Wandering around during the Thursday night storm in '09 and wondering who was more brave during the lightning: the people sheltering under the trees of Centeroo, or the yahoos on the ferris wheel.
Also in '09: one of our crew sitting in a lawnchair on Sunday night with a mylar cookie monster draped over him, greeting people in character as they walked back from Phish Sunday night.
In '07, realizing in a mix of horror and hilarity that one of our campmates had just returned from walking around the campgrounds with a broken goalie hockey stick and half a mind. No one was hurt.
My friend was trying to convince me to get on the ferris wheel during that storm, reasoning "If they really thought the storm was dangerous, they'll shut the ferris wheel down." I still decided to pass...
Post by callmemolly on Jan 11, 2011 15:53:52 GMT -5
I've been browsing inforoo since last spring and I thought it's about time I actually joined.. so hi
Last year was my first ever trip to bonnaroo and as a first timer, me and a friend of course had to ride the ferris wheel... HUGE waste of 6 bucks that could have been spent on spicey pie or those awesome grilled cheese... anyways, it started to rain. We got stuck. We went around at least 20 times, which was no fun to two girls terrified of heights. It was awful! But definitely a good memory of how clueless we were.
Mine would have to be rite after the dead weather, a drunk guy yelling "that's mclovin, I wanna smoke with him!" so I asked what's mclovins real name and the drunk guy said chris something. So I yell chris and sure enough mclovin walks up and starts talking to us. The drunk guy hands me his beer as he pulls out some things and an apple that he wants mclovin to partake in. There were so many people getting with cameras he said no, but he shook me and my friends hand before leaving. Fast forward to Sunday, me and said friend are recovering after the dropkick Murphys pit before rise against when we see mclovin leaving backstage of the tent. He's wearin a clock work orange shirt and my friend said nice shirt chris, I love that movie. He stopped and looked at us for a second and then said thanks man y'all are from yesterday rite. So we had another little convo with him before we had to part our ways. Moral of the story is that I'm on a first name basis with chris aka mclovin.
That reminds me of a massive guy resembling the big show (a wrestler) who was tripping hard and started kissing this girl at Umphrey's this year. Then her and her boyfriend and some other guy start beating the huge guy. He falls face first into a mud puddle. The end.
One of my favorite moments from this past year was after Michael Franti ended his set. I was absolutely floored by his performance, and I was surprised when he came out after the show to talk to the fans. Luckily I stuck around, and he was nice enough to pose for this picture. I've got a tremendous amount of respect for artists that meet fans after shows, especially at a place like Bonnaroo where there are literally thousands of people in the crowd.
Post by xjenNjuicex on Jan 14, 2011 12:27:47 GMT -5
In 2003 while walking back to our tent at 6am my 2 friends and I started talking with these guys that had this huge banner hanging on their camper that said "JB for President". Well after chatting for a few minutes one of them says, "Hey, come look at this." We followed them back behind their camper and there is this golf cart. Apparently, one of the Bonnaroo staff had left it unattended somewhere and one of these guys jumped in it and it started up with his car key! So, they ask us if we want to take a ride and we said yes...again, it was 6am...it seemed like a good idea at the time. Well off we go and we get right up the road when a few of the staff spot us and start yelling at and chasing us! We freaked out of course and all bailed out and took off running. Now we are running through this random camp (not ours) at the crack of dawn and these other guys who were still up saw and told us to come hide out/hang out with them. So we end up hanging out with these guys for awhile and they were really cool and we all lived happily ever after. The end.
Actually that wasn't the end. 2 or 3 years later my friends and I are at Voodoo Fest and one of them tapped me on the shoulder during Karl Denson's show and she goes, "That guy over there is wearing a Bonnaroo shirt." I turn and look and it's one of the golf cart guys! How random is that!? We ended up talking with him for a few minutes and he remembered us. It was a pretty funny experience.
at the 09 roo , after a 17 hour drive and all that jazz, i had just finished the camp setup (which I did most of as I was with an inexperienced camper) and cracked open a beer, at which time the first notes of phish's soundcheck started up. to me, after all the stress that can happen with everything associated with getting in to bonnaroo, it was the most welcome and perfect sound for that moment. a great way to start the bonnaroo weekend.
Thursday night we arrived and were setting up camp in Pod 9. About 10 mins in this crazy guy named "Leno" (yes leno) came over and was trying to hook us up. You name it, he had it (apparently & we declined) He went on and on about how he loves Canadians and how its such a great country cause our money is different colors lol.. I kept thinking to myself, alright we've finally made it here and this is gonna be one crazy trip for sure! (no pun intended)
oh and that crazy "dancing" singing guy (with the speakers and weights on his porch) on the back road on the way to Roo, everyone that got sent in the back way knows what I am talking about!
I realize this is somewhat music realted, but oh well...2010 was my first year but filled with many great experiences...i have always appreciated music from many genres and many countries as well...about ten minutes before DMB took the stage this guy behind us busts out with his bagpipes and starts jamming...everyone around him starts cheering and yelling, and the guy could really play!! it was just as the sun fully set and couldnt have been more perfect!
Post by plasticpepper on Jan 17, 2011 11:15:28 GMT -5
Oh man, I have so many. Let's see...
