bonnaroo 2013 fountain

Words and Photos by Stephen Taylor

Friday was another beautiful day on the farm. Temperatures reached a mid-day high of 85 degrees, which is plenty to sweat about in a field, but about all you can hope for in the south in June. The weekend warrior masses descended on ready for Paul’s debut on What Stage. McCartney conducted a 2.5 hour, career spanning set, cycling between his Rickenbacker bass, lead guitar, and piano. He ended his hit, “Let Me Roll It” a long, left handed guitar solo that segued into a “Foxy ”-esque jam, which he later dedicated to Hendrix, who he credited for learning every song on Sgt. Peppers in two days after its original release and covering it in a club.

See below for other highlights from Friday:

The blind husband and couple from Mali treated That Tent to a late afternoon African dance extravaganza. From the jump, the rolling afro-beat and blues numbers entranced everyone inside and drew hundreds more passing by. The pair stands stoic, barely moving a muscle in front of their band, but their presence is affirmed through Mariam’s beautiful French, call and response singing and Amadou’s shredding of his golden .

As the crowd filled in following McCartney’s final round of fireworks, and took the stage to perform a medley of perfectly executed numbers, including “Funky Drummer” and “Payback.” During this segment, and throughout the night, drummer was the star on stage, effortlessly impersonating a drum machine and reading cues from the many guests. also shined her of the Fugees’ rendition of “Killing Me Softly.” The close of the show was orchestrated by , , and , who dropped crowd pleasers from the Wu-Tang catalog (“Triumph”, “C.R.E.A.M.”, etc.) for the second time that day after the rap ensemble’s Which Stage set. This time, however, the songs had a very different feel with at the helm and it was clear that the Staten Islanders were impressed.

In possibly the best scheduling decision of the weekend, began their This Tent set at 2 to a packed house and played a two hour set. As attendees across the world have witnessed before, ’s brand of spacey headphone does not usually translate well under the hot afternoon sun. at Bonnaroo is the perfect place for these freaks and the crowd absolutely ate it up. Without a recent release, the spanned their catalog. The night’s peak moments were Feels’ “Did You See The Words”, Fall Be Kind’s “What Would I Want? Sky”, and ’s “My ” & “Brothersport.” has largely spent time on solo projects for the past year, but sounded more in sync than ever, nailing their changes and extending songs into rave-y sequences. Highlight of Bonnaroo’s first half for this guy.