Most Versatile Star: Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis flitted from genre to genre during her soothing late-afternoon performance on Saturday. "Know What I Want," which dissects an imploding relationship, pointed to sing-song lover's rock; "Feel Like a Fool," which skewers an unfaithful partner, evoked sugary neo-Motown. "Flight 22" was a tranquil soul ballad in 6/8 time, and "Just a Stranger" was jolting, brawny funk. Uchis' versatility is the kind that festival bookers dream of when putting together their lineups: It’s a way to appeal to as many potential ticket-buyers as possible, and, more charitably, it suggests a welcoming, open-eared approach to pop. Yet Uchis' performance also served as a reminder that big festivals still have a long way to go when it comes to genuine inclusiveness. The Colombian-American singer performed "Nuestro Planeta," a serene reggaeton collaboration with Reykon (absent at Bonnaroo) that is one of several sharp Spanish songs in her catalog – but despite Spanish-language pop's prominent place in the American mainstream, Uchis was the only lead performer at Bonnaroo with a Latin radio hit. E.L.