Scene and Heard

Heat and Hot music scorch Bonnaroo

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 18, 2010

Almost 80,000 music lovers filled the now legendary 700 acre Manchester, TN farm for a weekend of music, camping and social vibes. Bonnaroo is an endurance test with four days of heat in the mid 90’s, acres of walking through hot and sweaty crowds and performances on seven stages that last until daylight.

People of all ages and personalities join together to celebrate the entire music spectrum.

Your senses are overwhelmed by the many activities, music, lights and attractions you find in this rolling field that turns the quiet little town of Manchester, into a music mecca for four days and forms one of the five largest cities in Tennessee.

In the center of it all you will find food clothing and plenty of artistic shopping. The main gathering place especially when showers are at a premium and the heat index is nearly 100 is a mushroom shaped fountain that many take advantage of to cool off while others just take in the sites of scantly clothed people splashing about.

At night a ferris wheel complete with spectacular changing light patterns, keeps you entertained even if you don’t go for a ride. For the ninth consecutive year, Bonnaroo, is the premier Midwest music event. A place to discover great new music and relish in todays top acts and enjoy a few of music’s legends.

Its impossible to take it all in, you have to make tough choices such as, the seven pm slot on Saturday between Weezer, Jeff Beck and John Prine or the Friday late night shows of The Flaming Lips, Darryl Hall with Chromeo or The Black Keys. Most of the time you try to split your time between shows.

Bonnaroo is a draining but wonderful experience. One that has us counting the days till next years version..

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Best of Bonnaroo 2010

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 18, 2010

You can’t possibly see everything or every show at Bonnaroo. Based on the choices I made here is my list of standout shows.


Best Performances Friday


  1. Flaming Lips – Friday Late show, balls, balloons, confetti, amazing stage   lighting and “Dark Side of the Moon” combine to overload your senses.
  2. Tenacious D-   Even Conan bowed down to them
  3. Kings Of Leon-  Labeled the Kings of Bonnaroo
  4. The Black Keys -Powerhouse set that kept many from the beginning of Flaming Lips
  5. Daryl Hall and Chromeo- Halls voice is still on of the best soul voices in music
  6. The National –    better live than the albums


Friday Best of the Rest


1.The Gaslight Anthem – Second coming of the “Boss”

  1. Nitty Gritty Earth Band- These guys can still play!
  2. Michael Franti- Positive beat and tons of energy
  3. She and Him- getting comfortable on stage the music was always there.
  4. Dr. Dog- always entertaining and their new album rocks.



Best Performances-Saturday


  1. Avett Brothers- solid music with amazing harmonies
  2. Jeff Beck-  A Legendary Guitar God
  3. Stevie Wonder- Incredible voice range and Hall of Fame set- Great performance, but didn’t fit Saturday night at Bonnaroo
  4. Weezer their set woke up and a heat drained crowd.
  5. Dead Weather- great beat and stage show. They even made it rain for their opener for a brief time.
  6. Jay Z- filled the entire lawn with dancers.


Saturday Best of the Rest

1.John Prine- Legendary music

  1. GWAR- evil but entertaining
  2. Jimmy Cliff- still can energize a crowd
  3. Dan Deacon Ensemble- Fun sound and show highlighted by playing on glass.


Best Performances Sunday

  1. John Fogerty- Creedence and his hits had the crowd dancing the entire set. A real professional.
  2. Miranda Lambert
  3. John Butler Trio
  4. Calexico
  5. Phoenix
  6. Ween
  7. Dave Matthews ( missed this one but heard great things)
Best of Bonnaroo
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