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!
White Denim and their opening band, The Brazos played on a Tuesday, though from a glance at the sizable audience one might find themselves double-checking their calendar, as the occupancy is more indicative of a typical weekend show at West Hollywood's most favored music venue, The Troubadour.
The Brazos received an enthusiastic welcome and it is immediately understandable why the crowd would gravitate towards them. Though the band hails from Austin, Texas, the members seem to fit the mold, at least on the surface, of the typical Los Angeles hipster. The music pales in comparison to White Denim's energetic and dynamic set, but they are a decent open to the show and manage to get the audience to their feet and moving.
Atlas Sound Logos
Julian Casablancas [The Strokes] Phrazes For The Young
Terri Clark The Long Way Home
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Electric Six Kill
Failures' Union In What Way
Flight Of The Conchords I Told You I Was Freaky
Kings Of Convenience Declaration Of Dependence
Lyle Lovett Natural Forces
Maps Turning The Mind
Tim McGraw Southern Voice
Rammstein Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
The Roots How I Got Over
Russian Circles Geneva
Soil Picture Perfect
Sufjan Stevens The BQE
System And Station I'm Here To Kill [EP]
White Denim Fits