Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish and the Beastie Boys to Play Bonnaroo

As I posted in the mother country (Relix/Jambands.com)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish and the Beastie Boys have been confirmed as headliners for the eighth annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. As previously reported, the four-day event will take place from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN. Other marquee acts scheduled to appear include industrial arena-rockers Nine Inch Nails, Talking Heads visionary David Byrne, indie/alt-country powerhouse Wilco, soul legend Al Green, rap icon Snoop Dogg, seminal country musician Merle Haggard and singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, who will deliver a rare solo set.

Phish and Bruce Springsteen are both major coups for the festival, which has its roots in the jam and classic-rock scenes. Both artists will make their only U.S. 2008 festival appearances at the four-day event, squashing rumors that Phish will play Rothbury and Outside Lands later this summer. In addition to a full two-set headlining performance, Phish will deliver a special late-night set as guitarist Trey Anastasio did in 2005.

“Their presence at Bonnaroo holds a great deal of significance -- besides the fact that each of its members has shown the event great support, performing at the festival in various incarnations over the years, Phish’s own festivals were notably one of the major inspirations for Bonnaroo’s creation and operational strategies,” the festival’s organizers said in a statement. “Many of the organizers of those events (large scale, multi-day camping festivals with Phish as the solo performer) were brought on to help birth Bonnaroo in 2002, and continue to play a major role in the festival to this day.”

Festival producer Ashley Capps, of AC Entertainment, is quick to emphasize the importance the organizers of Phish’s multi-day large-scale events had on Bonnaroo. “They worked with us from the very beginning and many of them remain core to our staff and making Bonnaroo what it is today,” Capps told Relix/Jambands.com. “Phish is going to offer a late-night set as well as more of a headlining situation.”

Bonnaroo has spent the past few years actively diversifying its lineup, so it is no surprise that this year’s offerings will feature touchstone acts from an incredible mix of genres. Hip-hop influenced soul singer Erykah Badu will make her Bonnaroo debut a year after My Morning Jacket covered her “Tyrone,” while festival staple Ben Harper will return with his new rock band Relentless7. Though this year is the Beastie Boys’ first appearance at Bonnaroo, longtime Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike spun at the second annual Bonnaroo in 2003, and keyboardist Money Mark appeared at the festival this past summer. International DJ Paul Oakenfold will also make his first appearance at the festival.

“Both Nine Inch Nails and Erykah Badu are acts who we have talked about trying to get for a while,” Capps continues. “They are both fantastic live acts and that is always core to the Bonnaroo aesthetic—looking to artists who deliver fantastic live performances. Erykah will add another dimension and she will fit right in.” Though Capps is hesitant to talk about Nine Inch Nail’s set time, he says the three-dimensional group will have “a very special spot on the festival’s lineup.”

Other returning favorites include prog-metal titans The Mars Volta, blues-jam stars Gov’t Mule, violin wiz, Andrew Bird, jam favorites moe., indie-pop collective The Decemberists and experimental laptop DJ Girl Talk. Synth-pop buzzband MGMT will also graduate from last year’s Thursday night showcase spot to a proper festival set. In addition, New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, hard-rock band Coheed and Cambria and Stax keyboardist Booker T. Jones will all take part in the multi-day event. Coheed and Combria have worked their way onto the jamband circuit in recent months thanks to appearances at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam and a confirmed spot at Mountain Jam, while Jones will be backed by Bonnaroo favorites Drive-By Truckers.

As in years past, the festival has confirmed a number of indie favorites, including Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bon Iver, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Gomez, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, The Ting Tings, Grizzly Bear, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Crystal Castles, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, Elvis Perkins In Dearland, Cherryholmes and Yeasayer.

The festival will also appeal to its core jam and roots-music audience with appearances by Lucinda Williams, Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Quintet, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earl Keen, Citizen Cope, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kaki King, Tift Merritt, Brett Dennen, Todd Snider, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue and Toubab Krewe.

“The stars aligned this year,” Capps says. “The breadth and depth of what the festival has to offer is beyond anything we have offered. We are so excited by the variety of bluegrass and acoustic music alongside DJ and electric acts. We also have some fantastic African bands on the lineup.”

This year’s world music acts include afro-beat heirs Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Nigerian singer and guitarist King Sunny Adé, Malian singer Vieux Farka Touré and reggae troubadours Midnite.

Having booked Tool and Metallica in 2007 and 2008, respectively, Bonnaroo will also appeal to fans of harder music by offering performances by Down, Portugal. The Man and People Under the Stairs. Other left-field additions include hip-hop songstress Santogold, soul singer Raphael Saadiq and hip-hop duo The Knux.

Bonnaroo has helped breed a number of bands over the years, from My Morning Jacket to Kings of Leon, and this spring the festival has also confirmed a handful of up-and-coming bands, including country crossover Zac Brown Band (which played the festival in 2007), synth-rockers Chairlift, local bluegrass group The SteelDrivers, organic rockers The Low Anthem, retro-indie hybrid Delta Spirit, Fat Possum recording artist A.A. Bondy, bluegrass/country/folk fusion The Lovell Sisters and Canadian Americana stars--and Relix favorites--Alberta Cross.

Given the current state of the economy, the festival is now offering a special payment plan in which tickets will be available for five payments of $50.00 plus applicable fees. In addition, fans will have the option to purchase a Bonnaroo Green Ticket that will help to support the development and implementation of sustainable improvements at the festival for years to come.

