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"Life is short, campers. Chase your dreams." ~ Bonnaroo Chris


What it's like to find Bonnaroo Chris

Each year, I bring custom stickers that I create and distribute to fans who find me at Bonnaroo. In 2014, Sean spotted me in the crowd and came over to get his sticker with his Go Pro rolling. It's a brief glimpse of what it's like to find me at the best music festival in North America! Bonnarooooo!

Find me at Bonnaroo and get your sticker! 
Stay tuned to this blog or Facebook or Twitter for details!

5 Favorite Bonnaroo Moments

I'm always asked "What is/was your favorite Bonnaroo show?" It's really impossible to answer especially given that I've been to the festival so many times. I'm a huge fan of the band Clutch because they were the first band I saw at my first Bonnaroo. One of my favorite sets but does it warrant being in the top 5? The choices get really hard. Instead, I've picked five different years and will offer my inspirations from each. Ready?

2007: The White Stripes - This slot could easily be filled with either TOOL or The Police. They were epic and unforgettable sets during my first visit to the farm. But there was something about watching the sun set on Sunday, with Jack and Meg jamming at the Which Stage - that seemed like a perfectly picturesque ending to such a beautiful experience. My love for all things Jack was cemented here so it's on the list. Read about my 2007 experience HERE.

2008: Pearl Jam - For three hours, the band delivered terrific rock & roll. Sure, Eddie had a few rants from a half-drunk wine bottle but that's his style. We were into it. Closing the night with "All Along the Watchtower" was just the best. Read about my 2008 experience HERE.

2011: Henson Alternative's 'Stuffed & Unstrung' - My first time in the comedy tent was a brilliant experience watching Brian Henson, son of the late great Jim. It was a muppet show, to be sure, but it was also an improv show as they used audience suggestions to develop each story. And better still, it was a grown-up performance so the muppets were, more often than not, naughty (and funny) as hell.
Read about my 2011 experience HERE.

2013: Paul McCartney - If I have to pick ONE favorite show, it would have to be Sir Paul's set. Singing "Hey Jude" with the rest of Bonnaroo was gorgeous and surreal and now I get goosebumps when I hear it on the radio. The What stage was completely full. Just an incredible moment.
Read about my 2013 experience HERE.

2014: Jack White - I caught his sets with The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather at prior Bonnaroos and they were great. But this set, in 2014, was a roaring tribute to the rock gods and Jack delivered. "I've got nothing better to do than rock and roll. Are you ok?" he yells.  Download or watch his closing song of "Seven Nation Army" because it's badass.  His live show is everything a rock and roll act should be - go see him if he comes to town.
Read about my 2014 experience HERE.

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There you have it. Five amazing shows. But really, there so many unforgettable acts. Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Metallica, Elton John, Tom Petty, Levon Helm, Gov't Mule, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lionel Richie (yeah, I was surprised too), Bob Saget, The Improvised Shakespeare, Alt-J, David Byrne & St Vincent and so many more that were fantastic. But hey! It's a delicious problem to have, to ponder the artists I've experienced on hot Tennessee days and nights. And as the next Bonnaroo looms around the corner, I'm excited to add more to the list. :)

Brand Loyalty + Bonnaroo Price Hike

Brand loyalty can be a scary thing. We love our stuff and can get a little over-protective about our Ford/Chevy/iPhone. "It's the best. Ever!" we say. What we mean to say is that we love [insert logo here] so much that it is now a part of our life. Something we hold dear because we use and value it so much. How do brands secure such loyal followers? I think it's a combination of a good ROI, positive customer service and/or appropriate marketing.

Let's start with the obvious. Bonnaroo's shared experiences are the lifeblood of the festival's brand. Word of mouth, like legendary stories from the tent city or the-time-that-thing happened, has done more for Bonnaroo than any magazine advertisement. Online discussion continues to grow the community year round. It's a magnetic brand, our beloved Bonnaroo, and we are part of it's future. How cool is that?

Other brands (usually tech based) have a strong brand because of functionality. For me, these brands include Sony, Spotify, Honda & Timex. You can see the impact Sony has in all of the Bonnaroo Chris materials. I've been taking pictures with different models of Sony's Cybershot since I started going and all of my sites are maintained on a Sony Vaio that's been very durable. I've owned a bunch of cars and the Hondas have always been the most dependable, in my experience.

