Friday, June 11
1. Dr. Dog ::
4:00-5:15 pm :: The
The prolific Philly-based vintage rockers just released their sixth excellent full-length
album in less than
ten years back in April. Shame, Shame is a little more polished production-wise,
and the boys bring the
guitars to the forefront this go-round following 2008's harmony-heavy Fate. A
summertime day set with
these festival scene staples should be nothing short of spiritual and will likely summon
those "Shadow People"
out from the woodworks that bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman sings about on the band's
new tune. With the
new album peaking at #44 on the Billboard charts, these guys are finally getting the
deserved for a few years now.
2. Edward Sharpe &
Zeros :: 2:30-3:30 pm :: The Other Tent
Founded by vocalist Alex Ebert previously of the late-90s L.A. pop band Ima Robot,
these guys flew onto
the radar in a big way with the commercial success of their single "Home" and the recent
"Janglin'" in a Ford commercial. The folk-psych tunes and communal vibe of the ensemble
members at any given time) will hopefully bring back a little taste of the Old
Bonnaroo, even if just
for an hour.
3. Trombone Shorty
& Orleans Avenue
:: 12:00-1:00 pm : Which Stage
At the age of 24, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is already a well-known artist in large
part to his recent
appearances on the hit HBO show Treme (where he plays himself) and vocal approval
by the likes of Bono.
Born and raised in the Treme, Andrews has been entertaining fans in the Big Easy since
he's been barely old
enough to walk. Andrews and his band is more than your standard New Orleans jazz show.
We highly recommend
you start your Friday at the Which Stage (you know, the one with the bobble heads).
Friday's Late Night Picks
The Black Keys
:: 12:00-1:30 am ::
That Tent / Galactic :: 2:00-3:30 am. :: The Other Tent
Lots and lots of great choices on what is generally the apex of the weekend. On Friday,
you've still got fresh
legs and the ability to go all night long and this year's late-night lineup is as stacked
across the board as
it's ever been, and with The Flaming Lips doing Dark Side, Daryl Hall & Chromeo and the
dance party that will
surely ensue at LCD
you can't go wrong anywhere. But our pick is to check out The Black Keys playing in That
Tent and then head on
over to Galactic down at The Other Tent. Galactic's legendary 2005 epic late night
Krewe de Carnivale
indicated what these guys are capable of when given the limelight of the after midnight
show. Even though
these guys have been out on the road for about 15 years now, they proved this year during
Mardi Gras at
Tipitina's that they can still make magic well past the break of dawn. Bassist Robert
Mercurio gave JamBase an
idea of what's in store for the Galactic set.
"We're bringing in some extra production lighting-wise. It's gonna be our most
extravagant light show and
stage set-up that we've ever done. We really just decided that we're gonna go over-the-
top this year. We're
excited to see it, too; we haven't really seen it either," laughs Mercurio. "Our Lighting
Director has been
working hard on it and programming it and it should be really a spectacle beyond what
you've ever seen from a
Galactic show. We'll have Corey Henry
and Cyril Neville
with us at the
Bonnaroo show like we've had on the entire Ya-Ka-May tour."
Other Suggestions For Friday
Go see Steve
Martin & the Steep Canyon
Rangers tear it up at the
acoustic-based Sonic Stage from 2:15-2:45 p.m.
If you are rolling along towards the break of dawn, head down to the Lunar Stage where a
bumpin' club scene
will be spinnin' wild from 2-6 a.m. at Crystal Method and Lee Burbridge.
Continue reading for JamBase's recommendations for Saturday...