Laughs, Tunes with Bonnaroo’s Lewis Black, and Mute Math
The Daily Show rabble-rouser gives it up for a sweat-drenched audience. Mute Math's "unexpected energy" shocks some fans.
Lewis Black, who is a rock star of a comedian even without the AC/DC riff introducing him on The Daily Show, kicked things off at Yet Another (Comedy Tent) last night (June 14). The line for the first of two Black performances snaked to the side of the This Tent and doubled back on itself in front of the Bonnaroo Cinema. Once inside, the audience heard a bit by Black about anticipation, though he was talking about the anticipation involved in losing one’s virginity, gambling, golfing and telling jokes. New Orleans’ Mute Math, whose combination of vaguely religious songs, onstage acrobatics and tight playing was inspired and inspiring. At what appeared to be the end of their rousing set, someone threw up clasped hands, someone else the horns and many others clapping hands to reward a concert that was strong enough to shake pant legs and some initial impressions of the band. “They surprised the shit outta me,” said Adam Goldberg, 24, who had never before seen them in concert. Mute Math, whom Goldberg said showed an “unexpected amount of energy, ” finished by smashing their onstage lights and whatever else was in reach amidst the deafening cries of the converted in the This Tent. ALEX DIMITROPOULOS