Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Avetts among Bonnaroo's 2014 headliners

Concord's the Avett Brothers, who first played a small, overstuffed tent at Bonnaroo in 2006, have graduated to one of 2014's headliners listed behind only Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, and Vampire Weekend on the Tennessee music and arts festival's website earlier tonight.

The four-day festival takes place June 12-15 in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets go on sale February 22 at noon at

According to the band's website the Avetts will help close out the festival on Sunday.

The lineup includes other Carolinas' acts the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shovels & Rope, and California-based, Forest City-native Jonathan Wilson (who plays Visulite Wednesday night).

Others include Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, the Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Damon Albarn, Kaskade, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, Cut Copy, Disclosure, the Head & the Heart, Zedo, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Broken Bells, Chromeo, Tedeschi Trucks Band, James Blake, Bobby Womack, Umphrey's McGee, Ice Cube, Ben Howard, Slightly Stoopid, Fitz and the Tantrums, Cake, Janelle Monae, Grouplove, Chvrches, Cage the Elephant, Die Antwoord, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Mastodon, Capital Cities, Jake Bugg, Chance the Rapper, Dr. Dog, Yonder Mountain String Band, John Butler Trio, Little Dragon, City and Colour, the Glitch Mob, the Naked and Famous, Drive-By Truckers, Taran Killam, Phosphorescent, Washed Out, Danny Brown, Sam Smith, Warpaint, A$AP Ferg, Darkside, Seasick Steve, Lucero, the Wood Brothers, the Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar with special guests Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic, and Shazad Ismaiily, Pushat, Meshuggah, Polica, Dakhabrakha, Goat, ZZ Ward, Seun Kuti, Blackberry Smoke, Ms Mr, A Tribe Called Red, Hannibal Buress, First Aid Kit, Rudimental, Omar Souleyman, Okkervil River, White Denim, the Bouncing Souls, Greensky Bluegrass, Ty Segall, Sarah Jarosz, Vintage Trouble, Robert Delong, Typhoon, Cloud Nothings, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Valerie June, King Khan & the Shrines, Cherub, Banks, Break Science, the Black Lilies, Real Estate, the Lone Bellow, Caveman, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jon Batiste, La Santa Cecilia, Clasixx, Allah-Las, Cass McCombs, Vance Joy, Haerts, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Those Darlins, Lake Street Dive, Deafheaven, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, the Wild Feathers, the Preatures, and Blank Range.

As usual Bonnaroo will feature a handful of one-time superjams - Skrillex & Friends, Superjam "?," and the Bluegrass Situation Jam hosted by Ed Helms. Fans can also compete for the title of Funkiest Dancer at The winner will perform on the main stage.

If you can't make it to the festival or want to check out some of the lesser known acts beforehand, many of the announced artists are playing Charlotte leading up to the summer festival.

Blackberry Smoke plays the Fillmore Thursday, February 20, The Naked and Famous play there Tuesday. Lake Street Dive plays Neighborhood Theatre next Thursday. ZZ Ward and Shovels & Rope play Visulite in March. St. Paul & the Broken Bones returns to Chop Shop in March. And Amos Lee headlines Ovens Auditorium in April.

Headliners Elton John and Lionel Richie both play PNC Music Pavilion in June and July, respectively.