Post by bonnaroodavid on Feb 29, 2012 10:00:46 GMT -5
Well, I'm glad the kid is alive. Who knows what he has going on. But back to the original thread-isn't this whole saga an example of what is great about bonnaroo? People caring about people. A community.
Anyhow, I just posted in another thread and it reminded me of one of my other favorite bonnaroo moments. In 2008, I was looking forward to Raconteurs and was making my way back to Centeroo. I stopped and had a great chat with some really cool (and super hot) chicks on the way back. I remember they were from the midwest, but that's about all I remember now. I have pics somewhere. But I heard the first notes to Consoler of the Lonely I made a sprint towards the What Stage. But looking back, it is the perfect moment. Talking with fellow fans, seeing great music and enjoying the experience.
This is very similar to my moment in time. Last year as MMJ was playing, I was just standing there as the sun set over what stage, as they started playing Gideon. Jim James' voice along with that sunset, it was the perfect moment.
Post by funkybuttlovin on Nov 23, 2012 19:35:06 GMT -5
Sad but it was great to end my first Bonnaroo with Dr. John singing Such A Night.
For 2012 i'd have to say just hanging out at our campsite with all of our friends just knowing we were back in the place we love. Passin the booze and corn it was great. The Beach Boys were that perfect moment act.
Have so many memories to consider but these are on the top of my list:
2005 - I'd been a huge Dave Matthews Band fan ever since I was little and waited all day in the same spot with only water and snacks to get 3rd row to see him. I was exhausted/dehydrated/hungry but I danced through every minute of that show with a smile permanently on my face. "All Along the Watchtower" with Robert Randolph was epic! Oh and getting to see Widespread Panic for the 1st time which completely opened up a WHOLE new world to me!
2007 - Sunday night, WSP closing out their set and the festival with "Heaven." Me and the bf held each other during the entire song and I didn't want to let go. Not only because it would mean that Bonnaroo was over but because I didn't want that perfect of a moment to end. Sappy, I know!
2009 - I remember how easy it was for us to get a campsite set up and as I sat down with a cold beer in my hand, I realized going to festivals was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I knew I was home.
2011 - We volunteered this year and had horrible, long shifts, so Sunday was an entire perfect moment for us because we were done with our shifts! The sun setting while Explosions in the Sky played will always be a beautiful memory for me. The most memorable of 2011 though was singing "Steam Engine" at the top of my lungs during the MMJ show. I was farther in the back where a lot of ppl were sitting/laying down, and they all probably thought I was insane, but I completely lose myself in that song!
Post by dysonsphere on Nov 27, 2012 0:24:35 GMT -5
I started thinking back to years past when I've gone, and aside from the amazing vibe walking through the arch when Centeroo opened in 2008 (my first year), I realized that one of the most beautiful perfect moments happened Thursday night this past summer (2012 if you're reading this from the future)! I was hanging out near the ferris wheel, being somewhat sociable, greeting anyone who walked past, when a young woman I greeted smiled, and just hugged me. Two strangers, embracing like long lost friends, man. It was a powerfully beautiful moment.
Post by bonnaroodavid on Nov 27, 2012 9:37:53 GMT -5
I always enjoy reading this thread. I have already shared some of my previous favorite moments, but this got me thinking about last year. It is always the best feeling in the world the first time you enter the gates. But last year was the first year I stuck around for the closer and seeing centeroo nearly empty was quite a moment. At the same time it brought sadness that it was over and excitement about the next year. Also the light rain coming down during Phish felt amazing and capped off a near perfect weekend. June can't get here soon enough.
Post by thepeppers on Nov 27, 2012 11:55:06 GMT -5
This thread makes me miss roo more than I could imagine. Last year was my first bonnaroo. I can remember the excitement of waiting in line to just get in the gates, around 1 am on Thursday morning with my best-friend. Being so close to Mark Foster when he jumped into the crowd to finish 'pumped up kicks'. Waiting over 2 and half hours to get a good spot for RHCP and my feet on fire, looking around after the first song in there set and knowing it was worth it. Talking to our neighbors at campsite from Pittsburgh and a fairly attractive girl telling me I had the hottest accent she ever had.