As part of this initial Bonnaroo 2009 artist announcement, festival organizers have teamed up with Ghost Robot to create an innovative video that incorporates a new experimental process called stratostencil animation. The video can be viewed at Bonnaroo.com.

Below is the complete artist lineup:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Phish (2 Shows)

Beastie Boys

Nine Inch Nails

David Byrne


Al Green

Snoop Dogg

Elvis Costello Solo

Erykah Badu

Paul Oakenfold

Ben Harper and Relentless7

The Mars Volta

TV on the Radio

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Band of Horses

Gov’t Mule

Andrew Bird

Merle Haggard



Girl Talk

Bon Iver

Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate

Rodrigo y Gabriela


The Del McCoury Band

of Montreal

Allen Toussaint

Coheed and Cambria

Booker T & the DBTs

David Grisman Quintet

Lucinda Williams

Animal Collective


Neko Case


Jenny Lewis


Robert Earl Keen

Citizen Cope

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force

The Ting Tings

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Kaki King

Grizzly Bear

King Sunny Adé

Okkervil River

St. Vincent

Zac Brown Band

Raphael Saadiq

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Crystal Castles

Tift Merritt

Brett Dennen

Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue

Toubab Krewe

People Under the Stairs

Alejandro Escovedo

Vieux Farka Touré

Elvis Perkins In Dearland



Todd Snider


Portugal. The Man.

The SteelDrivers


The Knux

The Low Anthem

Delta Spirit

A.A. Bondy

The Lovell Sisters

Alberta Cross

1 comment:

Brandon said...

help us bring some justice to this scam artist taking thousands of dollars from Phish fans. He is selling tickets via ebay and claims he can't provide tickets or refunds.

this story was picked up by the TELLURIDE DAILY NEWS TODAY ->


I live in Louisiana and have been a victim of an online scam
that cost me 490 dollars, and many others lost much more than
this - some lost thousands to this guy... we have banded together with an ONLINE BLOG "Phans Vs. Biggest Fan Tickets" to help get some justice in this situation. http://www.phansunite.blogspot.com - against Justin Kreft,
owner of:

Telluride Limo (he claims this is his business on the posted youtube video link below)

he can be seen in this interview:

and "manager / owner " of online Ticket Broker company
Biggest Fan Tickets.

He sold MANY MANY people tickets to a Phish concert in
March. March 6th-March 9th on ebay. He has nearly 128,000 dollars in ticket sales. Not all of this is PHish tickets, but a good portion of this belonged to phans at one point. He accepted the money
via paypal and mailed contracts to all of his customers
guaranteeing that the tickets would be delivered within 2
weeks of the concert. When I bought tickets it cost me 245
dollars per ticket for the first night of the concert. Some
people paid over 1000 dollars for a three day pass. Last
night all of his customers recieved this email:

Dear Valued Client,

Biggest Fan Tickets LLC is unfortunately going out of
business. If you are expecting tickets from me, I am sad to
say that we will not be able to fill your order. I have
delivered thousands of tickets to my valued clients, but
that is ending. Due to some extremely bad market turns in
recent events, we are out of money and out of business. I
cannot possibly express to you how sorry I am and am sure
that you are very disappointed. We have no resources to
refund or fill outstanding orders at this time. This must
come as a horrible surprise to you and it has surprised me
too. I have exhausted every resource that I may have to
stay in business and had to make this very difficult
decision. I am hoping to find work to keep food on my
family's table and someday move on from these mistakes. I
had every intention of filling all orders and hopefully
getting a happy client for life when you purchased from me.
I am left with nothing of financial value after this and
can only say that I am sorry 1000 times. I hope that you
can find it in your heart to forgive me.

I will be shutting down this email address and my phone
number so please direct further inquiries via mail to my PO Box:
2025 Zumbehl Rd #22
St. Charles, MO 63303

Justin Kreft / Manager
Biggest Fan Tickets LLC

we have been discussing this issue on the online Phish
community forum - phantasytour.com as well as phansunit.blogspot.com

we have forwarded all of our paypal receipts to another
victim and Ibelieve the receipts total nearly 15,000 dollars. I can
acquire this information for you if need be.

he has a Telluride limo service, but has address's in CO and
MO. here is all of the information I have on him:

Justin Kreft
Biggest Fan Tickets - 314.732.0049
2025 Zumbehl Rd #22
St. Charles, MO 63303

ID Number: 20071301219
Name: Telluride Limo LLC
Registered Agent: Justin Frances Kreft
Registered Agent Street Address: 65558 Lavender Circle,
Montrose, CO 81401, United States
Registered Agent Mailing Address: po box 22202, Telluride,
CO 81435, United States
Principal Street Address: 65558 Lavender Circle, Montrose,
CO 81401, United States
Principal Mailing Address: po box 22202, Telluride, CO
81435, United States
Status: Good Standing
Form: Limited Liability Company
Jurisdiction: Colorado
Formation Date: 06/28/2007
Term of Duration: Perpetual
Annual Report Month: June

"Administrative Contact:
kreft, justin justinkreft@hotmail.com
Biggest Fan Tickets
415 Mountian Village BLVD
Telluride, Colorado 81435
United States
- 877.728.8015

please, help bring some justice into this situation. this
man cannot get away with this.

thank you
Brandon Veuleman