Words: SuperDee | Photos: Michael Jurick, George Weiss
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Welcome to Langerado! Photo by Michael Jurick

The Pyramid by Night - Photo by George Weiss

The last weeks of winter have a tendency to drag on. There's no better time to be reminded of the glories of festival life. And where does it always feel like summer? Florida! Five years ago, the Langerado Music Festival was born. What started in 2003 as a one-day event with 15 acts has grown into a three-day smorgasbord of nearly fifty acts. While its roots are still firmly planted in the jam world – headliners this year included Trey Anastasio and Widespread Panic – the festival organizers acknowledged expanding tastes by welcoming hipster indie rockers like Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Band of Horses and Explosions in the Sky alongside hippie fest regulars New Monsoon, Tea Leaf Green and moe. Those that walk the line between these camps - My Morning Jacket, The Slip and Apollo Sunshine – found themselves very much at home at this festival.

Langerado has become the unmistakable kickoff to festival season. The diversity of acts makes it appealing to many different kinds of fans. Festival regulars might be rocking to their favorite Galactic jam while others are there to check out buzz bands like The Hold Steady. While this kind of diversity can be found at the behemoth Bonnaroo - in fact, they probably were the first to really believe that such a diverse lineup could work - things seem a little more accessible at Langerado. With three closely placed stages, it's possible to see a little bit of everything.

Langerado Hooper - Jurick

Night Hooper - Jurick

Trey Anastasio Night Show at Revolution - Weiss

Some folks may think I'm a maniac with how much I try to take in but that's my goal at a festival. When presented with the opportunity, I try to explore as much as I super-humanly can. This year's adventure began Thursday, March 8 at Revolution with a tired but ripping Trey Anastasio. On the outside stage, STS9 shone like a beacon on the crazy Ft. Lauderdale street. The official festival started on Friday with Tea Leaf Green's call-to-arms, "Sex in the 70's," greeting me at the festival gates, where I also caught the pleasant vibes coming from Lotus in the Swamp Tent. The early part of the day was graced by Assembly of Dust and the first notable sit-in, Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck and The Flecktones) with New Monsoon.

Reid Genauer (AOD) - Weiss

Adam Terrell (AOD) - Weiss

Mike Rempel (Lotus) - Jurick

Jesse Miller (Lotus) - Jurick

Bo Carper (New Monsoon) - Jurick

Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green) - Jurick

Scott Rager & Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green) - Jurick

Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - Jurick

Sharon Jones - Jurick

A sign of a good festival is when you get your mind blown open by mid-afternoon of the first day. Sharon Jones did this to me. While I'm now a Brooklyn resident, I had yet to see a full set by Jones and her Dapkings. I felt like I walked into the gospel tent at JazzFest. I felt that spirit working its way through Sharon and flowing into the audience. We reveled at her soulful dedication to James Brown, punctuated by vintage dance moves like the camel walk, the boogaloo, and the mashed potato (on which she poured a little gravy).

A stroll to the main stage found Luther Dickinson kickin' butt with the North Mississippi Allstars, who were joined by the Lee Boys. I also checked in on Galactic. Drummer Stanton Moore is currently on tour with his Trio with NOLA keyboardist Brian Coogan and Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard. In a fortuitous moment, I found Coogan and Bernard raging along with Galactic. From there, the action was in the Swamp Tent with The Hold Steady. At five p.m., these guys were swinging their guitars around and chugging Jim Beam. Charismatic frontman Craig Finn spun yarns about southtown girls that won't blow you away and youth services role in your druggy little messed-up teenage lives. Too hardcore for a Friday afternoon? Nah!

Luther Dickinson (NMAS) - Weiss

Chris Chew (NMAS) - Weiss

Ben Ellman & Stanton Moore (Galactic) - Weiss

The Hold Steady - SuperDee

Bela Fleck (Flecktones) - Weiss

Jeff Coffin (Flecktones) - Weiss

The evening brought the brilliance of Bela Fleck and The Flecktones to the main Everglades Stage, followed by moe.'s swirly guitar jams on the Sunset Stage. Another treat for "post-hippies" like myself was former Pavement leader Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. While they recently blew me away at the ever-so-cool Plug Awards in New York City, I was unprepared for the astounding pounding of new Jick (and ex-Sleater Kinney) Janet Weiss, very likely the best drummer at the festival.

