Sunday, March 28, 2010

06/11-13/04 Bonnaroo @ Manchester, TN

Dave Matthews & Friends
06/11/04 (Fri) Bonnaroo Music Festival @ Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Set 1: Dodo, Trouble, Up and Away, Solsbury Hill, Stay Or Leave, Save Me, Oh, Up On Cripple Creek, Some Devil, Dancing Nancies, Thing, Tell Me Something Good, Grave Digger, Grey Blue Eyes, So Damn Lucky, Too High, Fire, Hey Bulldog
E: Waste, Everyday, Bathtub Gin, Drums and Bass jam
Lineup: Dave Matthews and Friends: Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio, Brady Blade, Tony Hall, Ray Paczkowski and Tim Reynolds

Bob Dylan
06/11/04 (Fri) Bonnaroo Music Festival @ Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Set 1: Down Along The Cove, Tell Me That It Isn't True, Samson & Delilah, Watching The River Flow, You Win Again, Cold Irons Bound, Sing Me Back Home, Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine), Highway 61, Pancho & Lefty, Seeing The Real You At Last, Blind Willie McTell, Honest With Me, Don't Think Twice It's Alright, Summer Days
E: Cat's In The Well, Like A Rolling Stone
Lineup: Larry Campbell - guitars, slide, pedal steel, cittern; Bob Dylan - vocals, keyboards, mouth harp; Stu Kimball - electric guitar; Tony Garnier - bass, standup bass; George Recile - drums

Umphrey's McGee
06/11/04 (Fri)
Set I: Walletsworth, Resolution> Jazz Odyssey, Wife Soup, Nothing too Fancy, Bright Lights> Jazz Odyssey> Prowler> Glory> Ocean Billy> The Triple Wide> Jam1> moe. switch1> Jam1> And Justice For All, Bridgeless, Push the Pig> March of the S.O.D.> Hurt Bird Bath, In the Kitchen, 40's Theme, Nemo, I Ran, JaJunk2
Encore: Miss Tinkle's Overture> Mulche's Odyssey
1 the members of moe. came out one-by-one and took over for Umphrey's for a "set break"; moe.'s set was Recreational Chemistry > Brent Black > Enter Sandman; Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident) was on percussion for Brent Black and Enter Sandman; for Enter Sandman, Vince Iwinski was on lead vocals, a la James Hetfield
2 with Norwegian Wood jam and My Name is Mud tease

06/11/04 (Fri)
Set 1: Bernie Intro (pop goes the weasal > That's All > Ants go marching..), Seven Laws of Woo?, Crash Victim/Black Science Navigator, Interworld and the New Innocence > Bernie and Lili Haydn Jam, (Phase 1) Brain Laswell & Buckethead Jam, (Phase 2) Praxis Jam, (Phase 3) Drum n Bass Jam, (Phase 4) Praxis Jam
Set 2: Buckethead Breakdance solo > Herbie, Brain drum solo, Buckethead solo - Big Sur Moon > shred solo > Pure Imagination > Pirates life for me > Machine Gun, Praxis Jam > Bernie Worrell Solo, Maggot Brain ft. Lili Haydn, Drum n Bass Jam, E: Night of the Slunk, Praxis Jam > ft. Lili Haydn, Praxis Jam > ft. Lili Haydn, Praxis Jam, Praxis Jam
Lineup: Bill Laswell - Bass, Buckethead - Guitar, Brain - Drums Bernie Worrell - Keys, Lilly Hayden - Violin

Vida Blue
06/11/04 (Fri)
Set 1: Most Events Aren't Planned, Pick Up the Pieces, Ochimini, Get Ready, Who's Laughing Now, Where's Popeyes > Just Kissed My Baby, Electra Glide, Fresh Tube, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Sheep, Little Miami (Reputation), Cisco Kid, CJ3
E: Russell's Tune, Cars Trucks Buses

06/12/04 (Sat)
Set 1: Shibuya, Never Called You Crazy, Bittersweet, The Moil, Bongo Joe, Crazyhorse Mongoose *, All Behind You Now, Heart of Steel, Bakers Dozen +, Sympathy for the Devil ^, Tiger Roll, Space Headz March, Doublewide, Whole Lotta Love
^ with J.J. Grey
+ with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
* with Eric Krasno

The Dead
06/12/04 (Sat)
Set 1: Tennessee Jed > Good Lovin > Self Defense, The Weight, Me & Bobbie McGee, Mr Charlie > Jack Straw > Casey Jones
Set 2: St Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven > Dark Star > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Morning Dew, Help On the Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower > Lovelight
E1: One More Saturday Night
E2: Box Of Rain

