Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Ever wonder what the bands way down on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup are all about? The Manchester Times is reaching out to find out about these lesser-known bands – the 5-point type listed near the bottom of the lineup. Here is their story.
“Sometimes you gotta rip s–t up, kids,” Adam Weiner , the eccentric wild-eyed frontman of Low Cut Connie says with dark intensity, staring over the top of his mostly damaged brown piano. The piano is named Shondra, named after an elderly stripper from Atlanta. She is covered in graffiti and has an American flag draped over her side. He points at all the boys and girls in the room, staring down these disheveled men and women of 2017 America, all gathered in this bar, drenched in sweat and hysterical eruptions.
Weiner and Shondra begin the opening strains of the new Low Cut Connie song “Revolution Rock n Roll.” It’s a chunky Chuck Berry groove with slow, ominous overtones. The crowd starts to move their butts and lift their hands. These kids have been depressed and angry and they are ready to fully unload.
“The time has come, pals…let’s get weird.”
Low Cut Connie was recently called “the essence of what rock n roll should be” by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions/NPR) and the New York Times has said “their live show is a phenomenon.” They have been a rolling DIY caravan with an explosive live act bubbling under the surface of the music industry for five years, building an obsessive fanbase from all walks of life – white and black, straight and gay, young and old – salty lunatics of every persuasion.
Even former President Barack Obama is a fan of Low Cut Connie. He chose their anthem of low-brow American life “Boozophilia” for his Spotify Playlist and met with Weiner at the White House in 2016.
But with Dirty Pictures (part 1), Low Cut Connie moves beyond the drunken bar boogie they have become associated with into a deeper, darker, dirtier American life.
“We’ve been thought of as a great party band by so many people, and we wear that as a badge of honor, but I really wanted to go deeper with this record,” says Weiner. “We’ve been travelling this country now for a number of years, meeting people of all stripes, entertaining them in their bars and sleeping on their couches, laughing hard, holding them tight and sweating it out with them. I wrote this record really thinking about how people are feeling and living in this country these days … It’s a wild scene out there.”
And what is it that best brings Americans together in such wild and dirty times? Weiner has a simple answer: “Rock n roll. Nothing moves people more. It will make the most unsuspecting citizen hot, angry, weepy and emotional and ultimately open to life like never before. I’ve seen it happen. That’s what we do. We change the molecules in the room.”