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The sunburns were beginning to come on stronger than ever at this point in the festival.
With another morning of sweat-drenched clammer as an alarm clock for those that were camped out in their humble abodes already in the stirred with grogginess; the main artery of Bonnaroo was pumping straight from the hearts of the inhabitants.
The Devil Makes Three, Darondo, Pelican, Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires brought about that hot noon sun as Saturday launched the shows leading into the hours.
Walking on the heels of the previously mentioned artists such as Blind Pilot, Das Racist, Bad Brains, Debo Band and The Temper Trap carrying out across the evening before Punch Brothers, Battles, Flogging Molly, Santigold, SBTRKT, Puscifer, La-33 and Childish Gambino gambled and lost the day.
While the temperature slowly dropped, crowds gathered for a rhythmic toke of The Roots at What Stage. Their upbeat, southern proud induced style enthused those attending Bonnaroo's colliseum-like stage. As Mogwai, Danzig Legacy, Red Baraat and Dispatch continuously ushered the crowd in for yet another ground-breaking headline performance.
Attitudes began to go south as the Red Hot Chili Peppers managed to be a bit tardy starting their 10pm set.
The illumination of Anthony Kiedis, lead vocals, from opposing sides of the production captured the attention of the thousands who stood waiting.
From what could be seen on the screens was a form of the front man gleamed with neon fibers embedded in his skin. All while he moved with every slap of Michael "Flea" Balzary's bass guitar.
In between hit singles like "Californication," "Under the Bridge," and "Give it Away" were in-depth jam sessions between the instrumental members of the band parallel to Kiedis' stage-tricked antics.
The years of physical and emotional luck, pain, sorrow and enthusiasm leaked between the lines of the Chili's Peppers set list.
Constituents of the audience clung to every note and lyric that came from Bonnaroo's main stage while they danced and sang with a fever.
To most of our disappointment, the Saturday night headline closed out their performance just 15 minutes shy of their entire booked time. But with momentum carrying the spirits of all that were lucky enough to include themselves in this experience held fast, we didn't give each other time to complain before reaching Superjam, the blood and guts legend Alice Cooper and Spectrum Road for what was to lead into another strange but uniquely enchanting night.
The hoard of a crowd came early for Electronic Dance Music megastar, Skrillex, and his 2am closer set. People pushed and shoved through the LED rain of glow sticks for a better look into the spit and cuss producer style the former lead-man of From First To Last is renown for.
Between the grinding of MacBook gears and electric love for the artist, a light rain began to fall over the festival. More cooled off than ever, those lost in the performance let the DJ's hand run up their throat and choke them with ecstasy at every drop's break.
The light storm picked up with time as GZA, Unchained "The Mighty Van Halen Tribute," and Pedrito Martinez Group climbed onto their stage for one last night of full bliss and musical harmony.
With the musicians still at bay, I decided to fight the now chilled storm back to my camp.
Although the back of my neck ran rigid with goosebumps from the cool rain, my soul cooked with an aftershock of what I had witnessed. The pretty lights still stained the inside of my eyelids while I drifted to sleep and awaited for one last day of twisted paradise.
To be continued.
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