06/12/04 (Sat)
Set 1: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, American Life, The Toys Go Winding Down, Groundhog's Day, My Friend Fats, Jerry was a Racecar Driver, Over the Electric Grapevine, De Anza Jig, Mr. Krinkle, YYZ, Those Damn Blue-Collar Tweekers, THELA HUN GINJEET, Frizzle Fry, Harold of the Rocks, Tommy the Cat

Addison Groove Project
06/13/04 (Sun)
Set 1: 11 Headed > Neo Geo > Crullers > Neo Geo > Juniper, Beantown, Love and Happiness ^, My Apartment, Have a Cigar, Reverend *
^ With Andy Moroz, Jenifer Hartswick, Dave Grippo
* with Cattle from Camper Von Beethoven on Trombone

Medeski, Martin and Wood
06/13/04 (Sun)
Set 1: Curtis > New Planet, Toy Dancing*, Down On Me*, New Planet*, Shine It > Improv > Queen Bee > Lonely Ave+
* with Cyro Baptista
+ with Robert Randolph

Trey Anastasio
06/13/04 (Sun) Bonnaroo Music Festival @ Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Set 1: All Things Reconsidered, Coming To, No Name, No Name, The Inlaw Josie Wales*, Another Trey Tune Unnamed+, Guyute, Flock Of Words^
Set 2: Mr. Completely > Sing a Song, Simple Twist Up Dave, Alive Again > Night Speaks To A Woman, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Curlew's Call, Sultans of Swing, Push On Til the Day, Small Axe, Last Tube, Ether Sunday, Black Dog, E: First Tube
*Trey on acoustic
+Trey on electric
^Trey on acoustic & vocals, Jennifer Hartswick on Vocals.

This was my first festival in the U.S. I owed my friend some money so I bought him a ticket to Bonnaroo instead so he'd be forced to drive us. The ticket was a little more than I owed him, so I called the remainder a birthday present, since he'd be turning 21 during the fest.

As it turned out, a Toyota Celica was not the ideal vehicle to take three guys plus gear on a 15 hour trip to central Tennessee. That doesn't even take into account the 12 hour wait to get in the festival gates.

When, we finally got in, the festival was well underway. We were completely drained and had to take in Dave Matthews & Friends and Bob Dylan from our campsite. We set up our tent and promptly fell soundly asleep for several hours.

We woke up to an incredibly stacked late night line up. In a span of a few hours we hopped from stage to stage taking in the diverse sights and sounds. We started with Umphrey's McGee and Jack Daniels. This set would become legendary and catapult UM to a modicum of jam stardom, but it was just starting, as was our night and fest.

Next, we caught the Bill Laswell's supergroup Praxis featuring P-Funk organ grinder Bernie Worrell and masked fried chicken enthusiast Buckethead, who led the group through a haunting rendition of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

We caught the end of Chairman of the Board Page McConnell's Vida Blue project with Allman Brother Oteil Burbridge and funky Meter Russel Batiste, before getting back to Umphrey's McGee, still going hours later. They had completed a full band segue with moe. and were tearing up the Flock of Seagulls classic "I Ran." This set hooked me on UM for a while, but I never again saw them capture the energy of that late night set.

The next day we barbecued and lounged and made it to the concert area some time in the late afternoon for some footbaggery.

Galactic's set featured a crackling lightening bolt at an opportune moment in a jam and shortly thereafter the heavens opened.

We sought refuge at a Maceo Parker funk throwdown.

The rain put a damper on the rest of the night's activities. We stood in the pouring rain for hours waiting for The Dead. This was my first Dead experience with the remaining original band members.

Finally, they took the stage and burst into the sunny "Tennessee Jed" featuring the affirmation, "Ain't no place I'd rather be!"

I had to leave after second set to catch Primus, another all time favorite group, for the first time. Their set was also delayed, but thankfully there were dry seats. The stage set was simply three gigantic balloons with eerie eyeball projections. Sadly, I had little energy to fully appreciate the bass onlaught.

The next day, I caught a slew of my favorite jazzy funky groups like Soulive, Addison Groove Project and Medeski Martin and Wood.

Phish's Trey Anastasio closed out the fest with his other band, but after a long weekend of rain, sweat and tears, the Nashville Youth Orchestra was not the type of music we were looking for, so we slowly drifted into the grounds to soak up the rest of Trey's set amid distant fireworks.

Then, we had another 15 hour drive back home to digest the festivities.

Looking back at setlists, I would have loved to catch David Byrne and Ween, among others, but that's Bonnaroo.

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