Music-lover and blogger "Sarah on the Go" has the right idea: She's hoping to hit up the Jack Daniel's Distillery on her way to Bonnaroo 2012. Just a half hour from the festival site, the distillery is one of the spots outlined in How Do You Roo, along with more places to cool off and hang out with friends after the fest. Tired of too much sun? How about underground hiking?

Road trips are expensive when you factor in fuel costs--but we need to fuel ourselves too. What's the best food to bring to Bonnaroo if you're road tripping? Peanut butter was a top choice for Rooers who were interviewed for How Do You Roo. Take advantage of the heat though - learn about baking cookies on your dashboard:
Fictional Bonnaroo Clue Maestro Gary Chardonnay tweeted the first of many Roo lineup hints, sparking a series of rumors, guesses and speculation of who Roo has in store for us this year.

"Rooclue 1: Good or evil? Canton-bound. Ascension linked to versions of the Sabbath"
Many fans guessed Mogwai, Faith No More and Marilyn Manson.

Further reports from broken mic confirm: Artist Mogwai

In Cantonese Mogwai means “evil spirit." Mogwai's premier success on the singles charts was a cover of a Black Sabbath song. 

Don't forget: If camping isn't for you, there are VIP options at Bonnaroo, but it will cost you. VIP passes cost upwards of $1,300. If you're looking for cabin to rent near Manchester with 24-hour complimentary limo service to the festival ? How Do You Roo features all the information you need.

Bonnaroo has changed over the years, adding more specialty options to make the festival more comfortable, fun and green. Other music festivals around the country are changing too. Many urban music festivals are becoming popular since music lovers don't need to be concerned about traffic, tenting or mud. Check out the Wall Street Journal's piece about the music festival trend.

It's a big anniversary for the Beach Boys. Their 50th Anniversary Tour begins in the spring at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. No Country For New Nashville is posing the question, will the Beach Boys be at Bonnaroo 2012? Their recent post is pointing fingers at the Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and No Doubt. 

No doubt the Beach Boys will be busy, maybe too busy for Bonnaroo? They will reunite with Brian Wilson and record a new album and their tour spans 50 cities. Hmmm, there are only 52 weeks in a year...
This past weekend Asheville, NC was flooded with 30,000 people to hear music by The Flaming Lips and other amazing musicians at MoogFest. In almost a dozen venues in the downtown Western North Carolina city, music could be heard for 3 days. The fest also featured a talk by Brian Eno, the artist and producer of U2 records and the Talking Heads. This is just one of the many fall music festivals in North Carolina. Shakori Hills, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) and Hopscotch have all passed. Time to countdown to Roo ticket sales...less than a month until Black Friday! (Hopscotch tix go on sale 12/1!)
Performances by Weezer and Jane's Addiction headlined DeLuna Fest this year in Pensacola Beach, FL, but a cancellation by Linkin Park trimmed attendance. Hey, The Shins and Cake were still there! For those those who did attend, instead of walking around in mud like Rooers are used to doing, festival goers at DeLuna Fest enjoy the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. The beachfront music fest runs for 3 days annually.
Just a few more weeks until MoogFest 2011, held on Halloween weekend in North Carolina's notoriously hip city Asheville. (The fest original started in NY, so it's migration south says a lot about NC!) Coordinated by the same people who juggle the planning of the Roo, MoogFest brings music and creativity to Asheville for three days with performances by Moby, The Flaming Lips (who recently played Hopscotch in Raleigh) and laughs by the Wham City Comedy Tour.

Tickets for MoogFest 2011 are $184.50 (second tier pricing, first tier has sold out as of this posting). According to their website, this is the first year a pumpkin carving contest will take place. 
According to the Courier-Journal, Louisville's annual music and arts event, the Forecastle Festival, will be held at Waterfront Park from July 13-15, 2012. It's one of the top outdoor music events in the US. Past performers included She & Him, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic and The Smashing Pumpkins. The fest is organized by none other than the Bonnaroo organizers! So if you miss the Roo, there's still something for you.
Although How Do You Roo covers a lot of tips on what to wear and what to bring to eat at the fest, Gianna Stefanelli's latest article for Inside-Beat takes a novel approach: strategy. She recommends plotting stage visits, nap times, water breaks and staple supplies in advance. What do you prefer: spontaneity vs. premeditated comfortable fun? A combo of the two would be nice.
If you can't wait to ride the 80' Ferris wheel that crowns Bonnaroo each year, check out the Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, Alabama. The fest is less than a month away and will rock the deep south on September 23rd and 24th. Incubus, Earth, Wind & Fire, Josh Turner and Alan Jackson will perform--among many others! These music festival tickets are wallet-friendly at only $30 if you want to go for just a day. Ferris wheel rides are $5--which is apparently how much a cup of coffee costs at Bonnaroo according to Arianna Skibell's recent article in The Emory Wheel.