Lightning 100’s Live On The Green 2014 on September 5th and 6th in 2014 with Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Augustana, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wild Feathers, Phin, Sugar & The Hi Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Lone Bellow and Jake Bugg.
1. #1 has got to be our Apache Relay golf cart video. Brian the web guy and I dreamed up this idea very late one night at Bonnaroo. I taped the mic to the back of the cart and we had 4 cameras on this ride. It will forever be my favorite moment on the farm.
2. This was one of the 1st videos Brian the web guy and I made. It still makes me laugh. Apparently there is a lot of poo and drugs in the water…
3. 17 things I forgot to take to Bonnaroo. You should know I was really into Alt J at the time this video was made. Alt J…and tank tops. Pickle?
4. Moon Taxi singing the Bonnaroo song in a ….wait for it…port-o-john. Anyone who has been to the Roo knows that Port-o-potties aren’t meant for extended visits. We got this in one shot, I ran sound sitting on the ground. It was gross and awesome all at once.
5. #5 has got to be The Punch Brothers and Sarah Jaroz playing “Cry Cry Darling” in the radio compound. Sometimes things just happen really organically and this was one of those times. Chris Thile of The Punch Brothers had been mixing drinks for everyone all night and decided he wanted to jam with 19 year old Sarah Jaroz. I was so happy to have been there for this!
6. This was the 1st time me and B-dub got to meet The Weeks. We were fans instantly!
7. I loved the Ben Sollee video from CenteRoo. There were a bunch of folks hanging under the shade tree just waiting for the next band to play The Which Stage, little did they know they were getting awesome seats to a really cool show. I really like his theory of how the Globe burned down as well.
8. I have never had so much fun running sound for a shoot. Cheer Up Charlie Daniels cracks me up!
9. We like hip hop at Lightning 100 too! Chancellor Warhol is one bad dude.
10. As far as song writing goes, Caitlin Rose’s Shanghai Cigarettes is about as good as it gets.
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Red Bull Sound Select artist The Tontons perform an acoustic version of “Kidd Cemetery” live on the lazy river at Hangout Music Fest 2014. Filmed and edited by Make It Pop Creations
The good ole boys from Tennessee, The Black Cadillacs, decided to surprise some fans with an acoustic performance after their set. The band setup in the giant Hangout chair that has been at the festival every year! Check out this world premiere of “Methodrone” live at Hangout Music Fest. Lightning 100 first found out about the band after winning Red Bull Sound Select‘s battle of the bands for the chance to go to Austin during SXSW. Click here to see photos from the show in 2013.
Click here to see photos from the show! This video was produced by Lightning 100 and filmed/edited by Make It Pop Creations.
Want to see more videos from The Black Cadillacs? Here are some in-studio videos live from the Lightning 100 studio!
Lightning 100 partnered with Hangout Music Festival and Red Bull Sound Select for the chance to get out of Nashville and to go film some bands on the beach! John & Jacob kicked off the festival to a pretty large crowd at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage. The guys decided to surprise a lovely group of ladies with a beachside performance of the song “Ride With Me”. The ladies repaid them with hugs and sandwiches. Click here to watch the video! John & Jacob recently played Nashville Sunday Night for Lightning 100. Make It Pop Creations also filmed their performance live performance from 3rd & Lindsley!
Lightning 100 is down at Hangout Music Festival for the weekend. Stay tuned for backstage performances from some of your favorite Lightning 100 artist!
LIGHTNING 100’S LIVE ON THE GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 DATES
AUGUST 14, 21, 28
THREE-DAY FESTIVAL TO SERVE AS FINALE EVENT
SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 6
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ALL DATES REMAIN FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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2014 FEATURES EXPANDED ARTIST LINE-UP AND FESTIVAL SITE
OFFICIAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT JUNE 26, 2014
VIP TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 26, 2014
Nashville, TN (April 23, 2014) – Live On The Green Music Festival organizers and representatives from Lightning 100, along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, announced a number of exciting changes to Live On The Green Music Festival today. In its sixth year, Nashville’s premiere free music series, which takes place at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville, will kick off the 2014 season with three consecutive Thursdays – August 14, 21, 28 and wrap up with a weekend finale planned for September 4, 5 and 6.
