If you loathe the thought of waiting for hours on end in the frigid smog of Times Square to watch an electrified disco-ball drop for only a matter seconds while sandwiched between rankly odiferous tourists, overly considerate pickpockets, and gun-toting CD peddling street merchants, then you might want to consider simply watching the festivities from your television set like all the native New Yorkers. However, if you wish to avoid the overcrowded Times Square media circus and still wish to join in the celebration, try the extensive NewYearsEveCentral.com database, one of these New Year’s Eve events for a night of hedonistic debauchery:
Devendra Banhart What Will We Be
Between The Buried And Me The Great Misdirect
Chuck Prophet Let Freedom Ring!
Creed Full Circle
Mike Epps Mike Epps
Gov't Mule By A Thread
Michael Jackson This Is It
Los Lobos Los Lobos Goes Disney
Brian McKnight Evolution Of A Man
The Mother Hips Pacific Dust
Painkiller Hotel Black Roses
Ever June since 2002, something strange happens in the rural town of Manchester, Tennessee: for one long weekend, its population grows tenfold, with over 80,000 people of all ages flocking there from all over the country. The reason behind this phenomenon is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
While Bonnaroo began as a jamband festival, it has evolved over the years into a diverse platter of musical stylings, to the point where a single label cannot be placed on the festival’s genre. For a taste of Bonnaroo’s variety, one needs look no further than the lineup of headliners – Bruce Springsteen, Phish and the Beastie Boys. The Beasties put on a playful show littered with classics such as “Sabotage” and “Intergalactic,” and while the set was enjoyable, it was definitely lacking in certain areas. The standout hip-hop act of the weekend was, without a doubt, Snoop Dogg, who instilled a little oomph in a crowd made sluggish by the Tennessee humidity. While a decent amount of the crowd was mainly at his show to score prime real estate for the Phish show that was to follow, Snoop proved that his energy and charisma, not to mention the smooth beats backing him, could even get the neo-hippie crowd going. Snoop Dogg also wins my award for most surreal moment of the festival, when he ended off his set asking us if we were “ready for mothafuckin Phish?” No where else in the world would that situation seem remotely normal.