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Published: 2007/04/22
by Taylor Hill

Visions of Bonnaroo 2005

[Editor’s note: Jambands.com/Bonnaroo Beacon contributor Taylor Hill is already looking forward to this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. To this end, he suggested a series of photo essays that will chronicle Bonnaroos present and future. First up, is "Visions of Bonnaroo 2005.” Stay tuned next month for a look at 2006]

Bonnaroo sky from the top of our RV. Every year, Bonnaroo becomes an annual family vacation as the festival is 70 miles from my hometown. Even with the hectic media schedule I still make time for family. Beats the hell out of Disney World.

Fellow campers gearing up for the fest.

Charlie Murphy at the peak of his fame. He was the start of a damn good run put on at the Comedy tent. The woman in charge of it is named Rocky, and the worst thing about her is that she does her job so well that the lines to get in the air-conditioned tent run for hours. The popularity of the tent started when she booked Murphy at the height of his Rick James fame.

Random art installations made of sound are perfect for late-night Bonnaroo attendees who may have, ahem, had some assistance in enjoying them. Guy in red designed it.

Matisyahu flips leisurely through the program pages at the Press Tent 36 hours before Trey pulls him onstage and it all changes.

Mike, Aaron Bisman of J-Dub Records, and Matisyahu enjoy a chat outside the press tent.

Some Bonnaroo pictures speak for themselves.

Dave and Robert Randolph keep the view interesting for "All Along the Watchtower."

Jim Breuer inaugurates a great tradition of Comedians at Bonnaroo Press Conferences Means Hilarity.

L to R: Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Warren Haynes, Breuer, Xavier Rudd

Schools and Bobby shoot the bull in the press tent.

Last 2005 Press Conference; L to R: Glen Hansard of the Frames, Jack Johnson, Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Marc Roberge of O.A.R.

Beautiful women flock to Jack Johnson shows like Germans to David Hasselhoff.

Typical main stage joy.

Best pic I could get of the Trey glowstick war. You really have to be there.

Matisyahu becomes famous in two minutes and 48 seconds with a rendition of "Close My Eyes" that stole the show.

Matisyahu the next day in front of about 10,000 new fans.

Les Claypool enjoys the batting cages.

The Word’s incredible reunion performance. Church on Sunday at the main stage.

Classic John Medeski face. Many considered The Word’s performance the highlight of Bonnaroo that year.

Dancing the last notes away as Col. Bruce Hampton blows the festival-closing Panic show apart with "Fixin’ to Die." Fortunately, the festival came back next year and will live on for a while.

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