To finalize our week de la Bonnaroo, we give you our final breakdown of the festival written by the third member of our 2012 Roo-Crew and very good friend Riley Johnson. This was Riley’s second year at Bonnaroo and is a great addition to the group, even if I did get him sick halfway through the weekend. So here you have it, our final installment and our most expansive breakdown yet, summarizing everything we saw. Enjoy:
I was a Bonnaroo “newb” last year. Food poisoning, sun poisoning, and extreme chaffing attacked me like a rampage from Attila the Hun. However, I experienced so much musical bliss that it could not deter me from my second go around this year. Better prepared and eager from an amazing schedule, I came to Roo as gleeful as Ralphie hastily unwrapping his Red Ryder BB gun. Instead of giving you my favorite show (obviously that goes to the most beautiful woman on the planet Santi White) or my hippie breakdown (man I love hula hoops and tie dye), here is my one sentence take on every act I saw over the 4-day tidal wave known as Bonnaroo:
I’ve haven’t felt this sad since the hospital cut my Superman shirt when I was 2.
The Cave Singers
Can’t lie, I couldn’t stop falling asleep.
Not many people know him, they soon won’t be able to live without him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
Best all boy duo I have heard since Milli Vanilli.
I love when rappers press play on their iPods for 20 minutes in the middle of a set.
Women, weed, and weather.
Please tell me how in the world is Brittany Howard only 23?!
The fact that Merrill Garbus does not mess up on a single loop astounds me.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Soul definitely gets better with age.
The Avett Brothers
I’ve never understood why bands with “brothers” in the title can get away with having people in the band that aren’t all brothers.
Best thing from Canada since Canadian bacon.
Thank you for 90 minutes of straight partying.
Spent half of the show hearing Todd and Wes argue over if she was sexier than Feist; well worth it.
“This is what you get, this is what you get, this is what you get when you mess with us!”
Talib Kweli and the artist formerly known as Mos Def are a better duo than Ace & Gary.
Craziest 10 minutes of my life to start the show.
I’ve never heard a group so awkwardly sound so good.
Mark my words, she will marry me someday.
Hippie girls everywhere, U.C.Bonnaroo.
After seeing them live, Black Thought is the most under appreciated emcee in the game.
Even though they are making a comeback, it was still nostalgic to dance to “Elias” and “The General”.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
I couldn’t help but always wonder,”Who is that guy in Frusciante’s spot?”
I wish D’Angelo would have worn the same outfit he did for the “Untitled” video when he performed.
I will never forgive Todd for getting me sick.
The Black Lips
“This song goes out to the guy that fake slept so his buddy could get it on next to him in the tent!”
I thought Wiz Khalifa was the highest person I ever say perform; I was wrong.
The Beach Boys
I wanted to kill Mike Love, as much as Brian Wilson looked like he wanted to kill himself.
Thank you Wes and Todd – they were my great new find of the weekend.
Bonnaroo and Kenny Rogers doesn’t work … or does it?
Bonnie Bear surely showed why they deserved last year’s Grammy for Best New Artist – 5 years after they started.
The Civil Wars
I would have sold my soul to the devil for a cameo from Taylor Swift on “Safe & Sound”; god she better headline Bonnaroo 2013.
If we are young tonight every night does that mean we will never die?
Glowsticks and hippie dancing make for a better trip than any drug can ever give you.
In closing, thank you Bonnaroo 2012. The consistency and diversity of your line-up did not disappoint and I look forward to our 3rd date in 2013.
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