The What Podcast is a weekly podcast by two veterans of the entertainment media universe with a passion for live music and music festivals. They came together over a love of Bonnaroo and found out pretty quickly that they are not alone. In fact, since launching four years ago, they found kindred spirits all over the world who also love the vibe found only at music festivals. Each week they share their own stories and opinions, but they also dig deeper and talk to the musicians and industry insiders who make the magic happen.
It’s finally music festival season and The What podcasters have lots of twists and turns to discuss. Are we all ready for this? Are they ready for this?
Lollapalooza begins now, and Brad and Barry are just as curious about how everything is going to work as you are. Pooling their years of experience plus insider information, they discuss the reality of returning to music festivals in a world that is still not entirely recovered from 2020.
Few artists today make music as smooth as Cautious Clay. For this week's episode of The What Podcast, Barry and Brad spend some time with him discussing his influences, his journey to becoming an artist, and how he makes his music. They also talk about how he has developed as a lyricist.
On the latest episode of The What Podcast, Consequence Founder and Publisher Alex Young joins Brad and Barry for a wide-ranging conversation on the music industry, festival scene, and more. They also chat about the origins of Consequence, the state of music journalism in 2021, and what the festival landscape will look like in a post-COVID world.
Festival season is upon us and Brad and Barry talk to Matt Quinn from Mt. Joy, one of those bands that can play at just about any festival. Plus, it's confession time for two "veteran" media guys as Brad forgets to turn on his microphone.
The spectre of Bonnaroo is large and real (finally), and on this episode of The What Podcast, Brad and Barry are starting to focus in on the live music festival season, which will be more exciting and intense than ever before. They talk to the winner of their ticket giveaway. Also, Barry and Lord Taco make a trip to a Mini Roo with some serious Roo fans like Daniel and Sharla from the Roo Bus and Kevin and Mitchell from Reddaroo.
The What Podcast takes a deep dive into music festivals every week and this time around Brad, Barry and Lord Taco offer their tips on what to bring and what not to bring to your first Bonnaroo, as well as how to make sure your festival experience is a positive one.
At some point or another in all of our lives, we've wondered how this song gets played on the radio and not that one. This week on The What Podcast, Brad and Barry talk to one of the guys who actually makes those kinds of decisions. Troy Hanson, head of rock programming at Cumulus Broadcasting, is our guest on the show that takes a deep dive festivals in particular, but music in general.
This week on The What Podcast, the weekly show that takes a deep dive into the world of music festivals, Brad and Barry talk with Mike Daly, Executive Director of A&R and Music Publishing at Disney Music Group, about what exactly guys in his line of work do.
The What Podcast is a show done by Bonnaroovians for Bonnaroovians that takes a deep dive into the live music festival universe. This week, Brad and Barry talk to Grace Potter about what it has been like to be the guinea pig (her words) for other musicians as they hit the road, and what it was like coming out of a difficult time in her life. She also talks about how tough it was shooting the video for her deeply personal song "Release".
Write this down, Brad, Barry and Lord Taco are determined to get to the bottom of the recent spate of festival lineup releases and while we don't want to give it away, they are pretty excited about one in particular and vow they can be in Amarillo by morning.
This week, Brad and Barry chat with Bonnaroo first-timer Devon Gilfillian, a very talented R&B singer who also happens to be hilarious. He talks about growing up as the son of a wedding singer and why he decided that the best way to follow his Grammy-nominated debut album was to pay homage to one of the most important albums of all time - "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye.
We also talk about how you can win a pair of Bonnaroo tickets!
This week on The What Podcast, now on the Consequence Podcast Network, Brad and Barry visit with Cole, Dawson and Luke of Almost Monday, who talk about how surfing brought the band together, the music scene in San Diego and how Eddie Vedder is influencing young musicians there in a huge way.
This week, Brad and Barry are joined by Sergio Vega, bassist of Deftones and Quicksand. They discuss Vega's beginnings in the post-hardcore band Quicksand and joining Deftones in the wake of Chi Cheng's tragic passing. Vega also dives deep into his own songwriting in addition to offering some insight into Deftones' own recording process. To close the interview, Vega shares his thoughts on returning to the road with Deftones in a post-pandemic world, which includes an appearance at Bonnaroo.
