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This is a static archive of the domnit.org blog,
which Lenny Domnitser wrote between 2006 and 2009.

Bonnaroo 2006 Awards

Highlights from the parts of Bonnaroo 2006 that I made it to.

Best activity
There was a chunk of metal shaped somewhat like a flipped canoe with poles and plates randomly jutting out of it. Wooden sticks, for hitting this percussion sculpture, were on the ground. I was lucky to get to it on Thursday afternoon, since it started breaking by Thursday night, and was closed off by Saturday night.
Worst activity
Dealing with Greyhound. Yes, this beats shitting in a porta-potty under the Tennessee sun.
Best gimmick
During the Beck show, a small puppet stage was on the main stage, with marionettes carefully mimicking each band member. The only thing missing from the puppet stage was its own miniature stage.
Worst gimmick
Matisyahu: “Baruch atah adonai … do you know what these words mean? … I’m talking about peace and love, yo, peace and love …”. His music is great, but the shtick is so transparent.
Best bands discovered at Bonnaroo
The Cat Empire is a two-singer Aussie party band. They played on Thursday, before the first official day of the festival, but the crowd was large and wild.
Andrew Bird makes you rethink the violin.
Band I came to see and was as awesome as expected
The best thing Radiohead did during their show was be Radiohead.
Bands I came to see and rocked even harder than I expected
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the classics along with unreleased new music, improvised songs, and brought Stevie Nicks out. Over 30 years, Petty has perfected the art of crowd-pleasing.
I found out about Bonnaroo by looking at My Morning Jacket dates. Their midnight to 3 am set, which ran half an hour over schedule, reminded me why they became one of my favorite bands in the short year that I have been listening to them.