2007: - everything about the road trip there - cooking lunch on the dashboard of the car - "Max, why is your shirt on backwards?" "I spilled something on the front of it and I didn't want to look at it." - "There are no words in Bonnaroo...except the one you take to get there." (a quote from the aforementioned Max, who to this day maintains that somehow made sense) - sitting under the tree at Which Stage in the mornings eating snacks and playing cards
2009: - the flyer someone handed us about the Everlasting Bonnaroo - ending up on TV stuffing our faces with popsicles - one member of our group returning from the portos to relate what he had just overheard: "Hey everybody come look, this guy is building something with his own s**t!" - hiding from the tornado and trying to figure out what we could tie ourselves to with the belts we weren't wearing - the drink we brought (THE FURJ) and the decision that Bruce Springsteen must have been the one who stole it - a random guy stumbling up to us to hand us a gyro, which I took as karmic payback for the gyro we gave away in 2007 - waking up on Monday morning to find a random guy curled up in one of our chairs
2010: - deciding to meet at the "fancy tree," a plan which was thwarted when JHOinTN couldn't remember which tree was fancy - samosas. - our first silent disco experience - "THAT WAS THE BEST BAR MITZVAH EVER!" - the random guy named Si who came to our campsite to give us presents from his bag of random crap - the awkward circle of skirt-hiking and gold-bond-application - "I'M COMFORTABLE WITH MY DECISIONS!"
My favorite Bonnaroo story to tell is last year me and my 2 friends were walking around centeroo at 2am. We were looking for our other friend who we managed to lose during The Flaming Lips show and were in another state of mind so we wern't sure how to find him and on top of that we didn't know where the LCD Soundsystem show was. So we were kind of freaking out for a second when we stumble across the field of glow sticks in front of the solar stage and it blew my mind. The entire field was black and you couldn't see a single person, but you knew they were there because of all the glowing things. So out of curiousity we managed to walk over there when all of a sudden Gumby comes skipping out of the darkness and gives us all high 5's. It was the greatest, most calming experience ever!
Post by rideincircles on Jan 18, 2011 10:39:23 GMT -5
2007 - Although semi music related, going to sleep listening to the end of DJ Shadow's set was the coolest Leno ever. Midnight in a perfect world always takes me back to that moment. Also, sitting down in the grass after Tool was fantastic, the crowd leaving Tool was like a zombie herd of slow moving cows.
2008- sneaking back stage and giving Jim James a hi-5 after the 4 hour epic MMJ session, Also, running into my friend Gina during MMJ in the rain when she was about to head to Tiesto and I was heading up front. She just grabbed my hand and walked us up front on the left side and I stayed for the rest of the show.
2009- Riding the ferris wheel at 5am during the surreal hazy fog after nine inch nails with my friend Alexis I just met in the nine inch nails pit, we always meet up whenever we go to festivals now since were both from Texas.
Post by TalonissinolaT on Jan 18, 2011 12:04:06 GMT -5
some of the few moments i can remember:
'06: me and a friend were sittin around camp saturday trying to recover from the night before when this chic comes by selling chicken quesadillas...we get a couple and they are fucking fire...so the rest of the weekend my friend walks around shakedown and the camps yelling "who's got my heady quesadillas?"
'07: right before bonnaroo i had watched the new episode of family guy where peter talks about selling buttscratchers...pretty much everyone in our camp walked around the whole weekend yelling "BUTTSCRATCHERS?" "BUTTSCRATCHER!"....just hearing all the family guy fans in the crowd yelling back at us from near and far always induced laughter (we were kinda out there)
When people ask me about Bonnaroo, I always tell them the story of my first night in '03. I had never even heard of B-roo before then. My buddy told me about it, picked me up that day with a case of beer and the clothes on my back. After the first day of partaking in everything the roo has to offer beside music (lame in retrospect), I finally started to settle down just before dawn. As soon as I laid down, a huge racket was being made outside our campsite. It was a barenaked man running around knocking over tents all while crying and laughing at the same time. Pure mayhem. His poor 2 friends would try to corner him and get him under control, but he was like the greased up deaf guy from Family Guy. I sat there for a good 20-30 min in the bed of my truck rooting for this tripped out loon to keep going, until the horse-cops came by and got him on a stretcher. They were only 10 yards from me, and the guy was still going thru a cycle of crying, laughing, anger, and then back to laughing. Needless to say, I took it easy the next day (nobody wants to be that crazy naked guy)
Post by hollahewitt on Jan 19, 2011 11:12:28 GMT -5
'09: I went with my sister and it was our first 'Roo. We had just got there and got everything set up when the storm rolled in. We had made our canopy extra secure (tying ropes around the wheels of my car, etc.) and most people around us hadn't even finished setting up yet. So when the storm rolled in everyone crowded underneath our canopy and we met a lot of people that way. It was a great way to start the weekend and be excited to finally be there.
Also that year I spent most of the time by myself. Wandering. Meeting new people. Seeing everything on my terms. Not having an agenda. Yeah, it was wonderful.
'10: Introducing a new group of people to the wonder that is 'Roo. (Un?)fortunately last year one day it was just way too hot to venture out and see some bands early in the day. So a bunch of people around us stayed back to drink/play some games. It ended up being a crazy afternoon with lots of laughing. Mainly because my sister's boyfriend (who she met at the previous 'Roo) kept giving us the greatest nonsensical drunken one-liners I have ever heard.