moe. - Jurick

Rob Derhak (moe.) - Jurick

Al Schnier (moe.) - Jurick

Stephen Malkmus - SuperDee

Sound Tribe Sector 9 - Jurick

Trey Anastasio - Jurick

Friday night's headliners were Sound Tribe Sector 9 in the Swamp Tent and Trey Anastasio on the Everglades Stage. While my love went out to all those getting their 9 on, I could not tear myself away from the sight of Trey really enjoying himself out there. The full band was there 100-percent for their boy, and so was the entire crowd. I couldn't help getting sentimental as Trey expressed his thanks to everyone during these tough times. Sure, maybe we baby him a little too much but I can't help but love him. It's just great to see him "Alive Again." The night ended with a late night performance on the Revolution outdoor stage by the Disco Biscuits. When all that's left to do is dance off whatever energy you've got left, there's no better way than with a "House Dog Party Favor." City Boy's out of his mind again!

Trey & Co. - Jurick

Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits) - Jurick

Late Night Bisco at Revolution - Jurick

Jake Shimabukuro - Jurick

Toubab Krewe - Weiss

Even with good hustle in the morning, I failed to arrive in time for Jake Shimabukuro or Si*Se. My entrance music was the sweet Afro-fusion of Toubab Krewe. I raced to the other end of the festival to catch the end of Apollo Sunshine's head shaking, feet jumping set. "Today is the day to act like today is your day, and you will be surprised that it is" became the mantra for the day. Tailing the Apollo set were their buddies, The Slip, on the Sunset Stage. Under the watchful eye of every member of My Morning Jacket on the side stage, Brad and Andrew Barr and Marc Friedman showed off their new Eisenhower-era sound. It's hard not to get swept away by the emotion of it all when Brad tenderly sings, "Everything somehow in some way eventually dies."

Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine) - Jurick

Brad Barr (The Slip) - Weiss

Andrew Barr (The Slip) - Weiss

Ivan Neville & Eric Krasno (Soulive) - Jurick

In that blissed-out Slip state, the rest of the day included sets by electro-jazz duo Kieren Hebden & Steve Reid, the groovy Soulive, the spicy Yerba Buena, and the SoCal funk of the Greyboy Allstars. Faces were rocked as Perpetual Groove absolutely annihilated an overflowing crowd at the Swamp Tent. "Two Shores" and "Save For One" from new album LIVELOVEDIE showcased the exceptional direction of the band's songwriting these days. By the time they got to crowd favorite "Three Weeks" the place was going berserk for the Georgia boys.

Al Evans (Soulive) - Jurick

Neal Evans (Soulive) - Jurick

Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars) - Weiss

Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars) - Weiss

Adam Perry (Perpetual Groove) - Photo by Dave Vann

JJ Grey & Mofro - Jurick

The soulful country of JJ Grey & Mofro eased us into late afternoon. They are making a lot of noise these days with a new album, Country Ghetto, and a huge tour this spring. Mofro sounds better than ever, especially with their new four-piece horn section that rushes a wind of new life into the band. When JJ gets down on his knees, lord, you'll need get your pulse checked! Medeski Martin & Wood then serenaded us at sunset in swampland.

Daryl Hance (Mofro) - Weiss

JJ Grey (Mofro) - Weiss

John Medeski (MMW) - Jurick

Medeski Martin & Wood - Jurick

Blackalicious - Jurick

Nightfall on Langerado and the Swamp Tent was bumping with a crowd-sung chorus of "la-di-da-da-da-da-di-da" as Gift of Gab and Blackalicious lead us into Saturday evening. Nothing says "festival" like Michael Franti shouting, "How you feeling?" Spearhead's set was perfect with a reggae medley, simple anthems like "Taxi Radio," and the ever-favorite "All The Freaky People." Hearts melted when Franti sat down with his acoustic to wash us in hopefulness and inspire us towards goodness.

