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
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
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
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
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.
Continue reading for JamBase's recommendations for Sunday...