Newly acquired Nashvillians, The Black Keys, have climbed the Bonnaroo hierarchy and will perform on Saturday, June 11 during the multi-day festival.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival released the initial lineup this past week for its 10th anniversary, which consists of several veterans among newcomers to the event who will grace the farm in Manchester, Tenn. for the first time.
At the top of the bill are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket and the ensemble of the classic Buffalo Springfield group that includes Neil Young, Stephen Stills Richie Furay, Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale.
For the recent Grammy winners Eminem and Aracade Fire, this will be their first trip to Bonnaroo, while jamband greats Widespread Panic have been a mainstay over the years as they played the inaugural festival and The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket have climbed the ranks from tent shows to stages. On the same note, Neil Young will return as he was in attendance for the second installment of the festival.
Returning this year from its hiatus is the Superjam – a collaboration of all-star talent in one place for a performance.
Past performances have included a group composed of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame combined with Ben Harper and members of The Roots that stood as an all night party of Led Zeppelin tunes.
Dr. John and The Original Meters will bring their ’Nawlin’s flair this year as they perform the timeless Desitively Bonnaroo, which acts as the namesake for the event.
Dr. John will also accompany The Black Keys’ front man Dan Auerbach for the Superjam.
Another non-traditional act will be the Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello.
Being not only a national festival, Bonnaroo extends itself to international boundaries as well and with that brings much anticipation with the initial artist announcement.
Music websites have been lighting up for months with rumors and comments circulating among the blogosphere.
As much hype surrounds the event, many ‘Roonies were wanting the return of Radiohead or the first appearance of Daft Punk as both make themselves exclusive when it comes to touring.
As this didn’t happen, Bonnaroo did land rapper Lil’ Wayne, which remains to be a hot topic among the ‘Roo community.
Some of the classic names on the bill include Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Greg Allman, Mavis Staples, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, and Bootsy Collins.
Newcomers Mumford & Sons will make another trip back to Manchester and the return of rock group The Strokes will be sure to be a “must see” among many.
Other notables include Outcast’s Big Boi, Ray Lamontagne, The Decemberists, String Cheese Incident, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Del McCoury Band performing with Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
This year will mark the proclaimed “King of Bonnaroo” Warren Haynes’ seventh year in attendance in some variation.
Primus has also remerged for another run with Les Claypool, another long-time veteran.
Besides the heavy-hitters, Bonnaroo is best known for stacking a heavy undercard and its Thursday lineup of inventive talent is one that is unparalleled among many festivals.
This year is no different as Phsophorescent, The Low Anthem, Sleigh Bells, Wavves among many others will likely hold down some of these spots.
With the only comedy act coming in the form of an introduction video by Conan O’Brien, that portion has not been rounded out yet.
In the coming months, the plot will thicken, as there will be more artist additions and announcements.
While each festival is different than the next, the one constant remains in the impression that the festival holds true to its roots while portraying diversity among acts each year at the same time.
The complete lineup is online at murfreesboropost.com.
Tickets are currently on sale via Bonnaroo’s website at bonnaroo.com and the festival will take place June 9-12 in Manchester.