I had the distinct honor of being asked to dance with Gypsyphonic Disko and the Balkan Booty Squad for Bonnaroo. What? Yes! That is correct I went to Bonnaroo as an “artist”. Although the festival was last weekend my excitement and fan girling has not subsided. I could write an entire novel about my amazing experience out in Tennessee at one of the biggest musical festivals this summer, but instead I’ll rehash my top 10 favorite moments. If you were there, feel free to comment with your top festival moments. And if you saw me give me a shout!
1. Dancing with Gypsyphonic Disko and the Balkan Booty Squad on the Snake & Jake’s Christmas Barn Stage was great way to start out the weekend in true New Orleans fashion. The local duo consisting of Quickie Mart, DJ, producer and all-around top music maker and Ben Ellman, saxaphone player of legendary Galactic mix traditional Klezmer music with New Orleans bounce tracks.
2. There is no better way to start your Saturday off than moving and grooving to the sweet soulful sounds of Janelle Monae. I’ve seen this electrifying lady several times and I have to say her Bonnaroo set was the best yet.
3. Music festivals aren’t complete without the inclusion of diverse and unique vendors. One in particular that caught my eye, Mamie Ruth. These lovely ladies from Savannah hand-make their products with love and eco-friendly, sustainable materials.
4. Catching Disclosure, front row and almost center. I can’t even put into words how many times I’ve blasted Disclosure’s tunes in the car, at home, riding my bike. I missed their show at Republic earlier this year and was ecstatic to sing along to their entire set. Bonus: Sam Smith gracing the stage with his presence to sing “Latch”. Heart swoons.
5. Bonnaroo strives to be an eco-conscious, earth friendly festival. All around the festival grounds you can recycle and compost your things. Planet Roo was set up to heighten your global consciousness with workshops, yoga and information booths.
6. Always a top attraction at Bonnaroo are the graffiti walls set up around the festival grounds. Artists beautified the festival with their own style and flavor.
7. Started out Sunday, a day of music sampling with the sounds of Brooklyn based High & Mighty Brass Band. In true New Orleans form I whipped out my parasol and second-lined my heart out in the heat. If this band ever comes through your area do yourself a favor and check them out!
8. Later in the evening, my friends in High & Mighty Brass Band invited us to watch Jack White on the Main Stage from the best seat in the house – on top of their tour bus. The sound was so clear and profound, I am now officially a fan.
9.. To end our Sunday of music sampling, The Balkan Booty Squad was asked to perform with Chromeo for a surprise set at The Christmas Barn. Insert super fan girl shrieking (still shrieking a week later). The duo played an amazing set of electro-funk and ended it with a little Juvenile and 504 Boyz for their New Orleans guest dancers.
10. Nothing says good morning like watching the sunrise atop a giant boombox aka the Kalliope Stage (Cali-Ope for you New Orleans people). Quickie Mart killed his set and after we watched the sun come up while music continued to blast from the stage’s sound system.