Backbeat: Kenny Rogers, Steven Wright, It's The Real Hang Out at Bonnaroo after Press Conference
Backbeat: Kenny Rogers, Steven Wright, It's The Real Hang Out at Bonnaroo after Press Conference

rogersKenny Rogers gives interviews after a press conference in the press tent at Bonnaroo.

Before their respective sets at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, country legend Kenny Rogers, comedian Steven Wright, Bonnaroo vet Ben Folds and more came together for a packed press conference back in the press tent.

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Among the highlights of the presser were Rogers discussing a set list that could potentially include 21 hit singles; Folds talking about the storytelling involved in his work; and the revelation that, when Wright performed on "The Tonight Show" for the first time in 1982, Rogers was the musical guest. The "Gambler" auteur also mentioned the fact that he and Saturday performer Alice Cooper play golf together twice a week. What do the two music greats talk about on the greens? "Snakes, mostly," Rogers deadpanned.

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Following the press conference, Wright conversed with Big Hassle Media head Ken Weinstein as Warner Bros. Records publicist Rick Gershon watched on nearby, while Rogers was pulled away for individual interviews. Weinstein, who has been bustling around the festival like the rest of the Big Hassle publicity crew, was wearing a Dawes t-shirt that read "DAWESOME," which he said were out of sale but hopefully being revived soon.

realFrom left: Eric Rosenthal of hip-hop sketch comedy duo It's The Real, their driver "Dragon," Jeff Rosenthal of It's The Real.

It's The Real, the hip-hop sketch comedy duo comprised of NYC-based brothers Jeff and Eric Rosenthal, were also hanging out following the press conference with their friend and driver who was nicknamed "Dragon." After performing on both Friday and Saturday nights, the Rosenthal boys were busy with their day job of interviewing artists for Bonnaroo 365, including Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller. According to Jeff Rosenthal (who is also a contributor for, Miller was up for their comedy interview antics -- It's The Real asked the rapper why he is white, and if he'll continue to be white. The world will know his answer soon enough.