Bonnaroo 2009 – Day 2 In Review

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:

Concert Review: Bonnaroo 2009 – 06/12/2009 – Day 2

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.

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