Michael Franti - Jurick

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Jurick

Michael Franti Late Night Show - Jurick

My Morning Jacket - Jurick

Hot Air Balloon - Weiss

Saturday night's headliners presented me with a conundrum - The Disco Biscuits or My Morning Jacket? If this is the worst problem in my life - and it pretty much is - I'll take it. Overflowing gush about the Biscuits set came early as Matisyahu, fresh from havdalah services in the campground, came out to freestyle in the middle of old favorite, "Little Shimmy in a Conga Line." However, I was physically unable to tear myself away from the My Morning Jacket's mind-blowing gig. While very similar to sets I'd heard before, their consistency in delivering the most perfect rock'n'roll, in-your-face, headbanging loudness amazes me. Add in the "oh my god, can you believe that" guitar solos and a few eerie, hair-raising, sultry, soothing lullabies and this is the best band on the planet right now.

"Two-Tone" Tommy (MMJ) - Jurick

Carl Broemel (MMJ) - Weiss

Jim James (MMJ) - Jurick

My Morning Jacket - Jurick

Matisyahu with The Disco Biscuits - Photo by Dave Vann

Peace, man. - Jurick

Langer-ladies - Jurick

Sunday included early sets from The Spam Allstars, Kid Beyond and the legendary New Orleans Social Club featuring Henry Butler, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Raymond Weber.

Henry Butler (New Orleans Social Club) - Weiss

George Porter, Jr. (NOSC) - Weiss

Leo Nocentelli (NOSC) - Weiss

Ivan Neville (NOSC) - Weiss

Raymond Weber (NOSC) - Weiss

As I arrived, Pepper's ska-punk blared from the main stage as Band of Horses' "Funeral" filtered from the Swamp Tent. After taking care of business with HeadCount and Rock the Earth, I eased into the island vibe of Toots & The Maytals. Unfortunately, because of some visa trouble, Rodrigo Y Gabriela were unable to perform. Next was the mighty Los Lobos who provided the perfect soundtrack for the hot Florida afternoon. Taj Mahal, who'd played earlier on the same stage, sat in on a few numbers, getting moving with "Sweet Home Chicago."

Pepper - Weiss

Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) - Photo by Dave Vann

Toots... - Weiss

...and The Maytals - Weiss

Taj Mahal - Weiss

Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) - Weiss

Cat Power - SuperDee

And then there was Chan Marshall, whose fragility brought me to tears. The music of Cat Power is pure emotion. It takes every ounce of her being to project such a feeling and all one can do is stand mesmerized. It was very special to have her and the Dirty Delta Blues band at Langerado. Later, while waiting in line for skirt steak with rice and beans, I felt like I was watching royalty pass by as Chan, carrying a bouquet of flowers, and her rock-entourage elegantly made their way to the artist area. Stunning.

Matisyahu - Weiss

The whole Matisyahu thing sure does seem like a shtick when you look at it on a surface. But, when you see him perform, you realize it's the real deal. Spirituality comes in all shapes and sizes. To express this with music is a real gift. The most memorable moment was when, mid-song, Matisyahu and his entourage of hassidim took to the crowd and climbed up to the viewing area to do a hora in the sky. Orthodox Jews in their wool and tsitsis sliding down the railings... this was a sight to see. We passed a happy crowd at O.A.R. as we made our way to Explosions in the Sky in the Swamp Tent. By the end of their set, it was dark outside, which made their intensity that much greater. Coming out of an EITS performance feels as if you've just been through a journey that simultaneously took you to the outer reaches of the universe and the innermost part of your mind. Truly awesome. After EITS the tent transformed into a dance club as Girl Talk rocked turntables and mashed it up for the spinners.

Matisyahu - Weiss

Dave Roberge (O.A.R.) - Weiss

Explosions in the Sky - SuperDee

New Pornographers - SuperDee

Vancouver's brilliant New Pornographers shut things down with class in the Swamp Tent while festival headliners Widespread Panic rocked the main stage. Jimmy Herring is a huge improvement for that band. I felt safe in Jimmy's arms, and so did JB as he did some scatting towards the end of "Diner," urging us to "keep that coffee warm a little longer." The festival ended with a good ol' rock'n'roll show and no one seemed to want it to ever end. Those that wanted to continue on joined us at Perpetual Groove at the Culture Room where they played a barnburner of a late night set to a frenzied crowd.

