Saturday at Bonnaroo is where you could found soul royalty Bobby Womack during his afternoon set but no guest appearance during Damon Albarn’s satisfying career-spanning show on the main stage, the anthemic punk of the Bouncing Souls, powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll by Drive-By Truckers and Cage the Elephant (who mentioned that the members attended their first Bonnaroo 10 years ago), slacker funk from Cake (who covered Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”), joyous pop from GROUPLOVE, soul-enriching blues from Tedeschi Trucks Band and a host of EDM artists including Kaskade, The Glitch Mob, Zedd and the smooth dance sounds of Chromeo.
While there are always conflicts causing Bonnaroovians to choose one act over another, the late night shows were particularly difficult due to choosing between Frank Ocean, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, SuperJam: Skrillex and Friends and The Flaming Lips.
During the Lips’ midnight performance – and fourth time on the Farm -- the band, once again, created a mind-bending, eye-popping celebratory universe that incorporated psychedelic workouts and crowd favorites including “Race for the Prize,” “She Don’t Use Jelly,” “Silver Trembling Hands,” “The W.A.N.D.” and an encore of “Do You Realize” and cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
SuperJam with Skrillex and Friends featuring Big Gigantic brought in numerous special guests including Mickey Hart collaborating on “Fire on the Mountain,” actor Craig Robinson (“This is the End”) covering Bill Withers’ “Use Me” after his set in the Comedy Theatre, Ms. Lauryn Hill singing Fugees tunes and Damien “Jr Gong” Marley paying tribute to his dad, Bob, in what was now officially Father’s Day.
Other guests included Robby Krieger, Janelle Monáe, Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins and Warpaint.
Earlier on the main What Stage, Lionel Richie caught the wave of love for his timeless hits including his biggest solo numbers (“Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling, “Say You Say Me,” “Lady” and, of course, “All Night Long”) as well as a few classics from his days in the Commodores (“I’m Easy” and “Brick House”). The set ended with sing-along to his charity single, “We Are the World.”
Bathed in blue lights, Jack White followed him and attacked his set on several fronts with an energetic stage presence and a setlist culled from his two solo albums, his work with the Raconteurs his days in the White Stripes.