Best Tribute to Tennessee: Kamasi Washington's All-Star SuperJam
To thank the Volunteer State for hosting Bonnaroo these past 15 years, this year's all-star SuperJam paid tribute to Tennessee's rich musical history, with guest musical director Kamasi Washington and his band playing the role of Stax Records' Memphis Horns. One by one, artists filed onstage to pay homage to Tennessee legends of all genres, ranging from B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Memphis-born Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash to contemporary exports like Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Chattanooga-raised Usher.
Highlights from the revolving door jam session included former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams singing late Earth, Wind and Fire singer Maurice White's "Getaway," Miguel leading Timberlake's "SexyBack" and a slow, bluesy take on B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" with Allen Stone.
It wasn't a flawless tribute — a rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" from members of Third Eye Blind was gruelingly unprepared — but it was another worthy entrant into the pantheon of special Bonnaroo SuperJams. "This is so much fun, I can't tell you how much fun I'm having right now," Washington said.