Sunday, July 29, 2012

To the 'Roo

At some point a friend (and concert enthusiast) told me about her annual trip to a magical music festival on a giant farm in the dusty summer heat of Tennessee. This year I stopped wondering about it and made the trek out there with her.
The 4-day music fest is Bonnaroo (the South's rival to California's Coachella) and this year's lineup hooked me: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, Feist, Ben Folds Five, The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Punch Brothers, The Roots, Dispatch, The Shins, Young the Giant, The Temper Trap, Fitz & the Tantrums, Two Door Cinema Club, etc (and by 'etc' I mean Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, Skrillex, Kenny Rogers, Flogging Molly, ?uestlove, Ludacris, Childish Gambino and hundreds of others.)
So we signed up to volunteer pre-fest (3 long days of setting up the venue before the music starts, earning you a free ticket) and road tripped ourselves out there. On the way out we broke up the driving a bit with a stop in Louisville, KY to see some of L's family.
Bourbon at the Jim Beam distillery tour in KY
Black fungus (tree bark) eats sugars released during fermentation
A day at the races
The Slugger
On to the main event
Hard at work for the Access Team (this was a 3-man job, yes it was)
Welcome campers!
Clock tower
Friendly neighborhood Gumby
Drum art
One of five large stages
The Avett Brothers on the What Stage
Local color
Body paint
Judah Friedlander
Sunset beyond the masses
Bonnaroo'nicorn love
Hula hoops
Radiohead. Unforgettable.

1 comment:

Taryn said...

looks awesome! Glad you had fun.