June 15 2011
Well, I’m back from and survived the 10th Anniversary of Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. This was my first trip to this huge music festival, which brings over 100,000 music fans to see 100s of artist and bands performed on a variety of stages. I finally found the story behind the origins of the festival’s name.
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Actually, Bonnaroo comes from a song peformed by Dr. John called “Desitively Bonnaroo.”
I saw some amazing shows, but I have to say one of my favorite performances cames from Louisville’s My Morning Jacket. I haven’t seen a live show like that ever. My Morning Jacket’s performance of “Wordless Chorus” and their new single “Holding On To Black Metal” were my favorites. Here is a little video of the band taking the stage at Bonnaroo.
Other highlights included Matt & Kim, who completely put a smile on my face that didn’t stop till their last song. If you haven’t heard of Matt & Kim think of them as The White Stripes for dance & party music. Plus I have a thing for Kim.
Following Matt & Kim was Atmosphere, who put on an amazing show. It was real nice to see that Midwest hip hop received a lot of love from the audience. Speaking of hip hop, Big Boi stole the show with live band and dancers. He performed a few songs from his solo release. He also performed a lot of classic Outkast tunes. I haven’t seen Outkast since the Smokin’ Groove tour over 10 years ago.
Junip Performing at Bonnaroo (Photo Credit: Stephen Bloch)
The award for the most gorgeous and beautiful sets went to Jose Gonzalez’s band Junip. Gonzalez’s voice combine with the layers of sounds was hypnotizing. I truly hope they will come to Milwaukee soon. Beirut was another band that took me by surprised seeing live. Their use of horns and the accordion was fitting for the final day of Bonnaroo.
Beirut Performing at Bonnaroo (Photo Credit: Stephen Bloch)
The Black Keys didn’t disappoint on the main stage (What Stage). From start to finish, it was pure sonic joy. I still find it amazing that so much sound came come from two people. Finally, I was blessed to see the legendary Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John perform together. Then I also caught the legendary Dennis Coffey, who was session guitarist for Motown and performed with everyone from The Tempations, George Clinton. He also wrote “Scorpio, which is one of the most sampled songs in hip hop. Other acts I also checked out included Girl Talk, Lil' Wayne, Ray LaMontagne, Mumford & Sons, Givers, Black Dub, The Walkmen, and Band of Skulls.
Overall, my first experience at Bonnaroo was simply amazing. I can’t forget about the amazing food I had at the festival. One of the best things I has was sandwich called Pork Mi from a food truck called EatBox out of Asheville, NC. It was a pork meatball styled Vietnamese Bahn Mi. I would definitely go back to Bonnaroo again.