Our Top 10 Favorite Things About This Year’s Bonnaroo

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1. Jay-Z saying, “Wait ’til I tell my mom Stevie Wonder stayed for my set!”

2. The delicous funnel cake.

3. A unisex sea of kids singing along earnestly to Tenacious D’s “F**k Her Gently.”

4. Stevie Wonder comes to Bonaroo; kills it.

5. Watching artists battle the heat (Lucero, Phoenix) and win.

6. Tiny Animals performing ’80s TV theme songs.

7. John Fogerty’s baseball-bat guitar during “Centerfield.”

8. Mumford & Sons play “Wagon Wheel” with Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch plus members of Old Crow Medicine Show (a folkie’s dream come true)

9. Kings Of Leon unleashing several new songs, including “Mary.”

10. Dave Matthews conneting the dots between “All Along The Watchtower” and “Stairway To Heaven” during his closing jam.

Our favorite things about having a press pass at Bonnaroo:

Spotting McLovin backstage at Phoenix.

Chris Thile of the Punch Brothers personally making us a Sazerac cocktail as part of the Punch Brothers cocktail hour.

Dr. Dog performing an awesome acoustic mini-set in the press tent.


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