We're 3 weeks away so it's time to plan a group photo at our trees. For those that do not know, Inforoo is connected to five trees inside Centeroo and one at the clock tower.
Inforoo Whoreshack (Rooting for Whoreshack) Katbur Angie (Love for LLL) Maddie & Maggie's Dad (need location) Carpe Diem/Matt Sloan
I am in full planning/crafting mode, planning to decorate the trees Thursday as soon as we can get into Centeroo (noon). So be on the lookout for trees with solar string lights, hanging photo ornaments & decorations, flowers, and a memory canvas for signing.
I would love to do group photos as we have done in the past. I have tried emailing the Root for Roo folks but the email provided on the website got kicked back. It also seems like they haven't updated the website in years. So if anyone knows anyone connected with Bonnaroo or the Root for Roo program, please send me their contact info so I can coordinate. Otherwise we can set up a tripod and just do them ourselves. I have added a poll but anticipate editing once schedule is announced tomorrow.
Bonnaroo 2003, I had planned on checking out Antibalas at noon on Friday. After the surprise Antibalas Thursday night show, I was even more amped to see them (they were that good). I wandered by their stage right at noon, and it seemed like the late night set the night before had sapped their energy...couldn't compare. I decided that I'd just wander, and I wandered by This Tent - right as My Morning Jacket was hitting the opening chords of "One Big Holliday." The tent was half-empty, the sound was loud and huge, so I figured I had found my spot. Can easily say it changed my musical life, for sure.
Similar to StephieJane, I was amped for the Flaming Lips 2007 set (the 2003 set was pretty much the most fun I had ever had at a show). The crowd turned me off, though - way too packed, way too many idiots who just came to ogle at the crazy effects, brah. Seemed like the party was over, so to speak. I wandered off, somewhat dejected, and happened upon Galactic just taking the stage. I stayed there for 4+ hours and had a blast.
THIS! Both years, same situation, same amazing results. Walking into that half-full Morning Jacket tent on a whim was like stepping into a church. My jaw was in the sand and I haven't been the same since.
Every MMJ set is the perfect Roo moment for me. But '04 was the best in my book. Jim on the flying V, summoning up a storm from absolutely nowhere. When it ended, I've never seen so many jaws lying on the ground. Strangers hugging strangers. Ecstatic Cheshire grins all around. They deemed it the Thunderdome set. Listen to it.
My Morning Jacket had an absolute blast at this show as it started as easily the hottest and most humid show they've ever played. Then, during "At Dawn" the wind started whipping, the sky turned black, and just as "Steam Engine" started sheets of rain careened off the crowd, the band, and the equipment. It was as life altering as it was life threatening and they had the time of their lives...
Jim calls '04 Beyond Thunderdome after he summoned the storms with his flying V and harrowing wails. Everyone in that crowd went from fits of heatstroke to being drenched and delirious in a matter of minutes. They tore on through the deluge. When the set ended, no one could could believe what they'd witnessed. People were crying, pinching themselves. Strangers hugging strangers. '03 was almost as magical as we had no idea who we'd walked up on would later be crowned kings. First band on Friday in That Tent. Little band come "the the way" from Louisville via stagecoach time machine. Barefoot cavemen.
I'm partial to those early year sets, probably because they were more intimate and the material was stronger, IMO.
"If ya missed it, ya missed it. This was one of the true highlights of Bonnaroo 2004. Anyone who has had even half an eyelid open this past year has caught wind of My Morning Jacket. For many they broke on the scene last year kicking off Bonnaroo 2003 with an opening slot. A year later and they may be the hottest band on the circuit. Playing a decent 4:00 p.m. Saturday slot on Which Stage (the smaller of the two huge stages) front man Jim James took the ball and ran. Their hour and half of music kicked off with "Mahgeetah" just as their monumental 2003 release It Still Moves does. Sprinkled throughout the emphatic rocking set were favorites such as "One Big Holiday," "Dancefloors," "Golden," and a few tracks I have yet to hear from the ever-evolving band.
Now as we all know (or damn well should by now) music is some powerful stuff, and there are certain people who have figured out how to harness it's energy, and in turn how to affect the world at large. I'm starting to wonder if Jim James isn't one of those people. I saw Jim earlier that day around noon for a solo press show. While Jim was doing his hauntingly gorgeous solo thing the skies opened up and it rained hard! By the time he was done the sun was back and I simply smiled. Fast forward to about 5:00 p.m. and we're in the meat of MMJ's bomb of a set. Guitars are swirling, reverb is pummeling, the crowd is going nuts, hair is everywhere, and it's hot. Then on queue, with no warning here comes The Wind. And I mean it came. Now these are the moments that are hard to put into words. When Jim James brewed up this nasty storm he did so with grapefruit sized rain drops... maybe even hail? All I remember is Jim standing out past the roof structure being pelted with water as his wet mop of hair seemed to take on a life of its own. Guitars and vocals washing against a crowd that only seemed to get louder, larger, and better with the water, this was a quintessential "rock" moment, not only of Bonnaroo, but of my rock-filled existence. And as I slid away in Water World I began to wonder if maybe Jim James is one of those rare souls that can affect weather patterns, if he's one of the few that can change my world... either way we are certainly watching a rock star in the making."
Van Halen 07 Fleetwood Mac 14 Moonrise 18+19 Lost Lands 18 Bonnaroo 19+22 Hijinx 19 Disco Biscuits @ Red Rocks 21 GRiZ Space Camp 21 SubDocta Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Holy hell what performers) Upcoming: Andy Frasco & The U.N. Bear Grillz
I don’t know any of these yahoos singing Thursday. . I was just going to follow postgravy around. So any time is good.
Sweet Crude is at 4:30 but I have seen them in NOLA a couple times and have an autographed EP. I can miss them, my first set that day isn't until Opry. I'm down with tree bouncing anytime that day before then.