The What Podcast

The What Podcast

The What Podcast is a weekly show by two veterans of the entertainment media universe with a passion for live music and music festivals. They came together over a love of Bonnaroo and found out pretty quickly that they are not alone. In fact, since launching in 2018, they found kindred spirits all over the world who also love the vibe found only at music festivals. Each week they share their own stories and opinions, but they also dig deeper and talk to the musicians and industry insiders who make the magic happen. The What Podcast is part of the Consequence Podcast Network.


November 29, 2023 7 mins

It’s no secret that the music business is a wild industry, but every now and then it comes with its perks. On this High Five Clip from The What Podcast, Brann Dailor of Mastodon tells the story of how the band managed to appear as extras on HBO’s legendary drama Game of Thrones.

Making a pair of cameos in two different seasons, Dailor explains how the opportunity arose, the band’s reaction, and what it was like portraying a wilding....

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Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco of The What Podcast have long-known that Bonnaroo can change lives for the better — and they’re not alone. For many, the festival is about much more than big-name headliners and Spicy Pie. Case in point, Roo Bus’ new nonprofit venture TOTEM.

This week, the program’s Daniel and Sharla Horton drop in to talk about the new initiative, the organization’s goals, and how they seek to bring people together. Throu...

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November 15, 2023 56 mins

It has been far too long since the gang got together to talk ‘roo. Luckily, Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco are back for another edition of The What Podcast, this time to discuss the future of Bonnaroo and predict what the 2024 edition of the festival might have in store.

As well as discussing the latest Bonnaroo news, they extend congratulations to the guests they have had on the show who have been recently nominated for Grammy Awards, ...

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Throughout the history of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, many traditions have popped up for the festival-goers. Of them, the annual Beer Exchange (established in 2014) has become one of the most notable and long-standing. In this week’s High Five Clip, The What Podcast crew go all the way back to 2019 to revisit an interview at the Beer Exchange with some special guests, including two of the event’s organizers, Kevin Barnes ...

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Multi-time Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival performer Grace Potter knows what the festival is all about. Having made appearances in 2009, 2011, and 2016, she is a bonafide veteran of the circuit. Along with appearing as a solo act, she has also been to the festival with her former band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

In a flashback segment with The What Podcast, though, she takes the talk away from Bonnaroo, speaking on how much d...

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The What Podcast is back with another High Five Clip! This week, the crew dial the clock back to 2020 when they traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee for a conversation with Ted Heinig, Stephen Greene, and Bryan Benson of AC Entertainment to talk about how they book the lineup for festivals such as (you guessed it) Bonnaroo.

The trio of guests discusses booking artists while not being able to see all of them, how they avoid double-bookin...

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In this special The What Podcast High Five Clip, the crew returns to their 2021 conversation with Laura Lee and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson of Khruangbin.

The two talk about being asked to record with Paul McCartney, touching on both their personal reactions and those from their family members. Additionally, because Bonnaroo had been canceled just a few weeks earlier due to Hurricane Ida, they talk about making the best out of bad situa...

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Anyone who’s been to the festival will tell you that Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is about much more than live music. Every attendee has a story, and over the decades, many of those stories intersect. To document the phenomenon, David Bruce launched the "I am Bonnaroo" photography project, which chronicles the many stories from The Farm.

Bruce has been capturing the sights and tales of Bonnaroo for over a decade now, hav...

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On this jam-packed episode of The What Podcast, Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco chat about the various festivals they’ve recently attended and plan to hit soon. Plus, the crew catches up with flipturn while on-site at Moon River Music Festival.

Brad talks about his time at Riot Fest in Chicago, while Lord Taco previews Tennessee’s second annual CaveFest. The trio then shares their conversation with the indie rock band flipturn, who talks...

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To say Noah Cyrus comes from a creative family would be an understatement. With sister Miley and father Billy Ray, the Cyrus gang clearly has a knack for artistry. On this episode of The What Podcast, Barry and Lord Taco sit down for a conversation with the singer/songwriter while on site at Moon River Music Festival.

