Pretty Lights, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo will lead another characteristically eclectic Bonnaroo Superjam, which will be held Saturday night of the festival, June 13th, at 1:30 a.m.
Officially dubbed the “Throwback Superjam Dance Party,” the rest of the lineup includes Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.) Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Jamie Lidell, Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Robert “Sput” Searight (of instrumental fusion group Snarky Puppy), Brian Coogan and Brownout Horns. Special guests Cherub and Rhiannon Giddens will also take the stage, and organizers, as always, have promised more surprises.
Last year’s Superjam was helmed by Skrillex and featured a wide array of artists such as A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, comedian Craig Robinson, Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz and the Doors’ Robby Krieger. A subsequent eight-part documentary series offered an inside look at the entire Superjam process, from conception and curation (in one clip, Skrillex rehearses his cold call spiel to potential participants) to rehearsals and performance.
Bonnaroo will return to Manchester, Tennessee for its 13th year June 11th through the 14th. Billy Joel, Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar are slated to headline, while other big name acts include Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Robert Planet, Tears for Fears, Earth, Wind and Fire, Slayer, D’Angelo, Alabama Shakes and Belle and Sebastian. A complete lineup is available on the Bonnaroo website.