John Bell (Widespread Panic) - Weiss

Jimmy Herring (WSP) - Weiss

Music is the universal language of peace and love, and the power created by so many people coming together in one place is immense. There are hungry people all around, several wars going on, an impending presidential campaign, and a struggling environment. Without sounding too preachy, we urge you to take advantage of the organizations present at many of this year's festivals, grassroots organizations like Rock the Earth, HeadCount, and Conscious Alliance, to name just a few. Educate yourself about issues that interest you. Make informed choices and talk about them with your friends. Create awareness all around you about affecting a positive influence on this planet, our country, and your community. When you go out to festivals this summer have a freakin' blast. Go huge and scream your head off. Sing along to your favorite songs. Hang out with your amazing friends from all over the world. But also wake up your sleeping collective power to improve things in so many realms.

See ya next year, Langerado! - Weiss

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Captain Sammy starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:03PM
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Captain Sammy

Thanks SuperDee!!! You emotive reviews made me feel like I was dancing, smiling, and having my face melted right next to you.

NRSingh starstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:08PM
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So wait... every single act at langerado was amazing? I mean in general the review was fine, but come on, not everything could have been perfect at a three day festival. It's really cool that you tried to see everything, but really I learned nothing from this that I couldn't have learned by simply reading biographies about each artist.

SuperDee Mon 3/19/2007 12:20PM
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yes. every single act at langerado was amazing. every note by every single band was absolute perfection. incredible! ;)

Mr. Aaron starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:23PM
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Mr. Aaron

nice job you guys!

SuperSpacePhunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:25PM
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SuperDee...great job as sure is tough to sum up the "un"official start ot festy season...but this article did Langerado justice!

Man, can't wait to get back!

SuperSpacePhunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:32PM
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oh, and NRSingh...

try to tell me that with 81 degree sunshine, and the tradewinds blowing through your armpits, while some of your favorite bands...and yet other favorites to be...are rocking your face off, only to return to snow, rain, and sleet of NYC, everything wasn't "incredible?"

i'll take that any day of the week.

Great weather, great acts, great vibe. Out of around 100 festys over the years, this years Lnagerado was top 5 or so for me...EVER.

Give me a chance to see Trey and STS9 in the same building, at the same time, as opposed to a meeting of who to hire ANY DAY.

my .02

twain starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 12:47PM
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yes, every band i caught was amazing, brought the A game...tits. sound at all stages was great, all the beautiful people, organized well oiled machine, big improvements with vip...late nights, god damn. tea leaf/new monsoon spot on. biscuits killed it. franti was a hugh joy and insperation-came off the stage after last note and hugged everyone. p-groove absolutly destroyed the culture room to shut it all down...these words mean nothing really...perfect.

NickBoeka Mon 3/19/2007 12:57PM
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This is THE best festival review that the 'base has delivered to date. Awesome shots from almost EVERY act, and Dee gave us a great play-by-play of the entire weekend.

One more thing....that double-chin shot of Robert Walters is priceless....

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 01:00PM
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DEE- I remember asking that same question to someone at Bonnaroo in 2005, "Is it just me or is every band great?" and getting the answer that "YES, it's true, all great!". Seems hard to believe but it is.

Nice Work! Sorry you got shut out of SXSW! See you in NOLA.

theivywall Mon 3/19/2007 02:52PM
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Yeah, this fest was pretty much off the hook amazing music from start to finish. No exaggeration. I can't even count how many amazing bands I would have loved to see that I heard played great sets but couldn't. That moe. set was definately top 3 best moe sets I've seen out of 15 or so moe. shows.

blazer2576 star Mon 3/19/2007 03:02PM
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In general, when I look to read a review, I want it to be somewhat opinionated with descriptions about what went on and the vibes of the show. What I read here were pretty much captions to the pictures (most of which were very good by the way).

This article neither grabbed my attention nor made me want to read past the first page. I have taken a couple journalism classes over the years and this article did not incorporate any type of what I would look at as quality journalism. Jambase, I love your site and what you do to promote live music, but articles like these make me want to veer away from your site. Please find better writers in the future who write actual reviews in the future.

sirbiggsalot starstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 03:08PM
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Not gonna comment so much on the article, rather the fest itself. Mind blowingly fun is about the most accurate description i can think of. I had trouble leaving the festival grounds after entering them to even go back to my campsite and eat. The people were fantastic, the music was even better, and I can't wait to go back next year.

Rich Lieberman starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 03:45PM
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Rich Lieberman

Great review SuperDee!! I loved this Festival... everything went so smoothly and I would have to agree that every act I saw was great. The layout made things easy to get to and the line-up was great for a small festival. In my opinion the only thing that was better than the music at the festival grounds was that music at the Late Nights.

