Bonnaroo ’10 — Backstage & Crowd Photos

Live from Bonnaroo, and lots of great live music this afternoon.  Trombone Shorty was a favorite of mine, playing tunes from his major label debut Backatown.  Temperatures remain brutal, but what’s Bonnaroo without the heat?

Trombone Shorty

There's always something new at Bonnaroo. This year, introducing "Splash-a-roo" - basically, a big Slip n' Slide. Bet that water's clean...

 Throughout the weekend, we’ll be broadcasting special backstage performances and interviews from Bonnaroo.  Of couse, we’re on a 700-acre piece of farmland in the middle of nowhere.  You might be wondering how we set up and soundproof studios out here:

Yes, that's hay. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes perform live backstage. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

The XX backstage. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

Wayne Coyne hanging backstage. Flaming Lips perform "Dark Side Of The Moon" tonight at midnight.

The party continues.  Follow along here on the Blogaroo and on 92-3 WTTS.


Bonnaroo ’10 — Survived The First Night!

We’ve made it and we’re still alive.  And boy, is it hot…  But that’s Bonnaroo for ya!  Laura and I arrived late last night into Manchester, TN.  WTTS is back for our 7th Bonnaroo (only missing the first two festivals).  In between the huge mud puddles, we caught some great live music from Temper Trap and Joshua James on night one. 

Joshua James

Joshua James Interview

We’re expecting temperatures well into the 90s today with chances of thunderstorms through the day (otherwise, a par-for-the-course Bonnaroo forecast).  Some of the live performances we’re looking forward to today:  Kings Of Leon, The National, Flaming Lips, and Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Laura and I will broadcast live this afternoon from 3-7pm from the Bonnaroo backstage studios.  We’ll have artist interviews, live performances and all the behind-the-scenes secrets that make Bonnaroo the festival it is.  Hope you tune in.  You’ll find cool Bonnaroo photos, artist interviews and more here on the Blogaroo.  Keep checking back over the weekend!

Best shirt we've seen so far


Bonnaroo ’10 — The Journey Begins

And so it begins.  Our journey to Bonnaroo is mere hours away; a summertime tradition unlike any other.  Music, art, mud, and more music and mud.  When I first went to Bonnaroo back in 2004, I thought it would be something cool to do maybe once. Six years later, and I’m back again.  If you’ve never been in the middle of a 200-acre field miles from civilization with limited cell coverage (or showers), it really is something to experience.  That’s just a small piece of the charm-aroo that is Bonnaroo.  Oh yeah, and the festival is a collection of the best bands on Earth and has become the premiere musical event in the U.S.

So here we are, about to depart for Manchester, TN.  Laura Duncan and I will broadcast live from the Bonnaroo backstage studios Friday and Saturday afternoon, complete with artist interviews, live performances and up-to-the-minute reports on the goings-on from the ‘Roo.  We’re also turning the WTTS Blog into the Blogaroo (clever, huh?) – follow along for exclusive photos, interviews and fun content to keep you connected. Brad Holtz (6/9/10)

Bonnaroo 2009 “Favorite Photos”

Jeff Tweedy backstage

Warren Haynes hangin'

Phoenix live on stage

David Byrne

The Rev. Green

Coco Hits the Road

The controversy at the beginning of the year between Conan O’Brien and NBC was one of the biggest scandals in television history. Legally, O’Brien cannot have his own show again until September, but the comedian is already getting restless. Thus he has announced the “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour. Team Coco describes what the shows will be like as “a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence.” Fans are apparently just as restless, as the tour was sold out just 2 hours after it was announced, though there are still tickets available for the final show of the tour: the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.