This wil be my 4th ROO and Herbie Hancock was amazing in 2005 and of course The Flaming Lips in 2007. My first FLips show and all I can say is WOW! Then my husband and I went to see Sasha. I think by far that was the best night in all the years we have been!
Post by daclownman on Feb 26, 2008 22:19:57 GMT -5
mine was the cat empire.
'06 on a thursday night. not sure what i was expecting, but we finally got our "living quarters" set-up and decided to go check out some shows, most of which we have never heard of.
walking by and hear fun going on. go check them out and it still might be the best show overall i have seen at bonnaroo. but watching that show i new i was destined to be a roo go-er for ever.
share your stories.
When I saw this post title no lie, Cat Empire immediately came to mind. I had downloaded some songs of many of the smaller bands before my trip to my first Roo, and none stuck out more than Cat Empire. I got their cd before Roo and it was on non-stop in my car for a good 2 months leading up. Then after getting settled and taking a short nap, my merry band of friends traveled into centeroo for the first time and I was drawn to their show. We only stayed for the first half of their set, but it was definetely the most memorable. Maybe because it was the first show, maybe because I was realizing I had finally made it. But Cat Empire will always stick out in my brain when I hear Bonnaroo!
Post by Sköldpadda on Feb 26, 2008 22:44:35 GMT -5
The first show that stuck with me was definitely Tom Petty...maybe Ben Folds, but I didn't see the whole set.
It would have been Electric Eel Shock, but I didn't get any sleep Tuesday or Wednesday that year (not a long story, but one I'd rather not tell to hundreds of people who don't know me), so I finally crashed Thursday night. I woke up (sitting in my chair at camp) to my friends stumbling into our canopy, telling me about how crazy this japanese band was.
Post by henotbusybeingborn on Feb 27, 2008 1:33:01 GMT -5
Bright Eyes in 06. No offense to anyone I saw before them, but they really put me in a special place that carried on through the whole weekend. Lua with David Rawlings and Gillian Welch was absolutely beautiful.
Damn, now I want to hear it...
Anyone willing to put that up on sendspace or something?
Couldn't agree more! That song definitely tugged on my heartsrings. I cried a little bit, and I'm totally not ashamed to admit it. Gillian can harmonize like crazy!
Anyhoo, the first performance that I can remember from my first Roo was actually Demitri Martin in the Comedy Tent. It was the first live standup I'd ever seen, and it made me realize how awesome live comedy can be.
The first notable musical performance was Ben Folds on the Which Stage. Loved hearing "One Angry Dwarf...", and can't wait to see him again this year!
Post by ellisintransit on Feb 27, 2008 16:41:59 GMT -5
My Morning Jacket......"Thunderdome"....2004.
My first Bonnaroo got started off really bad, and I missed the first night because I was sick. The next day, we got in just in time to see some Gov't Mule on the main stage, and I had heard about this awesome band My Morning Jacket alot, but never actually heard them, so we went over to the smaller stage. It was mindblowing, electric, whatever. All those things rolled into one. I stayed for the whole show. The crazy ass storms moved in, and as the hot day gave way to the blowing winds and the red sashes (or whatever they are) on the side of the stage were flowing in the wind, I knew I had found a new favorite band in MMJ.
Sounds kind of cliche all that, but it was magical. I've seen them 15 more times since then. Hehe. Kind of an addiction now, and I can guaran-damn-tee you that I haven't, nor will I ever, miss another Bonnaroo.
Post by famousblueraincoat on Feb 27, 2008 17:14:12 GMT -5
The first set that really hit me was My Morning Jacket's set in '04, followed shortly thereafter by Damien Rice. Both of those shows made for one of my most memorable days at Bonnaroo ever. Other highly memorable Bonnaroo shows:
Radiohead '06 MMJ Late Night '06 The Hold Steady '07
My first Bonnaroo was in 05 and the first show that stuck with me was John Prine. I had seen him once when i was 9 with my parents, but at 21 in an amazing atmosphere i could appreciate it a lot more. The set was amazing. His supporting band was perfect and all these great things kept happening. The lightning crash that answered his question, him playing Aint Hurtin Nobody after begging him, and the fact you can hear me flipping out on the official live album at the begging of the show (which btw sounds amazing). I also got to see him with my dad again. My dad and i have been exchanging musical tastes for a long time and to finally have that culmination in Bonnaroo was a little overwhelming. We were able to see John Prine one day then Kings of Leon the next and we knew that we were in heaven. It was good timing to, because his health has prevented him from going since '06.
Post by drumdemon44 on Feb 28, 2008 20:42:10 GMT -5
Mute Math and Clutch Clutch was one of the main reasons i went last year , when both their sets were over the mood was set for the whole weekend. Tool was also incredable, and the Flaming Lips show turned me on to them. their show was off the hook !
Mine is always Jack Johnson in '03. He played the main stage on early Friday, G Love joined him on stage for a rousing Mudfootball. Ben Harper followed with a killer afternoon set also. That is how I kicked off my roo experience and have not missed one since. Number 6 here I come!
Post by BrokenLight on Feb 29, 2008 10:09:49 GMT -5
my first roo was 05, and i guess the first show that really blew me away, the first show that was my first real big music memory from bonnaroo, the first show where i said to myself, i'm here, this is bonnaroo, i love this place, this is my home, that show was allman brothers, and i think the realization happened during their cover of "the night they drove old dixie down"
but that same year, going from widespread on sat night to trey right afterwards was the greatest 7 or so hours for me, it was my first time seeing both artists for the first time, never got to see phish, i loved trey's set as opposed to many people who say it sucked
For me it was Stanton Moore Trio in the Jazz Tent on Thursday. I was exhausted from being up so early and driving to Roo. But Stanton Moore's set was so good, it really chilled me out and I got to relax a bit even though people all around me were dancing and jumping from their tables.(It was awesome) But to see Robert Walter twice in two months and tear it up was awesome.(Saw him with the Greyboy All-Stars the month before in Atlanta)
Clutch last year. I'm hoping that Rod y Gab get added this year, 'cause I had to choose between them and C!.
Same here... That C! set ROCKED, however...
Clutch definitely brought it. That was the first show I saw at Bonnaroo and I knew right away that I had done the Right Thing coming to Roo. I have seen Clutch probably 30 times since 1994, never in front of a crowd that big. Within the first few seconds of Gravel Road I realized that I was among a unique group of people. I would venture to say that half of the people at C!'s set last year had never seen them before, but the energy was amazing.
radiohead '06 umphrey's/ disco '06 pink floyd was amazing rod y gab '07 sci '07 special guest keller gov't mule '07 followed by end of sasha and digweed '07 Sun coming up while they played that crazy eraser remix was amazing.
then there is xavier rudd '07 and keller wiliams wmd's '07 also