Cyrus chats about how getting to play in Chattanooga, Tennessee allowed her to see some of her Tennessee-based famil...

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Judah Akers from Judah & The Lion sat down for a conversation with the crew from The What Podcast while at Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Moon River Festival over the festival.

Akers chats about the defining moment in 2018 when they covered “Mr. Brightside” with Drew Holcomb and got a crowd of 10,000 people moving, the importance of mental health when you’re in a band, and how discussing mental struggles has come to be more acceptable...

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September 6, 2023 40 mins

Jimmy Buffett was a last-minute edition to the Bonnaroo lineup in 2009 after he reportedly reached out to organizers asking to be added. For Brad and Barry, it was a perfect example of the festival being flexible and a great opportunity for them to see an act they would not have otherwise seen. On this episode of The What Podcast, the crew honor the iconic singer-songwriter, who passed away on September 2nd at 76.

Elsewhere in the e...

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A growing number of people are choosing to experience Bonnaroo and other music festivals completely sober. So, in this week’s High Five Clip, The What Podcast crew revisits their interview with Tyrone Lindqvist from RÜFÜS DU SOL in which he tells the story of how the band was headed for a breakup before they decided to give up liquor.

Lindqvist explains how sobriety brought them closer together and, ultimately, saved the band. You c...

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On this episode of The What Podcast, Barry and Lord Taco sit down on The Farm with Maddie Bouton and Becca Castle of Angel Saint Queen to talk about their relationship with Bonnaroo, their music, and more.

Bouton and Castle are long-time Roovians, boasting experience as both attendees and event staff. Now, in 2023, they can add “performer” to that list of titles, as this year saw the Bonnaroo debut of their indie rock project Angel ...

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On this special episode of The What Podcast, Barry and Lord Taco sit down with Thee Sacred Souls while on the Farm at Bonnaroo 2023. The neo-soul act run through their experience at the festival, how they got their start, and the ins and outs of their creative process.

“Growing up listening to the oldies and classic soul and doo-wop, it kinda falls into the music naturally,” bassist Sal Samano explains. “I don’t think it sounds exac...

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StoneOnAir podcast host Bryan Stone and photographer Evan Bonnaroo join Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco to discuss the 2023 Bonnaroo festival in this very special episode of The What Podcast.

From the aspects that went perfectly according to plan to the parts that… didn’t (the number two in Plaza Two incident), the pair of guests provide a new perspective on how this year’s Bonnaroo went down. Elsewhere, the gang touches on mental health...

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Bonnaroo 2023 is in the books, and according to the recap from Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco of The What Podcast, it was another rousing success on The Farm. The three hosts are back from the festival grounds and ready to talk about all the highs and lows, best and worst, and most and least surprising moments from the weekend in Tennessee.

Elsewhere in the episode, we tease some upcoming guests and interviews as we continue our Bonnaro...

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Roovians… it’s time. It’s finally Bonnaroo Week! We made it, and we have your can’t miss set of Bonnaroo 2023: Noah Kahan.

Lord Taco is already on The Farm, so Brad and Barry hop on for a quick meeting to preview the weekend and chat about the traveling Re:SET concert series. The two also revisit their Noah Kahan interview from earlier this year in a special Bonnaroo week High Five Clip. After hearing their discussion, and checking ...

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June 10, 2023 89 mins

Bonnaroo 2023 is finally here, and it’s time to learn the do’s and don’ts of The Farm! With the big event a mere few days away, the hosts of The What Podcast are dropping an episode early to make sure that you are fully prepared for this year’s time at the festival.

As the festival’s kickoff draws near, you and your crew should be well into your planning and packing. To help, Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco are back to deliver a jam-pack...

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The 2004 My Morning Jacket show at Bonnaroo is legendary as the breakthrough show for the guys from Louisville, but also because it perfectly describes what Bonnaroo is all about – heat, rain, and a band giving everything it has to an adoring audience that is also weathering the elements.

MMJ frontman Jim James joined Brad, Barry and Lord Taco on The What Podcast to talk about that iconic show and the live double album that’s due ou...

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