All Good Fest | 07.13 - 07.15 | West Virginia

Words & Images by: Jake Krolick & Robert Massie

All Good Festival :: 07.13.07 – 07.15.07 :: Marvin's Mountaintop :: Masontown, WV

Thursday: Cows, Cars, and Jam's Last Stand

All Good 2007 by Massie
For some, the annual pilgrimage to Masontown, WV isn't just inevitable it's absolutely necessary. This time-honored trip mends heads, saves souls and wipes out worries. Sometimes it seems as if Marvin's Mountaintop harbors a secret mojo that can't be found elsewhere. The All Good Festival returned in mid-July 2007 for it's 11th year, featuring a who's who of jam-based talent including Bob Weir and Ratdog, moe., Leftover Salmon, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Perpetual Groove, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Dark Star Orchestra, amongst many others. The jam world has seemingly taken many a blow the past few years and the steam pushing the "festival express" down the track isn't what it used to be. If you told that to the 13,000-plus crowd that enjoyed this year's All Good festival, they would have laughed heartily in your face. The 11th annual gathering was one of the very few major summer festivals that stuck to its roots, mixing in only a few change-ups and popular indie rock bands. The resulting lineup arguably lacked the diversity shown by the likes of Bonnaroo and Coachella but it made up for that in consistency, choosing to stick with tried and true jam staples. To many of us, this was Jam's chance to make a last stand. The results were spectacular and reminded those of us with our heads in the indie universe to not forget what you once loved about jambands.

The cows were standing tall, sending a clear signal to happy festivalgoers that they were in store for some gorgeous weather. Hats off to Tim and Junipa of Walther Productions for constantly rethinking All Good as it grows. There was a gleeful exuberance as packed cars flowed in smooth and easy due to a new layout that included a staging area for late ticket buyers. With perhaps a new festival record, by midnight on Thursday evening 75-percent of the festival had already fully arrived and set-up camp.

From Splat! To Space (Carefree and Happy)

All Good 2007 by Krolick
Once your tent is staked, the air mattress inflated and the cooler successfully extracted from an overstocked trunk, an overwhelming sense of calm sets in. The first evening at All Good is electric and therapeutic at the same time. As many of us know, life is about the journey not the destination; and we were determined to not wait for our favorite artists to have fun, but to simply enjoy all the moments the weekend would offer. We become hunter-gatherers, seeking out familiar faces of friends we see every week and those we see only once a year in this burgeoning hotspot. We gather hugs and smiles, plus some odds and ends to enhance our weekend, all the while grinning from ear-to-ear. People walk a wonderful walk at this special time - it's somewhere between a lackadaisical trot, an idle stroll, and a slothful strut. One thing is constant - the conversations with voices filled with hope. You could start out at on one side of the festival and walk to the other in about 30 minutes, but on the first night it takes us three hours to make the hike. We stop every few yards to share a drink, a smoke, a story, an embrace, a laugh, a dance or just a tip of the hat. We collectively beam, knowing we are all there for the same reasons. We're drawn here to just enjoy the music, the adventure and the happiness of being in our element and seeing how our tribe has fared in the last year.

Ozric Tentacles - All Good 2007 by Massie
Those looking to kick-start their groove witnessed Sonic Bid winner American Dumpster swagger onstage with washboards, fire blowing and flaming hula hoops. The sultans of the strange kicked off the 2007 All Good Fest with a wild, unruly energy and impressed many, although their extended performance made some Ozric Tentacles fans a bit unruly. Highlights from Am Dump included a string of covers including Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone."

Space Rock innovator Ed Wynne (guitar) got his work visa to play in the States about a day before it would have been impossible to leave, so it truly was an All Good miracle Ozric Tentacles made it stateside (unlike the Wakarusa Festival). Their set was about half as long as normal, but they brought extra energy to make up for it. Brandi held down some amazing bass lines, as the new Ozric trio made do without a dedicated bassist. Some nasty synth lines swirled overhead as the crowd timed firework shots to crescendos and stanzas.

By the time Dark Star Orchestra did their own piece of musical reenactment, the crowd had surged to a frothing, firework-shooting beast. DSO recreated June 29, 1977, continuing to build on the soaring "happy-to-be-at-All-Good" feeling. For many, Thursday evening would end with the sounds of fireworks, while others chose to frolic until the sun peaked over the hills. For us, well, let's just say the ear plugs and air mattresses worked wonders, the spirit of All Good sneaking into our sleeping bags and dreams, making a few hours of sleep seem just perfect.

All Good 2007 by Krolick

Friday: Laying a Solid Foundation
(Or, in this Case, Building a Bridge)

The Bridge - All Good 2007 by Massie
If you've read the All Good reviews from the past few years, you've no doubt heard reference to a bad-ass band from Baltimore known as The Bridge. Many passionate fans have demanded to see these guys return to the main stage for years now, and this was the year for The Bridge to shine. They played to the occasion, and all the veterans noted that they had never seen such a large, spirited crowd for the kickoff set at All Good. Kenny Liner and Cris Jacobs absolutely capitalized on the situation, shredding a perfect 9-song early afternoon set and raising the bar for the groups that followed. Liner was an unstoppable beat-boxing force, as he swirled his mouth over the mic, teasing "Axel-F" before launching into the melodic pops and bass kicks of crowd favorite "Drop the Beat." Jacobs gave the crowd two words to walk away with: "Heavy Water" – a glorious guitar-driven romp placed The Bridge on a hard-to-top pedestal. Their heavy-hitting street team plastered the hillside with free Bridge CDs, further cementing them into the ears and minds of attendees. Many a campsite and car were heard pumping the promo CD throughout the weekend.

