My beloved Bonnaroo flew by in record time this year... It was a whirlwind of music, magic, and madness. I absolutely loved every moment of it.
Radio Head- Thom Yorke is a musical/theatrical/creepy/hauntingly beautiful genius. Watching him perform was spellbinding. I was transfixed the entire time.
Red Hot Chili Peppers- No surprise here, but it was an incredible and wildly entertaining show. Those guys are still killing it like it's 1999. Flea is a total trip, he stole the show. "Under the Bridge" was a very moving, almost spiritual experience for me. When I was 7 years old, I heard it on the radio while riding in the back of my uncle's car and it was the first time in my life that music really made sense to me, the first time that it actually moved me, the first time that I truly understood its power and beauty. I will be forever grateful for that. So, of course, seeing it live was something I'll never forget.
Bon Iver- Gut-wretchingly beautiful. I have no words to describe Justin Vernon's talent.
Umphrey's McGee- I hadn't really been much of an Umphrey's fan before Wakarusa. They put on a hell of a show there, and so I had been really eager to catch them at 'roo. Holy hell. They played from 2am until 6am... two hours longer than their set was scheduled for. Big Gigantic came on for a surprise set break- which was my "OMG HOLY SHIT" moment of the festival. I've never seen a band who loves their fans more or is so overwhelmingly passionate about what they do, and for that, I admire them greatly.
I could go on and on and on... but I'll stop there.
As I mentioned, it was a complete whirlwind- all of the days just kind of bled together. So much so, that it wasn't until the last day that I realized I hadn't taken a single picture with my DSLR. Thank the lawrd for Instagram... Oh, and I'm sure I'll have some real jems to share as soon as I develop the disposable camera I managed to remember to bring with me every once in a while....
Now it's time to start counting down the days until Bonnaroo 2013. Oh, how I wish life could be one giant music festival...