Eddie Vedder & Jack Johnson Saturday Night at the ‘Roo. Photo provided by Music Allies.
Good morning from the aftermath. Trash is everywhere; empty beer and Red Bull cans mingle with half consumed water bottles, evidence of the massive 500-acre party that was Bonnaroo last night. Even the once neat and tidy Radio Compound looks like tornado hit it. People are catching cat naps on couches while a few of us DJ die-hards blog or speak into microphones to far away places: “Eddie Vedder surprised Jack Johnson’s crowd when the two took the stage together, then Pearl Jam rocked 60,000+ souls beyond the midnight hour…”
That was only the beginning of the evening’s festivities, of course. Having missed most of what many are calling THE best show of Bonnaroo 2008 (My Morning Jacket’s Friday night marathon throw down) I was determined to see as many shows as possible Saturday evening. I started with Phil Lesh & Friends, then wandered over to check out Sigur Ros. I expected to be swept away by their Icelandic intensity, but I needed something with more immediate energy at 3 in the morning. They had an appreciative segment to their crowd, but I also saw several crashed out audience members sleeping through their set.
I ended up grooving to a Austin based electronica duo I never heard before: Ghostland Observatory. Expect to hear these guys during my Friday Afterlunch show very soon. They were incredible. I tried to hang around for Kanye West’s “Glow-In-The-Dark” performance, but the dude didn’t hit the stage till 4:30am. How do you do a Glow-In-The-Dark show when it’s getting light outside? I understand from another DJ that Kanye was actually booed for starting so late.