“As we approached our sixth year, we knew we wanted to grow the event in a way that would offer our guests an even bigger, better experience,” said Lester Turner, Executive Producer of Live On The Green and President of Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. “We decided that adjusting our schedule was the best way to accomplish that goal. In 2014, Live On The Green will graduate from a weekly concert series to a full-fledged music festival featuring an expanded artist line-up and festival site, longer hours, and a new schedule. Of course, as always, all events will remain free and open to the public.”
In addition to more free music, fans will also enjoy an expanded festival site. As with previous years, the site footprint will encompass all of 3rd Avenue between Union Street and James Robertson Parkway, and for the first time will extend up Deaderick Street to 4th Avenue. This additional city block of space will allow the festival to provide a greater number of food, retail and entertainment offerings.
“Live On The Green continues to grow its fan base while also continuing to bring local and national artists to perform on Nashville’s front lawn – our Public Square,” Mayor Dean said. “I want to congratulate Lester Turner and his team for making this free music festival one of the top events in the country. I am pleased to see the addition of a free weekend festival that will showcase live music and all that Nashville has to offer to local residents and visitors alike.”
The 2014 Live On The Green artist lineup will be announced on Thursday, June 26, 2014, the same day that VIP ticket packages will go on sale. Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem winner, Phin, has already been announced as the first artist to perform at the 2014 festival. Phin survived 28 rounds to beat 32 other bands to earn the winning slot on the 2014 Live On The Green artist lineup.
LIVE ON THE GREEN 2014 SPONSORS INCLUDE:
Lightning 100, Erie Insurance, Regions Bank, MillerCoors, Tenth & Blake Brewing Co., Coca Cola, Piedmont Natural Gas, Carl Black Chevrolet, TVA Green Power Switch, Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville, Team Green Adventures, Pareto Realty, Friendly Arctic Printing & Design, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, Green Village Recycling, Mountain Creative Agency, Sitemason, Inc. and Pioneer Coach.
VISIT LIVE ON THE GREEN ONLINE AT:
Twitter: @liveonthegreen (hashtag: #LOTG2014)
Comprehensive media and event information is available at (PDF): www.liveonthegreen.net/2014
Additional, downloadable high resolution photos can be found on the Live On The Green Facebook page.
VIP TICKETS & PACKAGES:
While the festival is free and open to the public, Live On The Green offers an exclusive VIP area for those guests interested in a premium experience. VIP ticket-holders will enjoy access to the VIP Lightning Lounge with benefits including exclusive stage access, private restrooms, comfortable shaded areas with open seating, complimentary catering provided by some of Nashville’s favorite restaurants, as well as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. VIP tickets and packages go on sale June 26, 2014 at www.liveonthegreen.net.
ABOUT LIVE ON THE GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Produced and presented by Lightning 100.1 FM, Live On The Green is Nashville’s premiere free outdoor music festival. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended Live On The Green. The festival has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more.
ABOUT LIGHTNING 100:
WRLT Lightning 100.1FM is Nashville’s Independent Radio Station and the proud founder of the Live On The Green Music Festival.
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has become a cherished event that the city of San Francisco has embraced as fans from across the country flock to spend an incomparable weekend in one of America’s greatest parks. Each year, festival organizers ensure that every facet of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of the components that make it one of the most desirable places to live and visit. They also like to the say thank you to the city and the local communities surrounding the park by giving back in substantial ways. In its first six years, Outside Lands has raised over $8.3 million for the benefit of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Based on a 2011 economic study, it is estimated that the festival generates over $70 million annually to the San Francisco economy.
TICKETS GO ON SALE THURSDAY APRIL 10 AT 10AM PDT
The confirmed Outside Lands 2014 lineup is below:
Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, Death Cab For Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Atmosphere, Cut Copy, Tegan & Sara, Duck Sauce, Haim, Chromeo, Ben Howard, Lykke Li, Chvrches, Paolo Nutini, Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Local Natives, Jenny Lewis,Grouplove, John Butler Trio, Tycho, The Kooks
SBTRKT, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Boys Noize, Phosphorescent, Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Deer Tick, Holy Ghost!, Warpaint, Flume, Lucius , Typhoon, Dum Dum Girls, The Soul Rebels, Gold Panda, Christopher Owens, Bleachers, Big Freedia, Jagwar Ma
Greensky Bluegrass, Imelda May, Watsky, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Valerie June, Mikal Cronin, Woods, Vance Joy, The Brothers Comatose, Gardens & Villa, Jonathan Wilson, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Givers, Are, Courtney Barnett, Bear Hands, Finish Ticket, The Districts, RayLand Baxter, Night Terrors of 1927, Trails and Ways, Nocona
Also included were two songs from Lord Huron’s Not So Secret, Secret Show for Lightning 100 listeners, Thursday February 13.