I've worn my Timex watch to most of the Bonnaroos, to Israel, Vegas and a zillion other places. With time zone settings, multiple alarms, indiglo for nighttime, and other watch features, it has been an indispensable tool in my life. Spotify made me convert to the digital world. I got rid of thousands of CD's and found all of my music handily available via computer or even phone. I recently discovered Sonos, which makes wireless speakers. The app works seamlessly with Spotify and my digital collection and the speakers fill the house with music beautifully. These brands have provided me dependable service and most of them for lasting periods of time.

Taco Bus at Bonnaroo 2011
Taco Bus at Bonnaroo 2011

A brand I discovered at Bonnaroo was Taco Bus. It was included in the Food Truck Oasis back in 2011. Two things struck me about it. 1) It is from Tampa Bay, near where I live, and 2) The line was consistently longer than the other trucks. The secret to Taco Bus is simple, quality ingredients and it's delicious. I now go to Tampa and the Taco Bus twice a week and it all started at Bonnaroo.

Bonnaroo Music Festival and ShelterBox USA
Bonnaroo Music Festival and ShelterBox USA
The final brand I will discuss is ShelterBox USA. I discovered ShelterBox through a friend of mine and the more I learned about the organization, the more I wanted to get involved. I've been fortunate to meet a bunch of the volunteers from all over the country and I find them all to be generous and selfless people. It's an extraordinary community to be a part of and, once again, the people make the brand. In 2014, I brought the ShelterBox brand to Bonnaroo and the result was amazing. Everyone who discovered what ShelterBox is about was impressed by it's selfless narrative because of the community endurance surrounding them at the festival. It was a perfect fit.


Everyone noticed that Bonnaroo had a quite a price hike this year and honestly, it was to be expected. The festival's pricing has risen slightly over the years, unlike the it's competitors. It's unclear what the hike is for exactly but Bonnaroo has always been a good deal and probably still is - the value is what you get is extraordinary, though you need to be actively ready to participate in a great deal of it.

I love my brands and usually will not be swayed to a competitor by cheaper prices. More often than not, it's just better to pay for for the product I know I will be happy to get. I'm not denying the value of other festivals, Bonnaroo happens to be perfect for me logistically, but it also happens to have a special camaraderie and super-positive attitude. And that alone, is worth the price of admission.


Read each of my documented experiences:


New changes to Bonnaroo Chris!

Exciting news!

I've been making a bunch of changes to the way I present the information about Bonnaroo. For one, all of my tips and ideas about attending the festival are on one beautiful page. I made some updates to the Ladies Guide to Bonnaroo.  And I updated the Music Festival Checklist.

But the biggest change comes with my accounts of all of my adventures on the Farm. As pages within this blog, I was limited in the amount of information to present - at least in a way that was interesting for the reader. Now, each year that I attended Bonnaroo is it's own blog. Each day is it's own post. More information, more pictures ... I'm excited for this new home for all of these stories and hope you'll comment and share your experience.

Pick one and check it out ...

2007 ::  2008  ::  2009  ::  2010  ::  2011 ::  2012  ::  2013  ::  2014

In addition, I cleaned up my blog posts. I've included the five most popular here:
- 5 Tips for Planning and Packing for Bonnaroo
- Know Your Rights with Law Enforcement!
- The Unofficial Bonnaroo Infographic
- Bonnaroo compared to Disney: 35 things
- One Day at Bonnaroo - A digital masterpiece

Say hi to me on Facebook or Twitter or Inforoo or email  You can also find me on Google+ or Pinterest or YouTube.

2014 was amazing!

Bonnaroo Chris - Bonnaroo Music Festival 2014

The Bonnaroo Music Festival continues to be amazing. The music, the vibe, those damn doughnuts ... it's the kind of place that restores my faith in humanity. It recharges my soul in an exhausting ritual of music and relentless sun and I wear it like a badge of honor. I've published my recollections on 2014, and if I have to pick a favorite act it would be Jack White - though there were a lot of goodies this year. I love the farm, I love the people. I can't wait to do it again next year.

- To everyone who found me! It was a pleasure to meet each of you.

