Bonnaroo Day One: Thursday, June 10th
Walking into Centeroo on Thursday is always a re-orientation of sorts
and it was nice to see the kindly Which Stage bobbleheads
decked out in World Cup jerseys and regalia for the big weekend.
Multiple inches of Wednesday and early Thursday rain created a muddy
environment, making veterans of the festival feel strangely at home.
As much as things change in Centeroo, notably, with the addition of
the bumpin’ new Lunar Stage, the vibe and layout of the
festival’s power center remains largely the same.
Bonnaroo 2010 got off to a roaring start as per usual on Thursday
afternoon with threatening skies clearing up just in time for
Baroness who brought their gritty refined brand of jam metal,
inflicting some bruise-inducing mosh madness at The Other Tent. These
guys look to be in it for the long haul and delivered a powerfully
gnashing set that was arguably the day’s best.
Miike Snow was unfortunately placed before dusk, but regardless an early club scene
thrived amongst the youthful crowd. With numerous
dance artists performing in the wee hours (where they belong), this
time placement may have been Bonnaroo’s biggest head scratcher of them all.
Local Natives’ harmonic indie pop was lost in the mix and
failed to meet expectations, especially after producing one of
the year’s finest albums (Gorilla Manor) earlier this year. An
unplanned (but expected) break in the action caused your faithful writer to miss out
on The Temper Trap, but we made it back in time to see
Blitzen Trapper crank things up, opening with “Black River
Killer” and “Wild Mountain Nation” to a crowd mostly unfamiliar with
the young band’s work. Blitzen gave people a delectable
array of tunes (including the set’s highlight “Furr”), spanning the
band’s varied catalogue and treating the Bonnaroo crowd to a few new
tunes off the band’s three-day old album Destroyer of the Void. A quick trot over
to the packed Lunar Stage was a trip to
take in, as thousands blew it out with the future sounds beaming from
the decent-sized stage newly situated between The Other Tent and That
Blitzen Trapper by Dave Vann
Lotus stirred up a familiar air in the Bonnaroo
night, giving us Bonnaroo vets a taste of good ole jam flavor with a
surprisingly juiced up rock set. Night One as always introduced the
masses to a host of new bands and gave jam the band a long
overdue chance to perform for a large Roo late night crowd.
Lotus by Dave Vann
morning, festivarians were awakened to Primus’ “My Name Is Mud” from
the What Stage’s absurdly powerful P.A. system. How appropriate, Day
Two is underway…
p.s. As I’m typing this Dr. Dog is giving us media folks a
special acoustic set. Very, very appropriate lyrics flowing:
What a strange day, maybe I was dreaming, nothing seemed entirely
awake. What a strange night, it’s dancing with a candle, the atmosphere is
scandalous. We’re all in this together, as we all fall apart
Truer words never spoken? Happy Bonnaroo 2010!
JamBase | Manchester, TN
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