If you believe there are Consequences for our actions, this should be good news. Brad and Barry are super excited to announce that The What Podcast is now part of the Consequence universe of podcasts. Plus, we debut our brand new theme song, which comes courtesy of *repeat repeat.
For Bonnaroovians like Brad and Barry, lineup day is like every holiday rolled into one. It officially dropped today and we got an early look. Actually, we all did, but more on that later.
Find out what our can't miss shows are, as well as what we think are this year's sleeper acts. Plus, we discuss some of the new upgrades to The Farm, including Jamtrack.
It's been a busy week, so after months of informed speculation and educated guesses, Barry and Brad discuss some actual news regarding Bonnaroo and "The Farm", and share some "news" about another key player in the festival world.
Over the years we've interviewed artists, venue owners, management, and more…but never the people who actually put artists on the road and on the stage. Today, Brad and Barry talk with Ali Hedrick and and John Bongiorno of Arrival Artists break down how booking works in a normal year and during a pandemic. This is a fascinating peek behind the curtain into what goes into the booking process, and we find out what we were wrong about in the past.
Also, Brad teases a little bit of news coming that's going to make big waves in the festival world. Find out what that could mean for Bonnaroo in September and hear what John and Ali have to say about the likelihood of us returning to The Farm this year.
New year, new season! Brad and Barry return to discuss Bonnaroo 2021: the feasibility and logistics of the festival returning in September. Brad drops some hints about which headliners he thinks will not be on the lineup, and who he thinks will be. Also, we announce the new merch shop! Head over to shop.thewhatpodcast.com and check out our shirts, koozie, and stickers for sale if you missed out on last year's Patreon rewards. Speaking of Patreon, we have all new tiers with all new merch this year to announce soon. Stay tuned for more from Season 4 of The What Podcast!
Photo Credit: David Bruce/iambonnaroo
This week, we get to catch up and find out what Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco have been up to for the past few months. Briston Maroney, one of our 2020 Bonnaroulette picks drops in for a chat. Find out why his parents didn't want him to go to Bonnaroo at first. Also, Lord Taco introduces the Roo Gaming Crew! Visit https://thewhat.co/roogamingcrew if you'd like to donate or watch.
Which Virtual ROO-ALITY shows lit you up last month? We talk about our favorites and recap some of the recent Bonnaroo news, including the passing of Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and the festival's date change to September 2021.
We kick off Virtual ROO-ALITY weekend with Jeff Cuellar, VP of Strategic Partnerships at AC Entertainment. Jeff talks in length about the shift Bonnaroo had to make to a virtual festival, and what challenges they face as they prepare for 2021. Also: we press Jeff about two beloved icons that could return to The Farm next year.
Introducing the ultimate in Bonnaroo podcast collaborations! We team up with Parker and Jake from RooHamm and Daniel and Sharla from the Roo Bus for an epic conversation about Bonnaroo, music, and of course Hamms beer with a live tasting. Will Lord Taco give up PBR for Hamms? Listen and find out!
Brad, Barry, and Russ draft their Top 5 Bonnaroo artists in the first ever What Podcast Fantasy Draft. And we'd like you to pick the best one! Vote in our poll over at @thewhat_podcast on Twitter. Plus, we talk to Patreon Phil!
Today we meet the man behind the iconic film project I Am Bonnaroo. David Bruce is a true Bonnaroovian and a talented photographer, who has been capturing the people of Bonnaroo for ten years. You've no doubt seen his work, now hear how it all started with a road trip 1,000 miles to Manchester in the car with a complete stranger. Plus, we discuss what music we're listening to during quarantine and who we think would make good additions to the lineup for 2021.
In a very special episode of The What Podcast, Brad and Barry sit down with rock-and-roll and blues legend Mitch Ryder. Not only has Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels played Itchycoo, he was the last person to perform with Otis Redding.