George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz are pretty much a stripped down version of The Funky Meters minus Art Neville. However, even without Neville's signature key washes and churns, this is anything but Funky Meters Light. These guys exude funk from their pores and all they touch becomes smothered and chunked with bayou boom. The funk oozes from the slow slink of Stoltz's axe and Batiste's wild belly laughs behind his kit. However, the title of "funky witch doctor" goes to George Porter, Jr. this year. His bass notes are sticky sweet, as if his bass has been dipped in honey. Porter held down the heaviest pocket Masontown has witnessed to date. He dipped deep into the jar, pulling long strands of bass out during "I Get High" and "Grits & Hurricanes." Each punch hit hard enough to carve out a little hillside.

Porter & Stoltz - All Good 2007 by Massie
All Good's stage model of seamless performances can make or break the building groove of a festival day. One must admit that they were a little unsure of where the afternoon would go next as The Pietasters took the adjacent stage. The motto of their spirited frontman Stephan Jackson is: it's not a good show unless someone bleeds. The horns sprung to life, and their punchy blast grabbed on where Porter's bass left off. The Pietasters played a crucial role in the afternoon vibe and they did it in style. Jackson bounced and kicked as they upped the funk, turning the party into a skanky, ska-flavored affair. The Pietasters somehow fit perfectly in a natural progression of the music, and the crowd shuffled around as good rude boys and girls should.

Yonder Mountain String Band took off where the Pietasters stopped and managed to play with enough conviction that the music again transitioned well. Bluegrass goes so well with so many genres, and the Yonder boys are one of the best at taking their signature sound into realms it rarely touches. They tore through a fast set that started with the threat of rain and ended in a spirited downpour - one of only two that occurred all weekend. YMSB's audience waved decorated pool noodles at them and it seemed that this was the start of a new trend for the weekend. Kids on parent's shoulders delighted in this fact as they waved and whacked the noodles in time to the music. The "Angel" > "Follow Me Down To The Riverside" > "Angel" sequence was particularly delightful. A little while after YMSB finished, a massive rainbow emerged, stretching right across the top of the main stage.

Irie Vibes Rise, Mary Jane Dances
And the Lotus Flower Blooms

Rapdog - All Good 2007 by Massie
Steel Pulse definitely helped bring back the sun as David Hinds's powerful vocals lead the reggae classic through a politically charged set, singing about Earth's troubles and, more importantly, how to be the solution. Meanwhile, at the Ropeadope Stage buried in the hills, one of the more interesting weekend performances was taking place. Billed as the Jay Lane Experiment, a group of musicians and lyricists rocked some beats that one needed to see to believe. Ratdog's drummer, Jay Lane led a set that linked the worlds of funk, jazz and hip-hop with help from Ratdog members Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti (keys), Kenny Brooks (sax) and Robin Sylvester (bass), plus PBS guitarist Brian Stoltz. This jam began during the storm, and a scarce-but-brave crowd of 20 or so were treated to Bobby and company doing about an hour of jazz improv, with several appearances by rappers Mighty FlipSide, Esq. and Jawnzap7. The set was eloquently billed by Tim Walther as "Rapdog". The only thing more interesting than the somewhat-odd combination was the way Weir made it up to the Ropeadope Stage. He rode in a van that got stuck in the mud from the storm on the way up. Weir was the first person out of the van, helping push it out while a few lucky onlookers stared in disbelief.

Keller Williams - All Good 2007 by Massie
Keller Williams and the Keels created a vibe that screamed "fun" as they ripped through versions of Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Beck and Grateful Dead tunes with some wonderful guest spots from Jeff Austin on "New Horizons" and the All Good "Everywhere Man," Bob Weir, on the Dead's "Loser" and "Dupree's Diamond Blues." Both Larry and Jenny Keel were obviously having a blast. Their free-spirited playing and can-do attitudes served as amplifiers for Keller's performance. Keller is one of perhaps two or three artists who define All Good each time they play it, and this romp through the absurd, the standards, and the quintessential Keller catalog was a dose of the most pure entertainment the weekend delivered. As hoopers twirled, smokers puffed and dancers grooved, KW brought his unique vibe and grinned the whole time.

Lotus stole the show from the rest of the Magic Hat stage artists on Friday evening. Getting right into things with "Jump Off", the boys kicked out crisp, full and clean house music that had their fans getting down. This band has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, going from a buzz band to a beat-fueled institution. "Hammerstrike" and "Wax" were also great, and showed depth, diversity and dedication to groove. Synthesizer showdowns, high-flying guitar and the tight shuffling beats never wavered. Lotus left many saying that they had pulled off the set of the day.

While Lotus worked their Philadelphia Magic, the Ropeadope Stage had rumors of Marco Benevento and The Slip playing a stealth set together. Alas, no dice for the 100 or so of us gathered. We got Benevento and Bodega, which turned out to be a Benevento keyfest over subpar electro-funk laid down by Bodega.

The Rat, The Dog
And the Battle of the Bands

Marco Benevento of The Duo - All Good 2007 by Massie
No disrespect, but many felt that Ratdog may have punched the proverbial timecard during their headlining spot. Perhaps that was because Weir had used up his allotment of musical magic during the day. We are certainly happy that the band continues to keep the Grateful Dead spirit going, but on this night they just weren't playing up to the level many have come to expect. The first half of the set, minus the lyric butchering on "Casey Jones," was fairly loose, more like rambling clatter than tight jamming. Keller Williams joined them for "Uncle John's Band" and a jam without Weir, but, again, things just fell flat. The crowd grew restless as the set flowed over its time slot by close to 45 minutes. The band finally left the stage and everyone expected The Duo to pick up the pace, but, as they started their set, Weir and company came back out for an encore. Well, Weir was a little on edge as he grabbed the mic and screamed over to Joe Russo and Benevento, "Whoa! Easy fella. Hold on there, brother." When Russo, who was wailing on his drums to start The Duo's set didn't get the message, Bobby exclaimed, "Alright, fuck it. This is the battle of the bands." Those up on the hill fully expecting some magic turned their attention to wishing the Rat and The Duo would actually do battle, but The Duo backed off for Ratdog to revisit "Touch of Grey."

