Bonnaroo 2013 is tomorrow! If you are going, you are destined to see some fantastic concerts – but what if you have no idea who you want to see? If you are dazed and confused with the gigantic schedule of live music, let me offer you a tiny bit of guidance and suggest some MUST SEE shows.
Father John Misty (Thursday, 10:30 @ That Tent) In days of yore, Thursdays were a more laid back affair with few “must see” acts – but if you are into the Fleet Foxes’ brand of easy folk rock, you can’t miss Father John. In fact, he is FF’s ex-drummer. His breakthrough album Fear Fun is an acoustic treat with generous personality. If you need a little more pep in your step, The Polyphonic Spree will be at the Cinema Tent performing songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the same time. Yup.
Wu-Tang Clan (Friday, 7:30 @ The Which Stage) Yeah, Wilco AND Jim James are playing at the same time. Tough break – Wu-Tang rarely tours. RZA and the crew may not be making the rounds for awhile so this goes down as a can’t miss. The jury is still out on the Ol’ Dirty Bastard hologram showing up. If you just don’t like rap, Wilco is maybe the best touring rock band alive and won’t let you down.
Paul McCartney (Friday, 9:00 @ The What Stage) Don’t even front. Sir Paul! Lennon/McCartney. ‘Nuff said. I saw Paul back in ’09 and it is hands down my most fond concert memory of them all. Expect a marathon of some of the greatest pop songs ever made – direct from the man himself.
Animal Collective (Friday, 2:00AM @ This Tent) Even if you are unsure (or haven’t heard) of the perpetually confounding brand of Animal Collective’s freakout jams, at least come to watch the spectacle. The weirdos (sluts, bloods, waste-oids, dweebies, dickheads) will be out in full force, and it will be THE show every one is talking aboutSunday morning. You also don’t want to miss that “My Girls” sing-a-long, bro.
Death Grips (Saturday, 2:15 @ The Other Tent) Hands down, I am most eager to see Death Grips live and in action. This is a band with raw energy and unfiltered intensity. With their drummer currently on hiatus from the band, I have no idea what their live dynamic is like – however I am confident MC Ride will be there to lead the death and destruction. Expect lots of F words, skull crushing beats and the hounds of hell unleashed at some point. The Other Tent will never be the same.
Kendrick Lamar (Sunday, 4:30 @ The What Stage) – The man behind my favorite album of 2012 (good kid, m.a.a.d. city) is literally playing every festival under the sun this year. He and his band should be in TOP form, dropping the hottest hip hop anywhere. Expect a party, especially when Kendrick drops the crowd moving joint “Swimming Pools”.
The National (Sunday, 6:30 @ The What Stage) The reigning kings of self deprecating, brooding indie rock return to Bonnaroo for their third go-round, this time on the main stage. Frontman Matt Berninger made 3 trips into the crowd for various reasons in 2010 and even served up wine to a few spectators. Their new album Trouble Will Find Me is maybe their most accessible yet. I’ve seen them a dozen times over the years and wouldn’t dare skip out early on this one.
Who are YOU excited to see? Sound off.