More than just music and more than just a festival–Bonnaroo has entered the realm of the extraordinary. This week on Bric-A-Brac, we’re highlighting just one of the many things that makes Bonnaroo so special–art! From the arch to the fountain to the graffiti wall, Bonnaroo is graced with fantastic artwork from professional artists and amateur doodlers alike. Read on to discover the wild world that is… Bonnaroo Art
Video: Bric-a-Brac Episode 3: Art
Bonnaroo isn’t just a festival; it is a canvas. Every year one of a kind artwork covers the festival and creates a visual vibe unique to Bonnaroo. In this episode of Bric-A-Brac, take a look inside the festival’s art scene and meet some of the artists responsible for the Bonnaroo aesthetic.
Russ Bennett is the Head of Visual Design for Bonnaroo. A striking man with flowing beard and kind eyes, Bennett has a long history of creating environments that turn a simple concert into an interactive art experience. We got a chance to ask him about his process and the evolution of the Bonnaroo grounds. Read the full article here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/bonnaroos-visual-guru/
Video: Interview with Portugal. The Man
John Gourley, singer/guitarist/organist/machinist (yep) of Portugal. The Man, joins a list of this year’s over-achieving Bonnaroo performers — including David Byrne and Paul McCartney — who are also gifted in the visual arts. Look on the cover of the band’s albums for his colorful designs. Gourley says that he began creating artwork for the band because they “couldn’t afford to hire someone else to do it,” but then “luckily…it worked out.”
Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke met in art school at the University of Exeter. A friendship was born that would produce some of the most recognizable images in modern music. An artist and writer, Donwood is the paintbrush behind the ubiquitous Radiohead Bear and every album cover since The Bends.
Fill your head with the entire article here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/inside-radioheads-visual-brain/
Video: Backstage with Shpongle
The English electro duo define the word as simply “a feeling of positive and euphoric emotions.” To help the audience reach that state, they’ve built a laser-beam pyramid DJ booth. Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) gives us a taste of “the Shpongletron experience” in this 2011 interview from the Bonnaroo grounds.
Some of the most iconic art of the last hundred years isn’t framed on a museum wall or painted across a sprawling chapel ceiling; it came into the world on a humble 12-inch cardboard sleeve. We asked Bonnaroo artists past and present to share with us their favorite album cover of all time. It was a tough call for all—and impossible for some to choose just one. Read more and listen to the exclusive Spotify playlist here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/bonnaroo-artists-favorite-album-covers/
Video: Arcade Fire — Keep The Car Running
Watch Arcade Fire perform “Keep The Car Running” from their second studio album “Neon Bible” at Bonnaroo 2011
Video: Arcade Fire — Month of May
Watch Arcade Fire perform “Month of May” from their 2010 studio album “The Suburbs.”