I think we may see Sunday night passed over to non jam acts associated with the scene by virtue of having a history with Roo (MMJ for example) or given to the classic rock headliner (where some jam acts can still fit into genre wise). I think it's then likely that the sub headliner on What can be filled with jammy-ish acts (or again those associated with that scene) to please the purists.
So instead of recycling DMB, WSP, and Phish time and again I think we might start seeing things like this on Sunday nights...
I think we may see Sunday night passed over to non jam acts associated with the scene by virtue of having a history with Roo (MMJ for example)...
First of all, I think classifying MMJ as a "non jam act" is a bit of a stretch; they have it in them and enjoy broad appeal among jam band fans. Secondly, I think you could be right. Their time is coming; it's just a matter of when. I couldn't see them headlining and not playing the Sunday night slot.
Post by Vw'ndeadchick on Sept 7, 2012 2:13:49 GMT -5
Haven't been around in a while but this made for great reading and I love any discussion that involves the evolution of roo. Those who know me, know I love jam bands... It is what attracted me to bonnaroo in the first place (10 years ago) and I enjoy Sunday nights. That being said, its not what keeps me coming back. That answer changed over the past few years to the people and festi family I want to catch up with every summer.
Yes I would be disappointed to see it removed from the slot, cant say it wouldnt affect my ticket purchase until i saw a lineup. Plus inforoo has camps at other feats where I can catch you lovelies
Also I vote with whoever said oysterhead a few pages ago
And I want add the spins to those jammy lists I saw
Post by spacegrass on Sept 7, 2012 18:37:15 GMT -5
I'm sure I'm in the minority here when I say there should always be a jam headliner. This fest started as a jam festival and my friends and I fell in love with it as a jam festival. We keep going each year because there is usually enough on the lineup to keep us happy and the fact that we've been going for the better part of a decade. It sort of feels like home to be on the farm getting down.
That said, I feel it would really be unfair to the long time fans that want nothing more than to go to roo each year, like they have for so many before that, and throw down to jam bands. Then roo say, "We're moving in a totally different direction. We know the fest was built on jam and we've moved away from that throughout the years, and it has alienated a large group of our original fans, but we're going all the way. No jam headliners. Sorry, you guys don't get even 1 night anymore."
I very much agree with everyone that said if you don't like who roo books then go to another fest (in some ways I'm guilty of that here). Stop asking roo to become the fest you want and let it be what it is. A major music festival with strong jam influence.
Could you imagine if coachella decided no more indie and booked WSP as a headliner? Long time fans would be way pissed and deservedly so. I don't want coachella, lolla, roo, or any other fest to change up their bookings when it alienates the fans that made the festival what it is.
I get roo has changed and in some ways for the better with the variety of music on the farm each year. I'm not at all suggesting that roo go back to all jam or anything of the sort. The current format seems fine (though I think the undercard was pretty weak on jam this year). I go to multiple festivals a year so it's nice to have a chance to see other acts I wouldn't normally pay for while still getting to see a few of the bands that I do make plans for seeing all year long and know are worth spending my money on.
Sorry for the rant there. TL:DR - Roo shouldn't change anymore than it already has.
Post by Boston Powers on Sept 16, 2012 16:42:39 GMT -5
The Bonnaroo audience is pretty rooted in jam bands, they'll pretty much always have a few major draws from that scene. You can count on a Sunday night jam headliner, not to mention a few other well-known acts on pad with Govt Mule, Umphreys McGee, Michael Franti, etc
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