It’s been nearly two years since music fans gathered in Manchester Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Set to take place June 16-19, tickets are available now. So, with the lineup announcement out of the way, and multiple stages of action, here are 11 bands we won’t be missing. Let us know in the comments who you’re excited for.
11. Judah & The Lion
Having formed in 2011 out of Nashville, Judah & The Lion are no strangers to the Tennessee music scene. The alt-Americana group will perform on the Friday of the fest. It was just announced in November that longtime banjo player Nate Zuercher was leaving the band to spend more time with family. Frontman Judah Akers and mandolinist Brian McDonald will carry on.
One of the hottest acts in the jam scene, this groovy act is based out of Connecticut and has seen the size of their audiences grow exponentially over the last 18 months. These guys are going to tear it up on the farm.
9. The War On Drugs
Indie rockers The War On Drugs are fresh off the release of their new album I Don’t Live Here Anymore. The album was met with critical acclaim upon release.
8. Marc Rebillet
Rebillet is an electronic musician originally based outside of Dallas, Texas. His improvisational jams have earned him fans all over the country via Tik Tok, YouTube and his Twitch stream. We suspect he’ll be breaking out some super-sexy grooves for his set.
7. Billy Strings
He’s not quite 30 but he’s already got a Grammy under his belt. Strings is one of the premier bluegrass musicians on the scene at the moment. His guitar and banjo prowess has been opening eyes and ears since he began performing in 2013.
6. Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats
Denver-based singer/songwriter Nathaniel Ratliff & The Nightsweats are known for their unique brand of folk, R&B, and Americana and are sure to deliver a great performance.
5. Lord Huron
Lord Huron combines a number of interesting musical influences to forge a sound that’s all their own. Their latest album Long Lost was released in May of 2021.
4. Herbie Hancock
Going strong at 81 years young, Hancock is an influential jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. He’s inspired a generation of performers utilizing a wide array of electronic instruments.
3. Stevie Nicks
A legend descends on Bonnaroo. Singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks is known for her work with Fleetwood Mac (along with her solo work). She’s set to headline and close out Bonnaroo Sunday night.
2. Robert Plant & Alison Kraus
A collaboration that first bore fruit in 2007 with the release of the Raising Sand album, fans have been waiting for more. Well it’s only been 14 years but we finally have a new album from the dynamic duo, Raise The Roof.
Tool had their 2020 tour cut short as a result of the pandemic, they’ll be heading the Saturday night of Bonnaroo and you can expect an impactful set from Maynard & company.
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