Just like last year and the year before, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with every single band on Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2015 lineup. We started from the bottom and have been working our way up, paying special attention to the smaller and lesser known acts on this year’s bill with daily, dedicated Bonnaroo Band of the Day and Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day posts. Now that ‘Roo is fast approaching, and we’re adminttedly playing catch up through the rest of the fest’s lineup in the form of group posts. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Band of the Day Club Stage Roundup!
Saturday | On Tap Lounge | 1:30pm
Son Little is today’s rendition of a classic blues act. Like his blues predecessors, Son Little focuses on the little gritty details of life, using them as the basis for exploring what it means to be alive. What makes him a modern act, however, is the grungy and even at times minimalistic music that he sets his poignant lyricism on top of. His music is interesting, in that it demands that listeners both dance and engage in deep thought about the subject of the song. While perhaps paradoxical, it’s a formula that seems to work, as Son Little’s career has taken a turn for the better during the first part of 2015. Playing a gig at Bonnaroo seems like a solid step in making the second half of this year phenomenal, which is why we highly encourage all you to check out his set.
LISTEN | “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches”
WATCH | “The River” (Official Music Video)
A THOUSAND HORSES
Sunday | Who Stage | 5:30pm
Four piece country crooners A Thousand Horses are the kind of down home country act that Nashville is famous for producing. The group play in a country pop format, integrating strong songwriting skills with a heavy dose of Southern charm. Though A Thousand Horses have been playing together since 2010, their career took a sharp turn for the better last year, when the group were picked up by prominent label Republic Nashville, a subset of Big Machine. Under their guidance, A Thousand Horses saw their single “Smoke” reach number one on the Billboard Country airplay charts; no small feat indeed. Though only time will tell if the band are able to replicate this success, right now, they’re at the top of their game. If you’re a country music fan, there’s not always a lot of great choices for you at Bonnaroo, but this year A Thousand Horses are a no brainer.
LISTEN | “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”
WATCH | “Smoke” (Official Music Video)
Friday| On Tap Lounge | 10:45pm
Though BC Camplight was originally based out of Philadelphia, the songwriter has since moved to Manchester (in the UK, not here in Tennessee). The artist is somewhat cryptic about the move, but based on the lyrical content from his most recent album, How to Die in the North, it’s evident that the man’s history and relationships in Philly were playing a toll on his emotional health. The new album perfectly captures what we imagine the move was like. Yes, it can be dark, brooding and even foreboding, but at the same time, there’s a glimmer of hope that something might get better. How to Die in the North isn’t the work of a man who’s given up, but rather of one on his last leg, making one last, desperate attempt to figure things out. As you can imagine, capturing such a nuanced emotion requires substantial songwriting skills, which is indeed BC Camplight’s greatest strength. However, his ability to play several musical instruments and the genuine passion he applies to his tunes definitely don’t hurt.
LISTEN | “You Should’ve Gone to School”
WATCH | “Just Because I Love You” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | Who Stage | 8:15pm
Australian born, NYC based pop musician Betty Who is today’s final Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day, and she’s not likely to stay small stage sized for long. Truthfully, this artist has had a career that most musicians only dream of. She’s been classically trained on cello since a young age, and self-taught on a handful of other instruments. Upon moving to the U.S. in her teenage years, she attended prestigious musical institutions such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Berklee. While at Berklee, Betty Who began to develop her current style, a triumphant pop sound. This garnered her a good deal of attention, and since then she’s played with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry. Though Betty Who isn’t stylistically that different from the other pop divas of our time, it’s clear that she’s put in the work and taken the correct steps in the path to musical stardom. Expect to hear much, much more from this talented up and comer in the future, and don’t miss her intimate Bonnaroo set while you still have the chance.
LISTEN | “Somebody Loves You” (FM Attack Remix)
WATCH | “All of You” (Official Music Video)