Bonnaroo Day 3: Skankin In The Pit With Jimmy Cliff

He's got the whole Roo in his hands

I can’t dance in most settings.  In fact, I am extremely awkward dancing anywhere that skanking is not accepted as official dance currency.  However, somewhere around senior year of high school I developed the ability to have very little shame and made it my goal to skank at least once during any music event I attended.  I’ve skanked at Giant Stadium while Bruce Springsteen sang “Rosalita,” at The Arts Center during STP’s “Sex Type Thing,” and even as recently as an extensive session during Matt and Kim’s TCNJ performance.

Thankfully, Jimmy Cliff provided me with appropriate platform to do such a dance.  I was in my glory, King for an hour in the bloodshot eyes of the surrounding hippie/Rastas.

Cliff played an inspiring set that included such hits as “Blessed Love,” “Many Rivers To Cross,” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” to name a few of the fan favorites.

He spoke his views on the environment, the war, and entertained the crowd with various forms of Jamaican style dancing, it resembled the skank, that no 62-year old man should be able to do without spraining a hip.

Cliff even played a kick-ass Cat Stevens cover of “Wild World.”

This show was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got to see it.

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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