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Entries filed under 'Bonnaroo'

    Helpful Tips for Music Festival Camping

    fileWhat items are must-haves when camping at music festivals? Here are my Ten+ Essentials for Bonnaroo, which opens Thursday. My question for festival veterans: What would you add to this list? Resources • Checklist: Print out the 2-page, no-doodad-left-behind REI family camping checklist. We like to call it "comprehensive;" you might call it excessive. Fair enough. We intentionally made it detailed, figuring no one would ever bring every item on the list. Our goal: Nudge you to remember that one ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on August 29, 2011 1:25 PM & Tagged Bonnaroo, camping, checklist and music festival | permalink | Comments

    Artistry and Activity: How the Outdoors Has Benefitted a Trio of Musicians

    fileCan an affinity for the outdoors positively affect creative people? Oh, yeah, and in multiple ways, say some up-and-coming musicians I met at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee last month. Please meet: • Colin Brooks, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist in Band of Heathens, an Austin, Tex.-based Americana-rock group whose music elicits comparisons to The Band, the Allman Bros. and the Black Crowes. • Kelsey Kopecky (keyboardist/vocalist) and David Krohn (drummer), part of the 6-member Kopecky ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 22, 2011 3:37 PM & Tagged Band of Heathens, Bonnaroo, Climbing, Kopecky Family Band, Running, Yoga and camping | permalink | Comments

    A Musician Who Thinks the Outdoors Rocks: Josiah Johnson of The Head and the Heart

    fileHe was performing on stage at Bonnaroo, but Josiah Johnson was having a flashback to cycling on a hot day in the Sierras. Johnson is an outdoor-loving guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in The Head and the Heart, a fast-rising Seattle folk-road band that was one of 100-plus acts that played last week at Bonnaroo, the sprawling music festival in Manchester, Tenn., that ended Sunday, June 12. Hot? Temperatures climbed above 90°F (32°C)as THATH played at midday Sunday. "Halfway through the set I ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 6, 2011 10:24 PM & Tagged Bonnaroo, Josiah Johnson, The Head and the Heart, camping, mammoth lakes and seattle | permalink | Comments

    A Camping and Music Odyssey: Bonnaroo 2011 in Review

    fileIt was quite a weekend at Bonnaroo, the massive Tennessee music festival that for 4 days doubled as the world's largest campground. The long list of acts included Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, Buffalo Springfield and up-and-comers The Head and the Heart. It ended Sunday as it started—with daytime temperatures in the 90s, packed campgrounds and a generally upbeat vibe. Your REI Blog correspondents at the 'Roo (Sara Williams of the REI Bentwood, Tenn., store, and I) love any excuse to go ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 6, 2011 5:01 PM & Tagged Bonnaroo, bandannas, buffs, camping, festival and tents | permalink | Comments

    What's It Like Camping at Bonnaroo?

    fileIt's a fact: When camping at a music festival, you discover your once-familiar world changes overnight, literally. You are instantly introduced to new neighbors (dozens of 'em flanking you on all sides), new social customs (hardly anyone bunks down before 2 a.m.) and new realities (porta-potties have replaced restrooms, and they're only sporadically stocked with toilet paper. My cohort, Sara, is a 29-year-old REI teammate from REI Brentwood (suburban Nashville), and together we're soaking up ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 17, 2011 1:23 AM & Tagged Bonnaroo, Family & Car Camping, camping and music festivals | permalink | Comments

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