John: We don't even understand our own music Spider: It doesn't, does it matter whether we understand it? At least it'll give us . . . strength John: I know but maybe we could get into it more if we understood it
Orgone - seriously these guys are so good and I think they will blow up in the next few years.
Big Sam's Funky Nation - They were all over the place. Big Sam is a tremendous entertainer and a great trombone player, and he proved it in every single corner of Bonnaroo this weekend.
And Dave Rawlings was wonderful of course. If they would have billed it as Dave Rawlings with Gillian Welch, nobody would have overlooked it. As it was the tent could have fit many, many more people on a hot afternoon.
So many others. A few that come to mind are Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, the Bridge, and Diane Birch.
Also, they're well-known, but some acts that were surprisingly poorly attended were Jeff Beck, MMW and Los Amigos Invisibles. All three played tremendous shows.
Post by popetasticperson on Jun 15, 2010 17:59:30 GMT -5
the two shows that surprised me the most were the national and lotus on the sonic stage.
the national i expected to be good, but there was some CRAZY emotion coming out of that guy up there and everyone was on the level. i would never, ever have listened to boxer or high violet and expected the singer to crowd surf and keep the crowd jumping the whole time. i went to this show to chill to some good music and found myself in the midst of a fuckin PARTY!
after the national i went to the american spirits tent to get some cigs. unfortunately they don't do that anymore. as i was walking to the end of tenacious D, i heard lotus on the sonic stage (didn't know who it was at the time, i didn't see them thursday) and wandered over to again find myself immersed in a ridiculous party. i was there about 10 minutes before they played the theme song from an old zelda game and i said fuck tenacious d and watched the rest of the set.
Post by omgitsbonnaroo on Jun 15, 2010 20:18:27 GMT -5
I'm going to echo Here We Go Magic. HOLY CRAP! This band was fantastic live and blew my expectations out of the water. They were a great band, really tight, the girl bassist was fantastic and they were really about 10X better live than on album.
Also, The Bridge were friggin unreal (caught the last half of their set.)
I actually wasn't feeling the first few songs of Dave Rawlings (admittedly didn't give him the greatest of chances) but went to Jimmy Cliff and I thought he was just fantastic as I chilled back by the mist tent.
Jimmy Cliff was much better than I expected. A great showman who can still sing as well as he ever could. Loved how he changed Vietnam to Afghanistan. Dave Rawlings was great but I didn't regret leaving for a second.
I'd have to say Dr. Dog. They put on one hell of a show every time I catch them. I was going to skip them at Roo this year since I just saw them a couple weeks ago at the 9:30 Club but I'm glad I decided to check it out anyhow.
jonathon tyler & the northern lights and without a doubt john butler trio.. the version of ocean he played was the best one ive ever heard
"Ocean" was the main reason I wanted to see John Butler Trio and, let me tell you, the Bonnaroo version of "Ocean" this year was totally EPIC! I was so not disappointed in the least and have to say that catching JBT, both on What Stage and then again on Sonic Stage, was an amazing part of our adventure this year.