It’s hard to envision a better finale for the four-day festival on the 700-acre Manchester farm.
(photo courtesy of bonnaroo.com)
Fans and critics are already dubbing it the most successful Bonnaroo yet. Dozens of premier acts took the stage, including the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Public Enemy and Gov’t Mule, to name just a handful.
Rolling Stone also came out with an excellent wrap-up of the whole thing.
The yearly Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is held every June, and began in 2002 with a focus on jam bands — making Phish the most fitting headliner to close out the festival. Over the years, the festival expanded to celebrate all musical styles.
The word Bonnaroo itself is a slang meaning “a really good time,” and was popularized by New Orleans music legend Dr. John. Bonnaroo’s organizers — Superfly Productionos and AC Entertainmenet — reportedly picked the name to honor Louisiana’s tradition of musical inclusiveness.
Early in 2007, the organizers also bought most of the land, while still leasing another 250 acres for the shows. It’s grown to the point that, last year, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed it the best summer festival around.
The Listening Room has certainly not heard any complaints about the 2009 festival.
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