FEST FLASHBACK: Bonnaroo 2006 feat. Tom Petty, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Beck, and Radiohead
The education that begins today and continues long after the guitars have gone quiet.
FEST FLASHBACK: Bonnaroo 2006 feat. Tom Petty, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Beck, and RadioheadCity: Manchester, TN
Can’t decide whether or not to get gone? In anticipation of the big, bad body bake that is the Summer Festival season (buy your SPF60 now, people!), PopMatters spends this week revisiting the highs and lows of last year’s most scintillating soirees.
Bonnaroo DAY 1
16 June 2006 Having left the camper behind, we venture forward into the abyss. The first act I'm set to catch is the increasingly popular Chicago son, Andrew Bird. On stage there are a variety of pedals, a drum kit, and a phonograph straight out of a southern plantation's sitting room. Bird emerges to an excited crowd, dressed in jeans, a cut-off blue t-shirt, and sunglasses. Known to completely reinvent his songs live, Bird stretches his words and notes like a cat's cradle, pulling off an impressive improvisational reading of his work. The stiff classical reputation of the violin vanishes in Bird's hands, as he reconfigures his instrument to suit his particular need of the moment. He plucks, he loops his sounds, and he strums his violin to cheers and howls -- garnering loud adoration like few violinists have heard before. And then there's the whistling. Any asshole with lips, a jukebox, and a barstool can keep up with Axl Rose's little ditty on "Patience" or John Lennon's contribution to "Jealous Guy", but Bird's whistling adds an entirely new dimension to his tunes. Spectacular. Easily one of the best sets of the weekend, and we are just getting started.
My Morning Jacket
Bonnaroo DAY 2
17 June 2006