Warning: This post is only appropriate for music nerds. Proceed at your own risk.
Day Two of the 2013 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was perhaps my favorite overall day I have experienced in my five visits to the farm. Jason Isbel and the 400 Unit started the day off right with a great set at the Which stage that included some of the great songs from his latest album, Southeastern as well my favorite Isbel Trucker's song Outfit. I'm going to be listening to Jason more from now on and will look forward to seeing him perform again.
Glen Hansard followed at This Tent with his live performance really bringing to life the songs from his latest release and making me appreciate them more. I think he only played one song from Once, When Your Mind's Made Up but that was fine as he threw in covers from Van Morrisson and The Band and had the whole crowd singing an Irish folk song to close the show. He of course put in 110% effort while on stage.
For this year's Wilco set, I was once again able to get within 100 feet of the stage. It was a typical solid performance from Wilco, opening with Poor Places and including many songs from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and The Whole Love. They hit every album, including playing one of my favorite songs, Shouldn't Be Ashamed, from their first album A.M.They also played Not For The Season (Laminated Cat) which I have been waiting to see live. The set closed with a hard rocking Shot In The Arm.
The day finished with Paul McCartney and I enjoyed him more than I thought I would. He played close to three hours (very impressive for a 73 year old) including many of his big hits and some surprises like Helter Skelter and closing with the last four songs from Abbey Road. He also threw in nice tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison.
It was a fine day overall. As I look towards today's schedule, nothing much is grabbing me, especially since Mumford and Sons has cancelled to be replaced with Jack Johnson. Perhaps it will be one of those Bonnaroo days where I go in with in with no expectations and come away discovering something new and exciting. And aren't those the best kind of days anyway?
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