Bonnaroo Artist | Big Jesus
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | Saturday | This Tent | 1:15pm
As we’ve been doing for the past several years now, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with many of our favorites acts from from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2017 lineup. As we dig through the entire schedule, we’ll highlight a spread of performers spanning across genres and stages, big and small, new and old, to bring you some of the most interesting, lesser-known, or most highly-reccomened among this year’s crop of artists. Though we’ll be jumping around, we’re loosely working our way through by day, and we’ll also be bringing you some special features and longer guides along the way, to help you plan your weekend before the fest. While these previews won’t span every performer, and might omit some more obvious must-see acts, we hope they’ll serve as a way to help you navigate Bonnaroo’s gargantuan lineup, and to make the most of your busy weekend on the farm!
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Birthed out of the Atlanta hardcore, punk, and metal scene, eclectic rockers Big Jesus are among a crop of new acts unabashedly drawing influence from ’90s alternative, forgoing their conventionally heavy upbringing to, instead, explore hooks hooks and melody, channeling elements of shoegaze, psychedelic pop, grunge, and more, though not entirely abandoning the sonic palates they were raised on. With last year’s Oneiric, the group crafted what feels like a perfect culmination of the sound they’ve been experimenting with over the past several years, and their live show, which we caught a taste of in person last year in their hometown at Wrecking Ball last summer, is every bit as dynamic, nuanced, and intense.
After an unlikely outing supporting famed pop punk group Good Charlotte last fall and before hitting the road with Thursday and mewithoutYou later in June, Big Jesus stop by Bonnaroo to make their debut on the farm. The fact that the band skipped the club stages altogether is a bit of a surprise, but it’s well-deserved, and a testament to the amount of buzz they’ve managed to generate in just a few short months. This isn’t one of Bonnaroo’s more punk-leaning years, so if you’re looking for anything even tangentially connected to that scene, you’ll want to make this band a must-see.
LISTEN | “Oneirica”
WATCH | “Lock & Key” (Official Music Video)