Check out this fantastic video of culinary students for the Art Institute of Nashville as they plan a menu for Bonnaroo.
A Kentucky woman charged with fraud and money laundering will be released just in time for Bonnaroo's 17th Anniversary. NewsChannel 5 recently reported a Kentucky woman was sentenced to 6 years in prison for a multi-million dollar real estate scam. The woman claimed to be an expert in the real estate industry and sought investors for fake real estate projects like a Disney park in middle Tennessee, Bonnaroo festival land and health care facilities in Arizona.
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.
Ever wonder what purpose the Bonnaroo property serves the other 361 days out of the year? Recently the 2011 Warrior Dash was hosted there. With only about 10% of the crowds that the notorious summer music fest draws, it was...muddy. And there were Port-a-Potties. Hmmm...sound familiar?
Music lovers who fly into Nashville will be happy to hear that the airport is growing their rental car capacity. With Bonnaroo maxing out Nashville Airport's passenger levels, the international hub will soon be able to store twice as many rental cars as it was previously able to do. Perfect for anyone who wants to fly to the Roo, rent a car and explore the area's music history, distilleries and other fun road trips outlined in How Do You Roo.
Getting to Bonnaroo By Plane
Anyone who flew to Bonnaroo X will be happy to know they were part of a record-breaking event. The Nashville International Airport set a new record with 19,000 passengers flying in or out on June 13, 2011. According to a recent article, this exceeded Thanksgiving Day travel by 120%!
Flying to Bonnaroo sounds good. But what about the fun of driving to the Roo?
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.
You've heard of CouchSurfing and have probably seen the ride sharing section on Craigslist, but there's a handy dandy new app called goCarShare that launched just this month. The app is exclusively for travelers who need a ride to a music festival (only in the UK for now). Although Craigslist and the inforoo message boards get bloated every May with ride offers, once someone makes a US-targeted app, it may be the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread.
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.