Bonnaroo 2012: Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, Phish Headline Day 4
MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- The 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has reached its final day, but the fourth day of the festival packs the biggest punch of them all.
The entire festival has been building to this final day where fans will get a chance to hear performers such as Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver and headliner Phish. The amount of talent performing on Sunday is stunning, but poses many dilemmas for fans.
Will you see Ben Folds Five or Kenny Rogers? Or how about choosing among The Shins, Young the Giant, fun., and The Civil Wars?
Those decisions are up to you and you alone, but here are some of our recommendations for the day.
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The Beach Boys, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the What Stage
For many of the young concertgoers here, Sunday represents their first opportunity to see the legendary Beach Boys live in concert. The Beach Boys have been around forever and have more hits than you can count, but also have a new album "That's Why God Made the Radio" that is expected to debut in the Billboard Top 10 next week. It's also the first time that Brian Wilson is playing with The Beach Boys in more than two decades as a part of the band's 50th anniversary.
Kenny Rogers, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Other Tent
Ben Folds Five, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Which Stage
The 4:30 p.m. time slot represents a major choice of two popular artists with very different musical styles. Kenny "The Gambler" Rogers is playing for the first time at Bonnaroo after a long and storied career. Rogers told the International Business Times before his set that not only will he play his big hits, but he'll also play some things "kids will like." Ben Folds Five has been together for more than a decade, but is very excited about a new album they have coming out.
Bon Iver, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at What Stage
The Wisconsin-based indie rockers have been around since 2008, but have really blown up over the last two years or so, winning two Grammys this year. The band has put together two strong albums with hits such as "Skinny Love," "Holocene" and "Perth."
The Shins, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Which Stage
Young the Giant, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at This Tent
fun., 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at That Tent
This could be the toughest decision of the four-day festival when fans have to choose among these three bands. fun. has exploded onto the scene with their hit "We Are Young" that will surely draw in a big crowd. Young the Giant has also had a huge year with hits like "My Body" and "Cough Syrup" getting major mainstream attention. And then there are The Shins, a band that has been around since 1996, that is known as one of the best indie bands out there. The band has completely revamped its lineup, giving fans a new twist on some old favorites.
Phish, 8 p.m. to midnight at What Stage
The double-set honors to close out Bonnaroo belong to jam band Phish. Phish will play for four hours on Sunday night to what should be an ideal crowd for their type of music. Even if Phish isn't really your thing, it is worth taking in at least some of their set to cross off your music bucket list.
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