Bonnaroo 2010 Preview

Friday, June 11

1. Dr. Dog :: 4:00-5:15 pm :: The Other Tent
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 recognition they've deserved for a few years now.

2. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic 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 appearance of "Janglin'" in a Ford commercial. The folk-psych tunes and communal vibe of the ensemble (boasting 10-plus 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 Soundsystem, 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.

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