The What Podcast

The What Podcast

The What Podcast is a weekly podcast 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 four years ago, 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.

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May 12, 2021 52 min

This week on The What Podcast, now on the Consequence Podcast Network, Brad and Barry visit with Cole, Dawson and Luke of Almost Monday, who talk about how surfing brought the band together, the music scene in San Diego and how Eddie Vedder is influencing young musicians there in a huge way.

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This week, Brad and Barry are joined by Sergio Vega, bassist of Deftones and Quicksand. They discuss Vega's beginnings in the post-hardcore band Quicksand and joining Deftones in the wake of Chi Cheng's tragic passing. Vega also dives deep into his own songwriting in addition to offering some insight into Deftones' own recording process. To close the interview, Vega shares his thoughts on returning to the road with Deft...
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If you believe there are Consequences for our actions, this should be good news. Brad and Barry are super excited to announce that The What Podcast is now part of the Consequence universe of podcasts. Plus, we debut our brand new theme song, which comes courtesy of *repeat repeat.
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March 31, 2021 59 min

For Bonnaroovians like Brad and Barry, lineup day is like every holiday rolled into one. It officially dropped today and we got an early look. Actually, we all did, but more on that later.

Find out what our can't miss shows are, as well as what we think are this year's sleeper acts. Plus, we discuss some of the new upgrades to The Farm, including Jamtrack.

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March 17, 2021 32 min

It's been a busy week, so after months of informed speculation and educated guesses, Barry and Brad discuss some actual news regarding Bonnaroo and "The Farm", and share some "news" about another key player in the festival world.

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March 6, 2021 83 min

Over the years we've interviewed artists, venue owners, management, and more…but never the people who actually put artists on the road and on the stage. Today, Brad and Barry talk with Ali Hedrick and and John Bongiorno of Arrival Artists break down how booking works in a normal year and during a pandemic. This is a fascinating peek behind the curtain into what goes into the booking process, and we find out what we were wrong a...

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February 10, 2021 44 min

New year, new season! Brad and Barry return to discuss Bonnaroo 2021: the feasibility and logistics of the festival returning in September. Brad drops some hints about which headliners he thinks will not be on the lineup, and who he thinks will be. Also, we announce the new merch shop! Head over to shop.thewhatpodcast.com and check out our shirts, koozie, and stickers for sale if you missed out on last year's Patreon rewards. S...

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December 10, 2020 64 min

This week, we get to catch up and find out what Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco have been up to for the past few months. Briston Maroney, one of our 2020 Bonnaroulette picks drops in for a chat. Find out why his parents didn't want him to go to Bonnaroo at first. Also, Lord Taco introduces the Roo Gaming Crew! Visit https://thewhat.co/roogamingcrew if you'd like to donate or watch.

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Which Virtual ROO-ALITY shows lit you up last month? We talk about our favorites and recap some of the recent Bonnaroo news, including the passing of Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and the festival's date change to September 2021.

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We kick off Virtual ROO-ALITY weekend with Jeff Cuellar, VP of Strategic Partnerships at AC Entertainment. Jeff talks in length about the shift Bonnaroo had to make to a virtual festival, and what challenges they face as they prepare for 2021. Also: we press Jeff about two beloved icons that could return to The Farm next year.

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September 16, 2020 74 min

Introducing the ultimate in Bonnaroo podcast collaborations! We team up with Parker and Jake from RooHamm and Daniel and Sharla from the Roo Bus for an epic conversation about Bonnaroo, music, and of course Hamms beer with a live tasting. Will Lord Taco give up PBR for Hamms? Listen and find out!

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September 10, 2020 65 min

Brad, Barry, and Russ draft their Top 5 Bonnaroo artists in the first ever What Podcast Fantasy Draft. And we'd like you to pick the best one! Vote in our poll over at @thewhat_podcast on Twitter. Plus, we talk to Patreon Phil!

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Today we meet the man behind the iconic film project I Am Bonnaroo. David Bruce is a true Bonnaroovian and a talented photographer, who has been capturing the people of Bonnaroo for ten years. You've no doubt seen his work, now hear how it all started with a road trip 1,000 miles to Manchester in the car with a complete stranger. Plus, we discuss what music we're listening to during quarantine and who we think would make go...

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August 25, 2020 62 min

In a very special episode of The What Podcast, Brad and Barry sit down with rock-and-roll and blues legend Mitch Ryder. Not only has Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels played Itchycoo, he was the last person to perform with Otis Redding.

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August 9, 2020 59 min

In a first for The What Podcast, we actually leak a brand new song from our friends *repeat repeat. Jared Corder joins Brad, Barry, and Lord Taco to talk about the world premiere of "Wind in My Sail".

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July 27, 2020 72 min

Patreon Bill joins Brad and Barry to share his tales of driving 17 hours to Manchester and then waiting in line another 11 to get in. And, he still fell in love with Bonnaroo. Plus, we share some scary news about the future.

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June 29, 2020 63 min

Listeners of The What Podcast should not be surprised Bonnaroo 2020 was cancelled. We Brad, Barry and Lord Taco put the wraps on this season and reflect on the news and predictions we brought you. Were we correct? What does the future hold for Bonnaroo and live music in general? Season 3 may be over but The What Podcast is still going strong. We hope to bring you some more interviews and breaking news just as we always have. But fo...

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In a special impromptu crossover episode of The What Podcast and Story Time at the Roo Bus, we bring you details on a special Speakeasy-style Bonnaroo live from Winchester, TN. There's just one problem…Brad and Barry aren't here. Instead, we are joined by some very special guests: Daniel from The Roo Bus, Lindsey and Celia from Roo Fitness, Kyle the Bonnaroovian, and David from the I Am Bonnaroo film project. We talk about ...

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June 19, 2020 84 min

In our final installment of Virtual Camp Nutbutter, Brad, Barry, and Russ are joined by some of our long-time campmates: Hillary, Nicky T, Bryan Stone, Dinson, and Chrissy! We reminisce about Bonnaroos past and imagine what this past weekend would have been like, had we all been together for this year's festival.

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June 16, 2020 33 min

In a first for The What Podcast, Barry talks to an artist not on the Bonnaroo lineup. EmiSunshine is a young up-and-coming star in the country music scene, although her musical style isn't contained by the genre and her songwriting ranges across all subjects. Her newest work is called "Stars", in collaboration with Bootsy Collins (yes THAT Bootsy Collins) and other legendary artists. We hope you enjoy this little detour...

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