Friday, June 10, 2011

So, You're Not at Bonnaroo, 2nd Ed.

If there's one thing The Musically Inclined is good at, it's enjoying Bonnaroo from a distance. Last year we brought you a selection of tips for a successful four days as a e-festival goer. This year, we do it again.

+ First up, Vevo is live streaming concerts from several of the main stages, June 10-12. Essentially, if you had a mind to spend the next three days glued to your high speed internet connection from noon to midnight, you could. Godspeed.

Glancing over Vevo's line up, we might suggest the following:

June 10: Best Coast (maybe) 5:00 p.m. CST; Florence and the Machine 6:45 p.m.; My Morning Jacket 8:15 p.m.

June 11: Ray LaMontagne 2:00 p.m.; Mumford & Sons 8:00 p.m.; Arcade Fire 9:30 p.m. (but mostly because eeeveryone looves Arcade Fire.)

June 12: Smith Westerns 12:30 p.m.; Mavis Staples 1:30 p.m.; The Strokes 6:45 p.m.; Widespread Panic 8:45 p.m. (You know, for shiggles.)

+ Next up, here's a sweet "Day 1 in Photos" gallery. Happy to say a former classmate of mine is the photog responsible for these stellar shots. I can only assume this will happen again in the days to come.

+ Spinner is offering a Bonnaroo 2011 sampler, free for download. There are about 30 tracks, which isn't too shabby. Serving suggestion: If you crank up the heating system and point every light and lamp you own at your face, you can pretend you're hearing the tracks live. Great fun! Extra points for realistically replicating the "smells of Bonnaroo."

+ Finally, Nashville's only independent radio station, the great Lightning 100, is taking you "Backstage at Bonnaroo." Check their site for interviews with artists which so far include Freelance Whales, Justin Townes Earle and Kopecky Family Band, to name a few.

Well, that's all I've got. Dig around and see what else you run into. And of course, have happy festival.

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