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June 12, 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, back before the War of Northern Aggression this area — now known as Coffee County — was called Smokin’ Bud County. It was home to a matriarch named Bonnaroo Moonalice, who served the finest barbecue anybody ever tasted. The secret, of course, was in the smoking. Bonnaroo invented a multipurpose smoker fueled by hemp buds. The smoker cooked ribs on the inside, but also had hoses to cook lots of people on the outside. Bonnaroo’s barbecue was so popular that it drew musicians and tens of thousands of people from all over. Then came the war of Northern Aggression. As soon as she heard the news from Fort Sumter, Bonnaroo formed up a 420 Moonalice Signal Brigade of Tennessee. Her smoker proved instrumental in protecting confederate troops from reality.
According to Moonalice legend, Manchester, TN is midway between the town that hosted the Scopes Monkey Trial and the island where Jack Daniel made his whiskey. Coincidence? We think not.