The Bonnaroo 2011 schedule is out and fans are busily mapping out a plan to get to as many of their favorite bands as possible. As is always the case with Bonnaroo, each stage offers an interesting mix of artists whose reputation, either at Bonnaroo or elsewhere, as a live act precedes them.
In this series, we are going to look at what we consider the can’t miss picks from each Bonnaroo stage. We have already told you about the acts we consider the best of Bonnaroo’s main stage, the What Stage and the smaller Which Stage as well as the first of Bonnaroo’s tent stages, This Tent. Today we’ll look at the second tent stage, That Tent. Here are some of our picks for the best acts to catch in That Tent.
Swedish Progressive Metal group Opeth almost never tour the Southeast and even more rarely hit Tennessee so Bonnaroo may be your only chance to see them if you’re local to the area. Even if you aren’t local to the area, Opeth’s mix of Death Metal growls with clean Goth Metal influenced vocals is an epic live show and is sure to be high energy. Opeth plays Friday from 5:15-6:30.
Read our full profile of Opeth here.
Every year, Bonnaroo books at least one Country Music legend and this year’s selection is one of the biggest stars in Country history, Loretta Lynn. Lynn has fronted a string of Country hits as long as your arm. “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Don’t Come Home Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, and “The Pill” are among her monster hits. 2004’s collaboration with Indie sensation Jack White, Van Lear Rose, brought Lynn to a whole new generation of fans. Loretta Lynn performs on Saturday from 6:45-8:00.
Dr. John and the Original Meters with Allen Toussaint
Bonnaroo thrives on offering once in a lifetime collaborations and this year offers a show that can truly be called once in a lifetime. In 1974, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and The Meters, all bands who would go on to become New Orleans royalty, recorded Desitively Bonnaroo. Among the many things the album is known for is that it became the namesake for America’s biggest music festival. This year, Dr. John will reunite with the Original Meters and Allen Toussaint to perform Desitively Bonnaroo in its entirety. Dr. John performs Saturday night from 12:30-2:00 AM.
Read our full profile of Dr. John and the Original Meters here.
Superjam featuring Dr. John and Dan Auerbach
One of the great Bonnaroo traditions that has been abandoned in recent years is the Superjam. This year, it’s back and as strong as it’s ever been. How much better meeting of the generations can you get than Blues/Funk legend Dr. John collaborating with Dan Auerbach, half of one of the hottest young acts in the business, The Black Keys. You never know what to expect, or who will show up, at this show. The Superjam will be Sunday from 7:00-8:30.