On Friday, the Tennessee sun woke everyone up early. The tents got hot, so everyone ventured into Center Roo for the food. I got a donut and laid out a blanket to listen to the bands while I waited for Nahko and Medicine for the People. While waiting I listened to Tyla Yaweh at one of the smaller tents. He was so fun. He created a mosh pit and went out into the crowd on a fans shoulders. It was crazy and Tyla also shotgunned a couple beers.
Nahko and Medicine For The People were amazing and so talented. The entire band created this vibe that got all of Bonnaroo swaying to their music. Every member of the band was extremely talented. Great music and great vibes.
Catfish and the Bottlemen played next and they were awesome. This was my second time seeing them and they were even better than I remembered. They are always able to captivate the crowd with their punk rock/indie/rock and roll vibe. The lead singer, Van McCann, used the entire stage to his advantage and danced around a lot.
Next up was the band AJR and they were phenomenal. Everyone was dancing along to there super energetic and fun songs. A lot of the songs were about not wanting to grow up, which I think a lot of Bonnaroo related too and so did I! My favorite song they played was called “Weak.”
The Avett brothers were extremely talented. They played a lot of crowd favorites and really showcased their talent. The band was so fun to watch as they were really feeling the music. Everyone was singing and dancing along to the folky rock and roll sound that is Avett Brothers.
Next up was Griz. A lot of my friends were really excited about this one, but I didn’t know what to expect. He ended up being super talented. The night before he played a show at 3 in the morning, so I was very glad to be able to catch this one. He played lots of songs from his new album as well as some old crowd favorites. He even brought out a few friends which was really cool. He is an amazing saxophone player and his music is energetic and funky.
Childish Gambino COMPLETELY blew everyone away. I was amazed at his talent. He was in such a good mood and really engaged with his fans. He wanted everyone to put away their phones to really enjoy the music and although a few fans did not listen, a lot of people did. It was a really cool experience. You could tell he had planned out the entire show; It was like watching a genius walking around his greatest creation. My favorite song was “This is America.”
Article: Ella Jewell