Mort Mortenson, drummer and co-founder of Los Colognes, performs at Bonnaroo's Who Stage June 14, 2019 in Manchester, Tenn.
Caryn Tramel | MTSU Seigenthaler News Service
Nashville-based band Los Colognes made their Bonnaroo debut late Friday afternoon in a tuneful, guitar-laden set at the Who Stage, completing a journey that started years ago in Chicago.
The band formed after vocalist-lead guitarist Jay Rutherford and longtime friend and drummer Aaron “Mort” Mortenson relocated from their native Chicago and later convinced fellow Chicagoan and bassist Gordon Persha to join them.
What started as an afternoon chill on the grass in front of the small-by-Bonnaroo-standards stage soon became a packed crowd of longtime and newly converted Los Colognes fans in fine spirits, laughing and singing along to a mix of original songs and covers.
The title track of their 2014 album “Working Together” had onlookers dancing, some weaving their way through the crowd to the stage rail. Others remained content seated on the grass, listening to Rutherford’s country-influenced rock lyrics.
One man drummed his water bottle along to “Golden Dragon Hut” from the album “Dos.” Another group included a man, dressed as a wizard, danced in a circle to the side of the stage.
The set ended with a rousing cover of David Bowie’s classic “Rebel Rebel,” prompting some fans to chant: “That was … AWESOME.”