No doubt everyone going to Bonnaroo has a list of shows they must see.
I’m sure band like Umphrey’s Mcgee, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon and Dave Matthews Band are definitely on those lists. What about the little things, the shows that slip through the cracks?
This year here are a few of Honest Tune’s tips to catching some of the little things that make the big picture so bright.
Thursday has grown up in to its own recognizable day. What once was a small night of exploration of the grounds became a solid night of a few up and coming bands. Throughout the years it has continued to jockey the full days for more and more attention. After all, it is the first night away from the desk weight you call a job. Why not partay! This year’s Thursday seems to be fully grown, and oozing sass.
Miike Snow- 7:30, This Tent
This early evening set seems a bit out of place not serving as the outro to a night of blissful beginnings. However, it will most certainly be one of the most lively of all Thursday’s grown up glory. Highly danceable and sonically pleasing, don’t be surprised if this isn’t the break out set of the day. www.miikesnow.co.uk/gb/home
The Dodos- 9:00, This Tent
Explosive and yet folksy, The Dodos create spacey melodic music. Should prove to be one of those bands you leave Bonnaroo very intrigued with. Check them out. www.dodosmusic.net
Blitzen Trapper- 10:15, The Other Tent
We’re still very uncertain how this band hasn’t taken over the world. Their music is amazing. Such an expansive range of influence and creation can be found in their work. One of the bands we are most excited to see this year. www.blitzentrapper.net
TGIF still applies. Even in the land of milk and honey it is good to uphold some simple values. Why not head out early with some swagger and a drink.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave- 12:00, Which Stage
What better way to start the day than with some of New Orleans’ finest? Shorty has been killing it as of late. Appearances on HBO’s Treme, Andrews and his crew will definitely know how to call the party to arms. http://www.tromboneshorty.com/
Steep Canyon Rangers- 2:15, Sonic Stage
These guys had already grabbed the reigns and began to run before going on tour as Steve Martin’s band. They will be playing with Martin later in the day (@ That Tent/7:30) but this is an opportunity to seem them in all of the North Cackolacky bluegrass glory. http://www.steepcanyon.com/
Punch Brothers- 3:00- Sonic Stage
This bluegrass supergroup will definitely be worth hanging around for. Serious bluegrass cats like Chris Thile, Noam Pikleny, Gabe Withcher, Paul Kowert and Chris Eldridge having a little picking party off the beaten path of the main stages. http://www.punchbrothers.com/
There is so much greatness going down you can fill in the rest of your Friday any way you want, and I’m sure it will be dyno-mite!
Midnight is a win, win, win situation. The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys or Daryl Hall and Chromeo. After the release of Brothers, The Black Keys may be the most anticipated. When Galactic does anything after midnight you better be there.
Galactic- 2:00AM, The Other Tent
Galactic, late night, Bonnaroo- I mean it’s almost as powerful as the Flint City MEGA BOWL!!!! www.galacticfunk.com
Early in the day there are some off the radar gems lurking in the shade.
Imeida May- 12:15, Café Where
This is a great way to start the day. She will be joining Jeff Beck later in the day, but her and the band throw down some groovy rockabilly. http://www.imeldamay.co.uk/
Truth and Salvage Company- 5:45, Ford Motors Garage
Not sure if you have to own a Ford, or anything crazy to get into this one. Could be a sleeper show. Truth and Salvage Company have been making waves opening for The Black Crowes and touring like mad. Honest Tune’s Fred Adams just did a great feature story on the band. http://www.honesttune.com/
They will be playing a few shows throughout the weekend, but I put my money on this one being the coolest. http://www.truthandsalvageco.
Deadmau5- 2:15AM, This Tent
After what is sure to be mass sensory overload with midnight Thievery Corporation, Deadmau5’s relentless grooves and frantic mix should help to dance the pieces back together. Many will opt for the Disco Biscuits sure to be sunrise show; however Deadmau5 will probably not be sending anyone home early either. http://www.deadmau5.com
It is almost time to go home, but not with out some good local flavor.
Caitlin Rose- 1:20-Troo Music Lounge
Nashville has gotten critical acclaim for its active indie rock scene, and the city has always been known for its country roots. However very seldom does anyone see the connection between those country roots and the productive indie scene. Caitlin is exactly what Nashville is about. http://www.thecaitlinrose.com/
Space Capone- 5:20, Troo Music Lounge
Vintage throw back soul. Like shopping the Hardwood Classics section at the NBA Store. This shows got game. A different type of deliciousness served up by Nashville, TN. http://www.myspace.com/