Feist Which Stage, Manchester TN June 8
Published Jun 12, 2012Despite being amongst Canada's indie rock royalty, Leslie Feist may not have drawn Which Stage's biggest crowd of the weekend, but it didn't stop the Canuck songstress from gracefully carrying Bonnarooers into the evening portion of the second day. Gorgeously soundtracking the slowly setting sun, Feist arrived onstage solo with "When I Was a Young Girl," then brought out her impressive touring band that included Mountain Man and fellow Broken Social Scenester Charles Spearin. Drawing pretty much equally from 2007's The Reminder and the recent Metals, Feist sounded flawless as she sang, pausing to joke multiple times about the Canadians invading Bonnaroo this year -- and with Kathleen Edwards and City and Colour on the bill, maple leaf flags waving at all times and Dan Mangan standing side-stage, she wasn't really lying. At one point early on, she even attempted to orchestrate "the Bonnaroo glee club," assigning different notes to the front section, the "funnel cakers" at the back and any Canadians scattered throughout the crowd. A reworked and slowed down, but equally sing-along-able version of "Mushaboom" was definitely one of the night's highlights, as was The Reminder's "I Feel It All." After an encore performance of "Intuition," thousands of festivalgoers were sent into the first night of headlining acts feeling as though they had already seen something special.