The jam festival Bonnaroo used to be didn't make it the big bucks, hence the change to a more mainstream festival (simple economics, really).
Selling out? What the f*ck are you talking about?
Instead of all jam bands they have nearly any kind of music one could hope for. They give dozens of no-name bands a chance to play and gain exposure. How is THAT selling out? Oh, so they have a couple of pop-level acts, a few acts that are considered "mainstream" and they don't have an entire lineup comprised of bands that do it for "the love of the music" (like Phish just played a string of shows at MSG because they love-love-love the art of the show so much......please). Who cares? If you can't find a lineup on the Roo card you don't like, you're either not trying hard enough or you aren't open to many kinds of music which is (newsflash!) what your typical music fanatic is now like. The typical music fanatic that spends upwards of $500 all-in (conservative) to go to a music festival.
For the record, I love Umph and am a big fan of Phish. I've seen both of them this year (at Roo and separate). I think having a jam headliner like Phish is fine, having a jam headliner like Widespread when it was there in 2011? Not fine.
You think it's unfair to not have a jam band, I think it's unfair to have retread jam bands just to shove a jam band down everyone's throat for the sake of appeasing a dwindling demographic at the festival.
I never said that roo had completely sold out or that I dislike the diversity there but I think it has been moving closer to no jam each year, which bothers me since I love roo and want to come back each year.
I'd have never seen stevie wonder were it not for roo and loved both radiohead shows. Last year was my favorite roo since 05 even. I had a blast even with little I cared about on the lineup. My biggest want for roo this year is macca and a jamband headliner. That's enough for me to buy a ticket.
I just know that I can't convince my wife or friends to go when there is nothing worth it for them on the lineup. I don't think asking for a jamband in a headlining spot on thurs or sunday is an out of line request when my friends and I fell in love with roo as a jam festival. I accept that's not the focus anymore but it should still be a big part of the festival, since that's what started the whole thing.
Also 04 with the dead was the biggest year. Feels like attendance has been lower the past couple years to me.