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KUBE 93 Summer Jam 2014 – June 6-7, 2014, The Gorge Amphitheatre. Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, and more….

KUBE 93 Summer Jam 2014

Review, photos and videos by thenaturalstoner

I appreciate what Seattle’s KUBE 93 radio tried to do at the Gorge Amphitheatre this past weekend, however I am not quite sure this years Summer Jam worked out to its full potential. Moving the annual event to a two day format seemed to make some initial sense, you could book some old school rappers to fill out a classic Friday night and then bring out young guns for day two and (in theory) sell a bunch of weekend passes. What actually happened was another story. Most fans fell into two camps: Those who were there for Friday nights old school throw down, or the college kids coming Saturday to see Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and others (Rick Ross, B.o.B and Chris Brown too, although they weren’t able to make it for various reasons). Not very many people actually stayed for both nights, which resulted in two days of half full crowds at the Gorge. While this was convenient when wanting to use a clean port-a-potty or get a $13 beer, as there were no lines and minimal waste to contend with, this was easily the emptiest I have ever seen the Gorge or its campground(s) and energy was lacking at times. The wide-open heat was something to contend with as well.

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What went down on stage WAS mostly good, so I am very happy to have gone and would definitely go back. But this event was not the “jam packed raging” Gorge Amphitheatre we all know and love. That said, there were certainly many highlights from the two days. Here is my ranking of what I saw, from best to worst.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – The clear winners of the weekend for those of us there for Summer Jam ‘Classic’. Right from the start the fellas from Cleveland owned the stage with massive energy and blazing rhymes. I honestly did not expect to like this set nearly as much as I did, but it was super. I would rank this in the top three hip hop shows that I have seen, and would go see them again any time. From all their hits, including catching my favorite of theirs on video (Thuggish Ruggish Bone), to an awesome tribute to Eazy-E, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, to some extremely energetic a cappella rap, this set was everything I want hip hop shows to be. Bravo Bone Thugs, you win!

Ice Cube – Another great set from Friday, was Mr. Cube. I was hoping to get angry Ice Cube instead of soft Ice Cube, so when Natural Born Killaz opened the show I felt much better about how things would go down. Ice Cube threw it down for around an hour playing mostly the old hits, including the N.W.A. I wanted to hear most. Ice Cube specifically called out those who think he has gone too commercial with a furious Check Yo’ Self, gave me Straight Outta Compton into Gangsta Gangsta, and rapped other jams like You Can Do It and Gangsta Nation. Of course he also snuck in It Was a Good Day before saying goodnight and sending us back to camp.

Kid Ink – Probably my biggest surprise of the weekend was how good Kid Inks set was. I only know a couple songs of his, but Kid Ink brought serious energy and had the crowd pumped. His set was my favorite from day two, it’s just too bad it was so early in the show (he was the second act on the main stage). Maybe next time he can move up the billing a slot or two, because it was that good. Show Me and Main Chick were two that specifically stood out. Oh and the ladies in the crowd really liked it when he took his shirt off.

Kendrick Lamar – A late addition to Summer Jam, as Chris Brown had to cancel due to legal problems, Kendrick had the younger Saturday crowd super pumped and myself entertained. Headlining night two, Lamar came out and dominated the audience for just short of an hour. I know a few of his songs, and he sang them all, so I cannot complain! Poetic Justice, Money Trees and Swimming Pools were solid. The highlight of the set for me his solo take on the A$AP Rocky collaboration Fuckin Problems. Lots of sing-alongs happened between Kendrick and the audience, who were able to hold their own with one of raps biggest stars.

Gorge Sunset

E-40 – I wasn’t expecting too much out of this set from the Bay Area legend, as I was never a fan, but it was actually really good! Probably the nicest surprise on day one in my eyes. U and Dat and Tell Me When to Go stand out. Also of note was the only collaboration (really Summer Jam, only one?!?!) of the weekend when E-40 brought out Too $hort to close his set.

Too $hort – I saw a pretty disappointing Too $hort set a couple years back (Thanks Todd!), so I didn’t have too high of expectations for this one. But it was actually pretty good too! Better than the show I saw in Pullman, Washington for sure. Once this set came and went I knew the weekend had started and I could relax and enjoy the surroundings. I was all over the place during this set, up top on the grass and down low amongst the die hards, and left pleasantly surprised with this 45 minutes of music. Life is…

Too Short Summer Jam From the Pit

DJ Quik – DJ Quik opened up the weekend as the first artist on the main stage and did a good job getting the crowd into things. Considering I don’t know much of his material, I was pleased with this as the first music I heard. Sitting up on that big Gorge lawn, looking out past the river, I found DJ Quik entertaining and pretty interactive with those up front. However, he did also lie to us and tell us his nephew, Chris Brown, was going to show up the second night, which was weak sauce. This was a good set but he pissed my girlfriend off with the Breezy comment, so I got to mark him down a peg or two.

