Bonnaroo day two didn’t have much room to improve over Bonnaroo day 1, but after day two performances from Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes and Run the Jewels, it was clear that day two is a worthy contender.
The third of the five major headliners playing on the largest “What Stage” was the Alabama Shakes who gave a soulful and heartfelt performance.
The Athens, AL band opened up their set with “Future People,” one of the more reserved songs from their most recent LP, “Sound & Color,” though “reserved” might not be the first adjective that comes to mind after hearing the song live. Brittany Howard belted out the lyrics to this song and played each guitar riff as if it were her last.
This trend continued throughout the rest of the band’s set and Howard showed no signs of slowing down.
This was the Alabama Shakes’ second appearance at Bonnaroo after their 2012 show.
The next headliner at the “What Stage” was the Compton, CA native and TDE affiliate, Kendrick Lamar.
This was Lamar’s third performance at Bonnaroo, following his 2011 and 2012 sets.
“We’ve got some catching up to do, Bonnaroo,” said Lamar, recalling his past experiences on the farm. “Last time we turned it up to about an 8, but this time we’re going to take it up to a 20.”