One of my many "Perfect Moments" at Roo12 was hearing Bon Iver playing Skinny Love. That song means a lot to me, because it was what first got me into music other than "mainstream." That song pretty much got me on my new music hunt, and is basically why I love all the different types of music I love now. Not only that, my girlfriend that went with me wasn't really into his music. She was eager to go eat or something, and I said, "Just one more song and we can go." The next song was Skinny Love! I got tears in my eyes, the biggest smile I've ever had, and full body bumps. After she saw my reaction she said we could stay Singing that song with that many people, at the best place I have ever been, and the crowd of people around me were very awesome.... I will never forget that exact moment/feeling.
2005- It was late night and my two buddies decided to go back to camp. I was feeling great so I decided to check out some more shows. I was mostly a Grateful Dead/Phish/Bluegrass kinda guy, but as I walked by The Other Tent, I heard these pulsating grooves that pulled me right in. The music could not be described by a genre, but it seemed to flow like water and I could feel the bass in my chest. I made my way into the middle of the tent and danced harder than I ever have for what seemed like hours and hours. After the last note was played, I was dripping in sweat and the sun was high in the sky. I turned to the guy next to me and asked, "Who was that?!?" He said, "That was Sound Tribe Sector Nine!" That was my perfect moment in time and this was the setlist: STS9 The Other Tent 6.10.2005 I: Open E, Grow, GLOgli, Move My Peeps, Once Told, Nautilus > (w/ PRCPT) Improv (w/ PRCPT), Ramone & Emiglio, Kamuy, No Worries (w/ CE), Things in My Life II: Improv (Tribal Jam w/ RD), Improv (303 Jam w/ RD), (not titled yet), Since 7th, Really Wut?, Big Little Scenario, Arigato > Tokyo, Somesing, Blu Mood, E: Peoples See you guys on the Farm!!!
Post by cinnamon girl on Nov 30, 2012 13:36:11 GMT -5
I love this thread!
After 2+ years on this board I've finally hit 100 posts! (I mostly lurk) and I've decided that my hundredth should be in this thread
2010: Our first year on the farm and we were completely unprepared. I think the moment that stands out was our first walk from our campsite to Centeroo. Beers in hand and high fiving and screaming " Bonnaroooooooo" I don't think any of our group said anything to each other that whole walk in....we were so blown away by the people, the atmosphere and the experience in general. Honourable mention: getting the sunrise crowd post-Deadmau5 to sing happy birthday to my best friend.
2011: Friday. Arcade Fire. I think a lot of folks have talked about "Wake Up" and it truly was that perfect moment in time. We had all consumed some delicious vegetables before the show, and some of us were having a more "comfortable" time than others. We were in the middle of the crowd, so leaving was impossible for those feeling a bit overwhelmed. Luckily we had room around us, so some folks could sit. I remember seeing Arcade Fire years and years ago, in a tiny little bar in my hometown. They're one of my favourite bands and it was kinda bumming me out that my friends weren't that into it. The moment that encore started all of us stood up...and with that massive crowd (and while trippin balls) we screamed our little Canadian lungs out. Magic. Absolute magic.
2012: This year is much harder to pick a moment. We were all a bit more experienced, the heat was much more tolerable and all around it was just the best experience of all. But I think a moment that really sticks out is Beach Boys "God Only Knows". We had a camelbak full of gin, plenty of corn and the misting rain. I remember the song started and I immediately started to cry. That song has never really impacted me personally....but that moment was one of the more perfect times in my life.
Long post. I apologize. But it's so easy to get lost in the memories. When I think back at the last 3 Roo's I can pick out a million little moments that seem insignificant at the time, but make a lasting impression on my consciousness. Most moments are perfect on the farm. Can't wait to go back! ;D
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.