|Artist||Song Title||Backstage Bonnaroo||Sun 2/16/14|
|Umphries McGee||That’s The Way||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Iron and Wine||Tree By The River||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Walk The Moon||Life During Wartime||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Gomez||See The World||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Jason Isbell||Traveling Alone||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Brett Dennen||She’s Mine||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Ben Harper||In The Colors||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Black Keys||Ten Cent Pistol||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Citizen Cope||Son’s Gonna Rise||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Lucius||Turn It Around||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Frank Turner||The Way I Tend To Be||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Alt-J||Breeze Blocks||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Portugal. The Man||Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Local Natives||Breakers||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|The Rubens||My Gun||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong||Michael Franti||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Take A Walk||Passion Pit||Backstage Bonnaroo|
|Lord Huron||Until The Night Turns||Secret Show|
|Lord Huron||Lonesome Dreams||Secret Show|
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right y’all it is festival line up season and boy oh boy a bounty of spectacular announcements have been made regarding music gatherings across the nation. With more and more festivals popping up every year sometimes it is hard to keep up with all of the locations, bands, and dates that come with the territory. Lucky for you, here at Lightning 100 we are long time festival junkies and we have the sunburns and wristbands to prove it.
Hangout Music Fest
Dates: May 16-18
Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Tickets: Go on sale January 16 @ 10 A.M.
3 Day passes start at $229
Music festivals are magnificent in nearly any location, but when the gathering is on a beach well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Created in 2010, Hangout has steadily grown in attendees and continues to draw larger and larger acts. This year is no exception.
Headliners include: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, and Jack Johnson.
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Moon Taxi, Wild Cub, Diareeha Planet, The Wans, John and Jacob, The Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes
Other Lightning 100 Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Amos Lee, Connor Oberst, Portugal the Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, NEEDTOBREATHE, Bastille, Trombone Shorty, The 1975, ALO, Little Green Cars, Shakey Graves, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Hangout Music Fest at their website, http://hangoutmusicfest.com
CounterPoint Music Festival
Dates: April 25-27
Location: Kingston Downs, Georgia
Tickets: Advance Tickets On Sale Now
3 Day passes start at $180
Dubbed as “the cure for the common festival” CounterPoint debuted in 2012 at Kingston Downs, home of the Atlanta Steeplechase. Again a steadily growing festival with an obvious electronic/ EDM influence this festival is a quick shot south for the fine people of Nashville looking to get away for the weekend and kick of festival season the right way.
Headliners include: Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People, STS9
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Moon Taxi, Wild Cub, and Five Knives
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Rubblebucket
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding CounterPoint Music Festival at their website, http://www.counterpointfestival.com
Firefly Music Festival
Dates: June 19-22
Location: Dover, Delaware
Tickets: Go on sale January 20 @ 11 A.M. CST
4 day passes start at $249
Established in 2012 Firefly takes place in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway and tries to provide “an open-air festival on the East coast with plenty of outdoor camping much like Bonnaroo.” “The East Coast’s premiere music experience”, has seen rapid growth since 2012 and has a spectacular line-up this year, take a look.
Headliners include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Wild Cub, The Wild Feathers, Vance Joy, Cherub, The Weeks, and John and Jacob
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Artic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Grouplove, Local Natives, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, The Airbourne Toxic Event, The Mowgli’s, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Firefly Music Festival at their website, http://fireflyfestival.com
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Weekend 1, April 11-13. Weekend 2, April 18-20.
Location: Indio, California
Tickets: Only tickets that are not sold out are the “4-Packs” starting at $2900
Established in 1999 this wildly famous gathering in the desert of southern California draws crowds upwards of 90,000 including many Hollywood stars. Fashion and the possibility over 100-degree weather are highlighted nearly every year, it is always an impressive festival.
