Sanctuary bring you Bonnaroo 2003

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment

have announced the UK Region 0 DVD release of 270 Miles From Graceland - Bonnaroo 2003 for 23rd February 2004 with a retail price of £15.99. Filmed during 13-15 June 2003, the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival took place in Manchester, Tennessee, drawing more than 80,000 music enthusiasts to see some 60-plus musical performances held on five stages. This unique live double-disc DVD set coincides with the release of the 2-disc CD collection Bonnaroo 2003.

Presented in Letterbox 16:9 (PAL) with a choice of DD5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo audio tracks this two-disc set boasts a wealth of features that are best described by the press release...

The DVD spans genres and generations, and chronicles memorable live performances from such diverse artists as The Flaming Lips and James Brown, to Sonic Youth, The Polyphonic Spree, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, the Roots, and The Dead (the latter formerly the Grateful Dead).

Bonnaroo takes an improvisational approach to live performance, where the term "jamming" is the accepted norm. The bands that performed at the festival are not part of the Top 40 format.What they share is a "jam band" approach to freestyle, spontaneous live music performance.

The golden rule of thumb is for the artist not to perform songs the same way twice. This unique live DVD illustrates a collection of varied artists, be it funk, jazz, blues rock, rap or alternative rock, who believe in taking chances, and share the belief that an organic line of communication can exist between musician and audience.

Refreshingly directed by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch (Ben Harper's Pleasure + Pain documentary), the footage on Disc 1 triumphantly captures the musical performance and spirit of the event. Disc 2 ("the bonus disc") includes performance schedules, artist info pages, concert-film trailer, backstage rehearsal footage, and snapshot portraits from the overall festival experience.

The DVD is intended as a snapshot, a snippet, and celebration of a huge live experience edited down to just over 2 hours. Danny Clinch's fly-on-the-wall cinematography pays homage to the long lost tradition of other music festival documentaries like Woodstock and Monterey Pop, a far cry from today's advertising statistic-led and celebrity obsessed MTV generation.

With some highly detailed close-up camera work of music-making in real time, Clinch also provides plenty of video sketchbook moments that adds to the overall ambience of this compelling music documentary/film. The DVD captures outstanding live performances from some of the most critically acclaimed bands who are more interested in playing music than making headlines in the tabloids. Bonnaroo 2003 is the next best thing from buying a festival ticket.

Disc 1: Song Selection

  • Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (Talkatif)
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (Temporary Remedy)
  • Warren Haynes (Beautifully Broken)
  • The Polyphonic Spree (It's the Sun)
  • Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon (William Powell)
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Sleeper)
  • Widespread Panic (Papa Johnny Road)
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood (Uninvisible)
  • My Morning Jacket (Lowdown)
  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band (I Need More Love)
  • Jack Johnson (Mud Football)
  • Tortoise (Tin Cans & Twine)
  • Nickel Creek (I Should've Known Better)
  • Sonic Youth (Bull in the Heather)
  • The Roots (You Got Me)
  • The Dead (Sugar Magnolia)
  • The Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
  • North Mississippi Allstars (Be So Glad)
  • Yonder Mountain String Band (Mother's Only Son)
  • Ben Kweller (Walk on Me)
  • The Allman Brothers Band (Desdemona)
  • James Brown (I Feel Good)
  • Scratch (Freestyle)

    Disc 2: Bonus Features

    1. Trailer
    2. Artist Info
    3. Photo Gallery
    4. Backstage Pass
    5. Press Pass
    6. Portraits
    7. Production Credits

    The Press Pass bonus features section includes interviews and press conferences with James Brown, The Dead, Widespread Panic, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Keller Williams, Mike Gordon, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Al Scheir, Josh Wink, G. Love, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Bela Fleck, Stanton Moore, Michael Franti, Warren Haynes, and Particle.

    The Backstage Pass bonus feature includes behind-the-scenes and backstage rehearsal and jamming footage of Jack Johnson and G. Love, Medeski Martin and Wood, Afrobeat Orchestra, G. Love and director Danny Clinch playing harmonica, The Dead, Nickel Creek, and the North Mississippi Allstars trailer jam.

    The Portraits section on the bonus disc includes candid snapshot footage of the fans who attended the three day festival, while the Photo Gallery features over 40 colour and black and white photographs taken by Danny Clinch and other noteworthy festival photographers. Photos include James Brown, Wayne Coyne, Gregg Allman, Neil and Liz Phair, plus many crowd and fan portraits.

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