Bonnaroo Boasts Sole 2011 Buffalo Springfield Fest Date

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The sold-out festival will celebrate not only rap and rock this weekend In Tennessee, but folk, too.

Bonnaroo is back.

This weekend (and even as early as today, the start of the festival), the massive happening will host 175 bands (and around 80,000 people) over four days in Tennessee.

Arcade Fire and Eminem are among the main draws, but for many, it’s acts such as Buffalo Springfield that define what the Bonnaroo experience is all about.

Saturday, the classic folk/rock band take the stage in what marks Buffalo Springfield member Neil Young's first return to the festival since a 2003 solo show.

"People have asked me did I think The Buffalo Springfield would ever get back together again, and my answer was a short, `Never, it's not gonna happen,'" member Richie Furay said in a recent phone interview with the Associated Press.

"That old saying, `Never say never,' is true."

The reunion of the beloved band looks to be a highlight of the anticipated festival, which is officially sold out.

According to AP, Springfield set the agenda for contemporary folk and country rock scenes (see acts such as My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists and many others in the festival's four-day lineup that were influenced directly or indirectly by Buffalo Springfield).

Organizers of Bonnaroo, anyway, seem happy they landed Buffalo Springfield’s only festival date in North America this year.

"I think Bonnaroo has always been about presenting not only sort of what is current and breaking but also artists that have influenced a lot of the music that our audience is listening to," Bonnaroo co-creator Rick Farman of Superfly Productions told AP.

"There's always been a thing within sort of the rock world of looking back at the sort of predecessors, the ones who created the pathways for the new artists and sort of putting them up on a pedestal to be experienced in that way,” he added.

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