Bonnaroo to BamaJam, it’s all a ball

By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / April 11, 2010

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JUNE 10-13


Bonnaroo Festival: We always love a good ugly duckling story, and none is more heartening than the tale of Bonnaroo, a little festival that began in the wilds of Tennessee in 2002 and has since blossomed into a gorgeous gathering of top-notch talent. Given that it began with a humble lineup of Gov’t Mule, Soulive, and (shudder) Umphrey’s McGee, it’s wonderful to see that eight years on, Bonnaroo has shaken its jam band past, given itself a long bath, and emerged as an eclectic and exciting weekend. A few highlights we’re excited about include Daryl Hall performing with Chromeo, Conan O’Brien, Phoenix, Stevie Wonder, She & Him, They Might Be Giants, and Miike Snow. Tickets are nearly sold out, so if you’re interested in checking out the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,’’ it would behoove you to move quickly. A weekend package is $249.

MAY 27-29


Primavera Sound Festival: This gathering features some local flavor, but excels in creating a fascinating mix of pop from multiple eras and genres. Over the span of Primavera, you can hear everyone from 1980s synth-pop stalwarts the Pet Shop Boys to 1960s Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks. There’s a near-mind-blowing mix of acts such as Beach House, the Pixies, Mission of Burma, Mark Almond, the New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, and Orbital. The mix may not make sense on the surface, but programmers for Primavera have perfected this haphazard style of band booking. Tickets are $236 for the weekend. Parc del Forum, Rambla Prim 1, www.pri

JUNE 3-5


BamaJam Music & Arts Festival: For fans of country music, the unfortunately named BamaJam is two days of heavenly twang. The impressive lineup is virtually a modern-day “Hee Haw’’ (minus Lulu, of course), with sets from Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Gregg Allman, Hank Williams Jr., and Edgar Winter (how did he slip in there?). There’s even a Miss BamaJam contest for those interested in that sort of thing. Three-day ticket is $122. www



Bizarre Ball: Bizarre magazine brings together the city’s craziest, latex-clad partiers at the Coronet Theatre for an evening that includes a horror circus, an AC/DC tribute band, and an act that is described as “Power tools, steel panties, fire!’’ It’s probably best not to ask for too many details about that one. There are also performance artists, burlesque, and the kind of Goth-heavy people watching that results in a lot of impolite staring. Pull out your finest leather, lace, and nose rings and enjoy yourselves. Tickets are $38. 28 New Kent Road, events




Beatles Day: First you log onto, buy your very own moptop Beatle wig, and then you’re ready to participate in this daylong charity event that takes place all over Liverpool. Buskers play Beatles songs and there are bused Magical Mystery Tours of childhood homes of band members, special Beatles meals at restaurants around the city (Lettuce Be, anyone?), and a big Beatles Day concert in the evening. All proceeds from the day go to charity. CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online. Christopher Muther can be reached at