Live Music in the Southeast

Background

In this decade, I have attended more than 100 concerts. Most of these have been in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. The majority of those were on school nights, while I was in highschool in Gainesville. More often than not, if you ask me my dream job, I will respond "Rolling Stone" without hesitation. My experience as a rock journalist is limited, but I did convince the Global Gathering music festival in Miami to give me a press pass in 2006 when I was editor-in-chief of my highschool newspaper, The Wavelength. I will also be contributing the January 2009 edition of Satellite Magazine.


The Best City

Bonnaroo

There are great venues for live rock'n'roll almost everywhere. Manchester, Tenn. hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and that concert in that setting cannot be beat. The real charm of it all is the contrast of a progressive, free rock'n'roll atmosphere in the heart of a simple, conservative, hospitable Southern state like Tennessee. If you take in the scenery and the food of Georgia on the ride up I-75, your Bonnaroo experience will be that much richer. Your favorite venue may have charm, or history, or name recognition, but I'll take a farm in Manchester over thoe things any day. In 2006, family connections to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers allowed me the opportunity to watch their set from the side of the stage. I took a picture of the sea of people in the crowd.