On The Ground At Bonnaroo: Saturday

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Jay-Z busts out the hits at Bonnaroo on Saturday night. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Jay-Z busts out the hits at Bonnaroo on Saturday night.

Shantel Mitchell

At 2 a.m. on night No. 3 of Bonnaroo 2010, Bob Boilen and the All Songs team finally felt settled into the festival lifestyle.

"Even though we've been here longer and there's been less of real civilization, today felt a lot easier," Bob said.

The entire team was still in awe after the double header of Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z on the "What" stage. Both superstars connected with the vibe of the Bonnaroo crowd, and they delivered a non-stop barrage of hit songs.

"How many times am I ever going to have the chance to see Stevie Wonder perform live?" said Jill Riley from The Current.

Stevie was in rare form, with a full stage show and backup dancers that kept the massive crowd energized and dancing. It was a hard show to follow, but Jay-Z didn't disappoint. An All Songs team favorite, Jay-Z's set captivated the crowd.

"All the hits. He played them all," said Andy Uhler of Austin's KUT. "You think they sound good jamming out of your car - multiply that by about a thousand, and that's what you've got here at Bonnaroo."

Show-stopping headliners aside, Saturday was filled with other exciting acts as well. Earlier in the day, Bob caught the set by Mumford and Sons, a band from England with a Southern-tinged American folk sound. They were thrilled to play in front of their biggest audience to date, and were joined at the end of their set by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

Jill and Andy were taken by the down-to-earth, heartfelt set of The Avett Brothers. The band's feel good songs from its latest release, I and Love and You were the perfect soundtrack for the festival setting.

"During the set, a cool breeze came in and it started to sprinkle," Jill said. "It was a really cool environment to see them."

Elsewhere, Bob had a "magic moment" seeing John Prine joining Kris Kristofferson on stage:

"Kris Kristofferson took his fingers to his mouth and gave a big whistle as Prine took the stage," he said. "Kristofferson helped John Prine get his first record contract in 1970. . . it's just wonderful to hear these two together."

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