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Portions of Bonnaroo will be Available for Download Next Week

MANCHESTER, TN – Gateway, a sponsor of Bonnaroo, will be offering free downloads of portions of the Bonnaroo Music Festival next week. Beginning Wednesday, MP3 files of live music from the weekend will be available at www.gateway.com. The tracks will be approved by the individual bands.

On the festival site, Gateway has set up a cyber café, complete with high-speed Internet and air conditioning. There is also a free digital music trading village where fans can burn discs of the artists performing at the festival.

“You hear a lot about file sharing that takes money out of the artists’ hands, which isn’t right,” says Brad Williams, Director of Corporate Communications for Gateway. “We’ve always said that if you like a band, stealing from them is a funny way to show it. On the other hand, the bands here at Bonnaroo encourage the sharing of live performances. That’s why we’re here with the music-sharing village because it’s a great opportunity for people to come check out some of the live material that we’re presenting in partnership with the bands and their management and their labels. They’ve selected some live tracks of past performances for people to burn their own, personalized CDs in the music-sharing village.”

Bonnaroo DVD and CD Due Out This Fall

MANCHESTER, TN – Festival organizers have announced that a Bonnaroo DVD and CD will be released this fall. Several crews have been filming music on all four stages as well as behind the scenes footage over the past few days. The CD will be released on Sanctuary Records.

Details are still forthcoming.

Couple Exchanges Wedding Vows Under Bonnaroo Sign

MANCHESTER, TN – Soulive paused briefly during its afternoon set at Bonnaroo to publicly congratulate Rob Perry and Crissa Carlotti of East Providence, RI, who exchanged wedding vows and rings this morning on the festival site. “We wanted to get married on the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, which is of course the solstice,” says Perry, a member of the band Pretty Cool Chair. “That happened at 9:24 a.m. today. We figured we’d take care of everything back in Rhode Island, the paperwork and whatnot and we’d do our own ceremony at that exact time. When the solstice was coming up, around 9:15 or so, we were still in traffic coming into Bonnaroo. So we met a couple of friends at the gate, they grabbed our car and we ran. We wanted to find a nice place, maybe in the corner somewhere, but the time was coming up so quickly that we found a Bonnaroo sign [laughs] and exchanged rings and vows right there and now we’re married.”

“We left the airport in Nashville last night around 9:30 and didn’t make it in until 9:15 this morning, but it was so worth it,” says Carlotti, still beaming with excitement. “I said to Rob that this is the perfect wedding reception. It couldn’t be better.”

Tonight, the couple plans to celebrate with a bottle of champagne, among other things.

Les Claypool, Warren Haynes Collaborate at Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, TN - Warren Haynes joined Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade earlier today on the Stadium Stage at Bonnaroo. Haynes emerged for a monstrous guitar solo during “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” but left before the song ended and was literally dragged off the stage to make it over to the Arena Stage, where Gov’t Mule was waiting to begin its set. Immediately following the Frog Brigade’s set, Claypool took the stage with Mule for “Drivin’ Rain.” DJ Logic also sat in for “Sco-Mule.”

“I’m only here for a short time, or else I’d be playing with a lot more of these bands” says Haynes. “This is such a great bill and so many of our friends are playing this weekend.”

Warren plays with the Allman Brothers Saturday night at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL.


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