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-friendly acts, and out of this spirit came the infamous “Superjam” that Bonnaroovians have come to know and love.
As we marinate on last night’s 2019 Bonnaroo Superjam—and the recent passing of NOLA legend Dr. John, whose Desitively Bonnaroo album gave the festival its name—we felt it appropriate to call your attention to one of our favorite Superjams from years past, which took place on this day in 2003.
At Bonnaroo 2003, Dr. John hosted a New Orleans-themed Superjam with Mike Gordon (Phish), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Dewayne Burnside and G. Love—one of the most memorable sessions in recent Bonnaroo memory.
The star-studded group played through a number of NOLA/Dr. John classics, like “Iko Iko” and “Right Place Wrong Time”, as well as classic blues staples 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.
Bonnaroo Superjam 2003 – Full Audio