Yesterday at Bonnaroo, you couldn’t get a free moment if you tried. The lineup was stacked with artists that couldn’t be missed, performances that had to be heard. Everyone seemed to be enjoying stage hopping in order to hear the wide variety of artists whose performances exceedingly overlapped. Here’s how my day went…
Ben Sollee 1-2pm
Belafleck & the Flecktones: The Original Line-Up 2-3:15pm
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals 3:15-4:30
Warren Haynes Band 4-5:30pm
The Decemberists 5:30-7
Ray LaMontagne 6:15-7:45pm
Florence + the Machine 6:45-8:15
Bobby Long 8-8:50
Arcade Fire 11-12:30
I had a hard time making decisions – who to see, how long to stay at which performances, & when to eat/sit. Straight from Vermont, Grace Potter proved that her music was “rock” label worthy as thousands of people watched – her voice captured a tone that most singers could not pull off in a controlled manner as she masterfully does herself. She also impressed with her guitar skills & simultaneous head banging/luring electric piano playing. And the Nocturnals entertained with solos from their guitarists + the happiest face that you will ever see from any drummer out there.
Ray LaMontagne also mesmerized the crowd with his shy/humble demeanor and calming voice. His song choices included several songs off of his recently released album, “God willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.” And believe me when I say they are as good live as they are recorded. You wouldn’t have even been able to point out a discrepancy had he not sang as freely as he did.
The highlight of Friday night – the headliner. Arcade Fire, captured the attention of the entire mass of 100,000 people attending Bonnaroo. About 15 minutes before they took the stage, something that no one will forget happened…read on to the next post for the details…
Listen to the Ray LaMontagne interview below!
Ray Lamontagne Int
*Pictures taken by MusicAllies and Bonnaroo 2011 Cams*