Bri Blahg Bonnaroo Thursday And Friday

8 05 2009

Veteran Bonnaroo goers will notice some subtle changes for the ’09 Festival. Changes for the better I think. We’ll hit those as we go through some of the highlights.


Early arrivals will be rewarded for their punctuality. White Rabbits stop off at The ‘Roo behind their great new record “It’s Frightening.” Their 6:45 set kicks off an evening of indie rock fans running back and forth from This Tent to That Tent for Portugal. The Man, The Low Anthem, and Passion Pit. Murs and The Knux will have The Other Tent bumpin’ as a hip hop one stop Thursday. The Zac Brown Band fill the frat guy void in That Tent late night. I’d have to go back and look, but I don’t recall the Festival starting with so many strong shows right out of the gate.


The day is loaded, but if you stay focused (at Bonnaroo?) you can see just about everything. Gomez are always great and they’ll start my day at 12:30 on Which Stage. That venue will be crawling with hipsters all day… what with Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV On The Radio following up Gomez.

Kaki King doesn’t come with the name recognition of many on the bill, but she’ll generate a lot of talk. She’s an amazing musician. King is part of a Friday This Tent lineup that includes the equally compelling Grizzly Bear.

Friday afternoon also marks the opening of Bonnaroo’s largest venue. The Reverend Al Green is soul music brothers and sisters. The Hall Of Famer opens for The Beastie Boys at 6pm on The What Stage. I guarantee they’ll be watching from the wings. If Green doesn’t get your blood pumping, you’re dead. After The Beasties make way for Phish. God love ’em I just can’t get too excited myself. Thankfully Bonnaroo has scheduled a few small stage acts for those of us wanting shorter songs and fewer hippies. Frenchmen Phoenix hit the ‘Roo fresh off their Saturday Night Live appearence. Their 10pm set on The Cafe Where Stage conflicts with Justin Townes Earle on The Troo Music Stage. I’ll have to go with Steve’s kid on this one.

Still to come… Saturday and Sunday!




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