When The Duo was finally able to start for real all our musical troubles disappeared. The crowd lost their minds as they witnessed Russo do lightning quick last minute setting changes for his pads. He slammed into "Becky" and watched Benevento mouth, "Okkkkaaayyy" as he smiled and threw on a heap of distortion and filters. It was some seriously powerful rock & roll! The unscheduled change threw off most of their songs, and each was played completely different, either with missing or repeated parts. Let's just say the vibe was loose and fun.

We are the Fog People, We are the Sound Tribe

STS9 - All Good 2007 by Massie
Two years ago All Good was treated to a wonderful Friday late night in the fog. While Ozric Tentacles laid down one of the best sets the festival has ever seen, the air thickened and hid everything but blasts of light. Because of this experience, the crowd knew this year's dense pea soup that settled into the valley was something to embrace. Making the trek between the Ropeadope and main stages with a walking soundtrack of Sound Tribe Sector 9 made the swim in the fog one of those memories many will soon not forget. The spirit off All Good had wrapped itself around a group of creative engineers situated above the All Good mud pond. These structural sultans had taken the rocks laying in the culvert for water runoff and stacked them all the way up the path in a series of stone castles. Another of those spirited creative types had placed candles in the castles and the effect was breathtaking. All weekend festivalgoers stopped to take pictures and marvel at the Jenga-style stacks.

All Good 2007 by Krolick
The major lights at the intersection of All Good and Main Ave. played with the vapors in the air, and it appeared as if people were walking right out of a brilliant fallen star. For those who couldn't get enough during the day, The Bridge dropped a secret late night show at the Ropeadope Stage while STS9 worked their vibe down the hill. The Bridge killed a dark and dirty version of Dr. John's "I Walk On Guilded Splinters" and a stifling "Use Me" with Eva Castillo. We made our way back to the end of STS9 to relax, lie on the hillside and watch the lights dance in the fog. STS9 is the perfect soundtrack to play on Marvin's Mountain with a thick fog. The glowing toys that have become commonplace at most festivals have really taken on new life. This year a young man brought a serious piece of equipment - a remote controlled flying saucer. The bottom had blinking lights so the crowd would see it in all its flying glory. He would send it a few hundred feet into the heavens at opportune moments. His remote flying saucer was talked about in a hush at first, people not wanting to be accused of really hallucinating. As the evening wore on, we cheered the craft as it made acrobatic passes overhead. Sound Tribe played a great set, and their outstanding performance of "We'll Meet in Our Dreams" was simply an anthem.

Continue reading for Saturday and Sunday at All Good...

Grace Potter :: All Good 2007 :: By Massie

Saturday: Common Sense has got
Nothing on Moonshine

Brock Butler of PGroove - All Good 2007 by Massie
Moonshine - aka hooch, creek water, mountain dew, squeezings, Portuguese grape juice, white lightning, as well as a slew of other regional names for hill hooch - is prohibited, particularly in those localities where it's manufactured. Consequently, the name comes from the fact that smugglers would often work under the light of the moon to avoid arrest. All Good's artists allegedly each received a hefty mason jar to lubricate, or perhaps decimate, their performances. Anyhow, a few sips do a number on anyone who doesn't normally partake; Saturday morning was a doozy for many.

SOJA and Assembly of Dust started things off on Saturday, and by the time Perpetual Groove kicked out the jams, the sun was high and a slight breeze was blowing Brock Butler's guitar grooves across a sea of fresh and not-so-fresh faces. P-Groove churned out a variety of light afternoon songs forgoing heavy sounds, saving those for a club show down the line. Butler reflected greatness with ease and style similar to moe.'s Chuck Garvey. With his unassuming manner, Butler and his bandmates are clearly from the "speak softly but carry a big stick" school, or in his case, a big sound. The set sat perfectly in the pocket with a splendid "Under Lock and Key" that let minds soar and more than a few folks spin into the sun. Meanwhile, festival MVP Marco Benevento sat in with The Lee Boys on the Ropeadope Stage and showed his amazingly on-point gospel side.

The Nocturnals - All Good 2007 by Krolick
After last year's romp around the Magic Hat Stage, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals had graduated to the main stage, and from the hoot and hollers and surge of the crowd, they clearly deserved it. The Nocturnals were dressed to the nines - Potter, decked out in a silky yellow baby doll dress; guitarist Scott Tournet, looking like he'd stepped out of a Clockwork Orange in white garb sporting a white bowler hat; and bassist Bryan Dondero looked dapper in black. They were ready to play but unfortunately it was with half the guts and gusto of last year's performance. You must have to work harder on the smaller stage. The momentum built as they played a hot new song called "If I Was From Paris." The smoldering, sexy rocker started with a fast, hard guitar riff that built under the weighty rolls of Matt Burr's aggressive drums. Burr kept his presence felt and interjected perfect time into the musical conversation as Potter stomped across the stage in an aggressive show of power. This new song has potential to send the Nocturnals down a heavier path that so many of us can't wait to hear.

The Colonel of the Strangest Army
And Put Your Damn Hands Up

Les Claypool - All Good 2007 by Massie
In the strange late Saturday afternoon, we ventured to the clandestine Ropeadope mash-up arena for the Mike Dillon - Skerik Experience. The powerful duo pushed boundaries as they played a bunch of Critters Buggin tunes that segued into bits and pieces of their work in the Les Claypool's Fancy Band, and even a Deerhoof cover. Skerik's foot almost never left the effects pedals connected to his sax. He stomped the rig like a racecar driver, giving his instrument aggressive shots of gas whenever he felt like it. Dillon bounced quickly between tablas and drums, but his shinning moment came when he put on a xylophone speed clinic. The group on the hill was treated to some wild experimental moments when Les Claypool stopped in and moved behind the drum kit like his role in Electric Apricot. Claypool, not surprisingly, kept perfect time.

