Posted in music | pictures on June 17, 2011

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin & Graeme Flegenheimer

The Strokes
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"The 10th anniversary [of Bonnaroo] was a celebration of how far the festival has come but also reminded us how it got there. There was something for everyone. The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic, who played at the first Bonnaroo, were there to remind people of the festival's jam-band roots. Lil Wayne and Big Boi were there along with Eminem to represent what the festival has become. In between, there were legendary acts like Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Buffalo Springfield, Gregg Allman, Loretta Lynn, Dr. John, and Bruce Hornsby, which attracted an older crowd that resembled festival crowds of years past.

There were also more recently successful bands that attracted a younger crowd, such as Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Neon Trees, Mumford & Sons, and The Decemberists.

One of the greatest features of Bonnaroo is that there are plenty of non-music entertainment options for those who need a break from music, the heat, or just need a diversion.

There was a cinema tent where rockumentaries and movies were screened, if you wanted to get out of the heat and cool down. There was a comedy tent that has been graced by comedians like Conan O'Brien and Margaret Cho. Dave Attelland hosted one of my favorite Bonnaroo performances when Flight of the Conchords performed in 2007. This year saw funny-men Lewis Black, Cheech Marin, and Tim Minchin among others in a strong rotation.

Sports fans concerned about the NHL and NBA Finals were happy to find the Bonnaroo Sports Bar where they could play pop-a-shot and watch the games on flat-screen monitors.

Artists were encouraged to show their stuff on the graffiti walls that lined much of the 700-acre farm. By the end of the weekend, you could spend all day walking up and down along the wall, finding some beautiful (and some not so beautiful) creations. " [The Epoch Times]

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Bonnaroo 2012 is on sale at noon. The 10th Bonnaroo happened last weekend. Pictures of Karen Elson from Day One are HERE, with the rest of Day One HERE. Pictures of Decemberists from Day Two HERE, with the rest of Day Two HERE. Pictures of Gogol Bordello from Day Three are HERE, and the rest of Day Three are HERE. Robyn from Day Four HERE. The rest of Day 4, and the end of our 2011 Bonnaroo pictures, below...

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Comments (19)

Robyn! Keeping it trill as always...

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 11:55 AM

Yep. The voice of our generation doing what she does best...

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:06 PM

Robyn and Mumford at the same place at the same time? Whoh...#starpower

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:08 PM

...so that was basically college, just following Widespread around.

Posted by clegg | June 17, 2011 12:37 PM

Did Pig Champion rise from the dead to join Apache Relay?

Posted by KL | June 17, 2011 1:01 PM

is it possible for Julian not to look like a douche in every single photo of him?


and Widespread Panic closing out Bonnaroo? ugh. what a downer.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 1:33 PM

Hickaroo

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 1:52 PM

BOehNER roo

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 1:52 PM

No excuse for Explosions in the Sky, The Strokes and Auerbach & Dr. John at the same time...horrendous scheduling on Sunday. ( I went with the once in a lifetime aspect of Auerbach & Dr. John)

And Widespread Panic closing def was a bummer....it turned into Widespread Traffic heading for the exits.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 1:52 PM

"mine are fake"

[3 pictures later]

"not mine"

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 2:45 PM

The strokes relevance is receding faster than the guitarist's hairline.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 2:46 PM

"is it possible for Julian not to look like a douche in every single photo of him?"

Obviously not.

2:46: It already has, no?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 3:28 PM

Holy crap, Greg Allman is covered in tats!

And to all the people who always talk shit on young people with tattoos (they'll regret that when they're old), the guy is 64 and looks pretty badass

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 4:17 PM

The young people we mock are pussies and will never attain the level of badassness that Gregg's achieved.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 5:41 PM

I have a tattoo of a hummus platter on my forearm. It's bad ass!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 6:01 PM

really the scheduling wasn't that crazy. i mean yes sunday was a little much with beruit, explosions, strokes, and superjam at the same time but other than that it wasnt too bad. and you could actually go see more than one of them if you're not anal about missing half of a set. i actually stage hopped and saw 3 of those 4. i had a great time. all of you complaining about it can go cry in a fucking corner.

Posted by yon | June 17, 2011 6:42 PM

@1:52

WP was super awesome... on acid

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 11:18 PM

Julian's awesome ;) point blank

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 5:02 PM

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