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Champagne Showers: VIP at LMFAO in MIA

15 Jul

After Bonnaroo and about a week before Addam and I left Miami, we had VIP tickets for an LMFAO show at the American Airlines Arena — where the Heat had just won the NBA championship one day prior.

Far East Movement opened for Redfoo and SkyBlu, who threw an AMAZING party and definitely knew how to party rock. Since we were VIP, Addam and I were so close we could practically reach out and touch the uncle/nephew duo, and when they showered the crowd with champagne, we could taste the bubbles! We had an incredible time, so I wanted to share some of the photos we took throughout the night.


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Check out this link to my YouTube Channel to view a set of videos I took of the performance.

“Yo, I’m runnin’ through these ho’s like Drano; I got that devilish flow, rock ‘n’ roll, no halo. We party rock, yeah, that’s the crew that I’m reppin’; On the rise to the top, no lead in our zeppelin.” —  LMFAO, Party Rock Anthem, Sorry for Party Rocking (2011).

Blogaroo: Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13

4 Jul

Saturday was a long night, but Addam and I wanted to maximize our time at Bonnaroo, so we got up pretty early.  You can sleep when you’re dead, right?

While I’d like to say that we woke up and immediately headed out for a full day of shows, we actually took it easy Sunday morning. John, Tati, Addam and I chilled at the campsite for a good majority of the hot, hot day, and even invited the neighbors over for some mid-afternoon “tailgating.”

We kept the grill going and the drinks flowing for most of the day, so by the time we headed into Centeroo we were all more than ready to jam out to some good tunes. While we got a later start than we wanted to, new friends beat almost any show. Not to mention, after three full days of partying, I like to think that we earned a late morning.

Addam and I got to the Gregg Allman show a little late, but we made it nonetheless. We hung out toward the back of the crowd, but definitely enjoyed what we saw of his set. While I would have loved to see the full group, Gregg’s entire show really focused on that classic, Allman Brothers sound. I included a YouTube video, so please check out the clip for a better understanding. It’s not Addam’s, but it’s still pretty good.


After catching part of Allman’s show, Addam and I made our way over to the Robert Plant performance, which was the highlight of our Sunday. We’re both huge Led Zeppelin fans, so it was amazing to finally be able to see one of the legends live. Plant played from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., and while I would have liked to see him perform a bit later, Bonnaroo organizers don’t tend to schedule any late night sets on Sunday.

Plant focused on his solo career during his set, which was a little disappointing, because Addam and I were hoping to hear some classic Led Zep. Regardless, it was a very entertaining, very impressive set, and he won us over very quickly. Plant may be a bit older since his Zeppelin days, but he hasn’t lost his edge. Dude can wail.

I haven’t followed Plant as much since the group broke apart, but I’ll definitely start now that I’ve seen how impressive he is on his own, as well as with a group.


Dan Auerbach, of The Black Keys, and Dr. John performed from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. as part of the Superjam. It was the first Superjam since 2008, when Eugene Hütz and Les Claypool took the stage. I don’t know exactly why the event hasn’t been held for the past few years, but I think it may have had something to do with a falling out between members of The Grateful Dead and Bonnaroo organizers. Which is a shame, because the Dead were Roo strongholds.

The performance, as was to be expected, was worth the build up. Roo organizers have a way of scheduling the Superjam around artists who can compliment each other’s musical stylings, and this year was no exception.

(As an interesting side note — the festival was named after Dr. John’s 1974 album, Desitively Bonnaroo — Bonnaroo being Cajun for “a good time.”)


Next up was Widespread Panic. Addam and I have seen them at a few other festivals, and to be honest — I don’t really dig them. While I respect the group and can see that they have an undeniable talent, they just don’t touch me the way other Bonnaroo artists do. Regardless, it was a fun set. The light show was absolutely amazing, and they were closing out the festival, so there was no reason to complain. Not to mention — toward the end of the performance audience members began releasing heat lanterns into the night sky. I can’t really describe it any way that would do it justice, but check out the video Addam edited of the final act.


