Make us your home page

Live from Bonnaroo, Day 3: Catching up with some fans from Tampa Bay




Here at Bonnaroo, an estimated 75,000 people are enduring heat, mud, lumpy sleeping quarters and uncomfortable Porta Potty situations. Sounds like a dream vacation, huh? Well, here to tell us what makes it all worth it are a few Tampa Bay-area attendees.

Rhea Rossiter, 24, Tampa
Occupation: Manager, Raydiance Tanning and Wellness Spa
Here to see:  Phoenix , The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, LCD Soundsystem, Chromeo, GWAR
Bonnaroo thoughts: “I hope that one day I can tell my kids, 'I went to Bonnaroo,' and maybe I'll get some cool points. I love that Bonnaroo chooses artists of all genres, and has not only huge headliners but tiny obscure bands that you've never heard of and end up loving. This is my birthday present to myself, and I think I may turn it into a yearly tradition.”

Matt Fernandez, 25, Tampa
Occupation: Stand-up comedian
Here to see: Tenacious D and too many to name
Bonnaroo thoughts: “Bonnaroo is the definition of eclectic -- just look at the lineup. It's music, comedy and art from every source available. Plus the fact that it's outside in the middle of summer adds a kind of sweaty, disgusting beauty to the whole thing.”

Turner Arbour Sr., 41, Clearwater
Occupation: Waiter at the Sandpearl Resort
Here to see: Michael Franti, The Flaming Lips, Dropkick Murphys, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin
Bonnaroo thoughts: “It’s my birthday weekend and I always look forward to spending time with my son and discovering new music together. It’s all about like-minded people enjoying great music together -- be it punk, blues, metal or folk. Bonnaroo is a real community.”

Turner Arbour Jr., 19, Clearwater
Occupation:Student, part-time food slinger, president of Arbour Media Group
Here to see: They Might Be Giants, Against Me!, Conan O’Brien
Bonnaroo thoughts: “It’s a great weekend with my dad, and seeing him mosh is priceless. We started on his 40th birthday with the Police show and it’s now a tradition.”

Jason Smith, 31, Tampa
Occupation: Senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Information Technology
Here to see: The Crystal Method, Kaskade, Tori Amos, Jay-Z
Bonnaroo thoughts: “Bonnaroo is about choice. It’s a sense of aural freedom. There is always an artist performing on one of the many stages that fit the vacation your mind and body are seeking.   Most of all, it’s about 100,000-plus tents and RVs all living under one roof and coming together.”

Jeffrey Hunt, 36, Tampa
Occupation: IT Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Here to see: The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Manchester Orchestra
Bonnaroo thoughts: “Bonnaroo is an escape from the daily grind for me. It's an opportunity for four to five days to completely forget about the stress and responsibilities of everyday life and become a part of something special. I obviously wasn't alive for Woodstock, but I know the impact it had on an entire generation of Americans. Bonnaroo is the closest thing to Woodstock that I'll ever have an opportunity to experience.”

Heather Nyman, 21, St. Pete
Occupation:  USF student
Here to see: Kings of Leon and too many others to name
Bonnaroo thoughts: “Bonnaroo is four days of listening to amazing bands, meeting cool people, getting dirty and having a blast. It’s nearly impossible not to have a good time. There really is just too much to do and too little time.”

Nathan Moseley, 30, Tampa
Occupation: Bar manager at the Bungalow Bar and Grill in Tampa
Here to see: Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder
Bonnaroo thoughts: “We are talking about a place where anything can happen -- no rules, no deadlines, no worries (except about who we are going to see next). My favorite part is going with rookies and seeing their faces light up with excitement just as mine did three years ago when I started.”
Miscellaneous:  Every year after the festival, Moseley scavenges with his friends for items people have left behind.

Dale Louttit, 45, Punta Gorda
Dale made the 750-mile trip to Manchester, Tenn. on a skateboard (seriously). It was all over the local news. Hooray, Dale!

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours