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Blogaroo: Day 18: Fruit Bats

19 May

Fruit Bats, a rock band that got their start in 1997 Chicago, helped kick off the folk-rock craze that took off in the early 2000s. The group has changed a lot since it got its start, but singer/songwriter Eric Johnson has always been at the band’s core.

In addition to his work with Fruit Bats, in 2000 Johnson was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, led his own space-rock band called I Rowboat and was a guitarist in various groups — including Califone and The Shins. The Shins will also be appearing at Bonnaroo this year, so maybe the groups will team up for a song or two.

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How do you Roo?

6 Mar

Well, folks — it’s that time of year again. The preliminary 2011 Bonnaroo line up has officially been released, and Addam and I are putting all of our ducks in a row in the hopes that we’re going to be able to attend. It would be our fourth trip to the festival, and despite all obstacles, we’ve come too far to ever look back. We may not have a car, we may be planning a wedding and we may have more expenses than we know what to do with, but come hell or high water we’re going to figure out a way to make it to Tennessee in June. After three years, we know exactly what we’d be missing, and not Rooing  is not an option.

That being said, I wanted to do something different with this post. Rather than reminisce on past shows, I wanted to offer a glimpse into the artists that I’m most excited to see this year. Some I’ve loved for a long time, and others are new to my playlist — but all should make for some exciting performances. My list is as follows:

 

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