The Rock and Soul Dance Party Superjam was one of the highlights of Bonnaroo 2013 and considered by many to be the best Superjam in Bonnaroo history. Not long after the festival ended, they posted a trailer promising a documentary about how the legendary Superjam came together. Parts 1 and 2 of the series have been released previously. Today, Aug. 28, Bonnaroo released part 3 of the series on their Bonnaroo365 YouTube channel.
Each part of the series has centered around one song from the set. Part 1 featured John Lennon's "Instant Karma". Part 2 showcased Brittany Howard's rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." Part 3 is anchored by Jim James and Bilal's dual vocals on Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up."
As with the other parts of the series, the episode also offered a glimpse into the rehearsal for the project. The series has done a great job of highlighting the sheer logistical weight of getting so many different artists into a cohesive unit. This episode focused particularly on two areas; the process of putting the horn section together between horn arranger Ben Hoke and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and James and Bilal's vocal trade offs.
Part 3 also continued the short interview snippets from various people involved in the Superjam. This allows artists, arrangers, organizers, and instrumentalists to step outside the music and talk about the collaborative process and their thoughts about what these classic songs mean to them.
This episode ended with the full Superjam performance of "Move On Up", giving fans who were there a chance to relive the moment and fans who weren't a chance to see this once in a lifetime show for themselves.
Bonnaroo plans to release 7 episodes of this Superjam documentary eventually. You can click subscribe at the top of the page to be notified when each episode goes up as well as getting news, reviews, and interviews from other Nashville area festivals.