Bonnaroo: 5 Rising Acts At Bonnaroo, While major acts and headliners like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys and Phish always draw the masses out to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, it’s discovering new acts that’s the true joy of the four-day festival down on the farm in Manchester, Tenn.
British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka is one of Bonnaroo’s more buzzed-about down-list acts, but he isn’t the only rising performer worth fighting the crowds, heat and dust (or downpours) to check out. Here’s a look at five more (in alphabetical order) as the festival kicks off Thursday:
- Alabama Shakes: Though not officially a headliner, the live dynamos from north Alabama have been given a primo late-night set time Thursday that should sync up nicely with the thousands of fans who’ve not yet even begun to party. Expect volcanic singer Brittany Howard to emerge a star.
- Danny Brown: With his Flock of Seagulls hair style and slightly psychotic vocal delivery, the Detroit rapper is weird – and no one likes weird more than Bonnaroovians. With an early evening time slot before Kendrick Lamar and Yelawolf, expect many thousands to dig Brown’s oddball vibe.
- Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires: The old-school survivor is finding success in his 60s and leading a regular soul revival at Bonnaroo, where Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Darondo, Soul Rebels, Little Dragon and more will lift your spirits. Bradley plays Saturday.