What can I say? I love music festivals. If there was ever a speaker coming out of my head, it would sound like a festival. The music never stops. Basically All Good ran July 14th – 16th and then 10,000 Lakes was 19th – 22nd and man, that’s a lot of miles to travel. Over 500 miles round trip for All Good along with 2,800 miles for 10,000 Lakes makes for a weary traveler. Luckily I had some friends going out to 10KLF so I was able to fly out there and hitch a ride for the remaining 4 hours of driving. The company was great, the sights excellent and the music, well it was just damn good.
- All Good, Marvin’s Mountaintop, Masontown, WV
This four day festival featured the unique situation of having no overlapping sets. With one main stage and then a side stage that fires up during the main breaks, All Good positions itself for maximum chilling action with zero hassle. You heard me, zero, its All Good man and they stick to it. I took my gear out there and was able to collect quite a few shows. This was a test run for 10,000 Lakes and it went very well except for my power going out right at the end of the GRAB set. Otherwise I was doing good.
What did I see?
Thursday: Brothers Past, Easy Star All-Stars – Radiodread, and Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side
Friday: Oteil and the Peacemakers, Southern Culture on the Skids, John Medeski and The Itch, Les Claypool, Ween, GRAB, and The Disco Biscuits
Friday Sidestage: The Brakes, Soldiers of Jah Army, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Steel Train, The Bridge
Saturday: Donavon Frankenreiter, Galactic, Umphrey’s McGee, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Black Crowes, The Greyboy Allstars
Saturday Sidestage: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, ALO, The Hackensaw Boys
Saturday Ropeadope Stage: DJ Logic and Friends, Stanton Moore and Friends, Karl Denson and Friends
Favorite shows go to GRAB. They really smoked the house and the crowd was feeling it. Surprise of the festival goes to Easy Star All-Stars for their original stuff they played. It was sick!
- 10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
This festival was also extremely chill. We ran there with the VIP action so that ment nice, close camping, two meals a day, and most importantly, a lawn chair to put in the VIP section of the main field. I would especially like to thank Bill Higgins for helping out my friends and myself as we taped up a storm. I met up with some old friends, had the most relaxing lake swim ever and finally got to chill with my brothers from SC. Enough about me what did I see?
Wednesday: Trampled By Turtles, The Breakfast
Thursday: Garaj Mahal, Kimock/Perkins, O.A.R., String Cheese Incident, The Mutaytor
Friday: The Everyone Orchestra, The Keller Williams Incident, Phil Lesh and Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, Assembly of Dust
Saturday: U-Melt, Keller Williams, Benevento/Russo Duo feat. Mike Gordon, GRAB, Medeski Martin & Wood
Favorites of this festival goes bar none to Phil Lesh and Friends. They freaking rocked the house man. Surprise of the festival goes to The Breakfast for the killer set they rocked out. Shouts go out to U-Melt and Tea Leaf, you guys rock, it was fun.
And you know the kicker, in that crazy week of music, I saw almost as many bands as I did last year. I will do some follow-up posts as I have fifteen hours of music from All Good and twenty hours from 10,000 Lakes.
Here are some links to my tapes thus far to tide y’all over:
GRAB 2006-07-22 @ 10KLF spc4>mme
10KLF – Benevento/Russo Duo feat. Mike Gordon 2006-07-22.spc4