Dillon & Claypool - All Good 2007 by Krolick
Wandering back down to the main stage, the full effects of a crazy weekend were starting to show. The kookiest fans donned costumes that ranged from a Hairspray John Travolta to a sliced-up inflatable pool shark with arms and a bearded face. At the hilltop Magic Hat Stage Bindlestiff Family Cirkus seemed to pale in comparison to the freak show of folks making their way to Les Claypool and the Fancy Band. Claypool changed his laid back hippie attire for a smart little black bowtie and black bowler. He plowed into "Up On The Roof," kicking off a pretty standard Claypool show. It was almost the same show as last year, blow-for-blow, minus the addition of Trey Anastasio and adding a bit more jam to the mix. But, the quirky troupe played exceptionally well. The early highlight was a triple-decker sandwich with all the fixings of "One Better" > "Glide" > "Tommy the Cat" > "One Better." The jam went into a more free form realm as Gabby La La grabbed the sitar reins and battled a bit with Claypool. It was unfortunate but predictable as she lost sight of the underlying rhythm that the rest of the band was working around and shot off into her own world. No matter and no worries, the band pulled her back into the groove and no one would remember the misstep as Claypool's thwacking of the bass went into a "Southbound" tease during "David Makalaster."

Michael Franti - All Good 2007 by Massie
Meanwhile up on the main stage, a truly monumental event was about to take place. The self-proclaimed three-time All Good downhill summersault champion was about to battle for the crow yet again. A thin piece of yellow police tape was laid down to part the crowd over a particularly rocky section of the hill. "The Champ" stood at the top, professing his skills and the danger that faced him at every flip and slam of his body. The pathway that had been cleared to summersault down was packed with people, and the crowd surged as The Champ secured a helmet to his head with a few strips of duct tape. He asked if anyone wanted to attempt to break his record. After a moment another wild-eyed, shirtless festivarian joined the challenge by duct taping a pink fuzzy hat to his head. At the count of three, pinky backed out but The Champ sent his body hurdling down the rocky path, half somersaulting and half bouncing off the un-forgiving ground.

After a 'tweener set courtesy of New Monsoon and his own beautiful, moving warm-up acoustic set on the Ropeadope Stage, Michael Franti captured the main stage. He pulled out all the stops with camouflage nets draped all over the stage and a massive red and white bull's eye backdrop. Franti started his performance with a wonderful George Bush video (did you ever think you would read the words "Bush" and "wonderful" in the same sentence?) that silenced much of the crowd into a state of awe. That was the last time anyone would be silent during Franti's fantastic performance. His delivery was splendid and he only asked the crowd "How you feelin?" about six times. Two major highlights included "What I Got" dropped into a mash-up of The Muppets and Sesame Street themes including "Rainbow Connection" and an homage to Cookie Monster. The second highlight, "People in the Middle," drifted down an irie road with a "Red Red Wine" tease into "Get Up, Stand Up" and a little "Stir It Up" before falling back into "People." His set ended with "Everybody On A Move" reverberating through the hills as friendly faces repeated the words all the way out of the venue and up towards the campgrounds. Perhaps the most moving moment of the festival was when Franti told the crowd that we need to bring back the soldiers who want to be at this festival but are stuck at George Bush's festival.

A Wild Show, a Wicked Guitar
And the Rotating Door of Greatness

Rob Derhak of moe. - All Good 2007 by Massie
Tea Leaf Green kept things moving until the kings of jam took the main stage with a thunder that could be heard miles away. moe.'s brilliant set began and finished with a fabulous "Rebubla" throw down on each end. "Plane Crash" was also huge, and things were set for a legendary All Star Jam second set.

While moe. massacred the crowd in the arena, another New York State band called Kicksville hunkered down on the Ropeadope Stage for a truly experimental show. This wild group taps a similar vein as The Flaming Lips, but without the balloons or confetti. They placed old monitors all over the front of the stage that broadcasted a mish-mash of video clips, old cartoons and movies. Their announcer acted out stories in the shadows, his grey hair and wild eyed moments were straight out of the '70s camp flicks Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Wild in the Streets. They would switch from gospel-flavored hymns to industrial rock mixed with sampled beats. Kicksville was one of the weirdest, most visually stunning performances of the weekend. It stretched listener's ears to the edge then roped them back in with flowing, friendly jams.

The Slip - All Good 2007 by Massie
Back down on the Magic Hat Stage, Andrew Barr and Marc Freidman alternated between watching moe. from the stage to quietly playing along with them as Brad Barr jumped down to chat with folks in the front row. He offered some of the rumored All Good shine to anyone brave enough to partake as moe. rattled the crowd in the best of ways. The Slip opened with a rousing yet ordinary version of "Children of December." The band was exploring within the limits of the Eisenhower tunes as Brad heaved an extended section of uninhibited guitar riffs during "Even Rats." The band was firing missiles at this point. The ensuing "Get Me With Fuji" was implemented with substantial muscle and more exploration than other recent versions. "Soft Machine" was grandiose as The Slip took us on a dazzling ride with Friedman and Andrew Barr slamming the bass and drums. They closed the short set full of woozy, tasty interaction with the "Weight of Solomon." It's safe to assume that watching moe. absolutely destroy a crowd only moments before would inspire one to up their game. The Slip delivered, which the crowd testified to. Following such a stunning performance and keeping everyone on a similar musical high was no small feat.

The late night moe. All-Star Jam stole the show from the opening notes accompanied by Jeff Waful's magic touch on the lights. moe. served as the host band, but never held any of their guests back. Instead, they let them hold the limelight and the highlights came thick and heavy. Kenny Liner and Cris Jacobs from The Bridge started things off with some beat-boxing and thick guitars before a freestyle rap from Terry Lynch. The stage was just warming up as Reid Genauer from Assembly of Dust started "Up On Cripple Creek," only to be joined midway by Brock Butler which eventually gave way to Josh Clark and a killer version of Tea Leaf Green's "Sex in the 70's."

