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MMW, Bela Fleck, Jam Bands Play Bonnaroo

RollingStone.com reported yesterday that old-man rocker Neil Young and symphonic-pop maestros the Flaming Lips were recently added to the already large list of acts performing at the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival, which will be held June 13-15 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo, named “Music Festival of the Year” at the 14th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards ceremony on Feb. 8, gives ample stage time to artists in non-rock genres as well. Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bela Fleck (pictured) and Galactic are likely the three biggest jazz-associated names playing the festival this year. As those names suggest, the jazz element at Bonnaroo is mostly of the jam-band kind; up-and-coming jammers the Slip are also on the bill, as well as the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now known as the Dead.

A full list of Bonnaroo performers appears below. The festival is held Woodstock-style on a 600-acre farm in Manchester, about 60 miles south of Nashville. Tickets are available at bonnaroo.com.

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