Lionel and KennyThe Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, especially in its early years, was in large part all about the unknown collaborations and Superjams that were to unfold once you crossed the Centeroo arch threshold into the venue area of the magical 700-acre Tennessee farm. In recent years, the Superjams have been brought back in full force and this year’s festival features “The with , , and the ” as well “Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation with Special Guests” – two special, one-off live music events that aren’t likely to repeat elsewhere this summer. In addition to those, you can count on a bevy of surprise sit-ins throughout the fest – ’tis the nature of the beastly mega fest.

The latest release on the Bonnaroo365 channel (see below) briefly highlights some of the bigger collaborations to go down in recent years at Roo, including The Boss and , MMJ and of , of and Gov’t Mule and many more. Check out the clip below and read the smattering of brief recollections from my memory bank of sit-ins and superjams at the nine Bonnaroos (2003-11) I was lucky enough to witness.

BRIC-A-BRAC EPISODE 2

Collaborations | Bric-a-Brac | Ep.2 | 365

TOP SIT-INS & COLLABORATIONS WITNESSED AT BONNAROO 2003-12

2003: invites out for Opium > Wormwood during their afternoon Sunday set on Which State and later invites for “Bring It Back Home” to help round out my first experience. [LISTEN]

2004: joined at a late night Saturday set. The night prior Umphrey’s McGee and did a full band switch midway through UM’s legendary late night set. [DOWNLOAD]

2005: ’s late night Krewe de Carnivale featured an amazing array of special guests from NOLA and around the jam scene including (The , members of , of and more). I’m not sure the New Orleans musical tradition had ever been represented better outside of The Big Easy at the time. [Torrent]

GALACTIC @ BONNAROO 2005

2006: knocked it out of the park at their late night set and brought out , as well as original founding members of MMJ at various points throughout the show. This two-set marathon remains my personal favorite concert of all-time. [DOWNLOAD]

and - "The Bear" | Bonnaroo 2006 | Bonnaroo365

Also, who can forget the following night when , , and (G.R.A.B.) showed up as the mystery band and, as an added kicker, brought out for “Goin Down The Road Feeling Bad”?! Walking up to this set and seeing who it was is a sensation I’ll never forget and to see Lesh pop up later in the show was a big cherry on top.

Trey, Mike and the Duo with at Bonnaroo GDTRFB

2007: tool blew the gaskets off the main stage at their sea-changing headliner set in ’07 and notably invited of Rage Against for “Lateralus”. Lasers galore on What Stage that night.

2008: My Morning Jacket capped off a four-hour marathon set in the rain by bringing out a visibly intoxicated (it was 4 am at Bonnaroo so a big chunk of slack must be cut here) to sing lead on a closing cover of ’s “Home Sweet Home”. Also, as featured in the Roo official video above, of also joined the band to close set one with a blistering “”.

My Morning Jacket- Home Sweet Home- Bonnaroo 08

2009: Another all-time favorite show occurring in , TN – absolutely destroyed the landscape and audience in front of Which Stage at their 1 – 3 am late night set, notably bringing out during “I Wish”. Also, lived out some musical dreams of their own when they brought out to close the first set of their festival-closing Sunday on What Stage for a trio of tunes including “Mustang Sally”, “Glory Days” and “Bobby Jean.”

2010: GWAR was joined by comedian Margaret Cho and the video below pretty much speaks for itself.

2011: So many to celebrate from the 10th Anniversary: with The for the full playing of Desitively Bonnaroo, with on “Red Hot Mama” and a Sunday Superjam led by featuring The , of , Patrick from MMJ and more. Also, I vaguely recall a show with Sexy Sax Man, flying dinosaurs, and a guy on a jet pack…

2012: Although I wasn’t able to make it, I tuned into a good bit of the webcast throughout the weekend and the surprise appearance of (who was not appearing at the festival) for “” and “All Night Long” during set was pretty special, even while viewing on a 17″ screen 2,500 miles away. Kenny would later make yet another appearance with Phish for “The Gambler” at their Sunday night main stage show.

There is magic on that farm, that much is for certain.

p.s. I wasn’t there (barely old enough to drive at the time) so for 2002 memories, we’d love to hear your standout sit-ins in the comments section below if you were at the inaugural festival.