Potter & Schnier - All Good 2007 by Massie
What happened next may have been the highlight of many a live music fan's weekend, if not their whole year, as Bryan Dondero, Scott Tournet and Grace Potter blew away a version of "Cortez the Killer." At one point, Potter, Tournet, and moe.'s Al Schnier ripped a circle of guitar-driven madness only to drop effortlessly back to Potter letting her pipes soar, her arms swimming through the blue lights. She exited without a thought or care, simply dropping the mic on the stage and disappearing into the night. Next, the set-closing move from "Meat" > "Pawn Shop" > Meat" with Chuck Garvey jumping out on the guitar stacks to salute the crowd and bow to his bandmates was epic. After a quick but spirited cheer from the packed audience, bassist Rob Derhak exclaimed that he couldn't possibly drive but he hoped he could still play. He could, as they finished up with the growling green monster of BOC's "Godzilla" that sent us all back to our camp sights singing, "OH NO! There goes Tokyo. GO GO GODZILLA!!!!"

All Good 2007 by Krolick

Sunday: A Truly All Good Test of Will

The Lee Boys - All Good 2007 by Massie
The last day of All Good is notoriously laidback. The music ends by 7 p.m. and, for many, it's a chance to hit the road early and make it home for some serious R&R. This year the schedule threw many of us for a loop when we saw the highly anticipated Leftover Salmon reunion was the closing show of the festival. Upon entering the main stage area it was apparent that much of the festivals masses had decided to pack it in and leave. But, this isn't a bad thing because Sunday is a perfect day to bring down the canvas chair and kick back with your friends. Sundays at Marvin's Mountaintop are an opportunity to reflect on the amazing weekend and slowly let your mind slip back into the reality of a trek home.

Past openers for the Sunday have really set the tone for the day, with the Campbell Brothers, Dumpstaphunk and the Rebirth Brass Band pulling past opening duties. This year followed suit with the Lee Boys. This sacred steel band kicked up the tempo and wailed out a fantastic little set. If one closed their eyes, one would have sworn that Robert Randolph was playing. The sextet turned out to be one of Florida's best kept secrets since JJ Grey and MOFRO. This "House of God" band of brothers and nephews tossed us a spirited, soulful show, ripping through a sweet catalog. Co-founder and bandleader Alvin Lee laid down infectious rhythms on lead guitar and his brothers sang straight from the heart. If we could see these guys every morning they could relieve our souls and help cleanse our "morning-after" minds.

Sam Bush - All Good 2007 by Krolick
Sam Bush jumped on stage immediately following the Lee Boys and began his quiet domination of Sunday's schedule. Bush's Hawaiian shirt and massive grin were captivating as he fiddled away our cares. He had a wonderful way of casually winning over ears by dipping his body off to the left, as if straining to hear some powerful secret. It seemed that each dip pulled another person up from their spot to see what the fun was about. Bush is one of the most versatile, powerful musicians playing today, and he showed that prowess during a wonderful section of covers. He tapped into a little of what both he and Peter Rowan have capitalized on when he pushed into a bluegrass Bob Marley sandwich of "Is This Love" > "Lively Up Yourself" > "Is This Love." The combination of bluegrass and reggae provided a perfect soundtrack to our Sunday, and it surprises many that more bluegrass bands don't venture down this irie path.

After he parted ways with the islands, Bush went back into a more traditional trek. He and his talented band touched upon material from his album Laps in Seven with a heated version of "New Country" and a touching cover of Dylan's "When You Gonna Wake Up?" He finished with a stellar set closer by channeling Carlos Santana for "Soul Sacrifice." It was a sight to behold.

Toussaint, Krasno, Evans of Soulive
All Good 2007 by Krolick
West Indian Girl's set was just beginning when it started raining. We sat under our ponchos, peering from below dripping plastic hoods at this beautiful, mesmerizing band. The layered ambient electronica and rock fusion mixed with the sound of the rain and lulled us into feeling great about being out in Mother Nature's fury.

Soulive took the stage before denser rain clouds blew in fast and furious. The announcer explained we were in for a major storm and music ceased. As the skies opened and the thunder struck, many of the dwindling festivalgoers decided to play a game of "Lawn Chair Survivor." As most ran for cover, about 12 groups stuck it out, huddling together under makeshift tarps or covered in ponchos on chairs, all the while praying for the downpour to stop. We were the third of these groups to throw in the hat and run for the cover of the beer tent. There, we joined the rest cheering for the brave souls drenched in the center of the venue. Two Magic Hat Number 9's later, the rain slowed and a great wet All Good tradition unfolded on the hill as more lawn chair cowboys ascended the steep, wet grade only to barrel at full speed down, hitting maximum velocity as they slid down as far as the slope would take them. This was too much for Mother Nature, the rain broke and the sun emerged for a while to toast our worries away. Soulive laid down a fat, fast and nasty set of funk fueled by their new singer, Toussaint. His in-your-face approach was well received and the warming air only drove him, Eric Krasno and the Evans Brothers deeper into the groove. They destroyed a dirty little run of "Jesus Children of America" > "Feel Like Makin' Love" > "Do It Again."

Sunday Afternoon: Schneider, Salmon
And Jam for the Win

Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon - All Good by Krolick
This was the first time seeing Bob Schneider for many and one thing's for sure - it won't be the last. His set was a fan favorite and whether it was the steaming sun drying the mud beneath our feet or just the slamming steel drums, it got under our skin and dragged us all into the pit. The erupting dance-a-thon that started on the opening note of his set and didn't end until after Leftover Salmon was the stuff of legend. It took Schneider about 30-seconds to loosen up. After that, all the good stuff came out. "Assknocker," "Pudding & Cheese" and "Boom Boom Baby" marked the peak of a stupendously great, long jam. Feet were thoroughly caked in mud before his set of "Frunk" had concluded.

