Bonnaroo is over. It is always a bit sad when it all comes to an end and we have to go back to real life, but we leave here with great memories and new experience.
Normally Sunday is a really exciting day because the final act is always a person or group that transcends generations with their music. Dead & Co. certainly meets that definition, but the band holds no appeal for me making the final day on The Farm a very relaxing day.
One act I thought was going to be a fun throwback to my angsty teen years was Third Eye Blind. I know a lot of people try to act as if they were not a fan of the hit 90s Alt Rock group, but they were super popular until it was deemed cool to hate them. What made the performance so hilarious to me was how crowded it was at The Other Tent. I have no photos of the group or of even the stage because I was so far back, I could barely see the tent. I could still hear the band and they sounded just like they did nearly 20 years ago. I enjoyed bonding with others over hits like “Graduate” “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.” It brought back some of the few good memories I have of that time.
UberApe was experiencing Ween at the Which Stage. If you ask, he will tell you all about it.
The big thing for the both of us was The Bluegrass Situation. For the last four years, the organizers have set Sunday aside for several Bluegrass bands to take over That Tent and towards the end of the evening, Ed Helms would host (and participate) in a Bluegrass SuperJam featuring members of the previous acts and a few special guests.
In the past UberApe and I have not been able to go to the SuperJam, but we would always catch one of the band’s sets during the day. There was usually something else going on during the SuperJam which took priority in our minds. This year, we were free to enjoy several of the Bluegrass acts (including two of our favorites The Wood Brothers and Steep Canyon Rangers) and watch the big get together. We didn’t know all of the special guests or most of the songs, but it was nothing short of spectacular. The whole experience felt like a soul cleansing after a crazy/amazing weekend.
On a day filled with talk about tragedy and hate, it was great to be surrounded by love, hugs, high-fives, and great music.