The Remix: Bonnaroo finale
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.
Martin Sexton also rocked a folk audience with great vocals.
Blues Traveler pulled off not one but two amazing sets, as expected. During the first set, they banged out one lovable blues jam after another. The band performed a spectacular cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Their second set later in the day was more intimate. The beginning was more of a jam session than an organized gig with a setlist. John Popper was a beast on the harmonica. The band’s guitarist was notably excellent as well. This set included a superb blues cover of Sublime’s “What I Got,” which received a particularly excited response from fans.
Jamey Johnson played a great smooth country set.
Regina Spektor’s songs “Us” and “Fidelity” were beautiful highlights of her set.
Ween more than satisfied their fans Sunday afternoon with funky vocals, strong guitars and driving drums.
Dropkick Murphys played a solid hard rock set that every pub-loving Bostonian probably chose as their favorite set of the weekend.
On the side, music fans who wanted some shad played The Beatles Rock Band and watched a live broadcast of the World Cup.
Kris Kristofferson got off to seemingly a shaky start with a little bit of stage fright, but eventually he loosened up and took the crowd by storm. The American singer-songwriter was also joined by Jamey Johnson for a bit, which pleased the crowd.
Phoenix blew away a huge crowd with fan favorites like “Lisztomania,” “Long Distance Call,” “Fences” and “Girlfriend.”
Dave Matthews Band definitely earned their headlining title. They truly had one of the most unforgettable performances of the whole weekend. Each song they played was a song everyone wanted to hear. The stage production was exquisite too. They had five video screens, and the backdrop and light show were gorgeous throughout. During the giant jam session that was “Jimi Thing,” each musician played an incredible solo, and Dave had a humorous scat conversation with himself. The band played fan favorite “Two Step” and “Cornbread” beautifully, scattered between tracks from the band’s 2009 album “Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King.”
The festival wrapped up with fireworks while Dave closed with “All Along the Watchtower.” Overall, the show was flawless and served as a great closing for the festival.