Patreon Bill joins Brad and Barry to share his tales of driving 17 hours to Manchester and then waiting in line another 11 to get in. And, he still fell in love with Bonnaroo. Plus, we share some scary news about the future.
Listeners of The What Podcast should not be surprised Bonnaroo 2020 was cancelled. We Brad, Barry and Lord Taco put the wraps on this season and reflect on the news and predictions we brought you. Were we correct? What does the future hold for Bonnaroo and live music in general? Season 3 may be over but The What Podcast is still going strong. We hope to bring you some more interviews and breaking news just as we always have. But for now, it's time to pay our respects to 2020, the Bonnaroo that never was.
In a special impromptu crossover episode of The What Podcast and Story Time at the Roo Bus, we bring you details on a special Speakeasy-style Bonnaroo live from Winchester, TN. There's just one problem…Brad and Barry aren't here. Instead, we are joined by some very special guests: Daniel from The Roo Bus, Lindsey and Celia from Roo Fitness, Kyle the Bonnaroovian, and David from the I Am Bonnaroo film project. We talk about some of our all-time favorite Bonnaroo moments and what we would have looked forward to seeing this year, had we been on The Farm. Also included are some voicemails left by you guys on our What Podcast Virtual Mailbox. We hope this brings you a little bit of Bonnaroo in June when we would otherwise be hanging out together. Special thanks to Lindsey from Roo Fitness and Daniel from Roo Bus for putting together this small, but enjoyable weekend! Also thanks to Lee Gibson, Seeds?, and DJ Snow for the live entertainment.
In our final installment of Virtual Camp Nutbutter, Brad, Barry, and Russ are joined by some of our long-time campmates: Hillary, Nicky T, Bryan Stone, Dinson, and Chrissy! We reminisce about Bonnaroos past and imagine what this past weekend would have been like, had we all been together for this year's festival.
In a first for The What Podcast, Barry talks to an artist not on the Bonnaroo lineup. EmiSunshine is a young up-and-coming star in the country music scene, although her musical style isn't contained by the genre and her songwriting ranges across all subjects. Her newest work is called "Stars", in collaboration with Bootsy Collins (yes THAT Bootsy Collins) and other legendary artists. We hope you enjoy this little detour from Bonnaroo and check out this fun interview with Brad and Barry. EmiSunshine is set to perform this Friday at Songbirds South in Chattanooga.
Virtual Camp Nutbutter continues with some of our most favorite people in the world: *repeat repeat! Jared and Kristyn have now joined us for every season of The What Podcast, and they happened to be our first podcast guests back at Camp Nutbutter in 2018.
We're sad we aren't on The Farm today, and you are too. Instead, we bring you a series of virtual Camp Nutbutter experiences with some special guests! Today, we are speaking with Jim Burruss from Columbia Records. Stay tuned for more coming soon!
It’s Bonnaroo Day...or at least, it should be. We reflect on what would have been our arrival on The Farm today, and also speculate about Bonnaroo’s apparent silence on social media lately. What could it mean? Brad and Barry take a look at some other festival cancellations and how they could affect a September Bonnaroo. Stay positive and remember that we will be reunited back in Manchester soon.
Unless you are a lawyer, the term might not meant much to you as a music fan or artist before, but it will from now on. Today we have a fascinating conversation with Jeff Becker, an entertainment and media lawyer with an impressive roster of clients in the music industry. You will learn a lot from this interview! Also, just how pessimistic is Brad?
We switch gears this week and talk with Chris Cobb, owner of the Exit/In music venue in Nashville, TN, OG Nutbutter Campmate, and precinct captain of the newly formed National Independent Venue Association. NIVA was formed to help preserve the ecosystem of independent venues across the country while they are force to close throughout the pandemic. Chris shared some eye-opening insights about the state of live music and told us what he thought it would take for a large festival like Bonnaroo to resume. Also: has Brad found the perfect festival food?
This week on The What Podcast, Barry talks with Larkin Poe and their (hopeful) return to Bonnaroo this year. Is Septemberoo still likely to happen? What shows are we binge watching while staying at home? We also talk with our friend and What Podcast Patron David from Ohio.
