Nine days and counting...
The schedule for Bonnaroo is now available. Check out this printable version that I'll be studying during random subway rides over the next few days.
I've done some early plotting. According to the Joker, Beck is playing at a tough time and we're going to have to skip some of our other favorite bands to see him. Saturday is by far the best of the four days.
Based on previous experiences at festivals, I've conceded the fact that I'll miss any music before 4:00pm, especially since I'm staying off site this year. Rest is key, especially during the first two days. My goal is to be in front of some music by 4:20 everyday.
Here's a few future highlights:
Thursday: We'll probably stop by to pick up supplies and check things out in the "tents." The Wood Brothers (Chris Wood from MMW and his brother Oliver who plays guitar) go on at 8:45. I saw the Wood Brothes open up for Trey Band at Roseland Ballroom in NYC last year. I don't know any of the other bands playing on Thursday night aside from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. When in doubt, go see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I've caught them in New Orleans a few times and they never disappoint me.
Friday: The Joker and I saw caught a bit of Devendra Banhart's performance at Vegoose. Might be worth seeing again. Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove go on at 3pm and then I'll catch the end of Cat Power playing the Memphis Rhythm Band. Oysterhead will be the big show of the day for me, from 5:30 to 7pm at the What Stage followed by Tom Petty. Late night I'll switch back and forth between My Morning Jacket and Umphrey's McGee & The Disco Biscuits. I've never seen MMJ and I'm eager to see them live for the first time.
Saturday: I'd like to see the Neville Brothers at Noon but most likely I'll skip it along with Buddy Guy. If I'm there in time, I'll see Elvis Costello, then some of Rusted Root and Gomez before I wander over to get a good spot for Beck. He wins out over Blues Traveler, Les Claypool, MMW, and Cypress Hill who are all playing at the same time as Beck on the main stage.That will be the toughest decision to make at this year's Bonnaroo. Beck's performance was the best part of Vegoose by far and I'm expecting another high energy performance. I've seen Blues Traveler and Les Calypool before. I'm itching to see Medeski, Martin, & Wood... but since I've been to over 40 MMW shows, so I'm gonna skip them to see Beck, which will end in time to catch the last bit of Cypress Hill. Then it's Radiohead followed by the Super Jam.
Sunday: I'll end up skipping Mike Doughty and Soulive, both whom I'd like to see. Maybe if I stay up all night I can catch them! Then it's Bela Fleck and Matisyahu. At that point, it's going to be a coin flip between Sonic Youth and Bonnie Rait. I've seen moe too many times to count. Phil Lesh and Friends to close will be sweet because he'll have some amazing guests sitting in.