Big K.R.I.T. – I don’t know any of his stuff at all, but this set was decent. Probably the last of the good sets, in my opinion. Opening the main stage on night two, this set was pure southern rap and a good way to get things started. I would see him again if he came close.

Sir Mix-a-Lot – B.o.B was originally on the Summer Jam lineup for Saturday, but had to be replaced due to a funeral. To save the day came Sir Mix A Lot, however KUBE 93 should have done the right thing and put him on the day one Classic lineup. Instead they left Mix on day two and the younger crowd just really wasn’t into it. Most of them had barely even heard of Baby Got Back for Christ’s sakes, so this was just wrong set placement. I saw him once before and it was way better than this. I wanted Testarossa but didn’t get it, so a little bitter about that too. Posse on Broadway, My Hooptie and of course Baby Got Back were the highlights.

Day Two Summer Jam

Big Sean – After Rick Ross had to cancel due to illness Big Sean got bumped up to the subheadliner slot for night two. This move probably worked for the young kids up front who knew all the words, but honestly didn’t do very much for me and I found the set rather unremarkable. I probably should have went to look and see if there were any rappers still going on the side stages up by the Gorge entrance during this time.

 

Too Short from up top

All in all a pretty good time out at the Gorge this weekend. We got treated to a few really good sets, one great set and a couple under par.  It was also really cool on night two when the hosts brought out several Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks to the stage, including Pro Bowl Safety Kam Chancellor who got the crowd going with multiple SEA-HAWKS chants! I will take that combination pretty much every time, crowd size and heat be damned!

Music Midtown 2013 Announces Lineup

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Enjoy as many festivals as you can this year, because ticket sales tell us that next year we’ll have a lot less of these things here in America.  This September 20th and 21st, Peidmont Park in Atlanta brings you a pretty solid lineup for Music Midtown 2013.

 Acts you care about include : Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Tegan & Sara, Cake, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Black Lips, Reignwolf, Capital Cities, North Mississippi Allstars, and Mona… and if you have bad taste in music, there’s always Journey.

Saturday June 22nd is when Tickets go on sale, and you can check out the full line up and stuff over at the festivals official website by clicking here. There’s a presale for Citi members  beginning Wednesday, that information is also at the website.

Made In America Festival Reveals 2013 Lineup

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Jay-Z is the latest of festival curators to announce the lineup via an annoying Spotify playlist. Right as the ink is dry on the sale of his shares in the New Jersey Brooklyn Nets, the rapper/sports agent announced that Made In America Festival will be returning to Philly this Labor Day Weekend. Big names include Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and Beyonce`. Other acts on the stupid Spotify playlist signifying their spots at this festival include Phoenix,  The Gaslight Anthem, Kendrick Lamar,Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul(that’s the whole Black Hippy crew FYI), A$AP Rocky, Solange, AlunaGeorge, Haim, 2 Chainz, Public Enemy, Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5,Fitz And The Tantrums, Emeli Sandé, Wolfgang Gartner, Jesse Rose, Walk The Moon and we are so sick of this stupid playlist that we’re gonna link you right up to it by clicking here and you can find out the rest of the bill. Head over to the official festival website for the rest details.

Check Out This Teaser Video that seems to be the hip thing to do nowadays:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V4AWqEEvxLA

Lollapalooza Announces Full 2013 Lineup

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Alight folks here we go. Lollapalooza 2013 has revealed it’s full lineup. We debated sharing the headliners with you when they broke a few weeks ago (  Phoenix, The Postal Service, The National, the Killers, Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend). We decided to wait for the full lineup, and it turned out alright.

In the artists we care about after giving the lineup a quick skim category we list these folks:

Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails ,The Cure, Ghost(not calling them B.C.!),Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Death Grips, Grizzly Bear, Major Lazer, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Haim, Cat Power, Beach House, Baroness, Smith Westerns, DIIV, Tegan & Sara, Baauer, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 2 Chainz, Disclosure, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Eric Church, Father John Misty, Reignwolf

Check out this poster below for the full list, or head over to the official festival website by clicking here

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Kendrick Lamar Stopped By Letterman

Kendrick Lamar On Letterman

We don’t cover much hip hop here on Concert Confessions, but when we do, it’s good hip hop. Take the case last night with Dr. Dre‘s latest prodigy Kendrick Lamar made a trip to the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform on Letterman. Lamar, recently played two sold out nights at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom.  For the video performance of “Poetic Justice” (with a full band), scroll below.

http://youtu.be/tEGaMv0bVl8

Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon B.L.A.M Does Not Disappoint.