Headliners include: Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire
Our Favorite Bands from Nashville: ZZ Ward, J Roddy Walston and The Business
Other Lightning 100 Favorites: Bastille, Aloe Blacc, Grouplove, Lorde, Foster the People, MGMT, The Head and the Heart, Cage the Elephant, City and Colour, Capital Cities, Beck, The 1975, Trombone Shorty, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at their website, http://www.coachella.com
Shaky Knees Music Festival
Dates: May 9-11
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets: Go on sale January 17
3 day passes start at $150
Born into the music festival world in just 2013 this young festival has released an extremely solid lineup. Taking place this year at Atlantic Station and we the people have been cautioned to “Expect lots of surprises this year” and we look forward to it.
Headliners include: The National, Modest Mouse, and an additional headliner to be announced.
Our favorite bands from Nashville: The Lone Bellow, Langhorne Slim, The Whigs, Kopecky Family Band, The Weeks, Apache Relay, Fly Golden Eagle
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives, Violent Femmes, Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Trampled by Turtles, Jason Isbell, Dawes, Lord Huron, The Devil Makes Three, Houndmouth, Man Man, The Districts, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Shaky Knees Music Festival at their website, http://shakykneesfestival.com
Well folks, I wish I could tell you that you needn’t look any further for more information however I have barely scratched the surface. As you can see we have a lot of Nashville acts to be proud of so as you attend these festivals be sure to go out and show them the support they deserve! We love our Nashville bands here at Lightning 100 and we wish them all the best and safe travels! Bonnaroo will be announcing their line-up on February 19th and I know we all are discussing the speculations, and anxiously awaiting to see who is coming to the farm.
So to all you festival-goers I wish you safe travel as well! Stay hydrated, see as many acts as you can, and don’t pass out with your shoes on! Who has the best lineup? Who is going to be at Bonnaroo? What festivals are you attending? Let me know y’all, and keep listening to Lightning 100.
Written by Jesse Nordstrom
Gulf Shores, AL (January 15, 2014) – Hangout Music Festival organizers announce and celebrate the lineup for the fifth annual Hangout Music Fest, featuring The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, AL on May 16-18, 2014. Also included in the stellar over 75-band lineup are STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The 1975 and Bastille. Bands will play on six stages, including the newly added Red Bull Sound Select stage.
Weekend tickets go on-sale this Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. EST at www.hangoutmusicfest.com for $229.
The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, STS9Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal. The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, NEEDTOBREATHE, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bastille, Chance The Rapper, Soja, Allen Stone, The 1975, ALO, Claude VonStroke, Los Lobos, Andrew W.K., Black Lips, Moon Taxi, Little Green Cars, Tom Odell, Balkan Beat Box, Valerie June, Brodinski, Wild Belle, RAC, Daedelus, Robert DeLong, heRobust, RDGLDGRN, Shakey Graves, Bronze Radio Return, Wild Cub, Le1f, Reignwolf, Gemini Club, The Wans, Diarrhea Planet, Bad Suns, Desert Noises, John and Jacob, Ethan Tucker, Mystery Skulls, Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes, Bagheera, Dugas, and more!
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival takes place April 11-13 & April 18-20 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA. Tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday, January 10th at 10am PST. More ticket info can be found below or at Coachella.com. General admission festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased as a shuttle combination. All pass types are available for Weekend 2. The price you see is the price you pay — prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend.
Alphabetical : AFI, Alesso, Aloe Blacc, Anthony Green, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Bastille, Beady Eye, Beck, Big Gigantic, Blood Orange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Broken Bells, Cage The Elephant, Calvin Harris, Capital Cities,Carnage, Chance The Rapper, Chromeo, Chvrches, City And Colour, Coachella, Coachella 2014, Coachella 2014 Lineup, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Crosses, dillon francis, Disclosure, Duck Sauce, Dum Dum Girls,Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim, Fishbone, Flosstradamus, Flume, Foster The People, Frank Turner,Girl Talk, Grouplove, Haim, Holy Ghost!, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Kate Nash, Kid Cudi, Krewella, Lana Del Rey, lineup, Little Dragon, Lorde, MAKJ, MGMT, Mogwai, Motörhead, MS MR, Muse, Nas, Neko Case, Outkast, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell Williams, Queens Of The Stone Age, RL Grime, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, The 1975,The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, The Glitch Mob, The Head And The Heart, The Knife, the naked and famous, The Replacements, The Toy Dolls, title fight, Warpaint, White Lies, Zedd, ZZ Ward
Working as an intern at Lightning 100 is an incredible experience that comes with many, many perks. However, the coveted Bonnaroo VIP wristband is not one of them. So like many of you, I too had to survive off of nothing but hot dogs and walk a mile and a half just to get to the back of the Centeroo line. Despite the discomfort, I wore the thin film of sweat and dirt that covered me from head to toe as a badge of honor and embraced the inevitable sunburn with open arms. As a seasoned Bonnaroo veteran these things came as no surprise, but that doesn’t mean that the festival has become routine.
