What a Blast!. My fourth year, and I have to say, my favorite one so far! not just the best music, but the most fun I've had too. My first year I really hit the late night sets hard (not getting back to camp until 5am friday and saturday night). I made an effort to get up towards the front for most of the sets, which was a plus. I'm still ticked off that Kanye cut into Phil Lesh, but I'll save that rant for another time. Here is everyone I saw (well, at least stayed for 1/2 their set)
Thursday, June 12th
Grupo Fantasma That Tent, 9-10. I've seen this band once before, and they were alright, but they def. brought it @ roo. They probably had the most energy of any band I saw the entire weekend. The only drawback was that they played for only an hour, because I could of dance to them all night long!
Dark Star Orchestra The Other Tent, 11:45-1:45. I had never seen DSO before, but I had heard good things about them. They totally blew me away, right from the opening line inNot Fade Away, "I'm gonna tell you how its gonna beeeeeeeeeeeeee!" what impressed me the most was how much the lead singer sounded Like Bob, even down to the way he enunciates.
Friday, June 13th
Drive-By Truckers, Which Stage, 12:30-1:45. I've never really gotten into much of their studio stuff, and their set wasn't anything too special. However, I do have to give credit to the lead singer for finishing a fifth of Jack onstage.
Umphrey's McGee, Which Stage, 2:15-3:45. I have wanted to see UM for a long time, and what better of a place to see them @ roo? Jake Cinniger is simply amazing on guitar. They lived up to and went past everything I've heard about their live shows. The end of their set was just awesome
Les Claypool, Which Stage, 4:15-5:45, I like to listen to Primus every once in a while, but I've never really gotten into Claypools solo stuff. Boy am I glad I stuck around for his set. During his set, he brought out a cello, vibraphone, and sax, while playing an electric bass, and standup 6 string electric bass, and even a one string bass. He created some of the most bizarre/unique sounds I heard the entire weekend, but i loved every minute of it, and I found myself dancing the entire time.
State Radio, The Other Tent, 5:45-7:15, Another band that I didn't know much about before. It was probably one of the best all around sets of the weekend, the tent wasn't too packed, every one in the crowd was into the show, and the band was great and had tons of energy.
Chris Rock, What Stage, 7:45-8:45, Overall, he was really funny. The only thing I would of hoped for was that he made more roo-specific jokes.
My Morning Jacket, Which Stage, 12-3
Tiesto, This Tent, 1:30-3:30
Saturday, June 14th
sharon jones & the dap kings
Levon Helm and Ramble on the Road
Phil Lesh and Friends
Chali 2na with Galactic as a backing band
Sunday, June 15th
Robert Randolph's Revival
Acoustic Set Featuring Phil Lesh, Larry Campbell, Jackie Greene, and Teresa Williams
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival
and don't forget, Kanye West sucks!!!!