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Bonnaroo | 06.11 - 06.14 | Tennessee
JamBase
JamBase
6/17/2009 12:00 AM

Bonnaroo | 06.11 - 06.14 | Tennessee
From The Boss joining Phish, to The Mars Volta, Wilco and more, this was the best Bonnaroo yet...

canoftunapudding
canoftunapudding
6/17/2009 05:35 PM

The asian chick in the Girl Talk picture's nipple is just hangin out. Sweet

panicathome
panicathome
6/17/2009 05:54 PM

I have a huge review and pictures in my journal. Enjoy. The festival was great!!

jamrad
jamrad
6/17/2009 05:55 PM

nipple.

mfgoof
mfgoof
6/17/2009 05:56 PM

Very nice article!

tribalglitch
tribalglitch
6/17/2009 06:04 PM

Rothbury!

dedhed6111
dedhed6111
6/17/2009 06:46 PM

This was my third roo, first since 05, and definitely the best. I don't think I have ever had such a rewarding experience, every set of music I saw was off the chain. It cost a small fortune to go VIP, the vapid commercialism was everywhere, and there were a lot of stupid kids, but man oh man, the music. the music!

gettintwisty
gettintwisty
6/17/2009 07:12 PM

Nipple and Rothbury -

andrewdeluxe
andrewdeluxe
6/17/2009 07:18 PM

Phish on friday at Bonnaroo was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, shows I've ever seen, and I got to see it on that incredible What stage. Allen Toussaint was gloriously funky and soulful, and the bluegrass day in the Other Tent was killer (Steeldrivers, Tony Rice Unit, Del McCoury Band {who brought out David Grisman and John Fishman, together...supreme}, and David Grisman Quintet). Toubab Krewe, Vieux Farka Toure, The Beastie Boys were all totally sick, and moe. played until around 7 am. Badass.

However, I will never go to Bonnaroo again. I had said that before after they booked Kanye and Metallica, but Phish roped me in. The transition that Bonnaroo has gone through does provide a greater musical diversity, in the sense that a lot of mainstream music now dominates the lineups, but it brought that diversity at a cost. Maybe its because Bonnaroo is so big and has been throwing it down for so long that everyone has heard about it. Though there were still plenty of cool people, the majority of the crowd at Bonnaroo was young kids, generic douchebags and stupid white thugs. The average age at that place must have been 18. Nearly everyone I talked to had been sold bunk party favors of one kind or another (ppl selling fake fungus. wtf?!?) The security was being uneccessaryily strict to the point that it created long lines at times, peoples' glass was being taken up in Centeroo, and on sunday sheriff's were rolling around the campgrounds busting people for smoking pot at their campsites. A girl got busted right across the road from me, and her friends said that the cop straight up told them it was for last minute revenue. Last minute fucking revenue. The vibe at bonnaroo has been ruined by all those generic people you know that you would've never imagined would go to a music festival, not because they don't like jambands, but because they aren't that type of party people due to general lack of balls. Well, they're all at bonnaroo now, and they've brought their younger siblings.

I'm sorry to be so negative. Bonnaroo is a great festival, but I think that in the process of diversifying, it has lost some of its understanding of what it is and what needs to be done to put on an amazing music festival. Having Snoop Dogg play on the mainstage before Phish is just bad fucking planning. Why would you precede a band thats known for its musicianship and improvisation with a washed up sellout rapper who spends most of his show name checking himself and having half of the audience say "hey"? It doesnt make any sense.

jborrel1
jborrel1
6/17/2009 07:24 PM

way to be ak... set that bar high

southfork
southfork
6/17/2009 08:34 PM

My days with moe. seem to have come and gone? Who cares, take a couple of pictures of them, and go to bed. No need to bad mouth these madmen. What'd they ever do to you, except keep the jamband torch going while Trey got his shit together, and now that he's back, everyone else isn't quite worth your time. At least you had time to include the nipple picture. moedown.10>towlie>brownies>nipple

