The organizers of Bonnaroo have signaled that themed stages will be a big part of the festival’s future. In the vein of the “Tennessee Shines” and David Byrne-curated stages last year, this year’s event will feature a Latin extravaganza. On Saturday June 12, the Latino Alternativo tent will feature the music of Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, The Nortec Collective Presents Bostich & Fussible, Aterciopelados, Mexican Institute of Sound, and Bomba Estereo. The tent will also feature DJs, specialized food vendors, and unique visual and video art. It sounds great and we can’t wait to see if any other themed venues will be planned. We’ve been speculating about a Lilith Fair-style tent or stage featuring a concentration of the festival’s many female performers, such as Ingrid Michaelson, Miranda Lambert, Julia Nunes, and Brandi Carlile, some of whom are already booked for Lilith 2010. We’ll be interested to see what Bonnaroo’s second wave of artist announcements brings.
Bonnaroo also announced the second late night main stage (What Stage) performance in the festival’s history. After Stevie Wonder’s Saturday night headlining set, Jay-Z will perform on the giant stage to a crowd that is sure to be in a great mood.