One more panel in the press tent, with (l-r) Bob Saget, Matt Berninger (The National), Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits), Chris Stapleton, and Alex Sharpe (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), who I unknowingly met coming out of the Port-o-San about an hour ago. When asked about their show last week at the Barclays Center, Berninger said it was "strange to play in a place that was the source of protests, given that Freddy's was the first place we ever played. But, it was still cool."
Berninger was also sanguine about what festivals like Bonnaroo have meant to musicians like them. "It's how we get paid. It's how we pay the rent, put food on the table. Most bands like ours will never get signed to a major label, so all of these festivals have allowed us to make a decent living."