In 1989, when a local band, The Salmon Heads, asked members of The Left Hand String Band to fill some missing spots in its lineup no one could have predicted the result would become an institution. It was a happy accident that the resulting quintet ever got together, but they went on to create the trademark polyethnic-Cajun-slamgrass sound that is Leftover Salmon. All Good concluded on Sunday with a performance by LOS that rewarded everyone who stayed. This was one of only four gigs the group will perform this summer in its current formation of Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Jeff Sipe, Greg Garrison, Bill McKay and Noam Pikelny. The screams of "Festivaaal" echoed around the hillside as they rocked the final set slowly away. Herman's shaggy dog appearance and upbeat mood kicked off the performance in grand LOS style. He bounced around in his brown cowboy shirt, tossing huge toothy grins to the crowd as the band flurried through festival staple "Carnival Time." Emmitt and Herman exchanged eager, spirited headshakes as they perfectly complimented each other and the crowd's mood. McKay sat back under the brim of his hat while he churned out the underbelly melodies from his keys.

Emmitt & Bush - All Good by Krolick
High Sierra was treated to a hefty late night meal of Salmon including a side of Page McConnell and Darol Anger, but damned if Leftover Salmon wasn't going to toss All Good a meaty bone as well. They brought out their buddy Sam Bush to play the rest of the set. Emmitt grabbed vocal duties as they steered the ship into "Whispering Waters." Bush and Emmitt play so well together, and their chemistry was infectious as the two laughed and prodded each other. An early highlight was an amazing "Dance on Your Head" with a dipping, raging electric mandolin solo from Bush. Garrison and Pikelny worked magic during "Might Night Blues," while Bush continued to boost the music with smoking fiddle runs. By now, LOS was racing, trying to beat the impending storm. With the clouds rolling in, Salmon knew they were under the gun. By the end of their return to the All Good stage after a 27-month hiatus, this band looked and sounded like they had never stopped. After "Let's Have a Party," Herman's advice was, "Run like hell for cover" as the storm hit, concluding All Good 2007 in a dramatic, but somehow appropriate way.

This year's All Good had a special feeling that you couldn't shake. It was the most relaxed, friendly year to date. The weather, despite a small downpour and Sunday's madness, was unreal – cool in the morning, sunny all day, cool in the evening. None of this was unexpected, though, as those West Virginia cows told us the tale three days earlier. With even more improvements to the location and amenities like "festitaxi" (an extra-long golf cart that could be called for a $3 ride anytime, anywhere in the venue), an ice man that stopped at general campsite locations every morning and much more, it's clear Walther and All Good aren't done growing. The magic isn't back – it never left.

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ja40715 starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/30/2007 06:59PM
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Enjoyed the review, if there was a more appropriate named festival than this one someone please tell me because ALL MF GOOD was that! Top 3: Moe. , Lotus, All-Star Jam

thecurtainhasclosed Mon 7/30/2007 08:39PM
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A couple of corrections for you... @ the Ropeadope stage, they werent billed as "Jay Lane Experiment", it was the Ratdog Experiment, i like the Rapdog comment though. And the whole battle of the band thing, it was Jay Lane saying everything to Joe Russo, not Bob.

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/30/2007 10:13PM
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What an amazing festival. The improvements were well noted, it was nice being woken up by the 'ice man' because I sure needed it. I also think the ropeadope stage is one of the best things going on the east coast as far as our music scene goes. Marco + Lee Boys and Mike D + Skerik blew away the competition on the main stage. Thanks all for a great All good. Top 3: Lotus doing Flower Sermon, Grace Potter + All Stars on Cortez, Sound Tribe fog universe

thecurtainhasclosed Tue 7/31/2007 05:00AM
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Top three for me goes like this: STS9, Ratdog Experiment, Les Claypool ( damn that band was fancy!)

NickSoda starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 06:09AM
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so i understand Tea Leaf Green isn't a headlining power-house such as some of these other groups....but could we get a little more than, "Tea Leaf Green kept things moving" ?!! Seriously, these guys deserve a little more than a half sentence.

stairway to freebird starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:06AM
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stairway to freebird

Glad to see a review of such a grandiose festival. I heard magic happened for the moe. set, but I was getting busy with the wildness that was Kicksville. A new band for me to freak out for! Did anyone else catch them?

My favorites for the fest were Skerik's get-down with Mike Dillon and Les, The Bridge, Duo (if they had only duked it out with Bobby!), and Kicksville. But so much magic, musically and otherwise, that next year is sure to be a big reunion of this year's crowd.

msb696 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:34AM
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Ahh, all good.

Gribblecake starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:52AM
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I loved All Good. STS9 was soooo much fun. Keller > Lotus > Marco > Ratdog > Duo > STS9 holy shit. I think Ratdog went on too long, but I enjoyed the show. I can't believe it was Jay Lane being such a dick, what happened to him?

Mike D + Skerik were amazing, Les' set was good, but I was on another planet for it. I still can't get over that bitchin Sweet Leaf tease up at Ropeadope. Speaking of which, it saddens me to see only 1 set from the Ropeadope stage floating around. It's practically a festival right there. I really liked Bodega's set, I wouldn't call it subpar. They're obviously not as experienced as others, but I dug it. Some parts didn't mesh well with Marco when he did his set, but others did. It was their first time playing with him. Can't wait for next year.

greentealeafer starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:56AM
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Thanks Jambase! Although they forgot to mention how tealeafgreen threw down after Franti's snoozefest on the mainstage! He has some solid insightful thoughts it seems but his presentation is too dramatic for myself...

With all the how ya feelins and everybody jump, jump, jump...i suppose franti doesn't do it for me and it was sweeet getting some tea leaf green chants goin towards the end of his drawn out set...

Truly was a very special weekend...thank you to everyone who made this happen....

greentealeafer starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:58AM
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Was there anyone who saw keller's encore with weir?

