IN WORDS AND PICTURES HYPE MAn: With no extra entourage or major gimmicks in sight, Lil Wayne sails through a litany of hip-hop hits at Bonnaroo’s Which Stage on opening night.
fter fifteen years of hot fun in the summertime, bonnaroo has emerged as one of the nation’s popular destinations for worldclass music and entertainment. the annual music festival, held on the farm lands of Manchester, tennessee during the early part of June, attracts legions of music lovers to what sPin magazine has called the “best music festival of the summer.” the 2011 line-up, containing some of the hottest acts pop and rock, proved to be what the festival needed in order to celebrate its 15th birthday. of course trying to create a line-up that would surpass the greatness of last year proved to be a very daunting task, but organizers managed to pull enough strings to make great things happen. they announced a reunion with recent rock & roll hall of Fame inductee dr. John and the original Meters with legendary jazz man allen toussaint performing music from the entire album that inspired the festival’s name (desitively bonnaroo). they added ‘60’s supergroup buffalo springfield to the line-up and managed to bring on additional legends including recent grammy award recipient
Mavis staples, rockabilly star Wanda Jackson, funk icon bootsy Collins, Loretta Lynn and robert Plant along with his americana band, the band of Joy. but just as important as reaching for acts with historic relevance, bonnaroo reached out for artists capable of attracting major crowds. and their strategy surrounded the talk of the town in 2010 – from grammy nominees to the year’s best-sellers and hottest newcomers. With 2010 being the year hip-hop emerged as the most prolific in record sales, thanks to Eminem’s recovery and drake’s prolific album debut thank Me Later, bonnaroo planned ahead to put rap on the big stage. Eminem, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa were just some of the hip-hop ambassadors invited to the tn festival. For those eager to think the world-class festival made a mistake in booking hip-hop stars as headliners, especially those who remember Kanye West’s tardy show in 2009, they quickly learned that rap needs the power of redemption. Kanye redeemed himself at Coachella earlier this year, after delivering a one-man show performance of a lifetime. on Friday night of bonnaroo, Lil Wayne did the
same thing. Without any guest appearances from his Cash Money possee’, or a nicki Minaj cameo or drake, Lil Wayne took the stage in front of a crowd estimated at 80,000. but hip-hop didn’t upstage the other genres entirely. Legendary rock supergroup buffalo springfield reunited for a very magical moment and found themselves in awe. neil young echoed to the crowd, “this is the biggest give we’ve ever done,” he said. “this is about ten times as many people as we’ve ever seen as a group before.” after reuniting for the first time in october last year after disbanding in 1968, the group – led by young, stephen stills and richie Furay – relived old times, kicking out their ‘60’s catalog with revived energies. after opening their set with “on the Way home,” the group waltzed through “i am a Child,” “Kind Woman” and a super-stretched, funky interpretation of “bluebird.” still riding high on their Coachella performance and the critically-acclaimed 2010 album (the suburbs), arcade Fire entered the fields of bonnaroo with the intention to just have fun. “We are very fucking happy to finally be here,” Win butler, the group’s frontman, pro-
Published on Aug 4, 2011
Published on Aug 4, 2011
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