- To all the folks that heard the ShelterBox story - I'm a big believer in the cause and I know some of you were inspired by what you saw and heard.

- To my sponsor NECTAR Sunglasses for helping me spread the word about SheltlerBox

- To Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment for orchestrating and implementing this creative and unique world where, for four days, we are removed from the rest of society and left in a state of optimism and camaraderie that is so fantastic and rare.

- To everyone (fans/staff) who attends the festival and makes it the magical place it is.

- To the ShelterBox team for working so hard!

- And to the dude who returned my camera!

Bonnaroo Chris 2014

If you weren't able to find me and still want a sticker!
Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Bonnaroo Chris, PO Box 1646, Sarasota, FL 34230

Got questions, comments or pictures you'd like to share?
Talk to me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Email.

If you'd like to make a donation to ShelterBox USA,
please click HERE! Thanks!

BTW, if I took your picture, it's posted below. Feel free to tag yourself!

Find Me, Get A Sticker - Bonnaroo Chris 2014

Bonnaroo Chris Find Me Get a Sticker 2014

I love Bonnaroo stickers! I'll be giving out custom stickers at the Festival to any Bonnaroo fan who asks me.  Bonnaroo is a crowded place, obviously, so I've provided methods of finding me below.

- These stickers are FREE. Anyone trying to SELL you anything that resembles this sticker is not me.
- I will ask for your name and to take your picture. It's not required to get a sticker but I would like to post you on my website and social media outlets. By letting me take your picture, you agree to let me post it. I hope you tag yourself!
- I have a limited amount of stickers. Sorry about your friends who aren't with you. I'll catch them later.
- No unsolicited porta-pottie conversations or fruitcake of any kind.
- I'm having fun too! I might get sidetracked. Bygones.

 - I'm wearing a green hat, and a white long sleeve shirt with the green ShelterBox logo on it.
- Color bandana around my neck and one around my wrist. 
- I have a Bonnaroo symbol tattooed on my right leg.
- Follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I will post additional info here and on the Facebook event.
- Visit the ShelterBox booth in Planet Roo to get a custom Bonnaroo/ShelterBox sticker. I will be in the booth on Thu from 3-7pm and Fri-Sun from 1-5pm!

This vinyl sticker is 4.25x2.75 inches and is a unique collectors item that I've created. The sticker comes with a free paper backing and unrequited love from some guy in Nevada who made them.

Special thanks to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for creating this unique and happy space.

Why I Support ShelterBox: An Infographic

I wanted to explain what ShelterBox does in an easy & fun way. An infographic!
See why I'm honored to serve as a volunteer for ShelterBox USA.
See the ShelterBox booth at Bonnaroo (in Planet Roo) and get a sticker!
Got questions? Hit me up. Facebook | Twitter | Email

Read more on my ShelterBox page
For complete information, visit

See the ShelterBox booth at Bonnaroo (in Planet Roo) and get a sticker!

5 Tips: Planning and Packing for Bonnaroo

Tips for planning and packing for Bonnaroo


You've going to Bonnaroo and you're looking for the ultimate ideas for planning, packing, camping and surviving the music festival. Here are 5 tips to get you in festival bliss but be warned: you probably should have started by now! Good luck and see you on the farm!

I'll Meet You At This Tent - Magic Hat #9 - Bonnaroo Chris
1.) Festival Friends: The number of people going-to-the-festival is critical to the planning process. Time to get people on board or cut 'em loose. Some people just have a difficult time committing so set a deadline and move forward with plans.

If you are solo and looking for a ride OR have room for passenger(s), get on Inforoo, Zimride or Facebook and let the people know.

2.) Roo Transport: Use a vehicle big enough to haul your gear. Don't skimp on a comfortable chair or larger cooler because of space. You'll NEED those comforts so get the right ride. RV rentals in Tennessee and surrounding areas need to be reserved really far in advance - snooze and lose but you may still RSVP one in your local area. ROUND UP on the gas estimate.
*Pack everything in closed containers or bags. The staff will search your coolers but not your gear (mostly), Example: I brought my open toolbox and they confiscated a hatchet (which was a gift). It was considered 'dangerous' which is funny as I always considered it a 'tool'.
**Know that law enforcement will be looking for vehicles with out-of-state-plates or 'Bonnaroo' written on the side AND WILL LOOK FOR ANY REASON to pull you over and search your belongings. READ & REMEMBER THIS.

