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Bonnaroo Preview: Andrew Bird

Posted :: April 23, 2009 | 6:47 am ::

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is hosting it’s eighth annual event this June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee. Over 120 bands, more than 20 comedians and a plethora of film and art will be encompassing 13 stages plus additional spaces over the four days. The largest and most revered music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level.

One of the artists I am anxious to catch at this year’s festival is Chicago’s Andrew Bird who checked in briefly yesterday from France to talk about this year’s Bonnaroo. “Festivals are in a category of their own,” explains Bird. “Playing to sea of people pulls something out of you, you didn’t even know you had.” He continued to explain that the festival is very unique in comparison to other big rock festivals and declared that “it’s got that Southern hospitality.”

Photo Credit: Chad Molloy

Photo Credit: Chad Molloy

Bird has recently had some violin trouble when it crashed to the floor last week during a performance of “Fake Palindromes.” According to his website, it is now repaired and was back in service the following day.

Bird has recently announced announced a few additional tour dates with artists such as The Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie and Ra Ra Riot. He will also be performing at this year’s Lollapalooza (August 7-9).

To see Andrew Bird and the full roster of artists at this year’s Bonnaroo, check out the official festival website to purchase tickets and peruse the lineup.

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