2016 Bonnaroo lineup: Pearl Jam, Ellie Goulding, Chris Stapleton among acts coming to Tampa Bay
Ah, the Bonnaroo Bump: That magical phenomena that occurs every mid-June, when one or two acts from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival pops down to Tampa Bay for a gig during their swing through the Southeastern United States. Past bumpees include names like Bon Iver, Cage the Elephant, Grizzly Bear and the War on Drugs.
With the 2016 Bonnaroo lineup dropping Tuesday night on Conan, it’s time to start speculating about which Bonnaroo artists will make their way from Tennessee to Tampa Bay in mid-June.
This year’s Bonnaroo headliners include Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem and Dead and Company, the Grateful Dead-spawned supergroup fronted by John Mayer. And while we've heard nothing from the Dead or LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam just announced they're coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 11 (click here for details). So that's one we can check off the list.
In the meantime, a handful of Bonnaroo 2016 artists already have concerts planned in Tampa Bay. Here’s a rundown: — Nashville alt-rockers Bully are performing at Crowbar on Jan. 28. Click here.
— Fresh off an appearance on Saturday Night Live, country troubadour (and Album of the Year Grammy nominee) Chris Stapleton will perform at U.S. 103.5’s Throwdown By the Bay on Jan. 30 at Amalie Arena. Click here.
— Sara Watkins, famously of Nickel Creek, is performing at the Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 12 alongside Patty Griffin and Anais Mitchell. Click here.
— Bluegrassers the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Skipper’s Smokehouse on Feb. 21. Click here.
— Indie troubadour Father John Misty has a sold-out show at the Beacham in Orlando on April 30. Click here.
— Ellie Goulding already has plans to come to Tampa Bay in June, with a concert at Amalie Arena on June 2. Click here.
Finally, don’t forget about the inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, March 3-6 down in Okeechobee County. That festival is shaping up as a mini-Bonnaroo clone, right down to the SuperJam-like “PowWow” organized by ex-SuperJam producer Paul Peck, and fronted by Miguel. Headliners Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar both headlined Bonnaroo 2015, and a ton of Bonnaroo 2016 acts are also playing Okeechobee: Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Ween, Jason Isbell, X Ambassadors, RL Grime, Lettuce, Hundred Waters, Kamasi Washington, the London Souls, Post Malone, Dungen, Hermitude, Marian Hill, the Oh Hellos and Rayland Baxter. Click here for all the details on the Okeechobee Music Fest.
This year’s Bonnaroo takes place June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Click here for details.
— Jay Cridlin