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

EVERYTHING BONNAROO

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 Bonnaroochris@gmail.com.  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.

THANK YOU
- 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.

DISCLAIMERS:
- 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.

FIND ME:
 - 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!

GET THE STICKER:
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.
http://bit.ly/1nmlcdB

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 SheleterBoxUSA.org

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









EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ATTEND 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 TIPS.com
- 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!
**Updated**

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: www.KanyeBites.com.

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!
#kanyesucks

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
Source: Online-Paralegal-Programs.com

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.
Also: EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

 

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.

TO GET A STICKER:
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,
Chris

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).

Bonnaroo Infographic

Interesting information and funny pictures collide in my infographic all about the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival:
Bonnaroo Chris Infographic 2013 header
Bonnaroo Chris Infographic 2013


Bonnaroo Chris :: May 2013

See my other artwork: One Day At Bonnaroo

2013 Bonnaroo Lineup

Bonnaroo 2013
PAUL McCARTNEY  •  MUMFORD & SONS  •  TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS  •  BJÖRK  •  WILCO  •  PRETTY LIGHTS  •  R. KELLY  •  WU-TANG CLAN  •  DANIEL TOSH  •  THE NATIONAL  •  THE LUMINEERS  •  DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT  •  PASSION PIT  •  THE XX  •  NAS  •  BOB SAGET  •  KENDRICK LAMAR  •  GRIZZLY BEAR MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS  •  ANIMAL COLLECTIVE  •  OF MONSTERS AND MEN  •  EMPIRE OF THE SUN ROCK N' SOUL DANCE PARTY SUPER JAM FT. JIM JAMES WITH JOHN OATES, ZIGABOO MODELISTE, PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, BILAL, AND VERY SPECIAL GUEST LARRY GRAHAM   •  ED HELMS' BLUEGRASS SITUATION SUPERJAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS  •  BILLY IDOL  •  BEACH HOUSE  •  ZZ TOP DAVID CROSS  •  CAT POWER  •  EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS  •  A$AP ROCKY  •  JIM JAMES "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC  •  TAME IMPALA  •  WOLFGANG GARTNER  •  GLEN HANSARD  •  GOV'T MULE  •  PORTUGAL. THE MAN  •  BOYS NOIZE  •  SAM BUSH & DEL MCCOURY  •  DWIGHT YOAKAM  •  FOALS MARIA BAMFORD  •  PORTER ROBINSON  •  LOCAL NATIVES  •  MATT & KIM  •  DIRTY PROJECTORS  •  ALT-J  •  TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE  •  JOHN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE 4TH DIMENSION NOAM PIKELNY & FRIENDS  •  AMADOU & MARIAM  •  FATHER JOHN MISTY  •  BARONESS THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH  •  A-TRAK    •WALK THE MOON  •  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND  •  THE VACCINES EARL SWEATSHIRT  •  CONSPIRATOR  •  PAPER DIAMOND  •  HOLY GHOST!  •  DIVINE FITS  •  MIKE BIRBIGLIA  •  PURITY RING  •  SWANS  •  SOLANGE  •  FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS  •  BIG K.R.I.T.  •  ALLEN STONE ARAABMUZIK  •  CULTS  •  ED HELMS’ WHISKY SOUR RADIO HOUR  •  LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS  •  FATOUMATA DIAWARA  •  TWO GALLANTS  •  THE SHEEPDOGS COMEDY BANG! BANG! WITH SCOTT AUKERMAN AND REGGIE WATTS  •  FOUR TET  •  CALEXICO  •  ALO WITH SPECIAL GUESTS  •  JAPANDROIDS  •  DEATH GRIPS  •  ERIC ANDRE  •  WILD NOTHING JOHN FULLBRIGHT  •  DJANGO DJANGO  •  HAIM  •  THE POLYPHONIC SPREE  •  BUSTLE IN YOUR HEDGEROW  •  NIKKI GLASER  •  KILLER MIKE  •  ARIEL PINK  •  IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY  •  ACTION BRONSON •  CLOCKWORK  •  TWENTY ONE PILOTS  •  CHRIS GETHARD  •  REPTAR  •  DIIV  •  BLACK PRAIRIE  •  MILO GREENE  •  MICHAEL CHE  •  LORD HURON  •  FUTUREBIRDS  •  JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT  •  DELTA RAE  •  CHARLI XCX  •  KYLE DUNNIGAN  •  JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD  •  DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS  •  SEA WOLF  •  JD MCPHERSON  •  JAMES ADOMIAN  •  TRIXIE WHITLEY  •  DEAP VALLY  •  PATRICK WATSON  •  JARED LOGAN  •  NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS  •  THE STEPKIDS  •  THE RUBENS  •  AOIFE O'DONOVAN  •  BOMBINO JERROD CARMICHAEL  •  BERNHOFT  •  MATTHEW E. WHITE  •  CRISTELA ALONZO  •  ALANNA ROYALE ALICE & THE GLASS LAKE  •  ANDREW DUHON  •  BEAN  •  CAPITAL CITIES CASEY CRESCENZO (OF THE DEAR HUNTER)  •  CAT MARTINO  •  CHRIS STAPLETON  •  CLONEY DANIEL ROMANO & THE TRILLIUMS  •  HE'S MY BROTHER, SHE'S MY SISTER  •  HOUNDMOUTH JAMES MCCARTNEY  •  JILLETTE JOHNSON  •JONNY FRITZ  •KACEY MUSGRAVES  •KYNG  •LIL IFFY LITTLE RED LUNG  •  LUCIUS  •  LUXURY LINERS  •  MAC DEMARCO  •  MAPS & ATLASES  •  MATRIMONY  •  MILOW NAIA KETE  •  NOCONA    •ON AN ON  •  PEANUT BUTTER LOVESICLE  •  RANCH GHOST  •  RAYLAND BAXTER  •  RI¢HIE ROYAL THUNDER  •  RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND  •  SIMO  •  THE MOWGLI'S  •  THE REVIVALISTS  •  TINY VICTORIES VON GREY  •  WAKE OWL  •  WHITE LUNG  •  WILLIAM TYLER



Tent / Trailer / RV Dream List

Tent / Trailor / RV Dream List Bonnaroo Chris

I love tents.
And I love most any camp dwelling because camping is cool. I've been a camper all my life, (I was a scout). I've never had a trailer, but I have stayed in an RV at Bonnaroo. (Doing it again this year.) I'm a sucker for the latest gear, as most boys are, and the utilitarian in me is always on the lookout for more practical products, (easier, smaller and environmental impact). How fun would it be to test them out on the Farm? I know some are outlandish and some are priced outlandishly, but I figure it's OK to live the dream. Prepare to drool.


Get your sh*t together!

Now is the the time to start thinking about your camping gear and what you'll need for Bonnaroo!
 Get your sh*t together!

Small pic of the Checklist
CHECKLIST
Checklist: Get your full-size copy and start crossing things off.

Take care of your tent: Setup your tent, sweep it out and rinse it down. Apply Scotch Guard for leak prevention. Be sure the tent is dry before packing away.

Unless your tent has wheels: Chances are you already have a maintenance routine in place for your RV or trailer. Kick the tires and make sure everything is in working order. If you're in the market for an light-weight adventure trailer, check this bad boy out.