For the first time at Bonnaroo, the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp built a space for creation, collaboration and celebration on site at the farm. Both Bonnaroo and Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) have been at the forefront of fostering creativity and inspiration through music.
During Bonnaroo weekend, RBMA artists took the stage from 12 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. for after hours in Centeroo. New York house music legend Francois K kicked it off on Friday followed up with Dirty South hip-hop originator Mannie Fresh and surprise guest Mystikal on Saturdaynight. Mannie also gave an inside look into his life as a producer to a thousand festival goers earlier on Saturday, with a public lecture on the Solar Stage, hosted by Jeff “Chairman” Mao.
Private lectures were held daily back at the RBMA Bass Camp including Thundercat, Francois K, Vance Powell, lead engineer at Blackbird Studio and Third Man Records. The inspiring three-day program functioned as a miniature version of the full Red Bull Music Academy experience, set to take part in Tokyo later this year.
Relive the festival by checking out rbmaradio.com/bonnaroo for recorded sets from Friday and Saturday nights’ shows, private and public lectures and daily interviews with Bonnaroo Radio to be posted over the coming weeks. Stay tuned to @RBMA and @redbullNASH for content updates.
JUST SO YA KNOW: The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals and a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Having traversed the metropolises of the globe since 1998 – with previous editions in New York, Berlin, Cape Town, São Paulo, London and Toronto among others, the next Academy edition lands in Tokyo from October 12 through November 14, 2014.
Further, the Academy has extended its curatorial touch to the online radio station, RBMA Radio, and to festival stages and signature events in more than 60 countries. Head to RBMA Events to keep an eye on what’s in store next. Meanwhile, the Online Magazine provides coverage of the most interesting sounds, scenes and artists operating across the planet.
RBMA Bass Camp Participating Artists
Austin Paul – Miami, FL
Ben Jenkins – Memphis, TN
birdmagic – New Orleans, LA
BoomBaptist – Austin, TX
Catt Moop (of HYDRABADD) – Atlanta, GA
Chocolate Rice – Charlotte, NC
Daltn – Miami, FL
Datahowler – Dallas, TX
DJ A1 – Dallas, TX
Dorian Terrell (of The Outfit) – Dallas, TX
Flcon Fcker – Houston, TX
Jake Funks - Funkss – Charlotte, NC
Jawwadd Taylor – Houston, TX
LULU LOVE – Nashville, TN
The Madd Wikkid – New Orleans, LA
NEVR – Atlanta, GA
Niko Javan – Miami, FL
Orion – Austin, TX
Phil Jones - Tennis Rodman – Charlotte, NC
Sudie – Dallas, TX
CMA Music Festival sold out a record 15 weeks in advance prompting large, enthusiastic crowds at the Festival’s numerous free stages and event areas with more than 80,000 fans taking in the action. In all, more than 450 artists participated in more than 150 hours of concerts on 11 different stages.
Intermittent rain on Thursday and severe thunderstorms Saturday impacted attendance in the free areas and delayed the start of the Nightly Concert Saturday, but fans in rain ponchos were undeterred, waiting out the weather to see their favorite stars perform.
The Nightly Concerts at LP Field featured more than 50 artists spanning four nights of star-packed shows.
Pre-show activities Thursday included the national anthem performed by young musicians from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which is a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education charitable campaign, CMA’s Trahern, and the Governor of Tennessee, the honorable Bill Haslam.
“Country Music is the only genre where artists and fans come so close together,” said Haslam. “You’re going to hear the best music in the world tonight! How many of you arenot from Tennessee? If you’re not from Tennessee, let everyone hear it back home!”
Performing Thursday were Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts. The audience also enjoyed a heritage performance fromAlabama, who hadn’t done a full band performance at the Festival since 1995. To the delight of the crowd, Faith Hilljoined McGraw for a performance of “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.”
Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and The Band Perry performed on Friday. Travis Tritt, who last performed at the Festival in 2005,was the heritage act of the evening, and Danielle Bradbery performed the national anthem. Special guest performances are a highlight of the Festival and there were several: Lzzy Hale, lead singer of Halestorm, joined Church for “That’s Damn Rock & Roll”; Tritt joined Aldean for “Homesick”; and Carrie Underwood performed “Somethin’ Bad” with Lambert.
Severe storms Saturday delayed the start of the concert by an hour, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd who sat through showers to see Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban. Chris Young had to cancel due to an injury to his left hand that required surgery. Sara Evans, who opened the Festival at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage in 2013, delighted fans at LP Field. Winner of “The Sing Off,” a cappella group Home Free sang the national anthem. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean welcomed the rain-soaked crowd to Nashville. Urban had lot of company during his set including Florida Georgia Line for “You Gonna Fly” and Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town to perform “We Were Us.”
Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, and Zac Brown Band performed Sunday.Charlie Daniels Band, who joined Paisley for a performance in 2013, was the legacy act. The Oak Ridge Boys performed the national anthem. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora joined Zac Brown Band for “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Paisley closed the Festival and capped the night by saying, “Be safe going home – wherever that is – we love you!”
SEE WHAT YOU MISSED:
The 2014 CMA Festival was filmed for a three-hour television special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” which will air on Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. The primetime event features stadium concerts and intimate club-like performances with beind-the-ropes access to the artists. It is hosted for the second time by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town.
DID YOU KNOW?
CMA Music Festival supports music education. The artists and celebrities participating in CMA Music Festival donate their time. They are not compensated for the hours they spend signing autographs and performing. In appreciation of their exhaustive efforts, The CMA Foundation donates proceeds from the event to music education on the artists’ behalf through CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program. Since 2006, CMA has donated more than $9 million to this worthy cause.
CMA Music Festival, which started as Fan Fair® in 1972, is about the fans and their relationship with the artists and the music. The theme is universal and in 2014, Festival attendees came from all 50 states and 24 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.