While Widespread played until 11 p.m., there weren’t any other performances scheduled, so Addam and I headed back to camp as soon as the show ended. Walking through the Bonnaroo arch for the last time is hard every year, but Addam and I were comforted by the knowledge that in a few short months we’d be right back where be belong.

After our final night’s sleep at Bonnaroo, Addam, John, Tati and I started packing up camp. While we were tempted to just leave everything up and save our spot for next year, we didn’t want to risk losing our fabulous camping gear. (Although — I must admit that this is, sadly, the last event Addam and my tent is going to make it to. It’s been with us through five years of camping trips and music festivals, but it was barely standing by the end of the weekend.)

We took our time packing up. I was in charge of trash — which entailed me anally separating out all of the recyclables. John cooked up a big breakfast of ribs, Addam was tearing things down and packing them up and Tati was organizing all of our belongings. After the group enjoyed a big breakfast, and once John and Tati searched some abandoned campsites for hidden treasures, we got into the van and headed out.

The drive was long, and I tried to sleep through as much of it as I possibly could. We stopped about three hours from Miami for a quick nap, but overall we made decent time. While we left Tennessee around 10:30 or 11 a.m., we were in MIA by 3:30 the next morning.

It was hard to say goodbye, but I knew that in less than 360 days Addam and I would be making our way back to our favorite place on Earth. And in the meantime — I’m keeping the video Addam edited of our experience on repeat. It’s below.


While this post concludes my 2011 Bonnaroo coverage — have no fear that Blogaroo will be back and better than ever in 2012. I have big expectations for next year’s line up, and Addam and I are already planning our next trip to Tennessee. (AFTER the wedding, of course : )

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles, director and screenwriter (1915-1985).

Blogaroo: Friday, June 10

22 Jun

Our group got a pretty late start Friday morning, which is good, because we needed some rest to make it through the day. Addam set out some fresh fruit and grilled up a breakfast of steak and potatoes, of which I obviously only had the latter. I can’t complain though. It was the best meal I’ve had in awhile.

Once we were fueled up we all headed to Centeroo to check out Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at 2 p.m. It was deathly hot and extremely dusty, and somehow Addam and I got separated from John and Tati as soon as we got to the show.

Bela Fleck has been to Bonnaroo a few times now, but this was the first time in awhile that the orginal lineup has performed. Addam saw them for a few minutes in 2008, but this was our first time checking them out together. Trust me when I say that they did not disappoint! I’ve been into them since Addam’s mom, Judy, introduced me to them when I was in high school, so it was great to finally see them live.


From there Addam and I headed over to This Tent to see Matt and Kim. Even though the boy downloaded a ton of their stuff as soon as Bonnaroo’s line up was released, I didn’t really know much about them. (I mean, besides that they’ve performed on Sesame Street.) Little did I know just how intense their shows really are.

We didn’t get close enough to the stage to get a photo and video of our own, but one look at the ones I’ve posted and you’ll understand why we couldn’t make it to the first row. They’re extremely energetic and expect the same passion from their audiences. Definitely impressive for a group that didn’t even know how to play their instruments when they met in college.


The Pimps of Joytime played on the Sonic Stage around 4:30 p.m., which was great, because we could get really close. Addam and I only saw them on a lark, but while we had no intention of actually making it to their show, they ended up being pretty good. I’m sure no one who’s reading this has ever heard of them — so check out the video I found on YouTube for taste of what they had to offer.


Atmosphere was next. Addam and I had never been to one of his shows, but we’ve seen clips from past performances, including Bonnaroo. He was no Eminem, but he was also playing in the midday heat. While I probably would have enjoyed him a lot more if he played at night, his show was definitely a good time. But then again — I love me some old school hip hop, so I may be partial.


