"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bonnaroo - Days 3 and 4

We have combined days 3 & 4 at Bonnaroo into one entry because to be honest, Day 3 wasn't all that memorable. All the big-name acts (Ben Folds, Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam) while enjoyable, didn't leave that big an impression on us (no, we didn't stay up for Kanye West and so glad we didn't since he was 2+ hours late for a 2 AM start??) but the real jewels on Day 3 were found on the smaller stages with excellent performances by Two Gallants, Mason Jennings (no, he is not Waylon's son) and Matt Morris featuring Charlie Sexton. Day 4 started out with a little work in the morning as we packed up the pop-up trailer and went ahead and took it home so we didn't have to fool with it after dark later that night. We got home and rested a little and got back in time to see most of Jakob Dylan's solid afternoon set. Bob's little boy went solo recently on a new album of beautiful new songs, but was still amicable enough to play a few Wallflowers' hits. We caught a few minutes of Aimee Mann's set (the blonde chick from the 80's one-hit wonder band, 'til Tuesday) as well an enjoyable few numbers by the thunderous voice of Solomon Burke (photo below). Mr. Burke is a...somewhat.... large man and peformed sitting down.. on a throne of course since he's the self-proclaimed "King of Soul-Rock." What a peformer! Well done, sir! We would have liked to have seen more of his show, but Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were calling and put on an outstanding show themselves along with smoking guiter accompaniment by T-bone Burnett (photo below). We closed our Bonnaroo experience with a few numbers by Death Cab for Cutie (interesting name), a solid up-and-coming rock band from Seattle. We snuck on out before Widespread Panic closed the festival and we were home by 11 P.M. Our first Bonnaroo experience was amazing. We had a ball. A little bit of heat, a little bit of rain, a few weirdos, but overall an experience that exceeded our expectations. Probably the best thing to note about Bonnaroo is that we are were not (a) the oldest people there (b) the fattest people there, nor (c) the ugliest people there. We would be willing to go again in the future, but maybe skip the camping and just go in each day depending on who is playing. Postscript: RIP Solomon Burke 1940 - 10.10.2010

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