The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Up and coming Americana singer-songwriter Hayes Carll wowed the Bonnaroo crowd Thursday night. (TMP/T. Swann)
This statement is never truer when applied to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as it is currently celebrating 10 years in the mid-state.
The hippies have been traded for hipsters, but the common theme of music and a good time transcends all.
There aren’t many places one can go and lose yourself with what’s going on in the world through four days, but Bonnaroo has kept this intact through each year.
Kicking off Thursday, the festival is set to maintain its stride throughout the weekend.
As the undercard of Bonnaroo began Thursday – a mix of acts running the gamut from Americana to hard-charging rock.
This trend of the diversity in acts that will follow until Sunday night gracing the tents of campers.
Thursday typically acts as the precursor of things to come as most attendees really dive into the belly of the beast Friday. If Friday is the meat, Thursday is the milk.
Artists of all walks bring their A-game to ‘Roo – a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed among attendees. This is another trait that makes it unique.
For up-and-coming bands, ‘Roo can be a right of passage, a graduation from the small tents to center stage year after year, as in the case of My Morning Jacket and The Black Keys this year.
For groups like Buffalo Springfield or Mavis Staples, it gives the chance to reunite and pass their legend on to a new segment that may not be familiar with their work.
For the ‘Roonie, Bonnaroo is symbolic of something magical that can happen in a mere four days.
When you combine the artistry among the acts with the proper atmosphere and crowd participation, the magic of Bonnaroo is inevitable. MP