The bands really threw down at Revolution and Culture Room! The musical highlight of the weekend for me was the Mofro show at Culture Room. That was a mind blowing show, a great Jam session that was so much fun. To see Luther Dickinson, Ivan Neville, Sharron Jones, Stanton Moore and Ben Elman all together with JJ Grey and Mofro was just amazing! I could have left after that show and been a happy camper.

Matisyahu killed it with the Disco Biscuits. I was bummed I left MMJ for the Biscuits up until that point. I felt like the Biscuits came alive after that and took it to another level. Franti can capture an audience of 200 like he can an audience of 15,000 and he did as his sets at the Festival and at Revolution that same night were both amazing. Spearheads late show, more intimate laid back only 3 repeat songs and played much longer.

Totally agree with you on Jimmy making WSP better. He's so great. If I was to point out anything negative, it would be that I thought WSP really didn’t bring their "A" game at all. Don’t get me wrong, they were very good, even started off on fire, but I did think they had been playing at a higher level on their last tour. A little less Drums~Space... would have left time for an encore, which would have shut up the idiots after the show crying for an encore

Kudos to the good people that put together this Fest! Great job all around! I give you a lot of credit Dee making it to PGroove Sunday night. I was done.... and already satisfied. GREAT REVIEW!

fiveb4funk Mon 3/19/2007 04:11PM
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That picture of Luke Miller from Lotus should read Mike Rempel. Luke also plays guitar (and keys) but that picture is of Mike.

z man starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 06:00PM
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I need to see my morning jacket live. The setup looks fab.

articgtp starstar Mon 3/19/2007 06:03PM
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Not jumping on the wagon, but i think the writer was worried about saying he didnt like or wasn't into a band to avoid the hupe uproar that these forums are known for. And there lies the problem you cant like everything all the time, now he may have seen bands that had great talent or put on a ragin' show but saying they had the crowd going doesnt mean that you like their music. I expect a little bit more opinion in a review, becuase there were alot of bands i have'nt seen yet. Otherwise nice shots!

Tan starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 06:30PM
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This fest. was the straight up sickness. Did not see one thing I didn't enjoy.

Kudos to Langerado for setting the festival bar high. And if you missed MMJ - shame shame shame on you.

jhrt3349 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 08:19PM
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I had a ball at Langerado. Awesome festival, very professional. MMW was off the hook! Greyboy, Galactic, WSP, moe., all these bands were playing at what it seemed like their best. I was totally blown away by so many acts and had a great time camping, can't wait for next year.

jerryg1942 Mon 3/19/2007 08:54PM
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all festivals should take notes from langerado...ridiculous line-up

manjotar starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 09:50PM
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i just checked out superdees bloggin thingy,
and found that she's the only other person i've come across that is a cancer/rabbit like me, maybe she's my polar opposite sister from another mother/timespace!!
or maybe she wrote a good article and i enjoyed it...

seanito420 starstarstar Mon 3/19/2007 10:01PM
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Well, Cat Power was a disappointment. It was like she was coked up and could not stop fussing with her hair, her gloves, the music seemed secondary, and was not emotional that day...My Morning Jacket was totally off the chain. I went with the thought that I would catch the last part of the Disco Biscuits but could not leave MMJ. Apollo Sunshine was quite possible the next best preformance, they truly brought it for an early daytime set. What was with the 10 PM no music curfew at Langerado??? Nobody wanted to leave after Widespread. The pics were great.

japhams star Mon 3/19/2007 10:43PM
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Come on, everyone...are we going to masturbate every act out there so they think they are playing the best show ever? Are you really gonna tell me that Trey rocked?? It is time for us fans to tell the truth (our drug induced highs aside)about what is happening in our community. There is a true lack of commitment and dedication among these artists, and we are not helping by posting reviews like this one. The job of a critic is to challenge these artists to reach further creatively. We deserve more from the bands in our community. I know many of you feel this way. Do we really believe that the music at Langerado is the best we can do as a jamband community?? Thank God for Steve Malkmus who basically saved the festival by playing a mind-blowing set...and by the way, I am not a hater. I have loved this music for almost 15 years now. I want to see us grow musically as a community- can we do it?

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 12:45AM
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I wonder how many established artists actually read these reviews on jambase. I think its more of a for-the-fan by-the-fan type of thing. Sounds like a sick time and this review and the pics were awesome. Gotta love the hooper chicks.