Bonnaroo 2013 June 13-16th in beautiful Manchester, TN.
Words/Video/Pictures : BeezNutzStl

Bonarroo 2013

Today is a day that myself, and thousands of other music fans across the world have been waiting for. Which of coarse is Bonnaroo Announcement Day. It is almost a holiday to some like me. I personally worked 3 extra shifts at my job just to have this day off. And, was it worth it? Yes it was. Here is the complete Lineup that we all have been waiting on and below are a few reasons I think that you should venture to the farm this summer.

I tried on both my ipod and my computer to open the live video feed on Bonnaroo’s Youtube Channel with no luck. So many people were trying to watch at the same time. During one point the view counter was at 18,000 people watching live. I kept having the video freeze and stop working. After refreshing for the first 10 minutes the video wouldn’t work for me at all. That had a lot of people had posting some negative comments. It is supposed to be fun, and to me it was.

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I worked out the problems and got the video going again. As I tuned in they were reading some of the first announcements live : Passion Pit, Of Monsters, Of Men were read off by Weird AL. Then a personal Bonnaroo favorite of mine Trombone Shorty came on the screen live to announce that he would be at Bonnaroo 2013.

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After some various random Bonnaroo footage, a lady named Amy and her adorable son announced Billy Idol and another band I didn’t reconize the name for. Weird Al came back on screen to announce Mumford and Sons, which was a solid add. Next to be announced was Grizzly Bear, Foals, Walk The Moon, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike and Japandroids were on a list that came out of a colorful donkey pinatas ass. Portugal. The Man, made a guest appearance and played ” So American ” which sounded great. I have yet to get to see them live this was a cool surprise for me.

Portugal. The Man was a awesome addition to this party, and I made it a party. This is one of the best days of the year for me. I learn so much about music, myself and just life in general from being away from normal life for a few days in the summer. Bonnaroo gives me that and that means the world to me. If you have never been, you really should consider going it is nothing short of AMAZING. My favorite thing about Bonnaroo is all the artist and people I am grateful to have seen and met that other than here, I never would of had to the chance to. It’s priceless.

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So I was having a lot of fun watching this whole thing, to me anticipation makes things better sometimes. Goofy skits ensued and more artist were announced Beach House, Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The Vaccines, Dwight Yokam, and Death Grips rounded out that set. R.Kelly was the next big announcement. I’m not sure on this one, the topic is being widely debated. I know R. Kelly takes a lot of heat in the media. His last tour got great reviews and he is a talented writer and performer. Should be interesting to say the least. It is either gonna be really good, or really bad which do you think?

Paul Mccartney, was a major addition to the lineup. Some of the others were Purity Ring, Cat Power, The Wu Tang Clan, Björk and ZZ Top which were all big names to be added. I have never got to see Wu Tang and they will be a set I won’t miss. Next to be announced on the show were Matt and Kim, Tame Impala, Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Pretty Lights were some of the bigger artist that were announced to close out the show. But there was one more major artist for 2013…. Weird AL Yankovich, which was felt across the world. One word Major.

They closed out the show with Weird Al playing a song with Portugal. The Man. The show was fun I will see everyone at the farm this summer. Until then here are some of my personal favorite 2013 Bonnaroo Artist picks, all videos shot by me over the years.

5. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers they are going to play a great set because thats what Tom Petty does. They are known for their live shows, go see this one.

4. Baroness, these guys blew me away last time I saw them live. They are what a good rock show is about. They are going to tear shit up at Bonnaroo. If you go don’t miss them.

3. NAS is incredible live, Nas does not disappoint he stays sharp.It will be just him, a mic, you and The DJ. What true Rap is all about, come out and see Nas. One of the best rappers of all time.

2. St. Vincent and David Bryne, I owe finding out about St. Vincent to Bonnaroo. I saw her back in 09 and she was incredible. I have been hooked since. Last year was one of my favorite performances of the weekend, I can’t wait for this year.

1. Killer Mike is tremendously underrated, I went to his show a while back. Dude Kills it, hence the name. I really like his lyrics, songs, and how can you not like a song about Wrestling Star Ric Flair? Go Check out Killer Mike this summer.

