Lead singer Tony Keats and his self-named band open Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Thursday in Manchester
Pat Embry | NowPlayingNashville
Nashville-based roots rock band Keats kicked off the 18th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in earnest early Thursday afternoon at Planet Roo’s How Stage.
Led by lead singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Keats, the five-piece band cut through the gentle breezes with a guitar-dominated 45-minute set.
A sparse gathering amid the holistic shops and exhibits of Planet Roo grew steadily throughout the set, as what will be a sellout crowd of more than 80,000 fans this weekend welcomed sunny skies and unseasonably pleasant afternoon temps in the low 70s.
“One … more … song,” drawled a laidback onlooker, splayed carefree on the cool grass, after the first few tunes, eliciting an onstage grin from Keats.
The band, which also featured former members of Murfreesboro rock bands Fluid Ounces and Self, ran through a set of original songs as well as a soulful cover of “Just My Imagination,” more reminiscent of the Rolling Stones version than the original Motown hit by The Temptations.
Keats also was scheduled to perform in the evening for the BonnaROOTS Dinner.