The Bonnaroo Tent City
3.) Make Shade: It is imperative that you bring your own shade while at the festival and will it make the experience so much better! The secret is to place your shade as high above you as possible so as to allow airflow underneath. I use multiple sun tents/EZ-ups and run tarps over everything, including my sleeping tent. I use free-standing tent poles along with rope and bungees to keep the tarps secure. AT LEAST ONE TIME before you leave for the festival: setup your campsite! Get your crew together and try setting up your site in a parking space. (Seriously.) Know how to properly setup your tent(s) and tarp(s) and figure out what additional things you may need to make it work. (Extra stakes, rope, clips, etc) Your actual Bonnaroo campsite will be much better and you now have an excuse for 'Bonnaroo Training', also known as 'hanging out with friends, drinking, setting up tents, goofing off.'  Get all of my tips and ideas. 

Bonnaroo food and packing
4.) Bonna-Food and Water: Drink water or die. It's pretty simple. You'll get dehydrated JUST BEING THERE much less walking, jumping, drinking and everything else you'll be doing. Bring twice as much as you'll think you'll drink at the campsite for the four days you're there. You might use some of it to wash your feet or your tent or someone else may need it. Bring a camelback or container for the concert field as there are filling stations and the lines are never too long ... But the nearby ground often gets soupy. There are a lot of food options at Bonnaroo and the prices are reasonable but there are also easy and cheap home options. Example: I've pre-made lasagna and burritos that could then be warmed up on a campstove. Nowadays, I just bring breakfast items and eat in Centeroo for the rest of the day for under $20. #lazy
Recipes and more on the FOOD AND WATER page.

Music Festival Checklist from Bonnaroo Chris
5.) Other Bonnaroo Tips:

- Obviously, read Bonnaroo's Accomodation page and understand the rules. But the #1 tip is to be nice. If you plan on being a disrespectful jackass, please go to another festival. K, Thanks.
- Get a copy of the FESTIVAL CHECKLIST - the ultimate survival tool for Bonnaroo! You're welcome.
- START A WORKOUT PLAN with lots of cardio. WAIT. WHAT? When was the last time you walked 3 or 4-miles and stood on your feet for 10-collective hours in a single day? Then did it again three times. Get out there and hit the pavement. You'll see more shows and you'll be looking good.
- BUILD: DIY solar chargers, shower, flag and more from BONNAROO
- GIRLS: you have your very own section. I love you too.

NEED MORE? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, & Poorvin's Bonnaroo Survival Guide

See you in June!

2014 Lineup Annoucement Drinking Game

Let us celebrate the newest lineup properly!
I hope your band is announced -- and if not, I understand your pain.
Meanwhile, pull up a sasaparilla and enjoy the night.  

2014 Lineup Announcement Drinking Game

As seen on Consequence of Sound
and Reddit and Nashville Scene
Make good choices in life but have fun, campers!

Kanye and Bonnaroo

Kanye is a gay fish!

Hi Campers,
  So, Kanye is playing the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2014. [So is Elton John, btw.]

For those who didn't experience the 2008 festival, Kanye was an unapologetic dick to the crowd who waited until 4:30 am to see his 2:00 am set. 'FUCK KANYE' was printed on every person, place and porta-pottie for the rest of the festival. You can read my 2008 Bonnaroo Experience. It inspired me to develop the blog:

I'll admit I was a little bit WHATHEFUCKAREYOUTALKINGABOUT when I heard the news. I'm not a fan of his music but I'm really not a fan of his arrogant, self centered persona. He doesn't exactly #radiatepositivity and how could Bonnaroo possibly do this? HE DISRESPECTED US/YOU. ><

Well, it really boils down to three things:
1) There is a legion of fans willing to pay to see Kanye and they don't give a shit what happened in '08. Truth hurts.
2) It was inevitable. He sells albums and ROO needs to fill the rap slot each year with a high profile artist. Blame it on Kim Kardashian's ass if you want.
3) Bonnaroo > Kanye. Bonnaroo comes once a year and lasts for four days. Kanye's set will be a couple hours. My happy place will not be stopped.

