That Stage

The grids are out, which means it’s time to get serious about Bonnaroo 2007. After the insane deluge of 2004, when Trey Anastasio fiddled with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra while Manchester drowned in mud, I took a little break. The festival is getting further from its hippie roots every year, but I’ve got friends who live down the road, Sector 9 and Galactic are playing late night sets, and hey, why not? In the run-up to the festival, I’ll post some of the music I’m most excited about, drawing heavily on the fine work by Some Dude at Bonnawho’s Who. We might as well start off with people I’ve never seen before:

With an album cover like this, what could possibly go wrong?


Tea Leaf Green
This band is steadily building a reputation on the third-generation jam band circuit.

Damien Rice
Fun fact: even though he’s not in it, Damien Rice sounds even better if you’ve seen the movie Once.

Ornette Coleman
When I was twelve, I gave a presentation about Ornette Coleman for music class. It was all about dates and categories–“free jazz,” as if the label explained anything–but I don’t remember hearing any of the music. The smart money says this will be the most adventurous set of the weekend.

Lilly Allen
The beauty of Bonnaroo is that when you’ve had it with Ornette’s way-out squeaking, you can walk across the lawn and be greeted by Lilly Allen’s super catchy pop. I’ll be in the front row, screaming like a Beatlemaniac!

A few more after the jump….

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Overlaps with Tea Leaf Green, at That Tent and The Other Tent, respectively.


Junior Brown

Sam Roberts Band

Gogol Bordello

This so-called “gypsy punk” reminds me of Mano Negra.

Cold War Kids

Sonya Kitchell


Brazilian Girls