by Jeff Hahne
As the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival gets ready to kick off on the fields of Manchester, Tenn., here's a quick rundown on Day One/Thursday.
With the campgrounds opening up on Wednesday instead of Thursday morning, there's going to be plenty of people on site by the time the music kicks off.
Things get started in the main music tents with River City Extension at 4 p.m. in This Tent.
Futurebirds will start things in That Tent while Hayes Carll gets it going in The Other Tent.
There's a lot of excitement surrounding the 5:45 p.m. show by Karen Elson in The Other Tent, as hopes are high that her husband, Jack White, might show up on stage.
While The Knux get hip-hop going in This Tent, School of Seven Bells will be in That Tent and Best Coast will be rocking the Other Tent in the early evening.
10 p.m. brings another tough choice with Twin Shadow and The Walkmen on at the same time, and Sleigh Bells starting 15 minutes later. Meanwhile, in the Comedy Tent, Henry Rollins will be making his only scheduled appearance of the weekend.
The night wraps up with the pairings of Childish Gambino in This Tent, Beats Antique in The Other Tent, Deerhunter in That Tent and Cheech Marin hosting the Comedy Blaze.
Thursday is always a quick, scattershot day with a handful of up-and-coming names mixed in with some great buzz bands. It's going to be a great warm-up for a packed weekend schedule.