I'm not bringing my guitar for two reasons: -It takes up too much room in the car that could otherwise be filled with camping gear, food, beer, etc. -I'd rather save my energy for listening to music, rather than playing it. There are precious few hours that there is no live music at bonnaroo, and trust me you're gonna want to spend that time sleeping.
I play guitar everyday at home so I think I can do with out at the 'roo, although I do think that jamming out there would be great. If you've got a Djembe or something similar you may want to consider bringing that though. There are random drum circles all over the place and they look like a whole lot of fun.
If, by the grace of G-d, all our plans work out and we get an RV for the trip, I may bring my guitar however since space will no longer be an issue. Truth be told I'd probably be down for a jam , but I wouldnt be crushed if it didnt happen because I was resting up. Like I said I'd rather save my energy for the live music.
So take this into consideration and make your own decision. As we get closer to June, I'll let you know if I will be bringing mine, and perhaps we can work something out to meet up and rock out.....
I don't play anything, but a few of the kids I went with last year do, and they would get our their guitars and bongos and jam...it was cool. random people would stop by and sing or drum or pick.....good times.
I am trying to learn bass but am not very good so I probably won't bring mine but all of my friends are Jazz musicians and the 1st year they all brought their horns and guitars,bass etc.. It was great.. If you have a band I suggest you bring CD's to hand out you never know who is listening. Amie
I thought the same about guitars taking up space. We have four people riding in a vehicle and I think space will be at a premium. However, I used to teach and have a variety of small percussion instruments like a groovy wood block, shaker eggs, a funky african cowbell and other fun things. They can be stowed in a bag and easily shared. Looking forward to finding a fun circle to join!
As a show goer who (unfortunately) does not play any instruments, I thouroughly enjoy those who do. I constantly search out the drum circles late at night and also LOVE watching the crazy people who dance around them. I've seen people swinging around balls of fire in the midst of a drum circle at fall Hookahville last year. That would be awesome to see again!!! Does anyone have this rare talent???
I really want to buy a djembe and was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on what to look for when buying one. I am sure it probably has a lot to do with personal taste (sound, size, wood, design etc..) but any advice would be appreciated. I have found a couple of places in Nashville where I can buy one, but if you know of a website that has a great reputation for quality, pass that info along too!
The website africantreasures.com has great djembes. From the looks of it, the small Mali djembe from the Kangaba tribe is the best value. When buying a djembe--or any drum--always try it out and get a feel for it. I personally like goat skin heads, but synthetic ones are good too. The goat skin seems to have a full sound that has warmth and attack to it. However, synthetic or goat skin, a drum is a drum and if it is made from quality wood and you like the sound, then that is all that matters. I am bringing my ceramic doumbek to Bonnaroo. This is my first 'roo and from what I heard, after The Dead played last year there was a huge drum circle. Hopefully, the same thing will happen this year and everyone can be apart of that. Hope I was of some help.