BONNARADIATE

Sunday, the excitement building inside me all weekend culminated in a surge of euphoria-powered energy. after already having been at Bonnaroo for four nights, i was exhausted, dehydrated, burnt, bruised, blistered, and dirty. but all was ignored on Sunday. 

Sunday was the day that five of my favorite bands would all be in such close proximity to me that i would hear the live vibration of their voices, watch them curl around their whining guitars, and feel the thump of their drums deep in my core. songs that i've spent years laughing, crying, loving, and falling asleep to would be performed in my presence by the very people that created them. 

all day, i was a bouncing, singing, frolicking, little wildflower. i was incandescently happy. and i wanted more than anything to be able to play the whole day on repeat, like i do with that very same music at home. 

favorite musical moments of the day:

i've fallen in love with this band fairly recently, but i can't get enough. i adore their dynamic, fun music, and positive energy. i enjoyed their whole set so much--especially because they made a point to illuminate each member's talents. you can really feel the grouplove.

*and i can actually see myself in this Grouplove video! it was easily one of the best moments of my bonnaroo. the energy was absolutely electric. there were about 7 people crowd surfing by the end of the set. if only i weren't in a dress (crowd surfing is next on my bucket list)!

i've had such a strong emotional connection to Dallas Green's music for a few years, so seeing it performed in person was extremely special to me. when this particular song was performed, the crowd came alive and everyone sang along. there was a drunken group of 5 very burly, masculine looking guys behind me, and when this song started, they all linked arms and started jumping up and down like little girls, singing every word. it.was.priceless.

over four years ago, my cousin steven sent me a playlist with a couple Bon Iver songs on it. i've been listening ever since--perhaps my longest consistent musical affair ever, because no matter how many thousands of times i've heard the albums, i never get bored. a friend and i saw Bon Iver in Atlanta last summer and it was phenomenal, so i was excited to see them in a different venue.

The Shins is probably the only band i've ever come across whose entire collection of music i love equally. in other words, there isn't a single song of theirs that i consider decent or okay, because i LOVE every single one. you know with most albums, there are a few songs that bore you or make you wonder, "what the hell?" not here! James Mercer can do no wrong. and he's just as perfect live.

i'm really grateful that Young the Giant was my last concert of bonnaroo because it just hit the spot. Sameer's voice is incredible live. the crowd was nice and rowdy. and this performance was the cherry on top of an unforgettable weekend.