us and around 80,000 others with a comfortably warm atmosphere and a slew of great, and not-so-great, but more so great acts on this kick-off Thursday. Here's the rundown on all the bands we got to catch.
Joe Robinson, 1-2 p.m.
Dont be fooled by this Aussies baby face; the 19-year-old is one hell of a guitar player. My first musical act of the festival was an unexpected treat. Wandering without a direction from our campsite towards what sounded like potentially self-indulgent 50-somethings from a far was actually the fresh face of blues and jazz guitar. In 2008, Robinson won Australias Got Talent at the tender age of 16. And he is good, really good. His back-up band, Elmwood, equaled Robinsons age and skill level, and allArielle
The Postelles [pictured right], 4:15-5 p.m.
With the kick of a bass drum and a swell of howling feedback, the Postelles made it known they were the right dudes to get the party started. Sunny and exuberant with just enough overdrive to let us know they aren't raging sissies, The Postelles played a great, energetic show that, from the looks of it, perked the ears of a lot of new listeners (including myself). "This might be the best show we've ever played," remarked lead man Daniel Balk. I think he might be right. --Andrew
In less than 72 hours, a sweaty valley nestled between Nashville and Chattanooga will swarm with 80,000-plus stoners, hippies, jocks and crusty jam band babies. Some of you, including my 'roo coverage partner, Andrew Silverstein, are what I call roogins. Virgins to Bonnaroo that are eager to experience every sound and probably a few mind-altering substances in the process. Last year, I arrived in Manchester, Tenn. to the 700-acre farm excited but completely unaware of what to expect in the four days ahead. I learned most of my Bonnaroo lessons the hard way last year when I was but a mere roogin. For those of you who are roogins, this list will be a gentle hand to hold in the dark before your cherry pops and makes a bloody mess. It would be wise to take heed, young grasshoppers. [All photos by Jerrad McLeod.]
Among the most widely-recognized music festivals of today is Bonnaroo, an annual throwdown held in the quaint town of Manchester, Tenn., on a 700-acre farm about 60 miles south of Nashville. Since its inception in 2001 as a niche, jam-band and folk-oriented event, Bonnaroo has evolved into a mid-country Mecca for music lovers with its multi-stage lineup of chart-topping and buzzworthy acts that now draw upwards of 75,000 people each year.
The 2010 headliners Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, and STEVIE EFFIN WONDER (excuse me) are sure to bring an epic swarm of sweat-soaked human bodies, including my own, as Ill be covering the fest as Creative Loafings honorary Bonnaroo virgin. What has always been a mere pipe dream due to my money-depleted pockets has become reality and Ill finally get to experience the Roo in all its gloriously gritty, patchouli-scented glory next weekend. Along with a few other CL brethren, Ill be knee-deep in the action, looking for face time with some of the fests most notable artists and checking out as many sets as I can possibly absorb over four days. The following are those ones Im most excited about seeing.
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