In 2013, I was run over by a '99 Ford Bronco while on my motorbike. That didn't stop me from going to Bonnaroo - I'm sure as fuck not going let Kanye do it. For what it's worth, complaining to Bonnaroo is a waste of breath and booing or distracting people who actually want to see his set is disrespectful to the Festival and everyone there. Personally, I'll be quietly hosting a 'Gay Fish' gathering at the bar farthest from whatever stage he's playing. :)

See you there, campers. BONNAROOOOOOO!

p.s. The term 'Gay Fish' is from a hilarious episode of South Park. It is not meant to be offensive to gays or fish. All of my gay friends have confirmed that it's funny. I have not checked with the fish. 

Kanye's Bonnaroo response 2008

Know Your Rights!

You have the right to stay out of jail ... Mostly.  A big thanks to the folks at Online Paralegal Programs for creating this all-inclusive infographic about your rights during police encounters. Information is the key and you might be surprised by some of this stuff.  Study up, campers!

Know Your Rights

Looks like I'm going to Bonnaroo 2014

Got my Bonnaroo ticket! See you there.
So, I bought my ticket for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival today. My attendance is practically a foregone conclusion but I feel like the pre-sale is a good deal and here's why. 1) It's the cheapest ticket price. Even if you do the payment plan, it's cheaper than the third tier ticket price that most people end up with. 2) Get it out of the way. It's 6-months until the festival. By the time it rolls around, the money spent on the ticket will never be missed. 3) Most importantly, with a ticket in hand, there is no need to deal with the chaos of the general ticket sale in February. I'm not a big cyber-Monday fan ... except for this. :)

Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup?

Do I have inside knowledge into who's playing the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2014? No. I have no clue and after a bunch of years, it doesn't really matter. But, the rumors fly and I do have a list of acts I'd love to see on the farm someday. So, I present my Bonnaroo 2014 lineup wishlist. It's ambitious, sure, but not impossible. Of course, there's room for negotiation and if you suggest a switch, I may take the time to update my poster. Can't wait for to be back on the farm!

Roo Halloween Ideas

 Looking for inspiration for the upcoming devilish holiday? Take a brief scroll through some of the people I've seen on the Farm seen over the years. Trick or treat, campers.

Wonder Woman

Wash Your Hands, Campers!

Hey that's a .... nevermind

BUT, just because you washed your hands doesn't mean they're clean.


The wonderful people of Bonnaroo 2013

Bonnaroo is a magical place, due in no small part, to the people who attend. Some of the weirdest, nicest, most wonderful people I've ever met have come to the Farm over the years. I met lots of folks this year, some I didn't capture on camera, most I did. So, in no particular order, I present the ones I met or who were standing in the way in 2013. If this includes you, please feel free to download your picture if you wish. If I didn't meet you or you didn't get a sticker, CLICK HERE.

I hope to see all of you at Bonnaroo next year!
In the meantime, get a daily dose of ROO on Facebook.

Still Want A Sticker? 2013

Hi Campers,
Bonnaroo 2013 was an absolute blast! I met people from all over: Sweden, Canada, England, Maine and a crazy bunch from Knoxville, TN. It was a pleasure to meet you all, albeit briefly, at such a wonderful place like the Farm. I'll be posting your pictures on here soon. There were, sadly, many folks who never caught a glimpse of me. If this is you and you still want a sticker, I happen to have a bunch left.

Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to
Bonnaroo Chris
PO Box 1646, Sarasota, FL 34230

I'll send it back asap. Thanks!

Bonnaroo 2013 is upon us!

To all Bonnaroovians,

Travel safely and patiently.
Keep the party on the farm.

It’s going to be amazing!
See you there,

And don't forget to find me at Bonnaroo and get a sticker!

Find me. Get a sticker. Bonnaroo 2013

Bonnaroo Chris - Find me

I love stickers! I'll be giving out stickers at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to any Bonnaroo fan who asks me. This vinyl sticker is 4.25x2.75 inches and is a unique collectors item that I've created.  Bonnaroo is a crowded place, obviously, so I've provided a visual description as well as as the schedule of shows where you can find me, (below).