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- Posted on Jun 11th 2010 11:14AM by Alex Suskind
With his four-piece backing band, the County, in tow, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native came out on stage wearing a skyblue tuxedo. Playing hits off his Motown-infused debut album, 'A Strange Arrangement,' Hawthorne also mused about the NBA -- he's a huge Detroit Pistons fan -- and the music he listened to growing up.
After kicking things off with the upbeat 'Make Her Mine,' Hawthorne slowed it down with a cover of the Temptations' 'I Wish It Would Rain,' where he declared halfway into the song, "I wish it would have rained earlier today, it was hot as f--- out here," which garnered a huge cheer from the Bonnaroo faithful.
From "Rain," Hawthorne moved into 'One Track Mind,' a song reminiscent of the Supremes hit 'Baby Love.' The band then transitioned into ELO's 'Mr. Blue Sky,' which included a pitch-perfect imitation of singer Jeff Lynne's talk-box effect.
As the performance came to a close, Hawthorne mentioned the lack of hip-hop at this year's Bonnaroo' so he felt it necessary to pay tribute by covering Biz Markie's 'Just a Friend.' As its famed piano riff came blaring over the loudspeaker, Hawthorne began to rap the first verse as the crowd waited for its cue to jump in on the famous sing-along chorus. Despite the large turnout for the show, Hawthorne's signature croon and showmanship made everyone feel just a little friendlier.