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Bonnaroo (From the Pit)
DAILY Music  June 19, 2008, by Gary Miller
"...My trip to Bonnaroo began back in early December when I got an email telling me I had won a trip to Hollywood for the premiere of PS I Love You starring Hillary Swank. My wife and I were excited to go not so much for the movie, but because we have friends and family in Los Angeles and I'm from that area originally..."

Snapshot: Bonnaroo
I was up above it, now I'm down in it
DAILY Music  June 19, 2009, by Shelley Hiam
"...For the past few years, people have been telling me about their amazing experiences at Bonnaroo. I was thoroughly convinced after a security guard at last year's ACL Fest went on and on about how it's the festival he looks forward to most every year..."

How Green Is the Music?
Festivals, bands, and musicians seek environmental harmony
News Story  April 19, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Johnston took part in an internationally representative dais for the key panel discussion Greening the Music Industry. She was joined by moderator Neal Turley, an Austin local who improves the environmental profile of musical events with his company, Sustainable Waves, and operates three all-solar-powered stages that he helped design; Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros and the founder of the legendary Lollapalooza; Frank Mauceri, president of Chicago's Smog Veil Records, which is soon to be completely powered by on-site wind, solar, and geothermal energy; Rick Farman of Superfly Productions, which organizes the massive, jam-band-laden Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in rural Tennessee; Arnt Olaf Andersen, head of marketing for Oslo, Norway's biodiesel-powered, heavy-recycling Øya Festival; and Paul Diaz, owner of Atlanta's Tree Sound Studio, which has gone carbon-neutral in addition to helping bands produce albums in recycled and recyclable packaging...."

Ain't Messin 'Round
Gary Clark Jr. kisses the sky
Music Story  October 12, 2012, by Michael Corcoran
"...This was the summer of lovin' GCJ, with the bearded 28-year-old's ACL appearance completing a 2012 Grand Slam that began at Coachella in April, took him to Bonnaroo in June, and then up to Lollapalooza in August. Killed it..."

Cleaning Up the Campsite
Festival organizers employ varying tactics to keep mess to a minimum
News Story  April 19, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Upon arrival at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival, guests are handed two bags, one for trash and one for recycling. Last year, Bonnaroo served concessions with biodegradable plates, cups, and cutlery; used recycled toilet paper; and along with reggae-themed waste-management contractors Clean Vibes, recycled more than 250 tons of garbage..."

What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Ice Cream?
Matt Allen's free ice cream melts the hearts of rockers everywhere
Music Story  September 15, 2006, by Austin Powell
"...He distributed ice cream outside the Beastie Boys surprise gig at Stubb's during SXSW in March. He was backstage at Bonnaroo when Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty for "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." At Wakarusa, he was an enchanted alien extra on stage, dancing to the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part Two." Most recently, he was the reason Jack White of the Raconteurs told 40,000 fans at Lollapalooza that there was free ice cream at the festival...."

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Now & Forever
New Orleans institution riles up the Paramount Friday
DAILY Music  February 20, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin Chronicle: My wife and I caught PHJB at the Montreal Jazz Fest last year. Everyone knows of the pop festival circuit – Coachella, SXSW, Bonnaroo – but how are jazz festivals in this new millennium? Is that a circuit for y’all?..."

Off the Record
Blazing Saddles: Willie Nelson campaigns for the Teapot Party
Music Column  December 3, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."For a moment, I was the link between Willie and Snoop. I smoked once more with Willie two years ago at Bonnaroo..."

Bluegrass Up in Her Head
On another Old Settler's weekend, festival perennial Sarah Jarosz is out of braces and into big-time bluegrass
Music Story  April 17, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"..."We came together professionally in 2002. Since we found a booking agent and manager in 2006, things have really taken off, especially last year when we played Bonnaroo, DelFest, Austin City Limits, and on Conan O'Brien."..."

Tapping Into the New Old Settler’s Music Festival
Checking in with Donna the Buffalo, Billy Strings, Greensky Bluegrass, the women of I'm With Her, and more
Music Story  April 19, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez, Doug Freeman, Kevin Curtin and Rachel Rascoe
"...The jammy, progressive, Americana troupe of lengthy musical buildups and well-placed covers are the only band with a dobro player currently crossing over into distinctly pop festivals like Bonnaroo, ACL Fest, and Fuji Rock. Next month, they capitalize on their momentum with a three-day music fest in their home state called Camp Greensky...."

Saturday ACL Fest Face-Off: Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Silent Disco
Compare the headliners!
Music Story  October 5, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...Breakthrough: Bonnaroo and Glastonbury have advertised it since 2005..."

Playback: “Hastily Prepared” Ordinances Head to City Council
Revised drafts of Agent of Change and OMV permitting head to Council, but again, live music interests raise alarms
Music Column  June 8, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The local music media veteran announced last week that the cable station formerly known as Time Warner Cable News, News 8 Austin, and YNN, had sacked him after 17 years. A loss for viewers, but Langer still holds the midday slot on KGSR, counts down the New Year alongside Willie Nelson, and moderates Bonnaroo's celebrity panels this weekend...."

Playback: Armadillo Tales
A review of the best book on Austin’s 1970s music scene since The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock
Music Column  April 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Bonnaroo added Walker Lukens to its lineup. The versatile pop sophisticate stands as the sole Austin artist on the Tennessee megafest, June 8-11...."

The Luv Doc: His Blessing
It's hard to be worthy of someone's daughter
Columns  April 21, 2016, by The Luv Doc


Playback: White Denim Stiffens
White Denim v.2 bows a new debut, Magna Carda raps its full-length debut, and the Austin Music Census holds on to its virtue
Music Column  February 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Twelve years ago, long before White Denim commanded Bonnaroo bookings, appearances on Letterman, and studio sessions with Jeff Tweedy, there was only one venue booking the scrappy local trio's garage R&B. Trophy's was an anomaly, a vestige of South Congress' sleazy strip era, with a brash owner in Dave Sprauer and a befuddling BYO liquor policy..."

Summer Fun: Relishing the Recreational Vehicle
Where a home on the range becomes a home with range
DAILY Design  May 18, 2015, by Xander Peters
"...For us, a group of college kids from Austin, the excursion, an annual trip to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, was our pilgrimage to Mecca. Better yet, it was our red-blooded right of passage..."

Playback: Bavu Blakes Carpes the Diem
Bavu Blakes seizes his own day, Shakey Graves lands an Austin City Limits taping, and the Saxon Pub turns 25
Music Column  April 30, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Corporate music giant Live Nation has acquired a controlling interest in megafest Bonnaroo, following up a majority buyout of ACL Fest/Lollapalooza promoters C3 Presents last fall...."

Playback: SXSW 2015: Turnt Up & Dialed Down
SXSW Music 2015 – that's a wrap
Music Column  March 26, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...I found a half-gram of molly on the sidewalk Thursday night, indicating that some still can't differentiate SXSW from Bonnaroo...."

Charles Attal Discusses C3/Live Nation Deal
“We needed each other”
DAILY Music  February 26, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Eighty-five percent of a band’s income is live, so everything now revolves around how to promote a record around a tour. A lot of bands launch their record around Lollapalooza, or Coachella, or Bonnaroo, or ACL..."

Playback: Hanging in the House of Songs
The House of Songs, Hotel Vegas on tour, and Terminator Too: Judgment Play
Music Column  January 22, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...The spoof, which performed at Bonnaroo last year – though it may have been more appropriate on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Yellow Stage – begins by auditioning audience members to play Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator role. Once they settle on someone who can say, "Come with me if you want to live," the existential battle between Skynet and the human resistance unfolds..."

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