I spent my 43rd birthday at a Jason Isbell concert, which – on its face – isn’t noteworthy. After all, I’ve spent plenty of birthdays, New Years Eves, and anniversaries at concerts. But those were when the world was normal. In 2020, we’re all in the middle of public health scare that has decimated the live entertainment world.
The lineup for Bonnaroo 2020, taking place June 11-14, has been announced, and it’s a heavy one. Tool headlines the first night, with Lizzo up on the second, and finally Tame Impala on the third. But, the goodies are further down the lineup.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit / Brandi Carlile / The War and Treaty
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Bonner Springs, KS
August 1, 2019
Words/photos by Josh Mintz
Not much can derail a concert like lightning. Bands can play through rain. They can play through wind. But lightning is a showstopper. The forecast for the August 1 Jason Isbell/Brandi Carlile show in Bonner Springs, Kansas looked foreboding in advance, with thunderstorms projected for the entire day. As it got closer to showtime the predicted weather cleared up by the hour, and when first band on the bill, The War and Treaty, took the stage, nary a drop of rain was falling from the sky.
If anyone’s wondering why you go to festivals, well…this is it. Yesterday (July 26, 2019) at Newport Folk Festival Warren Haynes played a solo acoustic set, and at the end brought out Jason Isbell, Jonathan Wilson, and Lukas Nelson for Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s “Find the Cost of Freedom” that segued into Newport legend Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War.”