I was recently talking to my old pal Kickpants about the art and science and sport of Hooping. She is quite the little hooper and she does what she does at various points of interest around the nation. One place that she mentioned was a music festival from Tennessee that I’d never heard of before, Bonnaroo. The more I investigated the event, the more and more surprised I was that I had never heard of this thing before. I was a big Ben n’ Jerry’s Newport Folk Festival goer in my day; I have also been to several Lilith Fairs before, college folk festivals, hippie bands, and Phish events are all on my dance card. While Tennessee was not a place I’d visited many times, it certainly was not off my radar by any stretch of the imagination.
So why have I not heard of this event before? Bonnaroo is a four day outdoor music festival “held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.” The festival happens every June and when I heard about past lineups, this was where my amazement set in: Beastie Boys, Phish, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, David Byrne – ugh! I am amazed at my lack of attention; I really like these artists; that they’re all playing a concert together and I’m not there is just bad form! More artists include the likes of Ben Harper, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, and many others.
The 2010 Bonnaroo Festival is scheduled for June 10 through June 13. What makes the Bonnaroo experience so unique and probably the best way to have it is in residence. That is, come to the festival and stay on-site for the whole time you’re there. There is the ability to come and go on a specific day or series of days, but, in my estimation, to really get the flavor of the thing, one should just go and live in filth amongst everyone.
Many folks may not be accustomed to this outdoor style of communal living. However if you’re coming to Bonnaroo from more urban areas you are actually able to rent all your gear! Tents and whatever else you need are available from the Bonnaroo event. If you do decide to rent a tent you can park your car just next to your tent or at least that’s the way it’s apparently described on the Bonnaroo website. There are also on-site RV trailers for rent for folks who need something a little bit more substantial to sleep in.
On their website they are constantly updating information about Bonnaroo’s lineup, events, special events, facilities, and everything else having to do with the festival. If you’d like to find out more certainly check out the website and see what’s going on. While I didn’t think I would be able to make it to Bonnaroo this year, it turns out I may be back east sooner than I think for a wedding of some kind so maybe I will catch you around.