Bonnaroo 2014: Day 2 in Photos

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Bonnaroo 2014: Day 2 in Photos

With the rainy forecast behind us, a live Kanye rant out of the way and two days of non-stop music and art left to consume, Bonnaroo’s Saturday lineup had us anxious to get out there. Check out some highlights below, and view photographer Mark C. Austin’s images from Saturday in Manchester, Tennessee in the gallery by clicking above.

King Khan & The Shrines
Sometimes, you just have to kick off your day watching a shirtless guy in a cape, a headdress and a purple sequined codpiece preach about manually pleasuring ladies and bring everyone’s attention to a nearby truck vacuuming the poop out of the Porta-Potties. And when you need to do that, you go to a King Khan show. Even when you strip away the spectacle, King Khan’s got the tunes to back it up, and it’s obvious that an unshakeable love of music is the thing that unites Khan and his fans. When he saw one girl dancing particularly well in the crowd, he brought her up on stage, handed her a tambourine and let her stay up there for the rest of the set as if she was a new member of the band. And even though we weren’t all up on stage with her, it felt a little bit like we were. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Wild Child
“Who are all you people, and how to you know who we are?” Wild Child’s Kelsey Wilson seemed elated over the devoted crowd that showed for their midday set at the Sonic Stage, and for good reason. As the band played recognizable tracks like “The Runaround” and “Crazy Bird,” the audience sang every word, reminding me of the crowd at Lucius’ set at the very same stage last year. The support clearly brought out the best in the Austin band, and anybody who didn’t come into the performance a fan was likely converted. —Dacey Orr

First Aid Kit
Saturday’s set by these Swedish sisters was the first one this weekend where I found myself thinking, “This really could have been on one of the bigger stages”—partly because they drew a large crowd at the This Tent, but also because our recent cover stars seem poised for bigger and better things. Their gorgeous harmonies captivated the mass of people who came out to see them, particularly on an excellent cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” as well as original favorites like “The Lion’s Roar,” “My Silver Lining” and “Emmylou.” —Bonnie Stiernberg

Damon Albarn
“I’ve never played for a crowd like this in America before,” a giddy Damon Albarn announced on the What Stage on Saturday night. “It’s a dream come true.” And while it’s hard to believe that the former Blur/Gorillaz frontman has never played in front of this many people in the US, Albarn genuinely seemed moved by the reception he received, and the show he put on reflected that. Albarn even brought out De La Soul to help out on “Feel Good, Inc.” and Del the Funky Homosapien for a rousing version of “Clint Eastwood.” —Bonnie Stiernberg

Lauryn Hill
Despite starting her set half an hour late, Lauryn Hill refused to make any concessions for time’s sake, sticking to her (perhaps a tad self-indulgent) guns and playing “Killing Me Softly” not once but twice. There were bright spots, of course, including a great cover of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” but ultimately Hill’s set was a big disappointment. By the time she got around to a half-hearted rendition of “Doo Wop (That Thing),” Zedd had been playing at the nearby Which Stage for half an hour, his sound bleeding into her set. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie’s set was a feel-good reminder of the aspects of a great performance that extend beyond the music. He was adamant that although he was meeting the Bonnaroo audience in person for the first time, they’d gone way back (and that this may be his first ‘Roo, but it would not be his last). He gave back-stories to songs the way a dad or an uncle might regale you with a story over dinner, and his animated demeanor between songs was as fun and lively as the dancing that ensued to every hit. —Dacey Orr

Jack White
Jack White was the headliner I’ve been waiting for all season. Where Kanye spent most of the set distancing himself from the crowd by talking himself up and into a corner, White used his unusually talkative breaks to unite himself with the audience. “I’m not tryin’ to bore you,” he said. “I’m just trying to be with you.” And he was: any fan of White’s, whether it was The White Stripes or The Raconteurs or the Dead Weather or White himself that first lured you in, couldn’t have been disappointed. Opening up the set with “Icky Thump” and barreling through the new “Lazaretto” along with ubiquitous tracks like “Steady As She Goes” and “I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends.” In between, he expressed a gratitude and compassion for all walks of life, from autoworkers in Detroit to 30s folk musicians and the homeless. It was refreshing to see art, particularly from an artist generally as eccentric and reclusive as Jack White, presented in a way that was deliberately inclusive, positive and accessible. A set for Bonnaroo history, going 45 minutes past set time with an extensive encore and closing with “Seven Nation Army,” last night White set the definitive example what a festival headliner should be. —Dacey Orr