2006. My first year. I went with a close friend of mine and we had no idea what we were doing, of course. We were convinced, strangely, we would die at this festival. A mix of rumors and stereotypes perhaps, but it was no matter to us. Seeing Radiohead would be worth it. So although I was completely uncomfortable and intimidated the entire time, a moment arrived. After waiting and waiting for Radiohead to come on the stage in the middle of an overwhelming, crushing crowd, finally they did. I had been to many concerts before, but had never in my life been part of a crowd so big. I had been looking forward to this moment for so long and I knew everyone else in the crowd had too. When Radiohead came on the stage and everyone began cheering at the same time, I felt such a rush. I was feeling much more than just my own excitement, I was feeling the entire crowd’s euphoria. It was beautiful and terrifying. And during their show, even though my body was aching, I remained in awe of all I saw around me – the twinkling lights scattered through the crowd, tens of thousands of people singing the same song together. It was magic, I was sure of it.
That was the only moment of magic I had in 2006 but it was enough. I haven't missed a year since. Countless more magic moments have been had, so much that I wouldn't know where to begin except at the very start. It's an addiction! How do normal people live without Bonnaroo to look forward to once every year? It's a mystery to me.
Post by butiambonnaroo on Jan 4, 2013 12:52:12 GMT -5
*prologue - I had friends that had been to Roo before so I knew of it and had seen pictures, and had really wanted to go but never really grasped the reality of it all. In 2009 I'm at my best friends house for lunch and she had just started dating this guy (who had been to roo 4 other times) and says "So I'm going to this thing called Bonnaroo in the morning" and instant jealousy kicked in. After I fill her in on what it was about and how badly I'd always wanted to go she tells me they have an extra ticket. After much deliberation I decide that I am a responsible adult and it wouldn't be best to up and leave my job, man & kids for a week with very little notice. So no Roo for me - however I vow to make it in 2010
2010 - My first year - I found inforoo and lurked in every post I could to be prepared for this adventure. So my best friend, her man & I leave Arkansas and head to Tennessee and end up in the Walmart parking lot. Now, coming from the home base of Walmart I could not believe what I was seeing. We live & breathe walmart around here wheather you like it or not and too see this one was short of amazing. Nothing can describe that first instant rush as you get to the farm and it's a mad dash for land in the middle of the morning, but that was when it started to sink in that holy sh!t this is huge! And I never felt more at home. So skip to Kings of Leon - wasn't much of a fan, but wanted to hear a few songs. We had all ate some delicious veggies beforehand and I was just in awe of everything I was seeing. We get to Kings of Leon and my friends are just in a different mindset than I am and they aren't feeling them at all. *One of the main things I got from everything I had read on here was to never be afraid to go off by yourself* at that moment I looked around at all the people around me and realized I wasn't alone and went on about my evening by myself. However, being 29 and not of eaten certain veggies in a VERY long time, things got a bit much for me and I had to leave. The main goal that evening was to see this group I'd never heard of called the Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon. I leave the what stage & make my way over to an empty field at Which, were I proceed to make myself comfortable for the next 1 1/2 before they came on. It was a very surreal experience to be in that field and to see everything else going on around you. I laid down to chill out a bit and I can hear voices here & there getting more and more. I kind of "come to" and look around and I am surrounded by a sea of people! After a slight moment of panic of trying to figure out where I was compared to how to get out, the music started and my mind was blown. I cried listening to a sea of people singing Yoshimi battles the pink robot and cried even more when I heard Do You Realize for the first time. At that moment, I knew my life was changed forever. So many things happened during that one show to show me what I had been missing in my life. Oh - and shaving my best friends head while having balls of fun was something else too <3
2011 - The 3 of us end up back at the Walmart Parking lot, it's about 2am Wednesday and a few cars here & there are straggling in. Randomly end up meeting the most awesome diverse group of people possible. A group from Ohio, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama. We all instantly click and decide to all try to camp together. We make these awesome little signs for our cars and somehow end up all making it in. I met a chick who I swear was another half of me. SO many great/crazy things happened that year, from listening to the most beautiful voice at camp and watching her travels on fb etc.. as she works her butt off to get her name out there - shout out to Camryn Wessner - to one of the guys saying "Hey, some friends of mine are playing in a group called Walk the Moon, they are really good, wanna come watch them? and then seeing them play on the late night shows months later. But the people I met were the standout for me. I've read tons of stories on here about people meeting other people and how they look forward to seeing each other every year. I'm truly blessed to finally have my own and cannot wait to see everyone again this year.