Exclusive: Alejandro Escovedo @ Bonnaroo
Blurt’s Andy Tennille
is at Bonnaroo, collecting images and impressions. Don’t miss his frequent
Blurt Twitters from the site, either.
BY ANDY TENNILLE
BONNAROO 2009, SATURDAY JUNE 13: When it comes right down to
it, Parrotheads are really no different than your typical Bonnaroo attendee.
Both species are live music fans that enjoy a good time,
whether it’s guzzling boat drinks or gobbling psychedelics.
The proof was in the pudding (or perhaps the mud) on
Saturday when Mr. Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffett, made a surprise appearance
with his Coral Reefer All Stars. Hearing “Fins” and “Margaritaville” ring out
across the festival grounds might have been strange to some, but it got the
day’s music started on the right foot.
BLURT favorites Heartless Bastards and Alejandro Escovedo
turned in solid sets but the early afternoon favorite was Elvis Perkins, who
rocked the This Tent.
Mid-afternoon sets featured a handful of legends including
Allen Toussaint, David Grisman, Robyn Hitchcock, Tony Rice, Elvis Costello
(backed by Jenny Lewis’ band with Toussaint sitting in), Del McCoury Band and
Booker T. Jones with the Drive-By Truckers. Gov’t Mule turned in a cover-laden set
of blue-collar rock opposite of Montreal,
whose over-the-top dance pop was high on theatrics but lacking in the chops
Two of the best sets of the entire festival so far came from
totally opposite ends of the musical spectrum. I’ve heard far too long that
Wilco is not a great festival act, but their set on Saturday was spectacular.
The Mars Volta absolutely freaked out the Which Stage, setting the scene for
Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails’ late-night show.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band wrapped up the
main stage on Saturday with an epic set that kicked off with “Badlands”
and did not stop for the next three hours. The Boss covered tunes from his new
album, Working on a Dream, but the
highlight of the show was undoubtedly the fan-requested “Santa Claus Is Coming
Christmas came early at Bonnaroo!!
[Photos by Joe Kendrick]