MrTibbles Tue 3/20/2007 06:56AM
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wow had a great time at langerado, and yes almost every act was phenominal. After hearing shine from trey for the 15th time i headed to sts9 which was one of my favroites at lang. I heard trey played well but if you ask me he needs to move on...Also not too many people mention North Mississippi Allstars, not only were they my favorite act, i grabbed one of the washboard pics from the drummer and got the setlist from the late night. If you havent seen NMA go to NYC this weekend they will tear it up acoustic or not.

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 07:36AM
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I personally loved the article, it covered tons of bands, and the pictures were great. It sounds like you had a great time, and your review really made me feel like I was there having a great time too.

I disagree with the people saying that a review has to be negative. It's about being positive and having a good time! Not about nit-picking and over-analyzing everything to find some flaws.

skinny2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 08:54AM
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i had a blast at langerado for the third year in a row, this year being the best yet, all the bands i saw were really good especially moe bisco mmw galactic, and while my band wsp didnt put on the best show it was still good the we want panic chant at the end was fucking awesome no one wanted to leave, only suggestion for the festival allow later curfew or simply move the location no one wanted to leave wsp and the was made perfectly clear!! Next stop All Good!!!!!!!!!!

skinny2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 08:55AM
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i had a blast at langerado for the third year in a row, this year being the best yet, all the bands i saw were really good especially moe bisco mmw galactic, and while my band wsp didnt put on the best show it was still good the we want panic chant at the end was fucking awesome no one wanted to leave, only suggestion for the festival allow later curfew or simply move the location no one wanted to leave wsp and that was made perfectly clear!! Next stop All Good!!!!!!!!!!

Frank starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 10:08AM
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Langerado was a blast, some of my favorites of the weekend were lotus, biscuits, toots, and mmw. The latenight biscuits was insanity, browny was just off the hook, total madman. I'm glad I attended this fest, for those that missed it, check it out next year. It's always nice to get outta 20 degree weather to rock it in florida for a few days.

jishman starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 02:30PM
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The festival was absolutely incredible, in my mind, for the mix of traditional jambands with up and coming rockers and old favorites. I got to see many first time acts -- Sharon Jones, Explosions in the Sky, Band of Horses, etc. -- besides old favorites like Taj, Los Lobos, and Trey (who didn't impress in my mind, but it was still fun to catch the first 20 minutes and that Money Love and Change), along with my current favorite like Pgroove, MMJ, the Biscuits, Lotus, The Slip, and others.
The size of the festival, location, weather, lineup and schedule was top notch -- if you were there, it's hard to see where there could have been criticisms of either logisitics or musical performances (although Cat Power was dissapointing)...the atmosphere and the music just didn't lend itself to having an overly critical ear. Good recap of the festival, great pictures. Can't wait to do it again next year.

sativalvr Tue 3/20/2007 02:40PM
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Langerado was a graet time provided you weren't one of the bunch of harmless people who were systematically harassed by are wonderful (sarcasm) police officers all over the place outside . The vibe inside was great however the fear in the parking lot over being bothered or harassed was definately noticeable.I saw a girl get arrested for having the smell of alcohol in her cup , there was maybe drops but clealy an empty cup and she ended up in trouble . Take the parking lot paranoia out and My Morning Jacket and it was a beautiful festival . Also is ther a more important artist in this day and age as Michael Franti ????????????

iamkickinit starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/21/2007 06:42AM
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I'm going to have to agree with Sativalvr, the pigs in between the stages and the campsites were absolutley ridiculous. They were carding virtually anyone that had a drink and looked borderline 21. I got carded three times, on one walk to the stages! Absolutley ridiculous. Part of family was giving an MIP for walking with a beer that was unopened even though she blew 0.00... Also, the pigs were in the campsites on Sunday afternoon, part of my family also was popped by them as well... the kicker? All he did was yell out "PIGS! PIGS! 5-0 Everyone!!" as he saw them busting someone for smokin a pipe. What happened to freedom of speech? They rudely tackled him to the ground and searched his pack without asking...

To whomever stabbed the dude at the Tribe show, you were the sole reason for the pigs going ape $hit all night friday, and prollay the reason for them being so angry the rest of the weekend.

