Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A fact which I haven't revealed yet on this blog - or maybe you've caught on to it - JM and I love our music. And that is why we went to Bonnaroo. This was my 3rd year attending and JM's 4th year. We saw so many great musicians and many of my favorites -- My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Robert Plant, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys and Lorretta Lynn to name a few. We also discovered some new favorite bands - Walk the Moon (a fantastic band out of Cleveland-I believe- who performed a GREAT set) and Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses.
While the music was fantastic, I think this was certainly my last year attending. I missed 08, 09, and 10, but I have to say, the festival has gotten too big and far removed from what it was the first year I attended. I'm finding that there are many people who are there to party and who don't want to see these great artists perform- which is fine I guess - except I wish these late night revelers would not blast techno music at 5:30 in the morning from their campsite when everyone else in the vicinity is sleeping (I'm glaring at you Black SUV with Oklahoma license plate). Or maybe, its a sign that I'm getting old (at 28!!!?) and becoming tired of crowds, and in need of a good nights sleep.
Have you ever been to a music festival? Who are your favorite musicians? New or old?