While you were looking to score arepas or snag a coveted artist pass at Bonnaroo 2011, Lightning 100 was videotaping a handful of fabulous local and not-so-local artists. The “backstage” performances ranged from a carnival-esque sit-down with California-based Lauren Shera to an acoustic number from our own Chancellor Warhol (above). Below, we've posted a few of the highlights.
Louisville's Ben Sollee retains a surprisingly raw edge for a guy rocking out on cello. An unlikely fusion of classical and blues that somehow works, Sollee’s "Electrify" has a Manhattan street-corner musician vibe, punctuating the coolly crafted lyrics with the cello's haunting alto warmth.
Road to Bonnaroo winners Cheer Up Charlie Daniels put on a playful campsite performance of "Bunsen Burner Baby Blues," excellent music for dancing around in your living room (even if for the weekend your living room is outside). Not only is the band having a great time performing, but it also appears that one band member is playing a water bottle. Possessing the chops to play water bottle is badass.
Monterey, Calif.'s Lauren Shera gave an intimate performance of her song "Story Teller" on the Bonnaroo ferris wheel. How cool is that? As for the song, it sounds like Jewel circa Pieces of You, and Shera has the demure yet confident voice to put it over.
Other artists that were apart of the Lightning 100 action were Austin-based Band of Heathens, the UK’s Matthew and the Atlas, and Nashville locals the Apache Relay and Abigail Washburn. Check out all the artist videos here.