Most Grown-and-Sexy Opening-Night Act: R.LUM.R
Two years ago, Reggie Williams was in the Bonnaroo crowd, watching Miguel and getting inspired to go full-throttle on his own musical dreams. Thursday night, he commanded That Tent as R.LUM.R, a shape-shifting artist whose R&B roots and classical-guitar training give extra verve to his pillowy pop-EDM breaks, boisterous bubble-funk breakdowns and psychedelic-shack guitar solos. His set not only helped triangulate Bonnaroo's musical sprawl, incorporating neo-soul and big-tent dance music alongside technically adept playing that could stretch into all-night jam sessions; it showed how its inclusive nature extends to turning audience members into performers. Don't be surprised if, a couple of years from now, an up-and-comer raves about how R.LUM.R's set – accompanied by an ebullient sign-language interpreter and punctuated by an emphatic "Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do what the fuck you want" – inspired their journey to Bonnaroo's lineup. M.J.