There are times at Bonnaroo when, in-transit from one show to another, you realize that small armies of people are everywhere. Then there are times when, as Alt-J's ragtag of spectators proved, all of the festival is in a single space.
This year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 13-16) is within spitting distance and, as expected, riddled with talent. And, more conceivably, there are heart-wrenching set conflicts that we must face on the farm.
With an extensive tour in progress and the recent release of their latest album, Rocket Science, Béla and his Flecktones are back to work delighting listeners with the sweet sounds of bluegrass fusion.
There's magic that happens when artists find themselves in front of their biggest and most responsive audience ever, and they dig in and rise to the occasion. It's soul-filling, uplifting, transcendent at its best moments.