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Visions of Bonnaroo 2008: Saturday and Sunday

After getting carried away at MSTRKRFT, my body was bent and broken, and I did not get to shoot as many bands as I would have like. But I DID get to shoot Pearl Jam. Oh yes. And I kind of got electrocuted, so a couple of these pictures are my father’s. Health hazards aside, best Bonnaroo ever – and it is every year.

Hightide Blues beat 300 other bands to make their Bonnaroo debut on the Sonic Stage. Accustomed to going anyway, the band had to sell their tickets on their facebook profiles as they now had backstage passes.

Paul McDonald celebrates the stage rush in the rain (which fogged lens caps).

Beatle Bob introduces

Levon Helm and he shall be a good man.

Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello waits to do an interview in the press tent.

Jack Johnson

Pearl Jam fan patiently waiting.

Pearl Jam during Corduroy.

Eddie Vedder as Pearl Jam plays All Night and ends up doing a triple encore (Bonnaroos first?) and going offstage about three hours later.

One more EV shot.

Phil Lesh, poorly lit but there, for his cut-short-by-Kanye late night gig.

Jackie Greene opens the proceedings with One More Saturday Night.

Jirgisson, known as J, busts out a cello bow and opens the Sigur Roncert with a stunning version of Svefn-g-englar

and then sings into his guitar, producing one of the coolest effects ever. They are touring the U.S. this fall. Go.

They brought with them the Amiina String Quartet

and five dudes dressed as Icelandic mariachis playing brass. Again, go see Sigur R

The Lee Boys open church proceedings on Sunday.

Robert Randolph is nice enough to pose for one.

T-Bone Burnett with Plant & Krauss.

Plant and Krauss

Plant gets playful.

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie opens with Bixby Canyon Bridge on guitar.

I love the colors of the golden hour.

After a minor electrocution on an exposed Christmas light during Fathers Day (another Almost Famous moment crossed off the list) I felt shaky and turned the camera over to Dad for the last two bands. Here is Susan Tedeschi who, with Derek Trucks and the Soul Stew Revival, went for an hour over and did an encore which the crowd ate up. Photo by William Hill.

Derek Trucks with the Soul Stew Revival. Photo by William Hill.

Widespread to close.

The view of the stage from our camper, which we were rather happy about.

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