The evening was all about Florence + the Machine. She went on at 6:45 p.m. and played a little less than an hour, but that hour was definitely not enough! While she played hits like Dog Days, You’ve Got the Love and Cosmic Love, Addam and I both were waiting for her to pull out our favorite covers. The boy wanted to hear Halo, while I was praying for some Addicted to Love.

Florence was one of Bonnaroo’s favorites, but Addam and I still managed to get a pretty good spot under the tent. Addam knew how much the performance meant to me, so he made sure to lift me onto his shoulders during key songs. It was definitely an experience I’ll carry with me, especially when I’m walking down the aisle to Ms. Flo herself. Check out the video Addam and I shot for a closer look.


After Florence Addam and I headed back to camp to eat and meet up with John and Tati.

John and Addam had planned a fajita night, so we immediately got the grill going. Our neighbors from the tent next to us were in at that point, so we all sat around shooting the shit until John and Tati showed up. We only had about an hour until Primus took the stage, but we’re young and know how to hustle. After some fast fajitas and even faster Jager-bombs, we headed back to Centeroo for the late night sets.

Words cannot begin to describe the Primus set. We got to the stage right as the performance was starting, but we snuck through the crowd until we had secured a good spot. Les was completely on point, and the group played every song I have been waiting years to hear — Tommy the Cat, Over the Falls and Jerry Was a Race Car Driver, among others.


The entire set was strong, but imagine my surprise when I looked up to see a set of skydrivers throwing glittering confetti over the crowd. For a second I almost thought the sky was falling. Addam has the only video of the spectacle on YouTube — and while it’s on point, nothing will ever compare to being there. I’ve been to many, MANY shows in my life — a handful of which were absolutely fabulous and life changing. Nothing will ever compare to Primus. Everyone I spoke with agreed that it was the best show of this year’s Bonnaroo.

While they could never compare, Arcade Fire took the main stage immediately following Primus’s set. They were pretty good, but I’m not gonna lie — the band really doesn’t keep my attention for that long. They’re not The Flaming Lips, no matter how hard they try to be. Good, but I just saw Primus. Nothing compares.


Addam and I are Bassheads, so even though we’ve seen him many, many times, we had to head over to Bassnectar’s set. As the picture and video Addam took can contest, the crowd was pretty insane. People were literally hanging from the tent’s rafters in an attempt to get a better view. The boy and I hung back to dance and easily escape to the Lil Wayne show on the main stage.


I’ve been a fan of Lil Wayne since Krysti introduced me to him during my sophomore or junior year of college, but I never thought that I’d actually get to see him perform live. I knew he’d be great, but I had no idea just how high energy his performance would be. Lil Wayne puts all of himself into every single song he does, making him that much more fun to watch.

I spent the entire show propped on top of a lemonade stand, which allowed me to see above the crowd. (When a headliner performs it’s usually so crowded that it’s hard to see anything but the huge monitors that broadcast the show.)

Weezy did most of his classics, including Hip Hop Doctor, Bed Rock and Drop the World. There had been reports that Eminem was seen practicing on the main stage earlier in the day, so I kept waiting for him to make an appearance. He never showed, but it didn’t really matter because we saw him the next night.


Addam and I were pretty exhausted after Lil Wayne let out at 3 a.m., but we’d never seen Ratatat, and I wanted to check out a bit of their set. Addam went back to the campsite while I headed to The Other Tent for the show. They were supposed to play until 4 a.m. but later night shows always go long. After about an hour of their intense drumming and insane guitar riffs, I headed “home” around four for a short nap before stating again on Saturday.


“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” — Unknown.

Blogaroo: Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9

15 Jun

Well, folks — I officially survived my fourth Bonnaroo, and between the company and the tunes, I have to say that it was the best yet.

Addam and I drove up and camped out with John and Tati, two friends we met shortly after moving to Miami. We packed a lot of stuff into the minivan John rented on Tuesday night, but we made sure to get an early start Wednesday morning. We were up and out by 4:45 a.m.

