The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a mere two weeks away and with a lineup of over 100 bands playing on multiple stages, it can be a bit tricky to decide which acts to see. Luckily, the headliners play unopposed so all festival goers can see Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty, but for other acts some tough decisions will have to be made. In an effort to help you navigate those conflicts, here is a list of 5 must see acts at Bonnaroo 2013.
R. Kelly: Which Stage
Coachella might have gotten R. Kelly for a surprise guest appearance during Phoenix’s headlining set, but Bonnaroo has got him for an entire performance. R. Kelly recently confessed in an interview with Vibe that he hadn’t heard of Bonnaroo when they first approached him to perform, but that doesn’t matter because according to Kelz he “can rock any damn thing”.
David Cross: Comedy Theatre hosted by IFC
David Cross is a veteran of the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre, always bringing his irreverent wit and opinionated humor to any topic. Expect Cross to work in bits about the Bonnaroo experience to his act and who knows, maybe we will get some inside scoop about the “Arrested Development” movie.
David Byrne & St. Vincent: Which Stage
David Byrne & St. Vincent are both Bonnaroo veterans and with their powers combined, festival fans are sure to experience an amazing set. As well as songs from their collaborative album “Love This Giant”, fans can expect to a hear a career spanning set from both artists. Hopefully, they will be accompanied by their 8 piece horn section that inspired their latest EP.
Bjork: What Stage
Bjork is one of the greatest performers that you can hope to see at a music festival. She is unique, powerful and extremely talented. Her shows are practically a religious experience for her legions of fans and her sunset performance at this year’s Bonnaroo should be nothing short of magic.
Superjam: This Tent
Every year Bonnaroo puts together a group of accomplished musicians to play anything that they want. This is a once in a lifetime show that has previously led to Ben Harper, Questlove Jenkins, and John Paul Jones jamming out an epic rendition of the Zeppelin classic “Dazed and Confused”. This year’s jam is being lead by My Morning Jacket’s front man Jim James and is featuring John Oates (Hall & Oates), Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Who knows what James has in store for us, but The Superjam is always special. Somehow festival goers will have to tear themselves away from R. Kelly to make sure to catch this, soon to be legendary, set.