Tangerine231
Tangerine231
6/17/2009 08:44 PM

It sounds like it was an awesome weekend and I didn't doubt it for a second as soon as I saw the lineup. That's one thing that will always make Bonnaroo so enticing is it's eclectic line of musical acts. Even if you're a jamband lover- there is a tiny bit of you that want's to see an awesome indie act and vice versa. But Andrewdeluxe said it the best, and i agree with him. My 'roo days are over. Certain aspects about the fest have become more of a hassle then what are really worth. When it does end, it will be bittersweet for sure. But that's the great thing about America, we got many, many more beautiful festivals and places to visit all year long. :)

barsot
barsot
6/17/2009 08:46 PM

Let the haters hate... b-roo is 1 of the best festy on the planet. Where else can you see Badu, Snoop and Phish back 2 back 2 back. Bonnaroo expanding it's horizons is a good thing, well done Superfly keep up the good work!

As far as the above Snoop > Phish comment: loosen up, its a festival.

rastarusty
rastarusty
6/17/2009 09:05 PM

I understand what your saying andrew. I had a great time, saw a lot of great bands there. This was my first and last roo im pretty sure. Phish got me to come down and check it out. I don't regret it at all, but the vibes weren't that impressive. Not saying people were straight up douchebags but it lacked that home kinda feel to some of the other festivals.

People were going campsite to campsite selling bunk shit, and overpricing it at that. I didn't have any problems with that but a lot of people i talked to got robbed on bunk. The security was ridiculous. Pat everyone down sometimes get the line to back up huge, then other times let people walk through with coolers guns and everything else without caring.

That sucks that they let the 5-0 in there to cruise around and bust people for green. If your smart you could easily avoid that problem though.

i def made the best of it and had a great time but ill stick to some other festis. Lookin forward to rothhbury this year. Also another moe down.

Hopefully some more new fests will pop up with better vibes. i love moe down. great vibes, but even that is being plagues with some problems worse and worse every year.

Gov mules covers of helter skelter, creep, and southern man were rockin that place.

lots of good music. Worth the trip down for me to experience the roo, but thats all i wanted. I just wanted to see some of those bands, and get one trip down there. Not worth goin back for me

Grupp
Grupp
6/17/2009 10:13 PM

Great times. The conditions were great - as Del McCoury said about the farm, "It ain't dust and it ain't mud - it's just right." I had rad neighbors from Illinois and Georgia. For people who are into MUSIC, and ART, and COMEDY, and CINEMA, and even food and good brews - then there ain't noplace I'd rather be.

If you are bitching about bunk party favors - bring your own!

If you're bitching about getting busted - don't do stupid stuff!

To say that Snoop is washed up or that the scene was lame with "white thugs" just doesn't make sense. Although I know nothing about rap or hip hop, my neighbor was STOKED about Public Enemy and Snoop and E Badu. And he got me stoked! 80,000 in attendance means you have to put up with some crap - we were vendors in 2007 and "white thugs" tried to steal stuff, and that sucks - but overall, people have been chill at this festival every year. I had way more trouble with idiots behaving badly at Coventry. And maybe Kayceman is right when he says it all goes back to expectations. What do you expect from a festival? Fantastic drugs that drop into your lap for free and nobody around to enforce the law? Perfect festival goers who are just like you?

Bonnaroo does a fabulous job of organizing a little bit of everything. You can participate - make art or music or a movie, dance or hula or juggle, compost and plant and consume. You can spectate and peruse (and see some nipple if that's what gets you off). I didn't see any bad performances. I loved the film about Pete Seeger. I learned some stuff about planting and composting from the "Trash Talkers." I tried some fabulous beers in the Broo House. It was all good.

Bon Iver moved my soul, Of Montreal got me dancing, Phish and the Boss - wow. The "Manchester jam" before LIGHT was some of the best I have heard Phish play. Thumbs up for the 'roo and good job on capturing your sojourn, Kayceman.

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