Bonnaroo Brilliantly Continues With Day Two Performances From LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, And More

first_imgThe early portion of Friday’s schedule was jam-packed with emerging talent. So many up-and-coming artists were given the opportunity to strut their stuff to open the first full day of the festival, and they all introduced themselves to the rabid Bonnaroo crowds with high energy performances.First up, Nashville local Rayland Baxter brought his chill vibes to the This Tent. Baxtee talked of attending the festival countless times while growing up, and he certainly seemed to know how to push the right buttons. Baxter brought his Paul Simon-esque vocals, tight band with great musicianship, and electrifying guitar solos for what amounted to an impressive debut performance at Bonnaroo.Next up, Athens, Georgia outfit Mothers played the Who Stage, delivering a crisp set that showcased their experimental indie-rock sound.Allen Stone was the the perfect act to open the huge What Stage. His 70’s funk/r&b/pop/soul vibe came with a super tight band and a noticeably happy front man in Stone, who spent most of the performance grinning widely.Rising saxophone master Kamasi Washington performed an incredible set of jazz fusion with hip hop elements, including a DJ who was scratching along with the band. Focusing on funky R&B-tinged improvisation, Washington and his band were met with a huge reception from the packed This Tent crowd. In a cool family moment, Kamasi brought out his father, jazz musican Rickey Washington, to jam with the band.After a surprise performance on the small Kaliope stage Thursday Night, GRiZ brought his brand of funky electronic music to one of the main stages. He was met with a humongous crowd that was excited to keep the party going from the night before, and the energy was palpable, even as fans were dealing with the heavy sun exposure provided by the Which Stage.Flosstradamus then threw it down on the That Tent, with a high-octane electronic duo perfectly setting the stage for a night filled with high profile, dance-based acts.The reunited LCD Soundsystem were Friday’s headliner. New to being top level headliners, the Brooklyn dance/punk band certainly felt worthy of their lofty spot on the bill, as they whipped the crowd into a complete frenzy for a 100 minute performance filled with extended, almost-jammed-out versions of songs from across their diverse catalog.The band opened with a powerful quartet of LCD classics in “Us V. Them”, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”, “I Can Change”, and “Get Innocuous”, followed by a run through deep cuts like “You Wanted a Hit,” “Tribulations,” and “Yeah (crass version)”. Frontman James Murphy addressed the crowd several times, mentioning his fond memories of their 2010 late night performance, and how happy the band was to be at Bonnaroo.LCD began the final potion of their set with back-to-back introspective masterpieces in the funky “Losing My Edge” and the emotional “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Finally, the familiar drum intro to “Dance Yrself Clean” started up, and the crowd went absolutely wild when the beat dropped, with an ocean of glowsticks rising into the Tennessee sky, followed by fireworks synced up with the end of the song. The band performed an epic “All My Friends” finale that had the die-hards screaming along with every lyric.Tame Impala performed a much anticipated Late Night performance, which unfortunately fell a little flat. The vibe of the open field Which Tent didn’t seem to properly capture the energy of the Australian band’s performance. Combined that with the band only performing 90 minutes when they were advertised for 120, and the set left a lot of fans scratching their heads. The playing, however, was excellent, as the band featured a mix of songs from throughout their career and executed them flawlessly.After a huge day on Friday, all eyes turn to Saturday’s headlining performance from Pearl Jam, an exciting performance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and the highly anticipated tribute to Tennessee at tonight’s Superjam featuring Kamasi Washington, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno and The Shady Horns, and more.Enjoy these photos, courtesy of Rex Thomson: Load remaining imageslast_img read more