We did our best to prep for Bonnaroo 2014 with a couple of memorable pre-festival activities:Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1: We geared up for the balmy, summer weather with a visit to the great outdoors via nearby Center Hill Lake for the weekend. Our thanks to our friends, John and Monique, for inviting us up for John's 50th birthday celebration which included lodging in a sweet house near the lake, great food throughout the weekend, a day on the lake in an awesome rented double-decked pontoon boat, complete with slide, plenty of libations and an overall fun time. Of course it would be nice if Bonnaroo had the cool, clear waters of Center Hill Lake to jump into whenever you wanted.
Sunday, June 8 -We got a dose of some great live music just before Bonnaroo started with a visit to 3rd and Lindsley to catch one of our favorite new artists, LP, whose first full-length album, Forever For Now, just dropped earlier this week. She was the guest artist on our local indie radio station, Lightning 100's Nashville Sunday Night live broadcast. Opening the show was a wonderful, young, locally-based talent, Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree. This bandleader is just 18 years old, but has a lifetime of talent already. Look for him on the rise in the future. The same should be said for LP whose soaring voice from such a petite frame is a treat to see and hear live. Below is just a snippet of her amazing talent and this does it nowhere near due justice:
AND NOW...ON TO THE ROO!!
|The weather cooperated swimmingly throughout the festival for us with very little rain and two unseasonably cool days to start off with. The heat was back on Saturday and Sunday, but it wouldn't be Bonnaroo without it, now would it?|
Friday, June 13 - Friday the 13th at the 13th Annual Bonnaroo with a full moon....what could happen, right?We awoke late and after a leisurely (and always delicious) breakfast whipped up by Ashlee, we started to hear St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the nearby Other Tent. We caught a few more of their tunes from inside but couldn't get much closer than our campsite it due to the huge crowd. The inordinate number of general admission tickets being sold now at Bonnaroo has become a big problem. All the stages are packed now and it's hard to get a good view of the shows without camping out well beforehand and then if you do that you take the chance of being crushed by everyone crowding in as the music begins. This could seriously be our last Bonnaroo or we might try a single VIP-day which we discovered they are selling now.
|The night was beautiful despite the ho-hum musical performances we saw.|
|The full moon was brilliant and nothing weird happened (to us at least).|
|Agreed. He should have never been asked back to The Roo.|
Jack White was the headliner of the night and while obviously talented, the eccentric guitarist/singer is not really our cup of tea. We stayed for about half his show before turning in for the night.
Sunday, June 15 - We slept in late again. Had another wonderful Ashlee-prepared breakfast and then packed up camp. We caught a good amount of Capital Cities' set on The Which Stage followed by an awesome (and festival best) set by Fitz and the Tantrums that afternoon to finish our Bonnaroo experience for this year. We opted not to stay for the headliner, Elton John, since we had seen him before and he came kind of late for us souls who had to work the next day.
|Mingling with the huge crowd at the Fitz and the Tantrums show on the Which Stage. |
Below is a short clip from their energetic show during their feet-stomping hit, "Money Grabber."