“Had to come back” … did you see that? David Archuleta could not stay away from the musical mecca that has been Bonnaroo this weekend. What is Bonnarroo? It’s like a super-sized Woodstock. In fact Stephen Stills was quoted as saying: “If Woodstock had been like this, we’d never have left.”
Conveniently for David, the multi-stage mega-musical festival is being held this weekend about an hour away from Nashville on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The acts ranged from Eminem to Neil Young, the Strokes to Alison Krauss/Union Station, The Black Keys to Buffalo Springfield. (Back in the day, I lived for such festivals, although it poured rain at pretty much every one I ever attended 😦 ).
I can’t even imagine how inspiring this festival would’ve been for David. And, according to reports, he had backstage access to watch the shows and mingle with, well, whoever he wanted to! These acts are living his dream in so many ways. Creating unique sounds and songs, carving their own niche in today’s musical landscape by making music that connects with people’s hearts and minds then taking it on the road and sharing it live with listeners who LOVE and embrace it! …Yes, David’s already doing much of that and *deep breath* there’s so much more amazingness to come!
Here’s a look at David’s brief interview with Billboard talking about some of the performances he was looking forward to seeing at Bonnaroo:
And here are samples of some of the music he checked out:
Freelance Whales, “Hannah”:
The Decemberists, “Down by the Water” (apparently they’re big fans of REM & Neil Young, as am I 🙂 ):
Ray LaMontagne @ Bonnaroo “Trouble”:
Florence and the Machine, “The Dog Days are Over”:
…aaaaand saving my absolute favourite for last, Mumford and Sons (if you don’t have their CD already, I highly recommend getting it, their lyrics are pure poetry with harmonies to die for *please let their be a twitpic of David meeting them!!!!*
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”:
p.s. So what do you guys think of the Bonnaroo bands David checked out?