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Blogaroo: Day 6: Cheech

3 Jun

While most of my Blogaroo posts have focused on Bonnaroo’s musical artists, I would not be doing it justice if I didn’t at least mention the hilarious comedic talent that will also make an appearance over the weekend. Unlike many other festivals, Roo features a series of comedy acts — this year’s most notable being Cheech Marin, of the infamous Cheech and Chong.

Cheech will be hosting Roo’s 420 Comedy Blaze, featuring Ralphie May (of Last Comic Standing), Jay Pharoah (of Saturday Night Live) and the stars of Workaholics.


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Blogaroo: Day 7: Bassnectar

2 Jun

Bassnectar aka Lorin Ashton is a DJ, producer and wobble bass master from Santa Cruz, California. His electronic mixes combine mainstream tunes with a dubstep style, giving his music that perfect womp, womp, womp that keeps me coming back for more.

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Blogaroo: Day 9: Gogol Bordello

31 May

“Gypsy punk band” Gogol Bordello got together in San Francisco in 1999 and has since become known for being one hell of a show. The group provides theatrical performances to both the accordion and the violin, rarities among most of today’s musical artists. Mix their energy with a punk and dub sound, and it’s easy to see how the band quickly rose to international stardome.

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Blogaroo: Day 11: The Black Keys

29 May

In the 10 years The Black Keys have been making music the duo has sold more than 1.7 million  records, making it one of the most successful blues/rock groups currently hitting US airwaves.

The band, which got their start in Akron, Ohio in 2001, includes vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. Together Auerbach and Carney have received five Grammy nominations, winning “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group” (Tighten Up), Best Alternative Music Album (Brothers) and Best Recording Package (Brothers) in 2011.

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Blogaroo: Day 13: Atmosphere

27 May

Atmosphere has been on the  scene since 1989, making it one of the oldest independent hip hop groups in the US. The group hails from  Minneapolis, Minnesota and includes rapper Sean Daley (Slug) and DJ/ProducerAnthony Davis (Ant). In interviews Slug has credited the group’s success to constant touring, saying that in the band’s early days they once drove from Minneapolis to Dallas to play a $250 show.

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“I’ve got the golden ticket”

26 May

Guess what came in the mail today?

It’s official. Every day brings me one step closer to Bonnaroo.

Welcome to Bonnaroo, I hope you enjoy your stay! Have a drink and have a smoke and have some fun today!” — The Ed Cogan Band, Welcome to Bonnaroo (2010).

Blogaroo: Day 15: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

25 May

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears got their start in Austin, Texas in 2007. Joe Lewis was working at a pawn shop in Austin when he picked up a guitar and started performing at various open mic nights around the city. While Lewis was performing shows as part of a local blues trio,  Zach Ernst, a member of the University of Texas Music and Entertainment Committee, booked him to open for Little Richard at the school’s annual Forty Acres Fest.

The band has grown substaintially since Lewis got his start. The Honeybears are now eight members strong and includes Ernst, Matt Strmiska,  Ian Varley, Bill Stevenson, Jason Frey, Derek Phelps and Joe Woullard. The group opened for Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007, signed to Spoon’s Lost Highway Records in 2008 and played at both Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits the same year. In 2009 Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears as one of the “Ten Bands Set to Break Out” at the SXSW Festival.

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