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This week, we bring you Part 2 of our Bonnaroulette series where we spin the wheel and listen to a random artist from the lineup. But first, a discussion on the latest news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and how it affects the 2020 festival season, including Bonnaroo.
It's the episode we didn't want to make, but felt like it needs to be talked about. The Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is taking out festivals left and right. What's next? What does it mean for Bonnaroo? We don't know either. But, we feel better about it being together.
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Staying away from the conspiracy theories and worry for a couple of weeks until it calms down, we dive into the lineup with part 1 of Bonnaroulette! Brad and Barry spin the “wheel” and see where it lands for 2020. Who will they discover this year?
This is not a regularly scheduled episode, but with the recent news about the festival selling out, we had to get Ken Weinstein from Big Hassle Media on the phone and talk about it. Please keep in mind, this is not the best audio quality, but we were limited with time and other factors. Regardless, we think you'll enjoy listening and Ken even breaks a little scheduling news as well.
How far do you travel to get to Bonnaroo? This week, Brad and Barry talk with two Patreon supporters to hear how they make traveling across country work. We also swap Bonnaroo stories and hear about what the festival means to them, and who they are excited about this year on The Farm. Thank you Timothy and Liesl for supporting The What Podcast on Patreon!
What is "Future Bass"? How are the Plazas curated? Brad and Barry talk with Bobby and Sophie from C3 Presents and get an education on EDM, and learn about the evolution of the campground plazas in the last few years.
Part 2 of our interview with Ted, Steve, and Bryan at AC Entertainment in Knoxville, TN. This was a fascinating look into the world of festival booking and how the entire lineup is curated and comes together.
Brad and Barry leave the friendly confines of The What Podcast’s worldwide headquarters and travel to Knoxville to talk directly with Ted, Steve and Bryan at AC Entertainment about how they book the Bonnaroo lineup.
The Bonnaroo 2020 lineup is finally here! Brad and Barry (with special guest Bryan Stone) go line by line with you and share their thoughts. There's lots to go over here and even some stuff we missed, which will be coming out in future episodes.
This week, Brad and Barry tackle a whole plate of Bonnaroo leftovers, including the Bonnaroo vets we've lost along the way, big news about the podcast, and an in-depth discussion about Lizzo as the first female headliner at Bonnaroo as we get closer to lineup day. Thanks to The Moxy Downtown Chattanooga for another live episode of The What Podcast! #atthemoxy
In a special pop-up show - Brad and Barry dissect some of the changes announced for the farm in 2020. Plus, the guys dig into some of the rumors floating around since the possible leak of headliners on Inforoo. Drop us a comment if ya like - giving away tickets for the weekend soon!
Today we bring you a very special episode of The What Podcast, with our good friends Daniel, Sharla, Brooklin, and Chelsey from The Roo Bus! They made the trip to Chattanooga from Huntsville so they could sit down with us and record an episode. Along with special guests Bryan Stone of StoneOnAir and Kevin and Mitchell from Camp Reddaroo, we talk Roo lineup rumors for 2020, some favorite Bonnaroo memories, and more.
Brad & Barry are back! Joining them today to talk Roo 19 / Moon River Festival / Exit 111 and Roo 2020 is Jeff Cuellar from AC Entertainment. Plus, Brad & Barry make some educated guesses for the 2020 lineup!
This week Brad & Barry review Bonnaroo 2019. Plus, they chat with Bishop Briggs (shortly before Brad destroyed her dressing room) and Quinn XCII. Relive the festival's highs and lows on one of the final episodes of the season.
On Sunday, Brad & Barry had the honor to host Ken Weinstein from Big Hassle Media at Camp Nutbutter to chat all things Roo....from the early days and how it got started to what made this year a sell out...and Ken even drops a Cardi B-like "OKURR"....a very special moment in broadcast history.
