Alabama Shakes (Photo Brantley Guitierrez)

Bonnaroo pulls diverse mix of talent for another year on the farm

Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is set to kick off another round music and festivities over the weekend of June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday night with sets from Strand of Oaks, Houndmouth, The Growlers and many more.

As Friday gets rolling, festival-goers will be faced with many avenues to choose as this is where scheduling can get tricky. Dawes and Nashville’s Moon Taxi are booked at the same time slot on What Stage and Which Stage respectively. As the sun sets in over the 700 acre Middle Tennessee farm, Alabama Shakes, touring in support of their latest effort Sound & Color,  will hold court on What Stage. Other acts of note for the evening include Kendrick Lamar, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and a late night set from STS9.

Saturday has a nice mix of talent that stretches across multiple genres and includes the fast-paced, strumming of Trampled by Turtles, Bahamas, Sturgill Simpson, The War on Drugs, Gary Clark Jr. My Morning Jacket and Mumford & Sons. Also scheduled for Saturday night is a ‘Roo institution – Superjam! This year’s event is promoted as a Throwback Superjam Dance Party that features Pretty Lights, DMC, Rob Trujillo, Jack Antonoff, Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Cherub, Rhiannon Giddens and many more.

As Sunday rolls around, it looks to bring a tight mix of Americana to the farm with Pokey LaFarge, Brandi Carlile and Christopher Denny along with all the artists at That Tent. Leading with Shakey Graves and Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and The Punch Brothers will also bring their talents and experience tot he stage as well. That Tent will close with The Bluegrass Situation Superjam featuring Ed Helms and special guests.

In similar fashion to last year, the festival will come to and end with another piano man as Bill Joel is the headlining artist for Sunday night.

Choices are abound, but at the end of the day, the music will always guide you to the right spot and for those who may not be joining the thousands of music lovers on the farm, visit over the weekend for a live streaming event. For more information, visit

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