Most Serene Set: Daniel Caesar
"It's not raging music," one Bonnaroovian explained to another as the pair walked into This Tent, which hosted Daniel Caesar's set on Sunday. Caesar specializes in acoustic soul ballads, and it was easy to wonder how these fragile tracks would translate in an open-air environment punctuated periodically by the distant thump of pummeling dance music. But Caesar was ready for the challenge, bringing along a four-piece band – the rhythm section was forceful but adaptable – and a trio of superb backing vocalists. Those additional singers helped put these songs across, adding ice-cool "oohs" to "Hold Me Down" and layering a pretty introduction in three-part harmony before "Neu Roses." But when it came time for Caesar to perform "Get You" – the Kali Uchis-assisted track that went top ten at mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio – he suddenly ditched his serene soul sound, opting instead for something more dynamic: Several minutes of thwacking, bass-popping funk that closed the set. E.L.