Bonnaroo 2013 Day 1: Country Style

Day 1: The Music Begins

J.D. McPherson

Every summer, the city of Manchester, Tenn., swells to 80,000 new residents, give or take a few, for the musical and arts extravaganza that is Bonnaroo. Visitors camp under the stars and bathe sporadically, enjoying the liberating feeling of roughing it for a few days.

Though guests began arriving from all over on Wednesday (June 12), the music didn't get fully underway until Thursday. It was a light evening compared to the stuff yet to come, but still offered plenty of entertainment.

Performers included Americana darling JD McPherson, doing his neo-rockabilly thing, as well as CW “On the Edge”-feaetured band Sons of Fathers, who showed off their pristine harmonies. Earlier in the evening, buzz band Houndmouth demonstrated why people are talking about the folk-garage group.

Never heard of those acts? Check them out. Bonnaroo is all about discovery.

Late-night sets went to the rock 'n' roll crowd, with ballyhooed acts like Japandroids and Alt-J packing the big tents full of enthusiastic fans, blissfully rocking along. Those who weren't ready to conk out after midnight could slip over and visit a couple different dance music tents and groove until the sun came up.

This thing is just getting started.

Stay with CountryWeekly.com to get daily updates—including recaps of Dwight Yoakam's and Kacey Musgraves' sets—on the four-day festival just a couple hours outside of Nashville.

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