One thing the NPR Music team keeps asking as we cover this year's Bonnaroo festival is how on earth something so enormous ever got started. Ashley Capps is a co-founder of Bonnaroo, and he said that he and other promoters (and music lovers) were looking for creative ways to bring music to the outdoors. Festivals were always a way of life in Europe, but here in the U.S., most outdoor events were either one-off concerts (think Woodstock) or at established amphitheaters. I spoke with Capps on the second day of Bonnaroo: He explains how jam bands, the Internet, and some music freaks converged at the beginning of this century to change music festivals in America.
Bonnaroo Co-Founder Ashley Capps Talks About The Festival's History