The hardest thing about attending Bonnaroo is deciding which act to see. The festival will be held from Thursday, June 13, to Sunday, June 16, in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets are still available at www.bonnaroo.com. Here’s a suggested schedule of highlights that doesn’t overlap acts.
Thursday, June 13
Richie, 1 p.m., New Music on Tap stage
Chances are, you’ll still be setting up camp and getting settled when the opener of the festival hits the stage, but Richie’s happy, stripped-down pop is a pretty good way to start.
Asian Teacher Factory, 3 p.m., Solar Stage
Prog-rock electronic psychedelia is nice and relaxing on your first afternoon. You’ll need to camp and commune for the rest of the night and prepare for the weekend.
Friday, June 14
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 12:30 p.m., What Tent
You want to get a party started? Look no further than these R&B funk greats. You will officially begin to have a good time if you haven’t already.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, 1:45 p.m., Which Stage
Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell may finally be on the verge of the big breakout he deserves. His new album, “Southeastern,” is on many short lists for one of the best discs of the year.
Amadou & Mariam, 4:45 p.m. That Tent
Mali has produced an array of terrific music artists, but married blind musicians Amadou & Mariam have been dubbed “The Magic Couple” for a good reason — the music they make does sound absolutely magical.
Daniel Tosh, 6:30 p.m., Comedy Tent
There’s no telling what kind of mischief smart-mouthed comedian Daniel Tosh will fire up for his Bonnaroo gig. His Knoxville shows are sold out, so Bonnaroo is your best bet.
Paul McCartney, 9 p.m., What Stage
Don’t pretend you’re going to sit out the chance to see former Beatle Paul McCartney perform a 2½ hour set featuring a wealth of Beatles songs and some of his solo and Wings hits.
Wu-Tang Clan, 11:30 p.m., Which Stage
One of the coolest raps acts, ever, reunites (albeit without the late Old Dirty Bastard).
Pretty Lights, 1:30 a.m., Which Stage
Electronic act Pretty Lights doesn’t leave the stage until 3:15 a.m. You could dance at the Silent Disco after until 5 a.m., but you’re bound to be pretty beat.
Saturday, June 15
Death Grips, 2:15 p.m., The Other Tent
Are you sick of starting your day with peace and love? Death Grips can cure that. Loud, abrasive, in-your-face and downright scary, even a violent thunderstorm will seem brighter in comparison.
Dirty Projectors, 5:15 p.m. This Tent, or David Cross, 4:30 p.m. Comedy Tent
Just the opposite of Death Grips, Dirty Projectors should restore your faith in humanity and pop music. Of course, things might need to go one step further so you can actually laugh again, so go with comedian David Cross, who never lets you down.
Bjork, 7 p.m. What Stage
Even if you didn’t like Bjork’s odd and sometimes ethereal sound, you really don’t want to miss seeing what she’s going to wear, do you?
Mumford & Sons, 9:30 p.m., What Stage
Beards and banjos and folky goodness, but why did they overlap this set slightly with one by the Lumineers, which surely have the same audience?
Rock N’ Soul Superjam Dance Party, 12 a.m., This Tent
You’re gonna have to miss Billy Idol AND Weird Al Yankovic to catch this, but, hey, you’re not going to have Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), John Oates (of Hall and Oates), Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band together again.
Sunday, June 16
LiL iFFy, 1:20 p.m., New Music on Tap Lounge
Who cares about Harry Potter-centric rap wizards? You will after catching this act after a sleepy Sunday morning. It’s also good to show some support for the one Knoxville-based act on the bill.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 2:30 p.m., What Stage
Surprising rap with heart and soul. You’ll need some good vibes after three days without a shower.
Bob Saget, 4:30 p.m. Comedy Tent
Put all those memories of “Full House” behind you. Bob Saget can be filthy and funny. Take an unsuspecting friend and watch their inner-child crumble!
Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with Special Guests, 7:15 p.m., That Tent
Comedian Ed Helms hosts an all-star bluegrass jam and who knows who’ll show up? Sam Bush and Del McCoury are playing just before, so the chances they’ll be sitting in are pretty good.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 9 p.m., What Stage
Tom Petty put on one of the most memorable headlining shows a few years ago. It’ll be a good way to close the night.
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