What a long strange trip it’s been.
After four days of battling the blistering heat, sleeping under the Tennessee stars, wandering about the 700-acre campground and singing along with musical legends, my body is begging for rest. My feet are worn, my eyes are slipping shut, my fingernails are buried under heaps of dirt. But I survived my first Bonnaroo, and live to tell the tales of an extraordinary weekend.
The eleventh annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival gathered more than 80,000 music lovers to the small town of Manchester, Tennessee for four days of peace, love, and music. While Woodstock may have pioneered the festival movement in America, Bonnaroo has taken over where the hippie extravaganza left off. Bustling with eco-friendly activism, throngs of naked bodies twirling around and mudslides forming across the farm, Bonnaroo successfully transformed technology-obsessed Americans into carefree and wild-spirited festi-lovers - if only for the weekend.
The small town of Manchester, Tennessee has welcomed the bulging crowds of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for eleven years - opening its quiet roads and grassy knolls to infiltration by hippies, hipsters, burnouts, ravers, rockers and every other category of music lovers imaginable. Giant RVs, cars stuffed to the brim with supplies and hitchhiking hopefuls invade the nearby Walmart en route to the festival, gearing up for four days of foregoing electricity and showers in favor of nature exploration and musical madness. Excitement flairs during the hours-long wait to the entrance, everyone eager to set up camp and start boogying down!
That land across the Hudson River is called New Jersey. It’s a state, like New York, and by way of a bridge and couple of tunnels, people commute over to New York City for work, dinner, friends, etc. Sometimes, at the same instance, the reverse occurs. The tide of thrill seekers shifts towards the Garden State for various destinations and attractions.
Whether you're a New Yorker or a Jersey 'res there are parties and events happening throughout Jersey that you don't want to miss, so buddy up and check out these dates for a ridiculous time.
The next two weeks are rife with concerts for any music lover out there; Bad Brains for the punks, Mastodon for the metalheads, and enough dance and electronic music to satisfy even the most die hard ravers. Here is a short but currated list of shows for the next two weeks. If you see something you like, don't wait to get tickets!
Mastodon, Opeth @ Roseland Ballroom (April 11)
The Chainsmokers @ WIP (April 12)
Yesterday, LucasFilm announced it would partner with Major League Baseball to raise money for cancer research by holding photo ops, gift auctions, and t-shirt sales. No word yet on whether the Yankees will officially change their name to The Evil Empire.
The effort, which is bringing together Ambassadors Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, and Star Wars alum Samuel L. Jackson (who made a hilarious promotional video), is intended to raise awareness for cancer research, by tapping into a fan base of hundreds of millions around the world. Stand Up 2 Cancer is helping organize a massive campaign bringing together LucasFilm, eBay, and Major League Baseball.
Take a break from the club/bar scene (okay there can still be drinks involved if you want, don't worry) this weekend and hit up a comedy show at the Wilbur Theater!
This Saturday, Parks and Recreation and comedic star Aziz Ansari is making a stop in Boston for the Dangerously Delicious tour. Entertainment Weekly dubbed him one of the 12 faces for the future of comedy, and after hosting the MTV Movie Awards, you're sure to by rolling on the floor after this show!
Tickets are $35-$40, get them here
Here we go again, another rivalry that will surely end in bloodshed, Raaaaaaaandy with 8 a's has announced war on gangster singer Justin Bieber.
Raaaaaaaady's friend, Aziz Ansari (who bears a remarkable resemblance to the comedian) posted the re-enactment on his tumblr. In the video, Raaaaaaaandy explained he was in the studio working on the Raaaaaaaandy mix tape "and Bieber drops by and he [Bieber] was like, I just wana watch ya'll work. Which basically means he wants to come over and smoke all our weed."