Friday, May 20, 2011

Bonnaroo countdown...

By Jon Stone | @jwstone - May 18, 2010

Bonnaroo is less than a month away. And while this isn't the first year Muzzle of Bees has covered the festival, it is the first time that I've covered it for Muzzle of Bees. In fact, this is my first time ever heading down to Tennessee for the epic four-day sun and dirt fest and I'm excited. I have a (large) handful of bands and artists that I'm looking forward to seeing. But still no schedule! There have been rumblings about why it has taken so long to come out. It isn't typical procedure for it to be this late in May with no schedule announcement. With the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd in the hospital, rumors are flying as to whether his recovery before the festival is going to happen -- and if, perhaps, the delay is due to the question marks surrounding that situation.

With no schedule, we're left piecing together the days bands are playing from their individual websites. Here are the bands I'm most excited about on the days they're playing.

First, the National's website has them at Bonnaroo Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. I so hope that's true. Also,Jill Andrews, who you'll remember from our feature a few weeks back, is scheduled to play every day. Awesome.
Here's the rest -- and here's to hoping that there aren't many conflicts:

ThursdaySarah JaroszLocal NativesThe Dodos

FridayPunch BrothersDawesCarolina Chocolate DropsSteve Martin & the Steep Canyon RangersDr. DogShe & HimTrombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

SaturdayStevie WonderJay-ZThe Avett BrothersDave Rawlings MachineMumford & SonsJohn PrineBrandi Carlile

SundayCalexicoLuceroKris KristoffersonMedeski Martin & Wood

For those of you going this year, who are you looking forward to seeing most -- and who am I missing here? What are some tips you can give a first timer? Guilty pleasures? You'll be seeing me at Weezer -- for old time's sake -- unless they play during Stevie Wonder.  Can't miss this.

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