2011 Bonnaroo Lineup Announced!
While this year's Bonnaroo will showcase many emerging indie rock, jamband, hip-hop and electronic musicians, the festival will also feature some classic acts that have been fundamental in the event's continued success.
The first band to be booked at the first Bonnaroo festival, jamband legend Widespread Panic will return to the festival after a two-year absence. Panic has headlined the event more than any other group with two headlining spots in both 2002 and 2005 as well as single-set shows in 2003, 2007 and 2008.
"Widespread Panic really should get credit - they are the first band that said 'yes' that first year," says Ashley Capps of AC Entertainment - the company that promotes Bonnaroo along with New York City's Superfly. "They said, 'We think this festival is a really crazy idea but we will participate' - they are a really integral part of what Bonnaroo is and we're excited to have them back for our 10th year and also their 25th anniversary."
Several other bands that appeared at the inaugural Bonnaroo in 2002 will return to Manchester this year, including String Cheese Incident, Bela Fleck, Les Claypool, Warren Haynes and the Del McCoury Band.
The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket have grown with Bonnaroo over the years, starting out rocking in the smaller tent stages to now playing more expansive stage sets. The Black Keys have performed at the festival a total of four times since 2004 while My Morning Jacket as played five times since 2003. As of yet, The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons are the only two artists making return appearances from last year's festival.
Along with honoring its roots in the jamband scene with sets from STS9, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Railroad Earth,Beats Antique and more, Bonnaroo will be welcoming hip-hop artists like Eminem (who was just up for a whopping 10 Grammy Awards for his comeback album Recovery), Big Boi and Lil Wayne.
In addition to hosting Buffalo Springfield for his only 2011 festival appearance, Bonnaroo is thrilled to celebrate its 10th anniversary as The Original Meters reunite to play with Dr. John to recreate their 1974 album "Desitively Bonnaroo," the source of the festival's name.
To get super pumped to see Widespread Panic at the festy, rock out to "Chilly Water" from their live performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
For lineup and ticket info and to learn more about one of music's most eclectic summertime gatherings, check out the Bonnaroo official website.