Sure sounded and looked like bobby wasn't even playin with keller, he was just on stage botching lyrics and faking his playing....

hate to be a bear of bad tidings but its what happened...

did anyone see this and/or was anyone as outraged as i was?

carphishhead Tue 7/31/2007 08:16AM
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Haha thats definitely me commenting on Marco's moonshine at about 1:25 left in Krolick's video - glad he was willing to share with his fans!

thecurtainhasclosed Tue 7/31/2007 08:50AM
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share what with fans?

heynowBeKynd starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 09:10AM
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All Good was such an amazing experience. Great review JamBase...except, give tea leaf green a little more love, even though their set was soooo short. Highlights of the festival for me were the bluegrass shows: Yonder, Keller & the Keels, Leftover Salmon, and Sam Bush. Me & my friends are definately in that friday video when they pan the front row during the Keller set!! haha
much thanks goes out to Tim Walther and Marvin for his beautiful mountaintop!!! ;-)

mopasta starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 09:40AM
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All Good Was ridiculous. The review was good but Ratdog wasnt bad.The started slow but the last 45 minutes they rocked the camp grounds and the whole mountain was grooving with them. Kimock is a god!

hnkscrpio starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 10:07AM
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All Good was a great time. All of my shit got completely soaked during that Yonder show and I had to sleep in wet blankets. I don't see why people are knocking the Ratdog set. That was easily one of my favorites of the weekend. Wharf Rat and Throwing Stones rocked my world. Who cares if Bobby messed up a couple of lyrics to Casey Jones. Why don't you just listen to that one on the radio if your so concerned. People are so critical, bands mess up lyrics all the time, Bobby is human. Everyone is just doggin him cause they are up the Duo's ass. Or maybe I'm not doggin him cause I don't like the Duo whatsoever. All in all, good review, good fest, good times.

soggybread starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 10:26AM
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sounds like a good time,

but they talk like this is the last jam festie left, come to summercamp for some true jam grooves (moe 3 nights...)

greentealeafer starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 10:47AM
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yes soggy summercamp is pure jam at its finest


Marcsmall Tue 7/31/2007 11:37AM
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Michael Franti needs to go

enjoimusic4202 Tue 7/31/2007 11:47AM
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This sounded like a great weekend, went in 06 and it was the shiz, couldnt make it this year but everyone needs to lay off Bobby - I have seen him botch lyrics on several occasions and take it w/ a grain of salt, he has been at it for a long fuckin time! Also noted that it appears TLG did not get the credit they deserve, it is fine w/ me if no one recognizes them for what they got b/c I want to keep seeing them in small venues for as long as possible.
OH Ya and Franti sucks!!

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 11:48AM
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Derekmk Tue 7/31/2007 11:56AM
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What's great about this review is how he mentions the small moments I noted myself. Swimming through the sea of fog while watching the crowd during Sound Tribe's set was surreal, the rock stacking was a beautiful idea, and that flying saucer was trippy!

The Duo, Yonder, and Skerik+Mike D get my votes for best sets of the weekend.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 12:04PM
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Indolic Tue 7/31/2007 12:11PM
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Whew! What a wild, wacky weekend...incredible.

jambandfan starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 12:58PM
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I wonder why the writer didn't acknowledge Brock Butler (of Perpetual Groove fame) for the All-Star Jam; he was on stage for basically the entire set. I also thought TLG should get a little more shine, but I'm not complaining - this was a good article, not too long and drawn out, and described some of the musical magic perfectly for those of us not in attendance. I really wish I could've made it, it sounds like and seems like it was fantastic! :)

Next up: The Echo Project, see ya'll in October!

ski_bum_9684 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 02:00PM
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Good review, sounds like it was a great time...

..but even more importantly, whoever took the pictures for this article did an AMAZING job. Endless kudos to you, my friend. The 'bubble' pic right before the Sunday recap blew my mind. Nice.

Armedaneian starstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 02:32PM
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Yeah, the article features some great pictures, but it is rather slanted. At the risk of sounding negative, I feel like I must present another perspective…

The authors comment that Ratdog was "fairly loose, more like rambling clatter than tight jamming”, makes it obvious that they don’t like the music, weren’t really listening, or just weren’t in the right state of mind to appreciate such psychedelic music!

Substitute lead guitarist, Steve Kimmock, provided some amazing jams, and took the music to an entirely different realm! Considering they had been performing together for less than a week, it was truly impressive. The authors give no credit to this amazing feat; instead they pan the entire performance. They bust Bob Weir’s balls when he sings something differently than it was originally recorded, but when they admit The Duo was off… “either with missing or repeated parts” they say, “the vibe was loose and fun.”

The authors’ bias becomes even more obvious when they say… “Weir was a little on edge as he grabbed the mic and screamed over to Joe Russo and Benevento, "Whoa! Easy fella. Hold on there, brother."” Weir didn’t even make those comments. And, quite frankly, Jay Lane deserves to sound a bit cocky when he shares the stage with so many talented artists!

I do agree that the authors and “Those up on the hill” have musical troubles…“When The Duo was finally able to start for real all our musical troubles disappeared”. Apparently, the trouble for them is in following more than 2 instruments at once. They must really be confused when a band like Ratdog brings six amazing artists on stage!

The authors’ disabilities may affect their vision as well… they should have been impressed with the amount of people leaving as The Duo began… I’m not the only one who thinks that Ratdog, on their worst night, brings more talent to the stage than any duo can! In fact, anyone suggesting otherwise is as naïve as the authors.

Gee, I hope that wasn’t too negative! ;-)

Gribblecake Tue 7/31/2007 02:48PM
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I really wouldn't expect sahagian to be someone without a bias, either. Sure Ratdog was fun when you were in the mindset, but it started getting old when others of us were beginning to gear up for STS9. I wasn't in the mood for slow jamming at 1:45 in the morning, looking at the time and looking around waiting for the next chunk of the night to arrive.

jater76 star Tue 7/31/2007 02:57PM
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If someone says "it's all good" one more time they are geting kicked in the shins. Seriously had a fantastic time. All Good is always an expeirince, but this year was the finest. Brock Butler is a virturoso, he was able to blend well with anyone who took the stage during the session. Not only was Pgroove's awesome rendition of Kanye West's -We Don't Care (during the all-star jam) completely missed by the authors, they obviously didnt notice he owned the night. He was pulled on stage by almost every artist in the Jam and Post Grace Potter, it was Brock Butler accompanied by moe. Seriously next year, get it right Tim, and have Brock host the jam.

androckguitar starstar Tue 7/31/2007 03:18PM
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I hate how no one ever talks about my favorite band,
New Monsoon.

