The 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival continued on Friday, June 13, as the two main stages opened in Centeroo. While some were abuzz with the prospect of Kanye West's headline performance, others were content to skip the hoopla and enjoy a late meal in the Food Truck Oasis. Whatever the choice, the days events leading up to Kanye's show were wrought with choices.
Decision-making skills are a prerequisite for 'Roo. Competing early afternoon sets by Sam Smith and Dr. Dog; Janelle Monáe versus The Naked and Famous; then Chvrches against Vampire Weekend leading into Neutral Milk Hotel or Phoenix were options that plagued the day. However, it was the late night alternatives that truly became an issue. Derek Trucks led a Superjam of artists squarely against rapper Ice Cube, progressive metal artist Mastodon and English electronic dance musicians Disclosure.
While Bonnaroo offers a true potpourri of musical talent daily, it's Centeroo--the hub of festival life within the festival--that truly defines the Bonnaroo experience.
Saturday continues with a headline performance by Nashville transplant Jack White. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-by Truckers, Damon Albarn, Lionel Richie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Frank Ocean are just a handful of the choices for tomorrow.
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Umphrey's McGee proved they're much more than a light show. Their trademark atmospheric stage lighting was dominated by the sun during a midday performance on the main What Stage. Instead, the progressive jam rockers drifted into ethereal melodies that are unparalleled.
Sam Smith broke through performing with Disclosure on "Latch." Ironically, both artists were playing on Friday with hardcore fans camping out and expecting Smith to show up during Disclosure's late night set. His soulful vocals drip with emotion, there's no doubting that fanbase grew exponentially on Friday.
There was no shortage of R&B at 2014 Bonnaroo and Janelle Monáe mesmerized the What Stage following Umphrey's McGee. Touring on her latest album, "The Electric Lady," Monáe charismatic stage presence is only topped by her amazing voice.
The Head and The Heart
The Head and The Heart exploded onto the scene, proving their relentless touring has paid dividends. Strong vocal harmonies and rich melodies provide a foundation that truly comes across in their live show. Their playful vibe on-stage projects onto the crowd and truly defines the festival experience.
Opening the Which Stage on Friday morning, Vintage Trouble packed the necessary punch needed to kick start the festival revelers into gear. Smoking blues rock coupled with vocalist Ty Taylor's great stage presence and a pinch of James Brown made for a great way to start the day.
Kanye West quickly made amends for his 2008 debacle, though he made no apology. Instead, he brought a killer stage show in support of his latest album, "Yeezus." While he might not be as good as his self-proclaimed, "Biggest entertainer on the planet," he did live up to the hype and satisfied the rabid fans that waited all day for his show.