Bonnaroo 2009

Live Broadcast

WYEP's Mike Sauter and Brian Siewiorek once again were broadcasting live from the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN! Below is an archive of Mike and Brian's updates from the scene. To see WYEP's Bonnaroo 2009 photo set, go here.

Bonnaroo 2009 Day One Updates:

Mike: Bonnaroo is officially underway! Local TN country rocker Charlie Allen is up 1st, beginning moments ago... [4:49 PM, Thu, 6/11] Mike: Up and coming indie rockers Alberta Cross, a New York based group from the UK, is blasting on one of the medium-sized stages right now. [5:51 PM, Thu, 6/11] Brian: Check out updated photos from Bonnaroo on our flickr feed at [6:15 PM, Thu, 6/11] Mike: The NYC 6-piece indie rock band White Rabbits is now on stage. [7:07 PM, Thu, 6/11] Mike: Well, some thunder and lightning have put a damper on some of the festivities. Talk to you tomorrow on air! [9:57 PM, Thu, 6/11] Brian: Currently in a thunderstorm and pouring rain! [10:16 PM, Thu, 6/11] Brian: Catching the late show by Passion Pit. My first (and only) band of the day! [11:32 PM, Thu, 6/11]

Bonnaroo 2009 Day Two Updates:

Mike: It's nice & sunny here at Bonnaroo but everything is crusted with mud. More rain in today's forecast, too. 1st band starts at 1p PGH time. [7:41 AM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Getting ready for the live broadcast at 10am... [8:40 AM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: We're broadcasting live on air and at until 2p ET. More live updates here after then! [10:12 AM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Today's full of good stuff! David Byrne, Al Green, Lucinda Williams, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, Phoenix and Public Enemy! [10:46 AM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: The sun is out! For how long? Nobody knows! [11:41 AM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Gomez is on stage, right now playing See the World. [1:09 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Catching the last bit of Gomez on the "which" stage. Why didn't I go see these guys in Pittsburgh last week? [1:15 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: The lead singer of the Dirty Projectors just said, "its amazing to be here!" What I like about Bonnaroo is that the bands love it as mu ... [1:43 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Malian guitarist Vieux Farke Toure just began his set here at Bonnaroo. [2:07 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: David Byrne just joined the Dirty Projectors on stage for a song! [2:19 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Patterson Hond, of the Drive-By Truckers, is doing a set on one of the small stages. [2:30 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: I've seen Animal Collective been both really good and really bad in the past. About to see what they bring to Bonnaroo. [2:36 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Grace Potter just took the stage, getting the crowd clapping along from the word go. [3:19 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Grace Potter just played the title song from her T-Bone Burnett produced next CD, with the chorus 'I got the medicine that everybody wants.' [3:34 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Catching a bit of Bela Fleck playing with the Malian musician Toumani Diabate. Low-key music but well played... [3:51 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Back at Grace Potter- she's winding up her set with Nothing But the Water. [4:19 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Grace Potter just wrapped a terrific and VERY well-received set. She looks happy but ready to pass out. [4:29 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Santigold or Grizzly Bear? Tough choice! [5:01 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: I picked Grizzly Bear, who are excellent! I'm also in the shade. [5:28 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: This Grizzly Bear performance is truly phenominal. [6:04 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Al Green is getting the big show biz introduction right now on the main stage. [6:07 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Ladies and gentlemen, Al Green! [6:19 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Wow, Al Green is tearing LOOSE on the title cut from his Lay It Down album. The studio version never sounded this good! [6:24 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Al Green has truly still got it! Its 90 degrees and I have goosebumps! [6:36 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Al Green to security: "we didn't come here to fight, we came here to love!" [6:50 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: I think Al Green just brought this whole place together! [7:14 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Al Green ended his set w/o doing Take Me To the River! Maybe he's saving it for a guest appearance with David Byrne? One can hope... [7:20 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Now watching Lucinda Williams doing Tears of Joy. [7:22 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Talking a pause from the music to watch the Penguins. GO PENS! [8:34 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Thinks David Byrne could be the show to see tonight. Headed there now, keep you posted. [8:52 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: David Byrne is dusting off some deep Talking Heads cuts tonight. [9:20 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: We now interrupt our Bonnaroo updates to say, "Yeah Pens!" [9:43 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Cheers during the "Pittsburgh, PA" line of "Life During Wartime" in Byrne's set. Just like home! [10:01 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: David Byrne is doing "Take Me to the River", no Al Green to be seen. Figured that collaboation was a longshot. [10:15 PM, Fri, 6/12] Brian: Seeing Phoenix now. So far, really great! [11:32 PM, Fri, 6/12] Mike: Femi Kuti is playing with a band of eleven musicians. [12:17 AM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Two words: Phoenix. Awesome. [12:19 AM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Public Enemy is doing Don't Believe the Hype on stage at Bonnaroo. [12:40 AM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Just popped over to check out Femi Kuti and the Positive Force playing to a small, but enthusiastic crowd! [12:41 AM, Sat, 6/13]