Brad and Barry join the annual beer exchange with Camp Reddaroo, one of the largest camps in Groop camping. With special guests: Roo Bus, Bonnarovian, Bonnarooster, and more. It's like a live Reddit thread!
The show we've been waiting for...The Grand Ole Opry! The highlight of our Thursday will be the magic that comes from the group of artists playing the Grand Ole Opry. This week, Brad & Barry chat with Ketch from Old Crow Medicine Show, who is the mastermind behind this year's show. This is a MUST listen for all Bonnaroovians.
This week Brad & Barry go through the lists of Do's and Don'ts for the festival. After 15 years of Bonnaroos, they have compiled a very long list of advice for the newbie or maybe some ideas for a Roo vet!
Today on the show, Brad & Barry talk the unspoken hero of Bonnaroo life, the Vendors. First up, Michael from Spicy Pie (mmmm). Plus they clean up and clean water with Water Ways in Chattanooga and Phil from the non-profit world, Making Waves!
A little bit of everything in this week’s episode. Brad and Barry talk the Moon River festival with the founder (and excellent singer-songwriter) Drew Holcomb and puts Bonnaroo in perspective from the vantage point of a boutique festival. Plus, Jake from Illiterate Light chats about their Roo show at the Who Stage and we give away a pair of tickets to ROO!!
This week Brad & Barry dive into the schedule and the many, many conflicts for 2019. Along the way to help are listeners Dortha and April and even a surprise appearance from Camp Nutbutter fellow camper and podcast host himself, Bryan Stone (@stoneonair)
This week, in honor of the additions to the 2019 lineup, Brad & Barry dive in to the artists playing the often forgotten Who Stage! So excited because there are LOTS of discoveries this week! Plus, the guys talk to Matt from Drax Project, another Who Stage addition for this year.
Stepping out of their box, Brad & Barry dive into the rap & hip hop artists on this year's lineup. No, it's not their normal lane, but thanks to The What listeners' suggestions, they navigate the ones not to miss this year.
This week, Brad & Barry dive into some of the first timers playing Bonnaroo! The guys chat about their first year and even chat with Bonnaroo First Timer, Adam from AJR. Plus, listener Dustin calls in to talk about his first year at Roo last year and 2 special surprise guests to give us tips for first time roo-ers!
For the first time in What Podcast history, we have a return guest...and ironically the first repeat guest we have are the kids from *repeat repeat.
Jared and Kristyn talked how Bonnaroo changed their band and career, their new album, and what it was like working with Patrick Carney.
Then, we chat with podcast listener Brandon for our listener spotlight this week! Thanks for listening!
Today, Brad & Barry talk to Nicholas from Walk The Moon and previews their latest trip to the farm. Plus, updates from the site and a chat with listeners, podcasters, and fellow festival-junkies, David and Trevin!
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To whet our Bonnaroo appetite, Brad & Barry brought back a favorite from season 1, Bonnaroo-Lette! They spin the wheel of songs and whoever they land on they play. It’s how they discovered Davie, Repeat Repeat and so many others from 2018…who will they find this year? Then, the guys talk to fellow Bonnaroovian and podcast listener, Monica!
Drop them a line www.thewhatpodcast.com and get in for tickets with camping passes for 2019!
1 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble
2 – GRiZ – Good Times Roll
3 – Chelsea Cutler – Your Shirt
4 – Hippo Campus – Way It Goes
5 – Jim James – Just A Fool
6 – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
7 – Gojira – Stranded
8 – Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen
9 – Magic City Hippies – Limestone
Brad & Barry are back! To start season 2 we pull the curtain back with one of the top guys at AC Entertainment to explain some of the missing pieces of the 2019 Bonnaroo puzzle...Jeff Cuellar, The VP of Strategic Operations for AC Entertainment. We talk lineup, infrastructure, secrets of the trade and so much more. It truly was one of the most enlightening conversations about Bonnaroo-life we have had and full of so many nuggets. Also, join us at www.thewhatpodcast.com and drop us a line...if so, we will enter you for a pair of tickets to ROO 19!