Other than friends getting busted, the music was great. The setup was fantastic. I just wish that they somehow could get a later ordinance from the city to have music until midnight . This would allow longer headliner sets, instead of 2 hours.

Overall rating for this festi from myself, 3 out of 5 due to shortened time slots and pigs and no water refill stations in the venue, forcing everyone to buy $3.00 12 oz. waters.

The review was fantastic, and I too will agree that all the music I saw was incredibly on point, with the exception of Panic. They were missing a lot that night.

TEA LEAF GREEN!!!! late nite ruled! festi set was amazing! Sex in the 70s.... then Faced With Love>Garden III. Rock it out everyone. Roo is next.

Red Shaman Wed 3/21/2007 07:40AM
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Red Shaman

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it's going to be a kick ass, good time!

wenzit420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/21/2007 12:25PM
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I for one LOVED this festival. I had NO problem with the pigs and the music was stellar. I met some cool people and partied hard all week. I cant wait until next yr!

potsnob Wed 3/21/2007 01:57PM
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Langerado is the best festi going!! How can you go wrong with less than 15,000 people. Bela, MMW, Greyboy, P-Groove all brought A game. This was my second year and I can't wait til next year already

seanito420 Wed 3/21/2007 02:25PM
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The cops in the lot by the campsites were horrible. It did suck some of the life out of the "carefree" environment that I usually feel at a fest. But I still had a blast. This review was a mere puff piece however, not a critique.

phishinpodz Wed 3/21/2007 02:57PM
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My girlfriend and I drove down from Minnesota and once again it was worth it. Anyone down south that wants to check out a festival in our area that has perfect on site camping, midnight music sets and shakedown 24/7 check out And for people flying in to Minneapolis this is the way to go so you have no need to rent a car I promise you it will be in your top concert/festival experiences. Feel free to contact me if you want to know some familiar faces and we can show you a good time. What a great way to start off the festival season! matt

overtherails starstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 01:35PM
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no mention of THE HEAVY PETS!!!!, wheres your head at????

frieddogg starstarstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 03:42PM
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How could the review be bad with how sick this festival was. Jurick as always great pics. My Morning Jacket(the band's sound and energy is unreal). Soulive(without the singer and i don't mean Ivan Neville). Widespread was good not great but Jimmy adds so mucha nd the setlists are so much better. And six foot six above sea level Franti always takes you to another mental level, he really knows how to play a festival. The late night show was off the charts as well. Cat power has some voice but their show did not blow me away. Personally Langerado had one of the best lineups and it played up to its billing. great job by all who were involved, fans too..
big dog

gdboston Sun 3/25/2007 03:20AM
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Langerado Fucking Raged!!!! Encore for WSP would have been nice But It STILL FUCKING RAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big Ups

saba Mon 3/26/2007 06:36AM
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one of these days i'm gonna make it down there.

mr2bits Mon 3/26/2007 04:09PM
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Quick question for followers of The Slip. Was it just me or was their lead singer seriously losing his voice at the middle of his vocal range? Though I thought the band played well, I kept thinking "poor guy needs a break from the road to save himself serious damage to his voice". Was this an anomaly, or do they usually have this kind of difficulty with vocals?

granola starstarstar Sat 3/31/2007 03:28PM
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overall thought it was a really great festial. I wish that people would listen to the music that trey played and and not just asume that its good because of whos playing it. My friends and i walked over for the first two songs not good at all which has been my opinion as well as people i go to the shows with every time including 10klf.

mikep2 starstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 03:56AM
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Langerado was incredible for the most part. thanx for the awesome pics. as far as attempting to critique an entire 3-day festival that is packed with great bands and some not so great bands, that really would be difficult and would go on for about 30 pages or more.
every band was not great, i love reading these posts.
I personally thought Trey was rather dull, playing the same material he's been playing for a while so I went back to STS9. I usually don't like moe., but they brought their A game to the festival. How could someone write a review of this festival and not include the story of the "luckydog" band, the Lee Boys who happened to be there when the Rodrigo duo cancelled and got an hour set where they funked out their gospel style on the sacred steel.
Mofro's set was full of emotion, I thought and still think that MMW was the set of the weekend for me. MMW continue to explore new sounds and places in time that most of us can't comprehend. I thought New Monsoon whom I am a huge fan of played the worst set that I've seen them play, they are really missing Raj and the other percussionist? The Slip blew me away for a first time seeing them, 1 hour set. Reggae bores me to tears, so Sunday was weak between the Social Club and WSP. I was forced to hide in my camper for most of the afternoon since the police had taken over the camping area like nazi's.
A lot of positive and negative experiences but I'm still going back next year for what will be my 5th Langerado.

