While Bonnaroo continues to be one of the biggest music festivals in all of North America, the jam faithful will remember the festival’s earliest years steeped in the scene. The first year lineup alone featured Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band and so many more jam groups, and out of this spirit came the infamous “Super Jam” that haves have come to know and love.
This year’s super jam featured some extraordinary talent, with My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and VHS Or Beta singer and guitarist Craig Pfunder serving as the set’s musical directors, and Sheryl Crow, Sameer Gadhia (Young the Giant), Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), David Shaw (The Revivalists), Moon Taxi, Vanessa Carlton, Larkin Poe, and more serving as the special guests for the Into The Great Wide Open tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
However, when we were looking back through Super Jams past, we just had to share this New Orleans-themed celebration from 2003. With Mike Gordon (Phish), Dr. John, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Dewayne Burnside and G. Love joining forces, this was one of the best jam sessions in recent memory.
The group plays through a number of NOLA/Dr. John classics, like “Iko Iko” and “Right Place Wrong Time,” as well as classic blues numbers like “The Sky Is Crying.” It’s a true testament to great music that these renowned artists would join together and jam!
Thanks to taper bigbill, we have full audio from this outrageous set. Listen in below.