It's finally here! By now, you've (hopefully) seen the Bonnaroo 2019 lineup. Now listen as Brad and Barry begin a deep dive into each day's headliners. Some big surprises here, but this lineup still feels like home. Also, you might notice something a little...nutbuttery on that poster? Plus in this episode, we break a little news that nobody else can give you about the schedule!
As lineup day draws near, Brad & Barry chat with Dan & Richard from The Roo Tang Clan (@rootangclan) and hear the origin story of one of the biggest Groop camping experiences of Bonnaroo. Plus, they share who they want to see on the farm this year!
On the final podcast before Bonnaroo, Brad and Barry are joined by a surprise guest - First Aid Kit! Plus we talk to Brandon from @Bonnaroo365, Kyle from @thebonnaroovian and listener Parker to get their Roo picks!
Less than 3 weeks away from Bonnaroo! This week we explore Brad's picks for the festival. Who are his must-see shows? Who are yours? Submit your list to us at thewhatpodcast.com and we will feature them in 2 weeks.
This week we have the honor of talking to the Senior VP of Promotion Operation of Columbia Records, Jim Burress on the air with us. Jim's extensive knowledge of the industry and his deep passion for music and Bonnaroo make him the perfect guest to talk about what it means to be a Bonnaroo vet. Plus, we invited some of our camp mates from Camp Nutbutter to the show...welcome Bryan Stone and Nick Turner!
This week, Brad and Barry jump into the show that has most people scratching their heads - Bon Iver. How their sound has changed over 3 albums and what will the 2 sets be like at Bonnaroo? Plus, they talk the schedule release, shorter set times and more!
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Switching it up this week on The What Podcast with Brad Steiner and Barry Courter….join them as they spin the Bonnaroo-lette wheel. Hitting shuffle on the Bonnaroo playlist and playing artists that it lands on, whether they know them or not. Plus, the guys go through all the Roo news from the past week!
1- Tom Petty – The Waiting
2 – Larkin Poe – Trouble In Mind
3 – Post Animal – Special Moment
4 -Zeshan B – At The Breaking Point
5 – Chromeo – Jealous
6 – Davie – Testify
7 – T-Pain – Buy You A Drank
8 – Lissie – Go Your Own Way
9 – Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy
10 – A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Part 2 with Paul Janeway from St. Paul and the Broken Bones includes breaking news about the new album(s) and the worst show they have ever played as a band. Plus, Brad and Barry chat with podcast listeners about Bonnaroo!
Over the course of 45 spectacular minutes, Brad and Barry talk to one of their favorite artists, Paul Janeway from St. Paul and The Broken Bones. In part 1 Paul tells one of the best Bonnaroo stories ever told, talks transitioning from the first album to the second, and talks about the time he almost quit music.
Could there be a more "Bonnaroo Band" than Moon Taxi? This week, Brad and Barry talk to Trevor from Moon Taxi about their history with the festival, what it means to them, and what to expect from their show from the farm this year!
This week Brad Steiner and Barry Courter welcome Rob and Dave from The Revivalists! They chat about how it all started, the first time they ever played Bonnaroo, progress on the new album, and maybe some surprises along the way! Plus, details on how you can win Bonnaroo tickets with camping passes!
This week, Brad Steiner and Barry Courter dive into the past, present and future of Bonnaroo with the kingmaker himself, Ashley Capps from AC Entertainment. Ashley breaks down the evolution of the festival and gives us some news about this years Bonnaroo....AND details on our special guest for next week's podcast.
This week, Brad Steiner and Barry Courter dive into the stories that make up the Sturgill Simpson catalogue as we prepare for his return to Bonnaroo. Interact / Enter to win tickets to Bonnaroo and more at thewhatpodcast.com
A Bonnaroo podcast for Bonnaroovians, by Bonnarovians! With your hosts, Brad Steiner and Barry Courter. Brad and Barry take a deep dive into what makes the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival special. They talk with organizers, industry people, musicians who have played the festival or who are set to play it, first-time attendees, Roo veterans, and their fellow Camp Nutbutter campmates about everything from tips on what to bring to artists not to miss.