Last month flew by and was more wonderful and eventful than I had imagined it would be when May came to an end. I enjoyed a little bit of Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival before returning home to Bonnaroo. Then I went back to reality and back to work feeling inspired.
Riverbend Festival is an 8-day music festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the 21st Century Waterfront along the Tennessee River. The music at Riverbend started after 6:00 pm each day to allow patrons the opportunity to enjoy the festival after work and to not be a major interference with a normal day in the city. With Riverbend starting a week before Bonnaroo, I only had the time and energy to attend two nights.
The first night of Riverbend, Friday June 5th I rushed over to see St. Paul and the Broken Bones. This was my fourth time seeing them perform live. The first time I fell in love with their energy was when were performing in the same spot, on a more reasonable stage at Southern Brewers Festival two years ago, but their Bonnaroo set last year is still one of my most favorite concert moments.
After the St. Paul and the Broken Bones set I watched Deep Fried Five while eating deep fried oreo’s (which are amazing). Then I parked on the hill in front of the Coke Stage to see 3 Doors Down. Seeing 3 Doors Down and having flashbacks to middle school was very fun. I’ll never forget that time when their song “Kryptonite” was popular and my then step brother was dancing and jumping around the living room singing “if I go crazy then will you still call me Superman!” and my Grandpa responded, “no I would call you crazy man.”
Wednesday night I danced to Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick then chit chatted with friends and ate more carnival-style food. Later I sang along to Melissa Etheridge like it was karaoke night.
On Thursday afternoon Christine and I arrived at Bonnaroo. I greeted all the familiar faces in the Access tent. Then picked out the perfect camping spot to set up my teeny tiny tent. Christine and I were attempting to set my tent and some volunteers stopped by to lend a hand and one of the volunteers recognized me from last year’s Vice article. Not even an hour in and I felt like a celebrity. Awesome!
Unlocking the Truth was our first set of the weekend. Then we were off in search of food. Found some and sat in the grass for Ryn Weaver. After her set, we made our way up to ADA platform and parked there for the rest of the evening for Temples, Glass Animals, and our former unicorn band, Benjamin Booker. We were elated to finally see Benjamin Booker after missing him at Forecastle Festival and Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.
Friday morning I went to the disco ball and nabbed some Forecastle shirts for my street team order. Then that ever so sweet, marriage proposal happened and rest of the day was spent listening to Royal Blood, Dawes (also a former unicorn band of ours), Guster, Tears for Fears and Run the Jewels.
Saturday, Christine and I became accidental twinsies for the day while we sported our Forecastle shirts for 2,000 street team points. (We both got our wristbands for free with street team points this year and I already have enough points for my next year’s Bonnaroo wristband!)
We saw Woods, Hozier, My Morning Jacket, Mumford and Sons and the Superjam. I’m still bummed we didn’t run into Mumford and Sons while they were frolicking around the farm filming their video for The Wolf, but at least I can say we saw the performance.
Sunday we spent the early afternoon at the Bluegrass Situation for Shakey Graves, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Then we made our way to the What Stage where would spend the rest of our Roo with Spoon, Florence + the Machine, and Billy Joel. After Billy Joel was over we followed the crowd and joined in one last sing-a-long with songs such as “Just a Friend”, “Star Spangled Banner”, “O Canada”, and many more that aren’t coming to mind.
Honestly, I’m not too upset that Billy Joel cut his set a little early because we then hopped in the car, went back to Chattanooga and I was at my desk at 8:00 am Monday.
Monday, June 22 I attended Sound Corps‘ Musician Forum: Speak Up. They had a great turn out and I was able to network with many music professionals in the area. It made me very excited for the future of the Chattanooga Music Scene and our beloved ConcertHopper.com.
Okay, now let’s see what I have going on this month. Thursday, July 2 Flashlight Shows put on another amazing show with TORRES featuring Mad Libre. TORRES was amazing. Go fall in love with her right now. My only other music related plan for July is Sloss Music and Arts Festival. But if you’re into making horror films, you need to go to the panel event our contributor, Jamie is participating in, Shuddercon panel: How to Make a Nightmare: Directing your first horror film. I’ll be there.