Bonnaroo 2010 Preview

Saturday, June 12

1. Dave Rawlings Machine :: 3:15- 4:30 pm :: That Tent
Most are probably familiar with Dave's wife and Bonnaroo veteran Gillian Welch, but this flat-picking lyrical genius is finally getting his day in the sun with the long overdue release of his debut A Friend of A Friend last year and a nice mid-afternoon slot at this year's 'Roo. Rawlings has played guitar in Welch's band for years and the roles are being reversed this time. The energetic, free- wheeling live shows are always full of surprises and the only time I got the chance to see him Norah Jones stopped in for a tune and the show closed with an impromptu "Friend of the Devil > Just Like Heaven > Friend of the Devil" that I think even left the musicians themselves a little surprised. Definitely got that wholesome Carter-and-Cash kind of good feelings vibe.


2. Mumford & Sons :: 5:00-6:00 pm :: That Tent
With Mumford following Dave Rawlings Machine and John Prine following them, one could just camp out by That Tent for the afternoon and do just fine. These Londoners have quickly made a name for themselves in 2010 with a reputation for incredible live performances following them around the globe. After hearing their excellent album Sigh No More, we're hopeful this will still be a well-kept secret (if there is such a thing at Bonnaroo) and a great chance to get a decent spot up front. Also, we have a feeling that "Dustbowl Dance" is gonna stir up the crowd in a big way.


3. Jimmy Cliff :: 3:30-5:00 pm :: Which Stage
Even though he's a world-renowned, generation-spanning artist, Cliff seems to fly under- the-radar with a lot of twenty-somethings and younger. That's a shame because Cliff is one of the most soulful foundational reggae artists ever. In most circles, Cliff is best known for his 1975 hit single "The Harder They Come" and a cover of "I Can See Clearly Now" from the Cool Runnings soundtrack, but there's far more to this legend than those soundbites. Come see for yourself.


Saturday's Late Night Picks

Thievery Corporation :: 12:00-2:15 a.m. :: That Tent
The downbeat international collective headed by the production duo of Eric Garza and Eric Hilton bring their ethereal club grooves to the Manchester late night scene for the first time and it's a mystery why it took this long to happen. These guys reportedly stole the show at 2006's one-off Echo Project and dropped a fire late night show at the House of Blues at last year's Lollapalooza. This one's a can't miss pick.


GWAR :: 2:30-3:45 a.m. :: The Other Tent

Sometimes there are no words to sufficiently express a thing. Just watch the clip below and imagine yourself on the front lines of this craziness.


Other Suggestions For Saturday

They'll be showing the World Cup opening match between the good ole Red, White, & Blue vs. England at the Lunar Stage starting at 1:30 p.m. Enormously important soccer game at a music festival…things could get rowdy.

The snide, fast-talking Aziz Ansari of Funny People and Parks and Recreation notoriety will be doing stand-up in the Comedy Theatre from 6:00-7:15 p.m. Shouts of "RAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNDY" will be not be in short supply. Ansari's recent comedy album Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening even included a track called "Bonnaroo," so you know he's been around this block before.

The Silent Disco: First made popular in the European club scene, be sure to hit up the Silent Disco over near The Other Tent at any point of the day or night, for any amount of time, and you'll be glad you stopped in at this fun mashup club scene. Always an invigorating AND disorienting experience.

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