Bonnaroo 2009 Day Three Updates:

Brian: Done with the broadcast and heading out into the festival. Lots of good stuff today! [1:21 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Allen Touissant is just taking the stage. [1:56 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Toussaint just played Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley. [2:09 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Allen Toussaint's a class act, a good way to start the day of music. [2:09 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: After hearing Allen Toussaint play Mother-in-Law, just went to see Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3. Robyn's currently playing Arther Kane. [2:23 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Hitchcock is now doing his song Television. He intro'd it by saying it's about the most powerful drug of all. [2:31 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Robyn Hitchcock now, he's here with his band which includes Peter Buck from R.E.M. [2:34 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Digging into back catalog, Robyn Hitchcock is playing Flesh Number One. He acknowledged applause after with 'Thank you, Glorious Vikings!' [2:39 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Peter Buck is playing 12-string electric, backing Robyn Hitchcock on Madonna of the Wasps. [2:43 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Robyn Hitchcock is playing his last song now. I don't think the audience really got his non-sequitur heavy style of humor. [2:56 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Seeing Booker T play the Hammond B3 like no one else can with the Drive By Truckers! [3:09 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Booker T. is on stage, with the Drive-By Truckers as backing band. [3:18 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Booker T & the DBT's are presently doing the classic "Green Onions"! [3:20 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Over at the Raphael Saddiq show now. Soulful and fun! [3:36 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Booker T. said he was going to play Green Onions to a smattering of applause. But as he started it, it turned into a roar of recognition. [3:39 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Most unexpected cover so far! Saadiq is doing The Stooges' "Search and Destroy"! [3:44 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Raphael Saadiq and his band are rocking old-school uniforms: white shirts with skinny black ties. Except for the horn section, which has black shirts, no tie. [3:45 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Hard to see my cell screen thanks to glare from the beating sun, so forgive any typos. Drifted over to hear Rodrigo Y Gabriella. [4:06 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: To mellow it up a bit, I'm now at Bon Iver, who's playing "Skinny Love" right now. [4:11 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Although Rodrigo Y Gabriella can sound like an entire show comprised of guitar soloing, there's no denying the duo's talent. [4:14 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Of Montreal is foiling my plans of catching some of their set before Wilco's by starting late. Oh well. [5:23 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Gov't Mule just did a blistering cover of Helter Skelter, and now they're doing a fairly faithful take on Radiohead's Creep. [5:42 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Gov't Mule has reverted back to their own songbook with Beautifully Broken. [5:50 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Wilco's just about to start! [5:59 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Three songs in and Wilco sounds great on the main stage. They started things off with "wilco (the song)". [6:14 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Looks like Wilco will play long enough for us to see the sunset. They are playing great tonight lots of stuff from the upcoming album. [6:54 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy: 'Go ahead and boo us. Tonight we have a built-in excuse. You're not booing, you're saying BRUUUCE!' [7:01 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Wilco just did a great dual guitar solo in their song Impossible Germany. Now they're on to California Stars. [7:10 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Elvis Costello was just joined on stage by Allen Toussaint doing Ding-Dong. [7:26 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Wilco's soo good, I do not feel compelled to leave and see Elvis