HungryBob Sat 4/14/2007 12:35AM
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My Life consists of short periods of live music surrounded by long chunks of bleeeeeehhhhh

I have no idea what you cats are talking about the cops for. Apparently you have never been to any festivals where I live in NY. When we don't get really over the top State Troops we get mean bikers trying to loot us. So quit yer cryin, I got carded, expect it in the parking lot. I did not see ONE cop in the camping area and I was all over that shit the whole weekend. I saw only ONE cop in the venue and he was laughing; just before Bisco. The cops down there in Sunrise were really a gentle bunch with a feel good attitude. I kept my shit (and by shit I mean the obvious assortment of illegal substances) in my pockets and had full conversations with the po-po all types of banged up. We wouldn t dare back here. NOT a chance in HELL. so anyway - wow what a festival.

I do absolutely love these medium sized festies. Not too many people so putting a ratio in affect not too many jackasses. I find those at 'Roo and, well, 'Roo. Oh and Woodstock 99 (not 94 that was my first real 'experience', then later that year my first Phish shows)

First off and most importantly, Trey sucks. You people need to understand that he isn't moving forward creatively at all and stopped moving forward creatively 3 years ago. Know it Believe it Understand it cuz its 100% true! I went on some tours between 96 and 99 and I'm telling you first hand that Trey on his own scales from years ago is running at maybe a 4/10. Besides, I know you've seen the setlist for the Late night and the setlist for the fest and shook your head in disappointment uness you actually forced your self to listen to it because hes a new 'icon'.

Secondly, I'm not a real big fan of Widespread and never really was. The Southern Rock thing isn't in my blood. I now have a lower respect for a fraction of Widespread fans. How the hell are you going to whip a bunch of glowsticks at that poor girl trying to clear out the venue. Thats BS. No Encore? Thats why you want to hurt people physically by throwing many objects at a high rate of speed at them? Grow up - thats a gatecrasher move.
Jimmy Herring is looking good for the band though.

Being the ass that I am (becaue I like to piss off moe. fans) I must say moe. didn't do it for me, they never do. I don't know whats wrong with them because it can't be me :) I go to moe.down every year and don't even go see not one moe. set. ha ha

Highlights are obvious:
P Groove (who I had never seen live before, due to overlapping sets I really really enjoyed)
JJ Grey
Sharon Jones (gettin the funk down)
Franti (duuuh)
in no particular order

Eclectic is good, but I think the indie hard rock is a little much. I'm not saying I don't like hard rock bands (tho i really really hate MMJ) I'm just saying thats what Warped Tour and Hordefest are for. I think we cover enough genres in the jam festival community and so do most others though they probably have never thought about it. Jam, Jazz, Funk, Trancefusion, reggae, electronica and the list goes on hard rock?

I hope I didn't piss off anyone too badly, but gotta give my opinion of the festival right?
I traded 6 feet of snow for 80 degrees for a week
Heard tons and tons of good music
Didn't give 2 shits about the water situation because I brought a 5 gallon cooler full of just ice cold drinking water
Didn't give 2 shits about the cops cuz they were super friendly and not bikers
Had some wicked awesome neighbors in tent city
played in a drum circle all night in MARCH
I could go on for days about all the cool shit but I won't you were there you saw it too
Broccoli dancer - I promise if I ever have melted cheddar with me and you take your eyes off that bug fucking branch of broccoli - its history :)~
I will see you with my glowing juggle sticks at the next festie kids.


crescentvale starstar Wed 5/9/2007 09:06PM
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This festival has roots and real meanings, behind the good and the bad. The person who wrote this has an editor and I know the difference as others about sincerities. Lets not kill the messanger, but look at what the massage is. Here is my massage, for a less stress fest make the drive to the smaller ones. Im going to the taste of chicago to catch umpherys mcgee n black crowes for free. Jazz Fest is also the way to go if its going big. Smaller style would be the mulberry festival. I have seen a far share of shows, and what i can say is celebrate your youth and dive into the sea.