The final day of Bonnaroo 2019 dawned bright and sunny and was the first scorching day of the festival. Rain clouds threatened the countryside throughout the day, creating a sweat-drenched humid environment sending festival goers to watery refreshment. Many concertgoers were beginning to show signs of fatigue after four nonstop nights of partying. People could be seen passed out in shady spots all across Centeroo throughout the day. But another day of incredible music revived many in the crowd.
The organizers of the Bonnaroo music festival have done a remarkable job in recent years of booking relevant new music from multiple genres including, E.D.M., Hip Hop, and Pop music. The result has been to attract a vibrant multi-generational audience. But the festival has wisely continued to offer more traditional music as well, offering up Country, Rock, and most importantly Jam bands, sticking to its roots while simultaneously expanding the musical genres offered.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity.
Long regarded as America's most environmentally friendly camping festival, the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is once again affirming its commitment to change and education with the announcement of this year's Planet Roo partners and programming. The epicenter of Bonnaroo's efforts towards sustainability and global consciousness, Planet Roo will feature a diverse schedule of activities, creating even more opportunities for patrons to make meaningful community connections and become more socially and environmentally responsible in the everyday.
It’s been a wild ride for Pink Talking Fish in 2019. Since bringing on new guitarist, Cal Kehoe, the band has been touring nonstop all over the country. The energy has been fresh and exciting as the new lineup moved from the Mid Atlantic states to a full West Coast sweep and back to Northeast with a stop down south in Atlanta for the band’s first 2019 festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 Music Festival.
The conference, which will take place in Oregon State’s Memorial Union, will include more than 50 presentations from researchers from more than 20 states and Canada. Presentation titles include: “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice,” “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community” and “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain inactivity underlying improvisation in Phish.”
On Wednesday night, Trey Anastasio brought his newest side project, Ghosts of the Forest, to the Orpheum Theatre in Boston. Promoting the band's self-titled album that would be released two days later, Anastasio performed 21 songs, most of them written after the passing of his dear friend Chris "CCott" Cottrell, who had passed away from cancer prior to the songs being written.
Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and The Mimi Fishman Foundation have joined forces in an on-line charity auction. The auction features tickets for Phish’s 2019 Summer Tour, including sold out shows. The auction is now available for bidding and comes to a conclusion April 25, 2019.