Bonnaroo Hosts Inaugural Superjam On This Date In 2002


On June 23, 2002 the final day of the first-ever Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival featured the annual event’s inaugural Superjam. In the 15 years since, the traditional collaborative set has grown in scope and popularity as Bonnaroovians are treated to unique performances each year at The Farm in Manchester. This week Full Show Friday travels back to Tennessee to revisit the debut Superjam stacked with jam scene favorites.

The entire 2002 Superjam featured Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident on violin and electric mandolin, Bela Fleck on banjo, Jeff Raines on acoustic guitar and Robert Randolph on pedal steel guitar. Kang’s SCI band mates – guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, drummer Michael Travis and keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth – also took part at various points during the Superjam. Raines’ Galactic band mates – drummer Stanton Moore, keyboardist Rich Vogel and bassist Robert Mercurio – were also Superjam participants. Randolph’s mates in his Family Band – bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph – got in on the jam as well.

The collaborative set also saw contributions from Edgar Meyer on acoustic bass and DJ Logic on turntables. Fleck’s “Bigfoot” opened the Superjam that also saw takes on SCI’s “Rivertrance,” the traditional “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?,” Miles Davis’ “So What” and The Temptations’ hit “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.”

The complete 2002 Bonnaroo Superjam performance taped by Craig Davis and transferred by Jim Pollock can be streamed below:


Set: Bigfoot^ (1) -> Jam (1) -> Bigfoot (1) -> Rivertrance (2) -> Jam (3) -> Jam (4) -> Jam (4) -> Will the Circle Be Unbroken (5), So What (6), Papa Was a Rolling Stone (7)

^ with Voodoo Chile teases

Personnel Notes:

Entire set with Michael Kang (violin and electric mandolin), Bela Fleck (banjo), Jeff Raines (guitar) and Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar)

(1) – with Danyel Morgan (bass), Bill Nershi (acoustic guitar), Stanton Moore (drums) and Edgar Meyer (acoustic bass)

(2) – with Keith Moseley (bass), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards), DJ Logic (turntables), Bill Nershi, Stanton Moore and Edgar Meyer

(3) – with Danyel Morgan, Kyle Hollingsworth, Bill Nershi, DJ Logic, Stanton Moore and Edgar Meyer

(4) – with Rich Vogel (keyboards), Robert Mercurio (bass), Bill Nershi, DJ Logic Stanton Moore and Edgar Meyer

(5) – with Keith Moseley, Rich Vogel, Bill Nershi and Stanton Moore

(6) – with Michael Travis (drums), Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley, DJ Logic and Bill Nershi

(7) – with Marcus Randolph (drums), Kyle Hollingsworth and Danyel Morgan