To enter all you have to do is post a comment on this post and one random winner will be chosen.
Currently on it’s second season Spectacle is a talk show mixed with a concert featuring host Elvis Costello and special guests. Viewers not only can expect a Q&A between the musicians from different eras but also are treated with a rare intimate performance by the host and guests. The show has been getting a lot of praise by music fans young and old.
In the first season Elvis Costello sat down with everyone from Elton John to She & Him and even had Bill Clinton on an episode where they chatted about the former president’s aspirations as a jazz saxophonist as well as the importance of music education.
The second season, currently in progress, has already featured Bono and The Edge from U2 and future guests include Bruce Springsteen (in a two part episode)as well as Sheryl Crow. If you have not seen Spectacle yet head over to The Sundance Channel website for the show’s listings as well as previously shown episode information.
One winner will receive season one of Spectacle on DVD as well as a Sundance Channel prize pack including the following:
How To Win:
-Just leave a comment on this post and make sure you provide a valid email.
-Post as many comments as you like but there will only be one winner.
-The winner will be chosen at random after the contest ends and will be emailed by BHP to obtain further information.
-Contest begins 01/13/2010 and ends on 01/31/2010.
-This contest is open to US residents only.
One of my favorite pro-Cleveland bloggers has got something to brag about and she can do all the bragging she wants. Recently Alexa from Cleveland’s A Plum teamed up with the fine folk at C.L.E. Clothing Co. to create this:
That right there is the coolest thing I have seen all day. Good for for her. If you are interested in grabbing one of these amazing shirts head over to the C.L.E. Clothing Co.’s website. Who knows how long they will last.
All you have to do is one of three things and I promise you they are all legal…
1. Leave a comment telling her why Cleveland’s a plum.
2. Leave a comment telling her what fruit your city would be.
3. For a second entry: tweet (Twitter) about her giveaway and comment again with a link to your tweet (make sure you comment with the link so she can keep track, I myself did not because I forgot…oops)
She will pick 3 winners and those winners will be proud owners of a brand spanking new Cleveland’s A Plum shirt! What do you have to lose? Nothing! Do it!
You should also check out the rest of the site too. It is pretty damn awesome.
I only wish I could get a shirt made by C.L.E. Clothing Co… Wishful thinking. Until that happens support your local bloggers like Alexa at Cleveland’s A Plum who love this city and pick up one of her shirts. You should also check the rest of C.L.E. Clothing Co.’s inventory too. There are some bad ass shirts on their site including these:
Matt, Adam, and I all slept in a little longer than we wanted to. Needless to say I missed some artists I wanted to see like the Heartless Bastards and Allen Toussaint. I guess when you stay up till almost 5am sleeping in is expected.
We actually made it to the day lot without getting searched or even stuck in a traffic jam. It was nice for once to actually get there not pissed off.
One of the highlights of my weekend was sharing the stage with the sorrowful folk singer William Elliot Whitmore. During his set he decided to invite the fans to come a little closer and join him on stage. I took the opportunity and actually snuck into the back end of the tent where I got to watch the backside of William Elliot Whitmore and also all the fans who were glued to him.
One thing I like about William Elliot Whitmore is how personal he is. In between the songs he would run around and shake hands and give out hi-fives. He’s a friendly fellow who, with his guitar and banjo, is a one man show telling tales of what he sees from his eyes. His voice is haunting yet so appealing. His set was one of my favorites of the weekend.
Adam and I walked around a lot again on Saturday and the ever so smart Matt purchased a folding chair at Wal Mart in the morning and took it into Centeroo. He did his thing, we did ours, and later we would meet back up with him before the Boss took stage.
Throughout the day I was entertained by some artists I knew and others who I had not had the pleasure of hearing before. One of the new bands to my ears was grassroots heavy The Del McCoury Band. I really got a kick out of their material but had to cut it short so I could see Ms. Jenny Lewis.
While trying to see Jenny Lewis I managed to make way into a sectioned off side stage area where others were already viewing her set. As I was looking for the best place to see Jenny Lewis I noticed a certain someone checking out her set. Elvis Costello. Pretty damn cool.
After Jenny Lewis played we checked out Wilco, a band I really need to see live in their entirity. Every time Wilco plays a festival I seem to skip their set to see someone else. I enjoyed the couple songs I heard them play but really wanted to see Elvis Costello play.
Elvis Costello once again just blew my mind during his set. I saw Elvis Costello perform at the 2006 Bonnaroo so I knew what I was in for. I was pleasantly thrilled to see both Allen Toussaint as well as Jenny Lewis both join Elvis Costello on stage separately during the set. I was kind of figuring it would happen since both artists have worked with Elvis Costello but still when it happens live in front of you, you can not help but get excited.
Seeing how this was my first Bruce Springsteen experience Matt was quick to tell me what to expect. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band were everything I thought they were going to be. Where as I am not a huge fan of The Boss, I have enough appreciation for him and his band to watch the entire set and thanks to the live performance am looking to listen to look last the hit songs and dig deep into his catalog. Matt had taken off get a closer look and later told me he made it about fifteen rows back from the main stage. Good for him. I don’t think I could have done it myself.
Nine Inch Nails was awesome as I expected. I was pissed because I felt NIN deserved the What Stage, the main stage of the event. Instead they played the Which Stage which to me was not big enough for NIN. Playing through a mix of songs they shocked me most by busting out “Burn”. That song alone won me over for their set list. Sadly this performance by NIN is slated to be their last US performance for who knows how long… Glad I was there to witness it.
NIN sounded awesome as usual and as soon as MGMT and Moe took their respectful stages some of the douchbaggery cleared out. That made things much better for us as I am pretty sure the three of us were the only folk who were not retarded on substances.
