RNB takes ‘Roo

-Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

This year marks the third consecutive year of enjoying the magic on “The Farm” at Bonnaroo 2017. For those of you not familiar with Bonnaroo, it is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. It is held in Manchester, Tennessee – just south of Nashville about an hour. I am lucky enough to get to attend the festival each year with one of my very best friends, my aunt. In 2016, Bonnaroo attendance was way down, but this year it was back to normal. We are so glad so see ‘Roo thriving again this year!

A huge group of Roots N Blues staff & volunteers were just a few of the crowd of over 65,000 people — Andrea Collette, Platinum Pig Manager, said her favorite part of Bonnaroo was “our Roo-Tang groop winning pit access and being able to see The Weeknd from the rail.” VIP Manager, Aron Cowsert said his favorite part was the people that he got to experience Bonnaroo with. I think it’s pretty clear that Bonnaroo rocks, but our favorite part is the community and love you get to experience while you’re there!

Favorite acts of Bonnaroo 2017? Well that’s a tough one. The Bluegrass Superjam is without a doubt the most fun show for me every single year. I mean, it is hosted by Ed Helms so it has to be awesome. My other favorites were Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, and the Soul Superjam hosted by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Trust me when I say Margo Price is going to blow y’all away at Roots N Blues this year! The Head & the Heart put on a show that brought me to tears. River Whyless, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lucy Dacus were two that I wanted to see but didn’t know much about, now they are two of my favorites.

I always leave ‘Roo loving bands I had never heard of more and more. The relationship you have with the people you get to experience such a magical weekend with is strengthened with every band, every amish donut, and every high five.

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