We didn’t stop much, but once we were an hour or two away we stopped at a Wal-Mart to stock up on munchables. We got a ton of food, I picked up some flip flops (I lost all of mine between Virginia and Chicago) and Addam (unsuccessfully) hunted for dry ice. After packing up the coolers we were back on our way.

Even though we got in line around 7:30 p.m., we didn’t see the gate until 3:30 a.m. This was the first year campers were allowed to set up on Wednesday night, so everyone was in a rush to get in and find a good stop. Luckily, Tati and I are extremely charming and managed to make friends during the wait.

By the time we made our way though security and set up camp, it was about 4:30 a.m. and already bright out. Addam ran to go tag up some walls while I took a quick nap before the day’s festivities.

After we were all (sort of) rested, John cooked up a quick breakfast on the grill our neighbors generously let us use throughout the weekend, and we headed out.

Centeroo opened at noon, but there weren’t any big bands scheduled until 4 p.m., leaving us plenty of time to explore. Addam and I got some food, sent out a few postcards at the Bonnaroo post office and headed to River City Extension — our first show of the day.

River City is a folk band from Toms River, NJ. Folk bands may sound lame, but this one really isn’t like the rest. It’s extremely upbeat and got me moving despite the heat. Addam hasn’t edited a video of the performance yet, but I found a pretty good one on YouTube.

After heading back to camp to meet up with John and Tati and grill up a quick lunch, we all headed to Centeroo.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band played at 8:30 p.m. Even though they’re amazing and a lot of people came out for the show, they were on a small stage, so it was easy to secure a good spot. The group hung out after the performance for a quick meet and greet, during which I got to tell each of them how much I appreciated their music. (Ok, I was a bit of a goober, but I was really excited.) Addam’s video is below.

Addam and I had an hour to kill between Rev. Peyton and Sleigh Bells, so we stood in line for tickets to the 420 Comedy Blaze featuring Cheech MarinThe WorkaholicsJay Pharoah and Ralphie May. Once securing our tickets, which oddly enough didn’t take very long, we headed over to the show.

The Sleigh Bells show was completely packed, and we couldn’t find a very good spot to photograph from. I don’t know if Addam’s going to make a video, but I wanted everyone to have an idea of just how high energy the performance, and the crowd, was.  I included a video shot from a fellow Rooer.

Sleigh Bells let out at 11:15 p.m., leaving us plenty of time to get to the comedy tent by 12:00.

Cheech was alright, but not nearly as funny as I expected. In fact, the entire show was looking like a let down, until Ralphie May took the stage. I remembered him from Last Comic Standing but had forgotten how funny he was. Addam’s not editing the footage we captured because YouTube has taken down a few of his other comedy videos and he doesn’t want to chance getting another strike against him. Fortunately, I found a clip from the show. Watch it quick, because I’m not sure how long it will be live.

It was pretty late by the time the show let out, and Addam and I had an early start and a long day. We headed back to camp for a little R and R before Friday’s performances.

All-in-all, it was a wonderful start to an even better weekend. Stay tuned.

“But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.” — Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese composer (b-1955).

Blogaroo: Day 10: Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

30 May

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside may be one of the smallest bands playing Bonnaroo this year, but it’s one that Addam and I hope that we have the opportunity to see. One of the best parts about checking out the Roo line-up is familiarizing yourself with all the artists that you know you’re going to come to love within the next few months. Addam is always quick to make a playlist, so we start studying the sounds early. (Ignorance is never an excuse for missing out on a good show.)

Addam and I discovered Sallie Ford a couple of months ago and only have about six or seven of the group’s songs saved to our computer. The truth is, it’s kind of hard to find any of their stuff, even on YouTube. Regardless, we’ve charged through the struggle and have come to appreciate the soulful sound the band has to offer.

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