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Bonnaroo Fri pics/videos: Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange, Brockhampton, more

Excellent weather met an intrepid night of music Friday at the 18th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

From a brass-infused electronics to a familiar Phish jam to Childish Gambino’s impassioned R&B sermon, here’s what you missed (or experienced!) on The Farm in Manchester.

[…] Bearded and shirtless, flailing his limbs rhythmically and smiling a wild grin, Childish Gambino made one promise to the masses who greeted him at Bonnaroo.

“I know Bonnaroo is about the mother (expletive) music,” he offered. “Put your phone down and follow the moment.”

“Feel some (expletive) with me because tonight is church.”

Gambino — the musical pseudonym of multi-talented Atlanta entertainer Donald Glover — took The Farm to the altar with his 80-minute headlining set Friday night. The soulful, spacey culmination of the star’s decade-long career offered the first main stage top-bill set of the sold out Manchester festival.

A band leader channeling spiritual influence somewhere between Marvin Gaye and George Clinton, Gambino’s positivity streamed from the What Stage into the depths dancing and head-bobbing 20-somethings overflowing the acreage.

Gambino commanded his band with a soft touch, extending tracks into psychedelia and offering offbeat jams — a worthy precursor to festival mainstay Phish, who closed the stage Friday night.

How did Bonnaroo rate on a scale of 10, Gambino asked?

“I can’t even rate you guys because this is definitely the (expletive) best crowd we’ve had so far,” he said. [The Tennessean]

Bonnaroo 2019 is underway, having begun Thursday (6/13) with Saba, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Comet Is Coming and more, and then continued Friday (6/14) with Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange, Brockhampton, Beach House, Gojira, Courtney Barnett, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Ibeyi, Cherry Glazerr, and more. That’s an excerpt of The Tennessean‘s review of Friday above, and here’s an excerpt of JamBase’s review of Phish (their first of three sets at the festival):

Trey Anastasio served up the choppy, fuzzed out opening guitar chords of “Carini” signaling the start of their night for the What Stage crowd. As the dark psychedelic rocker unfolded, drummer Jon Fishman inserted a number of wild screams while Anastasio got an early chance to shine, leaning in on some heavy, arena-sized guitar runs. Mike Gordon‘s familiar bubbly bass intro to “Down With Disease” emerged from the ether next. The unfinished take found the rhythm section holding things down for Trey and Page McConnell. The keyboardist supported Anastasio’s steady stream of guitar runs that drove the band’s first extended jam of the evening with flourishes of impressive piano playing. The foursome would lock-in a funky groove, dropping into the fourth ever take on “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” next. The short but punchy excursion through the Kasvot Växt track kept the high-energy run going.

More pictures and videos from Bonnaroo Friday, and Phish’s Friday setlist, below.

Bonnaroo continues today (6/15) with Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves, The National, and more, and concludes Sunday (6/16) with two more Phish sets, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, and more. If you’re there, browse our list of 10 non-headliners not to miss.

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Phish at Bonnaroo – 6/14/19 Setlist (via)
Set 1: Carini > Down with Disease[1] > Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Everything’s Right > Mercury > Tweezer > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Steam, Martian Monster, More > Harry Hood > Character Zero

Encore: Possum > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Unfinished.

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