Costello! [7:33 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Elvis Costello just played Radio Sweetheart, Everyday I Write the Book, and the new song Sulphur to Sugarcane. [7:38 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Now Elvis is doing a twangy cover of Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale. Wow. [7:42 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Now Jenny Lewis is singing with Elvis! For a billed 'solo' set, there sure are a lot of surprise guests! [7:44 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Elvis is now doing Peace, Love & Understanding backed by Jenny Lewis and her band. [7:53 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: Caught the last three Costello songs, now the end of the Decemberists! [8:02 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce Springsteen just hit the stage, opening with Badlands. [9:30 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: From Badlands into No Surrender. [9:41 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce dug into My Lucky Day 3rd into the setlist, and is now doing Outlaw Pete. [9:48 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce song 5: Out in the Street. [9:56 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce sound just slightly out of voice. He's now doing Working on a Dream. [10:02 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce is doing his full-on preacher bit during the finale of Working on a Dream. Now playing Seeds. [10:11 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Everybody's getting solos during Johnny 99. [10:16 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce is now playing Youngstown. [10:22 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: The E Street Band just went from a rousing Raise Your Hand to a hilarious--and requested--Santa Claus is Coming to Town. [10:37 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: I find it odd that Springsteen is doing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Its June Bossman! [10:38 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Next up: a driving take on Growin' Up. [10:44 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: More requests from the audience: Thunder Road. [10:53 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce working the crowd to mixed results on Workin' on a Sunny Day. Now playing: Promised Land. [10:57 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce takes it down a notch for The River. [11:05 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Bruce moved from Kingdom of Days to Radio Nowhere. [11:17 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Now it's Lonesome Day, and it sounds terrific! [11:20 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Lonesome Day gives way seamlessly to The Rising. [11:24 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Born to Run! [11:28 PM, Sat, 6/13] Brian: I just added a ton of pictures from today at Bonnaroo (Including Springsteen!) to wyep's Flickr page. [11:35 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: After an encore break, Bruce starts up Stephen Foster's Hard Times. [11:38 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: With a cry of 'isn't there anybody alive out there?' Bruce takes the band into 10th Avenue Freeze Out. [11:45 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Now playing: Land of Hope and Dreams. [11:49 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Concluding--maybe--with American Land. [11:57 PM, Sat, 6/13] Mike: Yes! Bruce continues with Rosalita! [12:04 AM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Now hitting Glory Days. [12:11 AM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: They just keep going! Now it's Dancing in the Dark. [12:16 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Going to check out NIN for a bit, then MGMT, then BED! [12:29 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Nine Inch Nails takes the stage and they are already giving the smoke machines a workout! [1:07 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: So far 2 songs from NIN's debut "Pretty Hate Machine", those songs are 20 years old! [1:23 AM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Ben Harper is rocking the late night crowd at Bonnaroo [1:28 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: NIN is now covering Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" [1:44 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: MGMT just went on, it's so packed I am nowhere near the stage. Why am I still up? [2:23 AM, Sun, 6/14]

Bonnaroo 2009 Day Four Updates:

Brian: Day four begins... [9:24 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Working on some audio for today's show. Expect backstage performances and interviews from moe., Wilco, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, etc. [11:01 AM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Should mention that Trent Reznor announced last night at the show that it was their final performance in the United States. [12:34 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: To recap last night late-night, Ben Harper was energetic and well-received, MGMT was PACKED, and 9'' Nails provided the flashy arena-rock. [12:44 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: About to start our final live broadcast from Bonnaroo 2009. We have a ton of interviews & performances to share with you! [12:47 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Overcast and cooler today, hope it doesn't rain again. But I think it might. [1:24 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: On air with live broadcast. Brand new music from Grace Potter in 3p hour, & Wilco in 4p hour! [1:40 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: If you listen closely during Mike's next break, you will hear the insane bass coming from Snoop's soundcheck! [2:25 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Done with the broadcast, now off to some music, Andrew Bird is up. [4:04 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Robert Earl Keen is on stage running through The Road Goes On Forever. [4:19 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Robert Earl Keen is closing out his set with a blistering version of Crossroads, Cream-style. [4:25 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: I'm trying to get my U.S. RDA of R&B by seeing Erykah Badu, playing now on the main stage. [4:45 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Sitting in the grass having a late lunch listening to part of Okkervil River's set. [5:07 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Walking past Merle Haggard's set, he's breaking out "Folsom Prison Blues"... [5:13 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Merle Haggard is covering Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues. The place is so packed I'm getting jostled as I write this! [5:18 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Merle has some rabid fans here! Some guys in the back are harrassing the crew to turn it up to counter Andrew Bird next stage over. [5:24 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Merle Haggard just did Workin' Man Blues. His backing band, The Strangers, are good but I've never seen a more inanimate drummer! [5:31 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Okkervil River is winding down their set with Our Life Is Not a Movie Or Maybe. [5:41 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Last song from Okkervil River, Unless It's Kicks. [5:47 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Merle Haggard taking a crack at Cash's Jackson. [5:50 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Someone just made an announcement: despite being 10 mins. past his start time, Snoop Dogg isn't even on site yet. He's on his way, about 5 miles away, and he'll take the stage as soon as he gets here... [6:14 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Looks like Snoop made it after all! [6:24 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Torn between seeing Neko Case and Band of Horses. Thinking BOH. [6:26 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Band of Horses doing a reverb-free version of "Is There A Ghost?" Right now. [6:51 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Neko Case was a little late, but sounds fantastic! Doing "People Got A Lot of Nerve" right now. [7:06 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Snoop Dogg just performed Sensual Seduction, and now brought Erykah Badu on stage for a song together. [7:07 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Band of Horses is playing No One's Gonna Love You in front of a fairly large crowd. [7:17 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Now back at Band of Horses (it's a short walk). They are doing the hauntingly beautiful "The Funeral". [7:27 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Neko Case just said one of the reasons she happy to be back on "her turf" is so she can go to Chic-fil-A! LOL [7:37 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Weirdest duet. Neko Case singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" with Truimph The Insult Comic Dog and Yoda! [7:47 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Neko Case just did Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth. [8:13 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Now everybody gets 45 minutes off before the big Phish show. [8:13 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish has taken the stage, the final performers of Bonnaroo 2009! [8:51 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish are into Gotta Jiboo now. [9:00 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Having some dinner as I watch crews tear down the stages. Phish is jamming in the background. [9:47 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish just concluded Silent in the Morning to a mighty shower of glowsticks being thrown in the audience. [10:00 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Bruce Springsteen is joining Phish on stage! [10:09 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Springsteen has just taken the stage with Phish! [10:10 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish and Bruce Springsteen and playing Mustang Sally, with the entire audience helping out on the 'ride, Sally, ride' parts. [10:13 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Trey & Bruce are doing a dual guitar solo which is stunning. [10:19 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Bruce is staying on with Phish to do a couple more songs, including Glory Days. [10:26 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Trey and Bruce once again doing dueling solos! [10:29 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: I doubt Bruce has ever done a guitar solo like this for "Glory Days" before! [10:30 PM, Sun, 6/14] Brian: Phish is taking a break and so are Mike and I. [10:38 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish is back onstage after a lengthy encore. Now playing 46 Days. [11:43 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: Phish is now playing Farmhouse. [11:53 PM, Sun, 6/14] Mike: After another brief break, Phish is back on stage playing Suzie Greenberg. [12:27 AM, Mon, 6/15] Mike: Well, Phish has departed the stage. It looks like Bonnaroo 2009 has drawn to a close. [12:32 AM, Mon, 6/15]


Below is the slideshow of Bonnaroo photos. To see pictures individually, and to see all the accompanying captions, go to our Flickr set. See last year's Bonnaroo photos here.