Bonnaroo Announces Free 3-Day “Virtual Roo-Ality” Festival on Sept. 24-26

Bonnaroo Announces Free 3-Day “Virtual Roo-Ality” Festival on Sept. 24-26

The COVID-19 pandemic may have put the kibosh on the 2020 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, but you can still get a full slate of music with Virtual ROO-ALITY, a free three-night live broadcast airing via YouTube on Sept. 24–26.

The online event will feature past footage from the Bonnaroo archives as well as brand-new performances.

Topping the bill are 13 legendary performances from Bonnaroo’s archives, including Dave Matthews and Friends, Metallica, The White Stripes, James Brown, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, the Beastie Boys and more.

Virtual ROO-ALITY will offer new performances from more than 35 artists, including Nathaniel Rateliff, Chromeo, Big Gigantic, Bruce Hornsby featuring James Mercer, Rob Moose & Polo G, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Bonnarootenanny, Denzel Curry, Lennon Stella, Billy Strings, Action Bronson, CloZee, Moon Taxi, Live from Tipitina’s featuring Galactic and Tank and The Bangas, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Goose, Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress, Devin Dawson, ERNEST, and many more.

Bonnaroo was originally scheduled to take place June 11–14 at Great Stage Park, the 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles south of Nashville in Manchester, Tenn.

Virtual Roo-Ality will air September 24-26 beginning at 4:30pm CT each day exclusively on Bonnaroo’s YouTube channel.

photos by Tammie Arroyo,

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell