Once again I had a wonderful week down on the farm, and even though my M&T cohorts were unable to join, I still had quite the time taking in the music, the sun, and the spectacle of Bonnaroo. It was an action packed week with plenty to write home about, and I could go on and on, but I know you just want the good stuff. Here are my Top 5 favorite performances from the week:
5. Rubblebucket– It was only two summers ago that the band played in our tiny hometown of Ipswich, Massachusetts and I’m not usually one to brag (I actually am, so I will), but I definitely saw this one coming. I made a bet with a friend following their performance in Ipswich that they would be on the following summer’s Bonnaroo lineup, well I was off by a year, but hey it’s the effort that counts right? It has been a blast to watch this band gaining steam from playing Brighton Music Hall to the Paradise to SXSW and now Bonnaroo where they got 4 sets of their own and even hopped on stage with Foster The People. Needless to say these guys have arrived and things are only looking up from here.
4. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds– After foretelling the success of Rubblebucket, I’m feeling much the part of the soothsayer and hopefully I am one of the first to tell you that this Brooklyn 9-piece is destined for similar fortunes. With a tight horn section, badass harmonica riffs, and a sassy frontwoman, what’s not to like? Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow and her band of Dirty Birds brought the house down at Cafe Where on Saturday and if you’re not going to take my word for out, check out the video proof we captured below.
3. Superjam– Questlove certainly put together quite the all-star cast for his hand curated Superjam session which included fellow Roots members Kirk Douglas and Frank Knuckles along with James Poyser on keys, longtime Prince collaborator Eric Leeds on sax, The Time’s Jesse Johnson on guitar, P-Funk’s Kendra Foster on backing vocals, legendary bassist Pino Palladino and of course, the long-awaited return of D’Angelo. The supergroup rattled through songs like “Hit It And Quit It”, “What Is And What Should Never Be”, and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”, while the crowd danced along to every note. D’Angelo hardly looked rusty and the rest of the players were as tight as expected which made for a fun filled night of classic tunes.
2. Radiohead– Need I say more?
1. Levon Helm Tributes– Here at Maimed & Tamed we have such massive respect and admiration for The Band and Levon especially, so to be able to witness so many bands pay tribute at Bonnaroo this year was inspiring. We caught Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds doing a funky rendition of “Up On Cripple Creek”, Trampled By Turtles putting together their own version of “The Weight” and bluegrass ramblers Rollin’ In The Hay dedicating their rendition of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” to Levon who sang on The Band’s famous cover version of the tune. I’m sure there were many more tributes to the late great that we missed throughout the weekend and I’m even more certain that Levon’s legacy will live on for years and bands will continue to pay tribute to him and the impact that he made on the world of music. God bless your beautiful soul Levon, rest in peace.