Best Bonnaroo-Only Reunion: Cymande
When Bonnaroo unveiled their lineup back in January, this was the small font name that made us say "Whoa": Cymande, the little-known U.K. astro-funk outfit with a significant cult following, reunited its original members for the first time in 43 years, with Bonnaroo their lone U.S. festival stop. Sadly, the magnitude of the event was wasted on a too-early 1:45 p.m. time slot at the Which Stage, where a sparsely attended crowd of loyalists were on hand to welcome Cymande back from extinction.
Still, a small crowd at Bonnaroo is still bigger than what the group was accustomed to playing in front of on their first go-round. "We've been gone a long time but now we're back," singer Patrick Patterson said. "We're glad to see you, although many of you weren't here when we were here."
On a bed of dubbed-out grooves, Zawinul-like organ and serpentine, textured percussion, Cymande played an hour-long set starring old favorites like "Brothers on the Slide" and "Bra" as well as tracks off their new LP, A Simple Act of Faith.