You can find me online, thanks for reading this. Follow me I will be at Bonnaroo, and various other shows this summer. Till Next Time. BeezNutzSTL

I am Beez Nutz and I love concerts.


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2013 Firefly Music Festival Artists Announced

After a successful first year in 2012, Firefly Music Festival will return to Delaware this June.
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Highlights of the 2013 lineup include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more. You can check more of the notables below, as well as the  the complete lineup in the video under that.

Firefly 2013 Lineup:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Vampire Weekend

Foster the People

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

MGMT

Passion Pit

Kendrick Lamar

Grizzly Bear

Alabama Shakes

The Avett Brothers

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Japandroids

Public Enemy

The Walkmen

Dan Deacon

Toro y Moi

Action Bronson

Azealia Banks

Foxygen

HAIM

Wild Belle

CHVRCHES

The Lumineers

Amanda Palmer

Dispatch

Matt and Kim

Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris

Dr. Dog

The Joy Formidable

Atlas Genius

Big Gigantic

Django Django

Kishi Bashi

Hey Marseilles

LP

St. Lucia

Kopecky Family Band

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

The Neighbourhood

Robert DeLong

Imagine Dragons

 

Learn more by checking out the official website.

Hangout Music Festival 2013 Lineup Is Here

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The Lineup for the Hangout Music Festival (taking place on beaches in Alabama May 17th through 19th) has been revealed. Besides Kings Of Leon, things are shaping up to be a very serviceable festival experience. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phish Spin-Off Trey Anastasio Band, and The Breeders top this list of notables while The Shins, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, The Black Crowes, Bassnectar, Jim James, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Bloc Party, Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, moe., Gov’t Mule and Grouplove among others to join the party.

Also, just like Governors Ball did with us a few weeks ago it looks like we have ourselves “Yet to be announced”  headliner, as Tom Petty and Kings Of Leon are only two of the three. Will it be “Guns N’ Roses”? Will it be Skrillex? What about America’s Favorite band Pearl Jam? How about this: Take a guess in the comments section. That’s right, we may not have fancy video equipment but we still would love to hear your guesses as to who the 3rd headliner is going to be. When announced if you guessed right we’ll send you an official tee shirt courtesy of Concert Confessions. Hey, it’s better than a hug right? Check out the full list of acts below, in alphabetical order. Head over to the Festival’s Official Website For More Information.

 

Hangout Music Festival 2013 Line Up:

ANDERS OSBORNE
BASSNECTAR
BEST COAST
BLOC PARTY
BRASSFT PUNK
CHANCELLOR WARHOL
COLIN LAKE
DELTA RAE
DIRTY PROJECTORS
ELLIE GOULDING
GALACTIC
GOV’T MULE
GROUPLOVE
JASON ISBELL & 400 UNIT
JIM JAMES BAND
KENDRICK LAMAR
KINGS OF LEON
KINGSTON SPRINGS
LANCE HERBSTRONG
LISSIE
LUELLA AND THE SUN
MOE.
MOON TAXI
NIKKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS
PASSION PIT
PORTER ROBINSON
PUBLIC ENEMY
RYAN BINGHAM
SHOVELS AND ROPE
SLIGHTLY STOOPID
SPACE CAPONE
STEVE AOKI
THE BLACK CROWES
THE BREEDERS
THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR
THE MOWGLI’S
THE REVIVALISTS
THE ROOTS
THE SHEEPDOGS
THE SHINS
THE TON TONS
THE WEEKS
THE WERKS
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
TREY ANASTASIO BAND
TWENTY Ι ONE Ι PILOTS
TWIN SISTER
WILD CUB
ZION I

 

Governors Ball 2013 Reveals Star Studded Lineup (And Lame Headliners)

Governor's Ball 2013 Updated

Every year New York City’s Randall’s Island hosts it’s annual Governors Ball and this afternoon the 2013 line up was was announced, and it’s not short on the large names. Headlining is our first adventure, which has slots slated for Kanye West,  Kings of Leon and a “mystery” headliner (See Update Below). In the “acts that don’t suck” category we have ourselves Nas, Dinosaur Jr.,  The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Death From Above 1979, Japandroids, Of Monsters And Men, Young The Giant and Kendrick Lamar. Weirdo favorites Animal Collective also making an appearance, along with Dirty Projectors, Bloc Party, Yeasayer and Crystal Castles. Tickets are on sale Friday January 25th at Noon EST and you can get them at GovBall.Com. For a full list of acts scroll below, and for more information you can head to the festivals official website.

