Backstage Videos at Bonnaroo 2011

Nashville’s Independent Radio was inspired to be creative this year with up-and-coming artists showcased at Bonnaroo.  WRLT filmed backstage performances with 10 artists that fit the criteria.  A very special thanks to our Bonnaroo partners: Music Allies, Corsair Artisan Distillery and Funky Umbrella.

Ben Sollee - www.bensollee.com

Ben Sollee, a Kentucky based artist was introduced to us by our friends at Music Allies. Think of the Black Keys with a Cello, and then mix in the vocal stylings of Andrew Bird or Paul Simon.  Did you see Ben Sollee perform with My Morning Jacket?  Maybe you witnessed one of his four other stage performances at Bonnaroo?  Here, Ben performs an impromptu set in Centeroo for some lucky fans. We set up under a tree in front of “Which Stage” amongst festival goers who were attempting to cool off in the shade.  Once these fellow Bonnaroovians began hearing Ben perform, they moved closer or at least woke up and started to listen.  It was a great to see a huge crowd by the end of the second song!  Check out his performance of the song “The Globe” and “Electrify.”  Share with your friends!


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Band of Heathenswww.bandofheathens.com

After realizing there wasn’t much time to spend with Band of Heathens before their set, we walked over to the artist compound to find a a quiet area for the band to perform.  Sometimes one walks into inspiration; other times, one in a walks into a chain link fence and merely jokes about performing on a wooden Bonnaroo bus.  As Band of Heathens found out, everyone should be careful about that which is joked. Walk with us…at least until you see and hear the shout out to the guys on the back of the bus.  You may just be inspired. You may just enjoy Band of Heathens, too.


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

The Apache Relaywww.theapacherelay.com/

You might have caught this band as they joined Mumford & Sons and Old Crowe Medicine Show on stage for “Amazing Grace.”  Lightning 100 has been featuring The Apache Relay since we saw them outside of our office shooting photos for the cover of their self-titled E.P.  We approached the band about doing a golf cart performance,  Their response was “If you’re serious, hell yeah we’ll do it.”


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

Cheer Up Charlie Danielscheerupcharliedaniels.bandcamp.com/

Hailed as “Nashville’s Most Eclectic Rock Band”, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels won Mercy Lounge’s Road to Bonnaroo contest to secure a spot at Bonnaroo. We went back to their campsite as the band grabbed different instruments from people at campsites on the way.  The band has a very similar vibe to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but a little bit more nerdy(not a band thing).  Check out this performance back at their campsite of the song “Bunsen Burner Baby Blues” and soon to bed edited “Polygamy.”


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Chancellor Warhol – www.chancellorwarhol.com/

Chancellor Warhol was the first of 3 Road to Bonnaroo artist we did a backstage performance with.  Looking forward to some backstage freestyling, Chancellor Warhol performed a new song with Arron Miller at the Lightning 100 campsite.  Aaron Miller steals the spotlight with his vocals during the chorus, his voice is comparable to Sondre Lerche.


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

Lauren Sherawww.laurenshera.com/

You know it’s going to be a good performance when the first thing you ask the artists is “Are you afraid of heights?”  Lauren Shera was braver than most artist we approached to get on a very squeaky ferris wheel.  Lauren performed the song “Story Teller” on the Bonnaroo ferris wheel.  We try to do one ferris wheel performance per festival, check out our first video at Hangout Music Fest with Jon Black.

Matthew and the Atlas – www.matthewandtheatlas.com/


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Abigail Washburn – www.abigailwashburn.com/

We approached Abigail about doing a video when she visited the Lightning 100 studio for a taping of Music Business Radio.  It’s nice having an interview booked 2 months in advance to find out you only have 10 minutes to get everything done at the festival!  Abigail was joined by Kia Welch to perform one of the first songs they wrote together entitled “Ballad of Truth.”


Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Kopecky Family Band -

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Photography by Brian Waters

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