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Bonnaroo 2014: Saturday Highlights

By Saturday, Bonnaroo had really warmed up - and not just the weather. The sun finally came out to prove to the festival that Tennessee really can swelter, and the stages heated up with big acts.

One of the first bands of the day was Los Angeles based Classixx, who turned the Other Tent into a mid-day dance party. Next up was indie group Haerts, who delighted the audience with their popish tunes, even sticking around to chat with a few fans.

Classic festival band Blackberry Smoke rocked the Which Stage mid-afternoon, proving that there is a still turnout for southern rock. After them, Tedeschi Trucks Band fired up for a set on What Stage, a good follow up to Derek Truck's Superjam on Friday night.

Cage the Elephant packed in Which Stage late afternoon, and took the stage with the announcement of "no rants, just music" before chaotic frontman Matt Shultz appeared, adorned in a gold shimmery jacket. The crowd gladly sang along to many of Cage's hits, and Shultz had "more fun out here with [the audience]" than up on stage, making several ventures out into the crowd. Once safely back on stage, he regaled a tale of playing guitar in the campground as an attendee ten years ago, and someone inebriated wandering by telling him he should play the festival one day. It seemed with much delight, and a sly grin, that Shultz announced "now here we are." It seems that a more mature Cage can still keep some of the antics, but bring a new sense of charisma perhaps lacking in their earlier years of mayhem and melee.

In This Tent, Phosphorescent started out with a slow set that saw unreceptive fans leave, only to warm up and get a crowd gathered back and dancing away by the end. After them was Cut Copy, who gave an astoundingly sincere and full hearted performance that showcased their fusion of electronic synths and indie rock. No one else is doing anything quite like Cut Copy, and that's a good thing, as they do it too well to share.

Zedd brought his recent Grammy success to Which Stage, spinning tunes and shooting off confetti while the increasingly buzzed crowd belted out (albeit incorrect) lyrics to "Clarity," his hit collaboration with London native Foxes.

The main venue headliner for Saturday was Jack White solo, having previously appeared at Bonnaroo as part of both The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. White had an interesting ensemble band backing him as he tore through his eccentric collection of White Stripes ("Icky Thump" and "Seven Nation Army"), as well as solo tunes including recently dropped "Lazaretto." White did put on aires of Kanye for a moment, getting digs in at Rolling Stone about how it was him and the crowd that made music exist, and later on interjecting several other mini rants. However, his set was far better received than Friday's headliner, as he left the stage the crowd continued to sing bits of the songs the whole way to Tent City.

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