by RIC HICKEY
Friday's Bonnaroo festivities started with great promise, as we were treated to a surprise performance by Jack Johnson in the press tent. Johnson is a last-minute fill-in for headliners Mumford and Sons, who had to cancel because their bass player had a medical procedure to fix a blood clot in his brain earlier this week. Warmth and humility emanated from Johnson as he debuted two brand new songs accompanied by ALO's Zach Gill on accordion.An hour later Trixie Whitley slithered on to the Which Stage in a long black gown and proceeded to mesmerize the mid-day crowd with her hypnotic and soulful swamp Rock. There were moments during her set when she sang with such power and pathos it literally knocked the wind out of me. The crowd was so awed by Whitley's performance they stood in a stunned silence so quiet that at times you could hear shutters clicking in the photo pit.I don't think Chuck and I stopped laughing once during a spontaneous and hilarious 15 minutes we spent chatting with Daniel, Thomas and new drummer Johnny Colorado of the Futurebirds. We barely had time to catch our breath and regain our composure before a 4 p.m. press conference that featured comedians Michael Che and Mike Birbiglia, as well as Jason Isbell and Jazz Fusion guitar legend John McLaughlin. Around the festival grounds today we've heard remarkable performances by Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Nashville's Alanna Royale and Trombone Shorty. Coming up later tonight: Wilco, Paul McCartney, ZZ Top and many more.
Jan. 28 • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
Adams is only 37 and he’s already more accomplished than most
people are at retirement. During his
12-year career he has released eight official solo albums and five
albums with his former backing band, The Cardinals.
June 18 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Friday, June 11, 2010
During his six-year run with Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell contributed a great deal to the band's song coffers. And yet he also diverted a number of songs to a solo project he called Sirens of the Ditch, which he released after leaving the Truckers. Isbell subsequently started his own band, the 400 Unit, and dug even deeper into his personal influences for the new songs.
1 Comment · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The upcoming MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square (three bands for free every Friday) opens with Scottish Indie Pop darlings Camera Obscura June 4, the much-buzzed about Neon Indian June 11, MidPoint vets Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit June 18 and reunited Pop/Punk Chicago band Smoking Popes June 25. And that's just the first month.
Initial acts announced for MPMF.10 and MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square
0 Comments · Monday, April 26, 2010
Some details about the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival were unveiled April 23 at the Contemporary Arts Center, including confirmations of A Place to Bury Strangers, Richard Buckner, Van Dyke Parks and a handful of other performers. Several national acts were also announced for the MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square, starting with Camera Obscura June 4.