Bonnaroo Reviewed: The Felice Brothers

Photo by Lucy Hamblin
Dane Smith

Maybe it was the anticipation of waiting for half an hour, or maybe it was the booze...or maybe it was the opening song about booze, but whatever the reason, the Felice Brothers were greeted by thunderous applause and an already energized crowd Thursday night.

After opening their set with the whiskey themed "Where'd You Get the Liquor," they continued through a rowdy set of rootsy rock and roll including a song "about explicit sex with a 58-year-old in the back of a limousine" and a "church song" that inspired drummer Simone Felice to emerge from behind his kit and expose, "We're all from the same congregation, the midnight church of love and sex in the woods!"

Illuminated by soft blue lighting, the band played on, only getting rowdier as the show barreled into the night, until Old Crow Medicine Show's Willy Watson made a surprise appearance for "Radio Song" and closed the triumphant set.

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