The Blogaroo is back! Brad, Laura, and Keefer are spending the weekend in Manchester, Tennessee at the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival. Check out their commentary and some of the backstage interviews and performances below!
It’s Day One All Over Again
Another Bonnaroo is underway! On the drive down, I was thinking about how many times I have ventured to the farm in Tennessee for my fix of music and culture. This year is my 9th journey to summer camp.
Day 1 is always filled with hugs from those that have been a voice on the phone over the last year, a quick tour of the grounds (which adjust every year) and a structuring of sleeping quarters. News that Mumford & Sons canceled their Saturday night headlining gig spread around the camp. Soon after, Jack Johnson mysteriously showed up in our camp to talk to our own, Keefer. The rumors became reality as it was announced that Jack would take Saturday night’s headlining slot.
It always seems, to those looking in from the outside, that this is a fun ride filled with perks, meetings with rock stars and front row/side stage access. They think we come down here, stay on air-conditioned buses, enjoy the stocked bar and refrigerators and hop on golf cart shuttles that take us to see live music. Well, that is correct. We enjoy all of those things and I make no apologies. It is the best experience any music lover could dream of. But remember, the reason we are treated with such importance is because we are connecting YOU to the experience. The musicians, managers, record labels and Bonnaroo staff understand this and are very helpful in guiding us towards the ultimate experience. I guess I should thank you. So, thank you.
Thursday included the sights and sounds of Django Django, JD McPherson, Wake Owl, Twenty One Pilots and the sounds of the talented unknown as we walked through Centeroo, past the stages of Bonnaroo. Tonight, we will enjoy Sir Paul McCartney as he makes his first appearance on the farm. I’ll cover this one from the pit and send it all back to you.
9 years as a Bonnaroovian and I wouldn’t trade a second of this experience. My life is “about the music.” It connects the world together, as one.
My love to you,
Father John Misty
“Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
“I Got You”
“Dimes For Nickels”
Walk The Moon