Bonnaroo gets big

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

page7bonnarroBonnaroo has become the one bright light of the summer season.  Starting in the summer of 2002, Bonnaroo brought the music back into the stale summer festival getting rid of the sponsors and the soaring prices.  The humble beginnings were mirrored by the choice of bands Bonnaroo presenters went with.  Headlined by Trey Anastasio and Widespread Panic, the festival focused in on jam bands and a folky undercard.  In recent years the festival has started to aim at bigger acts like Kanye West and Dave Matthews while keeping the card diverse and interesting with smaller bands.

The 2009 edition of Bonnaroo may be one of the most diverse and yet satisfying in the festivals history.  Headlined by the suddenly busy Bruce Springsteen and his compadres The E Street Band and the legendary Phish (Anastasio included) Bonnaroo is looking to move out of the shadow of its underground roots by bringing the mainstream and the counter culture together.  Other acts like The Mars Volta, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Andrew Bird, and Okkervil River make the line up appealing to all kinds of fans.  Some artists are also returning to the line up like Band of Horses and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The summer music festival seems to be dying but the fact is Bonnaroo makes the difference.  A Great lineup, a solid location (Tennesee), and an atmosphere like a modern day Woodstock (but not Woodstock ’99) make it the best choice this summer.  Tickets go fast so get on saving and finding a way to a week long party complete with solid soundtrack.


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