Bonnaroo is quickly approaching, and the excitement among people I know going is getting a little too much to handle. Because of the impending awesome weekend, I decided to share my Top 10 must see’s the festival. Some of these names are older, some newer, but they all will be awesome and it will sure be a long weekend to remember. Enjoy!
10. David Cross, Sunday 2:45, Comedy Tent : Hopefully you’re familiar with this guy. Since the early 90′s he’s been involved with everything from Mr. Show with Bob and David, Arrested Development, and he even has a bit role in the vastly underrated Pootie Tang. This time around he’ll be doing his regular stand up gig, and it’s pretty fucking funny. The great thing about Cross is that no one is spared and no line is uncrossable. That’s probably the thing I like most about him. He clearly see’s a line he shouldn’t cross, but he jumps over it gleefully and sets it fire. Also, it helps that the Comedy tent is a tent with an amazing air conditioner.
9. Lord Huron, Saturday, 2:00, This Tent : After only checking them out when the initial lineup came out, this is one of the unknown gems I’m most excited about. The album is really solid, and it has enough heart and potential for some really fun sing along sections and overall just some nice, chill afternoon, pretty music. Should be a really strong show.
8. Grizzly Bear, Friday, 5:30, Which Stage : I’ve loved these guys for awhile, and with every subsequent album they seem to develop their sound and get better. Last year’s “ Shields,” has remained an album I’ve been going back to since it was released, and their set occurs smack dab in the middle of what has turned out to be an insanely packed Friday at Roo.
7. Japandroids, Thursday, 10:00, This Tent : I’ve mentioned them here before, but these guys are making some of the best rock n roll out right now. The intensity is matched only by the seemingly care free thoughts you get while listening to the albums. It has all the amazing nostalgia of growing up and feeling like the world was yours, while combining the fist pumping fan that you have while listening to only this type of music.
6. Of Monsters & Men, Friday, 3:30, Which Stage : As you may know, I’m obsessed with this band, and as the fest gets closer, it’s only getting worse. It has soul and heart that is sorely missed in music right now, and from the clips I’ve watched online it seems like they are just loving the ride. For a more folk driven band, they also have an amazing ability to make it more down to earth and main stream then some other folksy bands. It’s pretty, and it’s joyous, and it’s gonna be awesome.
5. Wu – Tang Clan, Friday, 11: 30 Which Stage : Nothing too extensive really needs to be said in regards to these dudes. They changed hip hop forever, and while artists like Tupac, B.I.G., and many others have come and gone, the Wu are still going for it and making amazing rap music. I for one can’t wait to finally see them and hopefully they play one of my all time favorite songs “ Triumph.” Simply put, Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with.
4. Animal Collective, Friday, 2:00 AM, This Tent : This is the gonna be the face melting set of the weekend, at least when it comes to late night shows. They got robbed of a late night set in 2009, but Roo seems to have gone the intelligent route this time and booked them for a late late show where their psychedelic, trippy stage show and music will be best showcased. The new “ Centipede Hz” isn’t their best album, but I have faith that the show will leave all breathless and dancing into the early morning.
3. the National, Sunday, 6:30, What Stage : This band is amazing. I’m interested to see how the slower, more depressing music will translate to an early evening, mostly sunny set, but I never doubt the power of music. These men have been playing pretty much everyday in my house, and I’m incredibly stoked to finally see them for myself and experience the power of the National.
2. Bjork, Saturday, 7:00, What Stage : I’m not crazy about the time slot they gave her, but I’ll finally be getting to see her at least. Why they would put an artists whose stage show relies so much on it being dark on during the day is a mystery to me, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it’s being changed so we’ll just have to make the best of it. Should be amazing either way.
1. Sir Paul McCartney, Friday, 9:00, What Stage : Did you expect anyone else to be number 1? Maybe for those crunchy dance kids, it’s Pretty Lights or something, but for heaven’s sake, This man is responsible for some of the best music in the history of the world. He’s a Beatle, and while people will argue who’s the best, for me it’s gonna be unreal and incredibly special just for me to say I’ve finally gotten to see a living legend with enough amazing material to play nothing but fan favorites and hits, which is what I expect him to do anyway.