Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Bonnaroo Week ’10

Back in 2002, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival’s inaugural edition played host to around 50 mostly jam-oriented bands across four stages on a 700-acre farm about an hour southeast of Nashville, TN. Now in its ninth year, the fest which has cemented itself as arguably the premier North American music festival, will have almost that many acts playing on its first day alone with thirteen different tents and stages for music, comedy, movies and more. As has become the norm around these parts we will once again be dedicating a number of posts this week exclusively to all things ‘Roo.

It seems as if with each passing year it becomes more and more interesting to see just who fest organizers will tap for their headliner slots. This year the folks at Superfly nabbed a genuine legend to hold down one of those slots as Stevie Wonder, who only occasionally plays live and has only toured once over the last decade, will hit the What Stage at 8:30 PM on Saturday for a two-hour set. We’re not quite sure what to expect from Wonder, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a heavy dose of his early ’70s output. Check out this funky as hell performance of Superstition -> Maybe Your Baby, both from Talking Book, from this 1972 live performance…

With Jay-Z going on directly after Mr. Wonder on Saturday night, we’re hoping the two plan on collaborating at some point during the evening.

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  1. I doubt Jay Z would play during Stevie’s set, but with Phish and the Boss getting down last year, I feel like folks sort of expect the two to cross paths. I think after Stevie cools down backstage, having him take to Jay Z’s stage could be very realistic

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