Trying to decide who to see at my first full day at Bonnaroo was an easy selection: The Dirty Guv'nahs. Since I missed their main set yesterday, I knew I had to catch them this time and I'm glad I did. The band drew a nice crowd when you take into consideration their early set time and small stage, but they surely didn't let the stage size impact their performance. Even with several technical hiccups, which were only brought to the crowd's attention by the Nashville-natives, they still played a tight set.
After this nice start, the next act I saw was Ben Howard. I had caught wind of the British singer's talent when I was investigating the bands I was unfamiliar with on the Bonnaroo lineup. Not only did he pique my interest, he made it all the way to my top-5 bands to check out at this year's event, which he proved he rightfully deserved. The crowd was eagerly waiting for him to take the stage as I listened to the crowds chattering about which songs they hoped he play. Needless to say, this crowd was immediately 100 percent satisfied by his opening chord, just as they were this past week in Los Angeles. (Photo: Daniel Kohn/BestNewBands.com at The Troubadour/LA)
Having never truly experienced Little Dragon prior to this set, I was so happy to be able to add them to the of bands I saw. The electronic band hailing from Sweden had everyone under the tent dancing as were others who were listening on the surrounding grassy areas. (Photo: Uncredited via Facebook)
Scurrying along, I was able to catch Fitz and the Tantrums' set. Seeing them live finally showed me first hand what all the hype is about. Getting the crowd under the tent to follow their dance requests and had those in the surrounding areas come flocking to enjoy their closing of "Moneybagger." (Photo: Danela Montelongo at Schubas/Chicago)
Now on to the highlight so far: the men of Dawes outdoing themselves yet again. These guys have never dissappoint. It was amazing to see the progress from the first time I saw them preform when they had to teach the crowd songs. Now, a few years later, the crowd was singing lyrics back at them. Playing all of their the hits in addition to a cover of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome," and a new song, this was a set that had me beaming from ear to ear.
(Editors Note: Our crack concert photographer, Daniela Montelongo, is on the ground at Bonnaroo. Unfortunately, the internet service is not what it might be. So, rather than wait for all of the photos to find their way to us, we've filled in the blanks, either from our archives or from the artist's sites, and published what we had. (Who wants stale coverage, right?) All photos are (c) Daniela Montelogo and were taken at Bonnaroo, unless otherwise noted.)