Bonnaroo day four: “Captain Planet,” the Doggfather, finally a hot shower

15 06 2009

by Jill Menze (@JillMenze)

DSC_2505Bonnaroo day three’s all-nighter has made today a little rough, so apologies in advance if the following sounds somewhat incoherent (but you should keep reading regardless). The fourth and final day in Manchester, Tenn., started off cloudy and cool — a welcomed shift in temperature from the hot and burning sun (which is still preferable to any sort of rain/storm/drizzle).

The afternoon saw a double dose of hilarity, first from a chat with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, who discussed their upcoming Comedy Central show “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” followed by the best “Captain Planet” rant I’ve ever heard courtesy of the wondeful dudes in Cage the Elephant.

DSC_5312Later, everyone’s favorite whistler Andrew Bird drew a decent-sized crowd over to the Which Stage, while over at the This Tent country legend Merle Haggard attracted a new Bonnaroo breed: Backstage, dreadlocks and Dead shirts had been replaced by ball caps and Harley Davidson tees. These were the hardcore country-music fans, and the in-fine-form Haggard didn’t disappoint, leading his band through classic hits like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink.”

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After squeezing into a hot sweaty mass of blunt-toting Snoop Dogg fans, the Doggfather arrived to give the crowd exactly what they wanted, including hits like “Gin and Juice,” “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” and … that’s as far as I got, because some stoned idiot dropped a plate of mayo or tarter sauce or some white substance on the ground, which my foot found, causing me to fight my way out as quickly as humanly possible to clean it off.

The early evening sun cast warm, sleepy rays across the Which Stage lawn during a set by Band of Horses, whose music came across just the same. As much as this group shines in an indoor venue, mellow folk tunes like “No Ones Gonna Love You” and “Marry Song” got lost across the outdoor space, and halfway through I had to give up and call it a day (and for those of you who have yet to hear, Bruce Springsteen joined Phish onstage for the group’s fest-closing set. Sorry we missed out; there were hot showers that needed to be had).

And thus, my first Bonnaroo has come to an end. It’s been an amazing, fun-filled musical weekend, to say the least. More recap tomorrow, when my eyes are more than one-quarter open.

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