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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Jennifer Dimaano


11th annual music festival has an eclectic range of performers

June 7 marked the 11th annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. The festival opened up with an eclectic mix of artist from a wide range of genres.

Alabama Shakes closed the opening night of Bonnaroo in “This Tent”. Alabama Shakes is a “rootsy” American rock band that broke out earlier this year. The band’s set list included their first single “Hold On,” “Hang Loose” and “Rise to the Sun.”

Another fan favorite, Kendrick Lamar, “brought his West Coast gangsta rap to the dirty South,” according to MTV News. The rising rapper, noted by the likes of rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, was seen spittin’ his game to “A.D.H.D.” and “P & P.”

Lamar even had some words for his haters and addressed it to his Bonnaroo crowd, “He’s telling us that I’m not the best rapper alive today…Can I prove it to him?” He responded with the frantic “Look Out for Detox.” 

Lamar told the Associated Press, while in his dressing room getting ready for his set, “I think it just comes from me being myself and not being scared of being myself…When I talk about certain things, it’s something that I want to do and I want to talk about. So when I talk about the streets or I talk about the system or I talk about life in general, all that stuff makes up me. And it comes across in how people hear. They feel it because they know it’s organic, you know?” 

Other notable artists who got the crowd going at Bonnaroo were Detroit rapper Danny Brown, British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka and YelaWolf.

There was an expected 80,000 fans that made the pilgrimage to the festival this year.

According to CBS News, Bonnaroo will be having Radiohead, Foster the People, Feist, Ludacris and Dawes today. Later in the weekend, festival-goers can expect performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, Phish, Skrillex, Bon Iver and Alice Cooper.

If you missed out on festival this year, Youtube will be doing live streams of performances.

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