UPDATE AS OF 02/07:

The mystery third headliner was announced this morning and it’s non other than the band currently touring under the moniker of Guns N’ Roses. So it’s official folks, you now have THREE lame headliners for Randall’s Island this June.

 

KANYE WEST

KINGS OF LEON

“GUNS N’ ROSES”

NAS

PRETTY LIGHTS

THE AVETT BROTHERS

GRIZZLY BEAR

THE XX

FEIST

KENDRICK LAMAR

BEACH HOUSE

THE LUMINEERS

THIEVERY CORPORATION

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

CUT COPY

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

ERYKAH BADU

YOUNG THE GIANT

BLOC PARTY

BEIRUT

OF MONSTERS AND MEN

LOCAL NATIVES

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

CRYSTAL CASTLES

AZEALIA BANKS

YEASAYER

GARY CLARK JR.

BEST COAST

DIRTY PROJECTORS

PORTUGAL. THE MAN

MIGUEL

DINOSAUR JR.

HOLY GHOST!

JAPANDROIDS

TWIN SHADOW

DIVINE FITS

ALT-J

DEERHUNTER

THE VACCINES

POLICA

STEEL PULSE

DILLON FRANCIS

TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS

PAPER DIAMOND

FUCKED UP

WILD NOTHING

ICONA POP

THE KNOCKS

HAIM

ST. LUCIA

FREDDIE GIBBS

GRIZ

ROBERT DELONG

MS MR

REIGNWOLF

SOLID GOLD

BEAR MOUNTAIN

SWEAR & SHAKE

CHERUB

PACIFIC AIR

THE REVIVALISTS

ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR

ON AN ON

THE RUBENS

RUBY VELLE & THE SOULPHONICS

MOON HOOCH

Kendrick Lamar Performs “Swimming Pools (Drank)” on Conan

Kendrick Lamar  Performs “Swimming Pools (Drank)” on Conan

Dr. Dre may not be putting out his new record anytime soon, but he continues to put out artists that put out records. Last night, his latest prodigy Kendrick Lamar stopped by Conan on Basic Cable to play “Swimming Pools (Drank)” off his new album good kid m.a.a.d. City. You can check out that video below, courtesy of Team Coco.

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2012 Rock The Bells Festival Announce Dates and Lineup

2012 Rock The Bells Festival Announce Dates and Lineup

Information for the 2012 Rock The Bells Festival has been announced. The shows will be spread out over two days and will hit three major US markets (Bay Area, Southern California and Camden, NJ). Highlights of the festival include Method Man and Redman performing Blackout in its entirety, Immortal Technique, Deltron 3030, Salt N Pepa, Yelawolf and many more. Also worth the price of admission will be the only North American festival appearances of Missy Elliot and Timbaland as well as a 20th anniversary reunion of Bone Thugs N Harmony who will perform E. 1999 Eternal from front to back with a special tribute to Easy-E. Can we be the first to start the hologram rumors?

Take note that some artists on the above poster will only appear in select markets. For up to the minute details on Rock The Bells 2012, check out the official site by clicking here.

 

-As of June 4th, additions to the roster include DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, Pusha T and Future.  This helpful information comes from Hip Hop DX

The following artists were added to the San Bernardino lineup on July 18th.

KRS-One
Xzibit
Hieroglyphics
EL-P
Killer Mike
Casey Veggies
Machine Gun Kelly
KiD iNk
I Self Devine
Chief Keef
Slim da Mobsta

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

As always the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester Tennessee is nothing short of impressive. Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Phish, the festival is set to take place June 7th-10th, 2012. Other highlights on the bill include Alice Cooper, St. Vincent and a reunited Ben Folds Five.

With the first two price levels already sold out, you best get your tickets soon as this annual event almost always sells out. If you have a little bit of extra cash after buying your ticket, perhaps you can send some to our youngest Concert Confessions family member Jakob who is trying to make it to his first Bonaroo. Click here to help him out.

For more information on everything Bonnaroo, please check out the official site by clicking here.  Check out some past footage of Bonnaroo from our pal BeeZnutZ below.

As of 03/12/2012 Bands added to the Festival’s lineup include: Danzig Legacy, Puscifer, Santigold, The Temper Trap, fun., and The Cave Singers

2012 Bonnaroo Comedy Line Up (a/o 03/29/12)

Aziz Ansari

Steven Wright

Marc Maron

Brian Posehn

Judah Freidlander

Reggie Watts

Rhys Darby

Colin Hay

Garfunkle & Oat

Amy Schumer

Pete Holmes

Rory Scovel

Mike O’Connell

Ali Wong

Kyle Kinane

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