Once NIN finished up and we got back to our hotel it was almost 4am. I stayed up till 6am writing the above review and managed to get a couple hours of shut eye.
Today is of course the last day of the event. We plan on getting there in time to check out Dillenger Escape Plan as well as come other artists. Once Coheed & Cambria finish their set we are done with the ‘Roo. I have absolutely so desire to see Phish close the festival with their hippie material.
This has been one hell of a trip so far and I am really looking forward to the final day to this outstanding festival. Time to head to the farm now, but first we need to stop at Tennessee / Alabama Fireworks for some souvenirs that might be illegal in Ohio.
I’ll still hanging in there kids. I will tell you though that I am tired of the patchouli smell that seems to be getting stronger day by day. Seeing dudes in dresses with nappy hair is a novelty for only so long. More on that in a moment.
I stayed up late night to post a hopefully composite music review on Blogcritics.Org:
Mind you I finished writing that around 5am so if it does not make sense my apologies. I think I could have left out my actual travel patterns and all but I wanted to just tell everyone what I saw from my eyes and if that included naming off every stage on the grounds then so be it.
One of the highlights of the day was getting searched by the local Drug Task Force. They said it was a random check and asked me to pull my car over to the side so they could search it. I was threatened if I did not fess up to my weapons and drugs and told if I lied they would throw me in jail.
I laughed the entire time they looked in my car looking for nothing. When they were just about finished one of the elder officers asked to look in my CD cases because, and I quote, “that is where they hide the weed.”
Who in hell would hide weed in a CD case? And why was my car pulled over and searched as at least fifteen stoners drove past me with glazed eyes and smiles that seemed to thank me for letting them in with their eight pound bag of weed without getting caught.
That right there pissed me off. I am drug free and for the time being alcohol free. Why me? Random my ass. I think Tennessee sees Ohio as a drug lord state and thought they hit the big one. Sorry boys, better luck next time.
So after that time delaying stop we made it to the day lot, parked the car, and started our second day.
The second day was actually the first full blown day of the festival with much more folk inside Centeroo. People from all directions were walking to and from checking out everything they possibly could. There was just so much to see and literally not enough time to see it all.
The three of us, yes Matt actually joined us, walked around for a moment and decided on what our plans were for the day. Shockingly Matt wanted a map and shade. He had his own plans for the day and was not too thrilled about many of the afternoon acts and wanted to just hang out. We would not see him until midnight.
I think Matt has something against hardcore hippies. I do too. I have had enough patchouli stink to last me a lifetime. When you are surrounded by a sea of people and that smell seems to get stronger and stronger it just gets plain annoying. I am also tired of hearing “hey bro!” screamed from one stoner to the next.
I have realized that I am getting old. There is no doubt about that. I think I am tired too, this is an angry, grumpy, tired post.
I have nothing against everyone having a good time and popping as many pills as they can fit into the palm of their hands. Let them be free, let them smoke weed, just stay the hell away from me and for the love of god quit asking me if I have have green! I was even asked by some girl “where can I find Molly?” With a confused face I looked at here and asked her what in the hell she was talking about.
She ran away. Ha.
The second day of Bonnaroo not only was the first day of Bonnaroo for Matt but really the start to the festival with more artists playing throughout the day. The rain stayed away and the sun shone making for the perfect festival atmosphere.
One of the surprise acts of the day would have to be the Belleville Outfit. The jazzy cabaret folk act was just the type of band I was looking to discover and made a note to check them out some more once I returned home.
Santigold put on quite the show with their mix of rock and hip hop. Al Green was one of those experiences I am glad I did not pass up. I still can not believe I saw the Rev. Al Green live. I have always been a fan of his older material since I was a kid so seeing him live was pretty damn outstanding.
The Beastie Boys owned the main stage Friday night pushing through a long set full of classic material as well as playing a brand new song with special guest NAS. It was great to see the B-Boys again on the big stage doing their thing. Mix Master Mike also put on quite the show scratching the hell out of vinyl and creating some truly unique sounds.
Justin Townes Earl was another act that I randomly walked up to having no idea what to expect. I was blown away by his indie country mix and complete politeness to all who came to see him. I even went so far as to grabbing one of his Midnight At The Movies LPs after the show.
French act put on one of my favorite sets on Friday with their French indie / electronica / rock display. Having first heard of them on the Lost In Translation soundtrack I did not even realize they were playing Bonnaroo. We all watched the whole set and I know I enjoyed every single song performed.
Public Enemy was another huge highlight of the day. Seeing the twenty-plus year old band take the stage was something I was not sure would ever happen again. They played strong and looked good. The act even busted out their 1988 classic It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back from start to finish. Wow.
I can say that I am ready for today. I got some sleep, ate some delicious Shoney’s and am now ready to tackle day three of the Bonnaroo.
Until then, here are some more photos:
Tonight is going to be a long night mainly because of NIN playing a early morning set from 1am till 3am. That is going to be amazing yet will drain what little energy I will have left in me but I am ok with that.
Thanks to all who participated in the contest. As per a previous blog I had copies of the new Fountains Of Wayne live DVD for a giveaway of sorts thanks to my friends at The Syndicate, three to be exact. I chose three winners this morning based upon their random pet peeves.
Here are the winners:
(((RAD)))am – “i hate it when someone is pissing me off while i’m driving and when i go to give them ” the bird” i’m wearing a mitten”
Chekdemon – “I also can’t stand Tanorexics those over tanning salon fake tanner look like an umpa -loompa”
Jeremy – “I hate when people make their pets wear clothes”
Winners have been notified by email.
Thanks for all who checked it out. Look for more contests in the future!!!