Knoxville-based rock band The Black Cadillacs made their Bonnaroo debut this weekend with two shows filled with blues-influenced hard rock.
The five-piece band took the Cafe Where stage by storm Saturday night between Lionel Richie's and Jack White's sets at the nearby massive What Stage, wasting no time bringing their rock and roll to an eager crowd. Donning bandannas, the band gave off the vibe of Western outlaws, with a sound to match.
Their set was fast, heavy and filled with anthemic choruses that had the crowd singing along, whether or not they were even familiar with the band. Their hard rock sound seemed too big to be contained in the relatively small tent. Passersby awaiting Jack White took notice, filling the tent three songs into the set.
The Black Cadillacs performed new songs that the group is set to record in the weeks following the festival.
"We got a whole lot of new material," vocalist Will Horton said in a pre-show interview. "We're sort of taking our time with it. We want to get the most out of these new songs. We've got a couple of weeks off (in June). In that time, we're gonna take a lot of time to practice and rehearse and really see which songs are gonna make it to the next album."
Drummer Adam Bonomo said the band already had seen a lot of great shows at Bonnaroo. It was clear they came to impress, though.
"It takes about 10 years of no money and a lot of hard work," guitarist John Phillips said lightheartedly of what it takes to perform at the festival. "But, eventually, you get to be backstage, which is pretty cool."
The Black Cadillacs were scheduled for a Sunday afternoon set at Bonnaroo's Sonic Stage and will be embarking on a tour of the Southeastern United States in July.