One of the major highlights of last year’s Bonnaroo music festival was the annual Superjam.
Curated by Roots drummer ?uestlove, the set featured the unexpected return of acclaimed neo-soul crooner D’Angelo after a decade-long absence from live performances.
For those curious as to exactly how this epic, cover-heavy jam session went down, Bonnaroo 365 has released the first installment of a four-part video series chronicling both the concert and the behind-the-scenes logistics that made it possible.
In this first video, the viewer witnesses ?uestlove getting on the plane to Memphis from his homebase in New York. Once there, he darts between rehearsing with the all-star band—bassist Pino Palladino, saxophonist Eric Leeds, guitarist Jesse Johnson and vocalist Kendra Foster—for the Superjam to playing his own set with The Roots to returning for another eleventh hour rehearsal.
Music wise, the video features D’Angelo, ?uestlove and Co. plowing through a grooving cover version of Prince’s “Summer Thang.”
According to Pitchfork, subsequent episodes will include “Getting the Band Back Together” (featuring “Pride and Vanity” by the Ohio Players), “Hit It and Quit It” (featuring “Funky Dollar Bill” and “Hit It and Quit It” by Parliament-Funkadelic), and “The Return of D’Angelo” (featuring “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” by the Beatles).
Watch the video below.