We all knew that Paul McCartney and Tom Petty were going to be fantastic, but in my opinion the headliners do not make ‘Roo the unforgettable experience that it is. Everyone leaves the campground on Monday morning with a memory of an unanticipated, yet mind-blowing show permanently burned into brains from an artist they may have never even heard of. So with that in mind, I bring you the three completely unexpected things that made my bonnaroo fantastic.
1. The Hot Dog Explosion at Jeff the Brotherhood
Having seen this band in venues as small as The Other Basement and The Miller Lite On-Tap Lounge, it was pretty cool experience to see one of my favorite local bands climb the ranks and land a spot on a major stage. The crowd was evenly split between fans who were excited to see “this new band called Jeff the Brotherhood” and local die-hards who knew every word to Castle Storm before it was re-released on Infinity Cat last year. Even though I have seen JTB more times than I can count, I knew that it was going to be hands down the most fun show at Bonnaroo. Just as I expected, they did not let me down as the best live band on the planet.
What I did not expect, was the criminally undocumented eruption of hot dogs when Jake and Jamin kicked into “Shredder”, a crowd favorite, I looked behind me to see a guy about my age with a backpack filled to the brim with uncooked hot dogs, with every intent to throw as many of them as he could into the mass of people at the front of the stage. I doubt I will ever know how he got them past Centeroo security, but I am sure glad he did. The perfect synchronization of the drums barreling in after the fuzzed out guitar intro, the first-ever circle pit at a Jeff show, and the seemingly endless supply of processed pork flying through the air made for the best possible snapshot of the Nashville punk scene. Its aggressive and sweaty, but still doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is fun and supportive of everyone who wants to get involved, including the guy with a backpack full of hotdogs.
2. The Unadvertised Katey Red Show
While the Saturday late-night line up was mostly filled with throwback artists, comedy acts, and electronic music, one artist steered my evening away from a night of dad rock into a Cajun Sissy Bounce dance party. On my way from Billy Idol to Bustle in Your Hedgerow, I stumbled upon an intimidating 6’2 drag queen shouting into a microphone on top of the loudest drum loop I heard all weekend, performing on a wooden platform right next to the mushroom fountain. It wasn’t until 3 days later after a lot of sleuthing that I discovered that this artist was Katey Red, a pioneer of the New Orleans hip-hop music scene and long time friend of Big Freedia. I saw my fair share of rappers this year at Bonnaroo, but neither Kendrick Lamar nor Macklemore could get a crowd moving like Katey could. It was almost impossible to differentiate her back-up dancers from fans due to the fact that the crowd surrounded the makeshift stage on all sides. While NOLA was well represented this year at Bonnaroo, this show certainly captured the underground essence of the big easy in a way that the What Stage couldn’t.
3. The Soft-spoken William Tyler
Having spent nearly all of my 20 years on this planet as a Nashville native, I am ashamed to say that Bonnaroo was my first time seeing William Tyler. His sophomore release Impossible Truth on Merge Records was one of my favorite releases of the year, so I went into the show with high expectations. Tyler’s virtuosic guitar playing focuses more on depth and building layers that blur the line between harmony and melody. His reserved demeanor on stage did not appear to be an indication of sheepishness, but instead a sign of wisdom and experience, leaving the audience curious and enthralled for the entire 40 minute set.
Not once did the lack of vocals make the show seem boring. The masterfully crafted balance of guitar, pedal steel, and drums complemented each other without encroaching into their respective territories, making for one collaborative musical idea. The intimacy of a small stage and Tyler’s sparse playing made for a show that was equal parts captivating and relaxing, allowing listeners to enter a meditative state and reflect on how remarkable Bonnaroo can be. While I was expecting William Tyler to be good, nothing could have prepared me for how great it was.