What more can you say about Bonnaroo that has not already been said? The music, the camping, the experience! Oh, the experience is simply mind-blowing. The Mason Jar Media team covered the festival, and we decided to recap for all our fans.
For several members of our team, this was their first time at Bonnaroo. Others have made this summer trek many, many times. It never ceases to amaze us of the quality and quantity of musicians, artists, and bands that we see on the farm. Some bands we have had circled for months (Broken Bells & Lionel Richie), and some bands are completely foreign to us (Ásgeir & Vintage Trouble). Many of the bands, such as Janelle Monáe, Elton John, Chvrches, and The Wild Feathers blew our minds.
Our Bonnaroo experience has two paths: the usual foray into the festival and our in-depth moments with our friends conducting the Hay Bale Sessions. The Hay Bale Sessions are an exclusive onsite studio experience for bands to record 30-minute sessions in an intimate setting.
We began our music adventure on Thursday night. Two bands that definitely made a statement were Poliça and J. Roddy Walston & the Business. Poliça has been making the rounds on the NPR circuit for some time now, and I believe this was their first appearance at Bonnaroo. The Minneapolis-based band is known for synthpop rhythms laced with hypnotizing vocals by lead singer, Channy Leaneagh. J. Roddy Walston & the Business are going to be huge, just take our word for it. They are the new definition of American rock music. Plus, they are super funny. We first saw them perform via live stream a la Coachella 2014, but their on-stage performance superseded even our expectations.
We also managed to check out up Real Estate, MS MR, and Cherub. Although we missed The Wild Feathers’ set on Thursday afternoon, we treated a special private performance in front of the Hay Bale Studio.