The last day of Bonnaroo was largely a day for the best of blues, folk and country music. Concert goers kept on trucking through one last day of scorching weather and squishy mud to make it to quite a grand finale.
Calexico is yet another band that had a fantastic horn section. They played a great set that burst with Spanish flavor.
Caitlin Rose gave folk music a good name with her sweet-as-honey voice.
June 16, 2010 at 7:03 am
Manchester, Tenn.—While Saturday was naturally a great day for music, it was also a day for some of the best backup bands to show what they’ve got. Those guys don’t get enough credit from the fans, but they sure do bring the house down.
Rebelution kicked things off on Saturday with a captivating, fratty reggae performance that included hits from the catchy album “Courage to Grow,” among other great songs.
The Avett Brothers played a nice neofolk set that was definitely well-received by their fans.
June 13, 2010 at 10:24 am
Friday, June 11, 2010
Manchester, Tenn. —Day 2 of Bonnaroo proved that all these performing artists really do have impeccable vocal skills even when they play live. Sometimes at other concerts, artists shout into the microphone, or they aren’t always on key since they’re moving around a lot. But at Bonnaroo everyone has delivered top quality vocals, and there hasn’t been a single exception.
Nearly halfway through the festival, hula-hooping hippies are still dancing everywhere; people are still partying till they pass out in their camping chairs; and farmers’ tans are being sighted more frequently.
June 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
Jam band Elmwood has made it big faster than Ke$ha gets rid of her hangovers. Saxophonist Derek Haight and drummer Donnie Marple of the talented quartet of progressive rockers wanted to get their message out before the Bonnaroo Festival begins.
State Press: You’ve toured with O.A.R. and Tea Leaf Green, and this summer you’ll be playing with Blues Traveler, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Band of Horses, and the side stage for Dave Matthews Band. You guys started out kind of small as a Nashville hometown band. What was the progression like to the sort of status that you have now?
Derek Haight: It happened pretty fast. We were actually only together for about two months when we got with a major booking agent. Our first tour was in January 2009. When we got together, it was literally two or three months [before big things started happening].
June 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Roots rock reggae band Michael Franti and Spearhead are banging out summer singles left and right. A new album, which will be released later this summer, is in the works as well. I caught up with Michael Franti for a phone interview before the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
State Press: You wrote a lot of the upcoming album “The Sound of Sunshine” while you were in the hospital for a ruptured appendix. What can fans expect in terms of the sound, the style, and the message of the album?
Michael Franti: Last August my appendix ruptured and I was in the hospital. Every day I’d go to the window and I’d open the curtain, and I’d see if the sun was shining. If it was, I’d be like, “Yes! It’s going to be a great day!” And there were some days when it wasn’t shining, and so I would have to find that feeling of sunshine in my guitar. So I started writing uplifting songs of positivity and brightness. That’s what the album is really about. I wanted to make a record for people who felt down or felt like the sun wasn’t shining in their life…this music can pick them up.
June 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm