Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Preview

Bonnaroo rBeatz Press

Waahhhhooooooooo!! Bonnaroo is tomorrow, and rBeatz is going!

We have full press-passes, so we’ll be getting you up-close footage, pristine shots, hilarious/inspiring tweets, and a fun narrative to play along with on the App (App store and Google Play) and rbeatzradio.com with PRIZES. Hopefully we get to interview some cool artists too 😉

Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment produce this 4-day music & arts festival at Great Stage Park on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The name, Bonnaroo comes from the Creole slang word meaning “a really good time.” The founders also wanted to honor the rich New Orleans music tradition, which they had enjoyed in college. There is an eclectic variety of genres ranging from indie rock, electronic, classic rock, hip hop, jazz, country music, folk, reggae, pop, and other alternative music.

The festival started in 2002 as a music festival for jam bands and folk rock. It’s diversified its acts since then, marketing to a much wider array of music listeners and art enthusiasts. No matter the genres at this festival, the message remains the same: Prepare Thyself, Play As A Team, Respect The Farm, Stay True Roo, Don’t Be That Guy & Radiate Positivity!

The festival is a music & ARTS festival, featuring craftsmen and artisans selling unique products, art instillations, tasty food and drink vendors, a comedy tent, silent disco, cinema tent, and a Ferris wheel.

Bonnaroo’s inspiration comes from rock concerts from the late 1960s and 70s, specifically Phish festivals, Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967), Atlanta International Pop Festival (1969, 1970), and Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969).

The festival’s success over the past decade and a half does not come unnoticed. Rolling Stones ranked Bonnaroo in 2003 as one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll.” Consequence of Sound called Bonnaroo the “Festival of the Decade,” and GQ Magazine listed them among the 10 Best Festivals.

The weather is suppose to be amazing this weekend, so I’m super pumped!

Below, I will take you through each act I expect to attend along with the act’s newest (or a personal favorite IMHO) project. If you’re wondering, “WHO IS THIS GUY WRITING THIS?!?” I’m someone deeply passionate about the arts, music in general, and my tastes lean more towards electronic, soul/funk, and hip-hop.

We have to leave early Sunday morning, but that will not stop us from hitting Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in full force. Follow rBeatz on the App (App store and Google Play), Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for live coverage.




GoldFish are a South African duo, multi-instrumental, live dance act.

Two Feet

I’m absolutely obsessed with this song by Two Feet below. I listened to it for an entire (extended) weekend straight during memorial day weekend two weeks ago.

Innanet James

A lot of swag coming from this guy. Aminé style.

Charlotte Cardin

Amazing voice.


This is a pretty song.


HeRobust made some killer trap tracks in 2012. He’s still doin the same dam thing. Check his new album, Verterbreaker. Be warned, the album is not for the faint hearted.

Allan Rayman

This rapper, singer, producer, video director, music genius is also super mysterious. A great combination for success.


This guy makes music with food. He made his newest song with a Marshmallow named Marshmello. Also, listen to the remix below. I think it could be the next Despacito.



This seems like the perfect sound to wake-up to on day 2. Khruangbin are chill.

Barclay Crenshaw

This guys messes with a bunch of weird sounds. I simply must go see what he’ll create at Bonnaroo.

Car Seat Headrest

The rock band recently came out with this rap song. Bestie Boys style, and it’s super good.

Stick Figure

Super chill reggae band with a cool dog named, Cocoa.


Fell in love with D.R.A.M after Cha Cha. His flow is different. Good different.


This guy from Colorado is killing it with his super spacey, synthy remixes and originals. He needs to score a movie!!!



This song is FIRE. Must listen if you remember Lean Back by Fat Joe and his Terror Squad.


Bono does everything and nothing all at the same time #Taoism

Major Lazer

What is there to say, other than I’m most excited for Major Lazer. One of my favorite live shows. Dancehall/Latin electronic music will be a lot bigger in the future.

Big Gigantic

He plays EDM sax tracks. A combination of the best two things.


The Front Bottoms


Unlike Pluto

This guy majored in biology and chose music. YES!

San Holo


REZZ plays a lot with those low ends, and that’s why we love her.


I saw Chance The Rapper last week, and I’ve always wanted to see Matoma live. He was at the front of the remix game with tropical house, known for his Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. Tropical House remixes. He’s come out with a new one below. It’s FIRE!

Louis The Child

Red Hot Chili Peppers

These guys sing about California a lot. Don’t think anyone would tell you they’re not good. Pretty sure that’s a sin.


Vomit squad represent. This should be a wild performance. I expect nothing else but grime and guts at this one.


How something can be food and a DJ at the same time will always perplex me.

I also went ahead and made a Bonnaroo playlist on Soundcloud. I know it’s Thursday, but I’ll be busy Rooin’ on Friday, so that’s what I’ll be feelzin’

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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