Armedaneian Tue 7/31/2007 03:53PM
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How about this Andrew... New Monsoon should be on the main stage! They are truly a great band! Maybe next year.

Gribblecake Tue 7/31/2007 04:14PM
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How about Lotus for a main stage slot next year? They were fucking sick. A longer set for Les or the Duo would be nice. And please bring back STS9 for a late night show again.

always_high starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 04:30PM
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Good article I've been going to All Good for years now and I loved the Bob Weir set and STS9 threw down as soon as they hit the stage with Rent into One a Day holy shit. I cant forget YMSB, Lotus, or Les Claypool either all played amazing sets. Small correction though Ozrics late night set was back in 04 three years ago. Cant wait for 08.

andbuffalobill Tue 7/31/2007 05:29PM
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seriously no mention of Brock in the late night jam or SINGING that pawn shop?

LuViNcId starstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 05:55PM
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I lost my mind at ALLGOOD...and I loved it...the music was amazing. I saw everyone I wanted to see other than Sound Tribe...which I will remain sad about! Dark Star was a great way to start off the festi Thursday night! Les Claypool really shook my really I thought I was going to have a heart attack! In a good way...? What else...Keller is God!....Bob Weir & Ratdog... AMAZING! Ozric Tentacles...blew me away! Michael Franti & Spearhead were REALLY REALLY good!! Perpetual Grove was great...Leftover Salmond I danced around blessing the crowd with glitter & flowers..enough said! ALLGOOD was Aaaaaalllllllggggooooood!! Hope you all had as much fun as I did!!! :) :) :)*~*Peace&Love*~* brothahs & sistahs! :)

LuViNcId Tue 7/31/2007 05:59PM
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OH...and how the HELL did I ever forget to mention moe.!!! Wow! I had wanted to see them for YEARS...and they did not let me down! Amazing performance with the All-Stars...just AMAZING!!! You could not only feel the energy from the crowd but SEE it as well!!! :-)

phi2thelip starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 06:08PM
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All Good is as chill as it gets... and it has improved every year!

Ozric Tentacles, The Bridge, Moe. LOTUS

went nuts when keller played country roads (WV theme for us mountaineers)
did anyone catch SOJA's go-go jam? shit was the biggest surprise of the weekend.... except for michael franti jumping off the ropeadope and giving the entire crowd a high-5... All Good was simply ALL GOOD and then some.

alw7 Tue 7/31/2007 06:18PM
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Does nobody like the Drive By Truckers,great rocking,southern poets. Fun fest from start to finish. All Star jam was loads of fun.

carphishhead Tue 7/31/2007 09:45PM
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Grace Potter is so SEXYYY!

Sorry, just listening to that portion of the All-Star Jam again on the archive =-)

scooter6 Tue 7/31/2007 09:54PM
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seriously no mention of brock butler during the all star jam???????? weird

greentealeafer starstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 05:44AM
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New Monsoon stole my soul that weekend...first time seein em and they got down!

Was anyone else lucky enough to be able to laugh at the guy swimmin in the septic pond at the entrance of the main stage area?

lepheadbh Wed 8/1/2007 06:02AM
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Top 3: moe., STS9, Lotus...
What a great festival, see you all next year!

toestothenose Wed 8/1/2007 06:53AM
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Much thanks for the feedback – this years All Good was one of the best to date. I can’t speak for Massie but I’ll chime in with my thoughts on a few comments so far.

Nick8885 and any others who felt slighted on Tea Leaf Green’s mention – I dig the heck out of those cats but really wanted to check out something new and figuring I’d get a fix late-night from them at the All-star jam I opted to take in Kicksville at the ropeadope stage. Clark was talked about again in the superjam (“Sex in the 70’s” which IMO was one of the superjam highlights and musical high notes of the weekend).

Candy Makes – Caught Kicksville and was impressed! John Beecher blew my mind with his combo of poetry and activism rants from deep back in the stage. Combined with the variety of music they played and Kicksville is something to peep.

Sahagian – I rather agree w/ you – Kimock was the most interesting thing about the Ratdog show that evening. Common we hardly broke Weirs balls – look at all the props he was given before this. Seriously the hot Ratdog show was hours earlier up on the ropeadope stage. The main stage show was subpar compared to what we had seen earlier.
… Also note the props I
gave Weir in the Friday vid by giving him a glowing intro from Tim W. Also – We
were half way up the hillside when it happened but I watched Weir walk up to the mic and say that to the Duo. Perhaps my eyes and ears deceived me but others have said it also. The tapes should have the truth. Have a grateful day! (Garcia's birthday)

To all saying that Brock is left out of the superjam section – please reread – he’s been in there along w/ mention of the “Pawnshop”

Andrew and others – Missed New Monsoon but from the sound of their set they should get the mainstage soon. Here’s a link to the show incase you haven’t heard it -

Always High – Thanks for the correction – True 04 it was.

A few other notes –

Covering a festival is different for everyone. Personally I don’t like reading rundowns or play by plays of each persons set. Other writers on the base may give that too you but it seems only fitting for a massive fest or even a small show to split the talk between some of the little events that went down that you could actually hear on the tapes or pull from a setlist. All Good was filled with so many fun moments that were only spawned from listening to great bands like Tea Leaf Green or New Monsoon. If we were able to bring you just one of those moment w/ this piece then we succeeded. . I am a Bobby fan over Phil. As far as busting Weir balls well he’s a big boy and has nothing in the world to prove to me or anyone. If someone feels he has a subpar show then it should be said. The man is a music legend he can have an off note – no worries – the highlight of that show was the few seconds of hope the Duo and the Rat would battle. Hope you folks enjoy the mash-up videos.

Jake Krolick

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 07:08AM
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Great Review!!! I dont really care for STS9 but Massie's picture is pretty amazing!!!

sandsclark starstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 07:41AM
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I think Brock Butler and P-Groove did not recieve as much merit as they deserved. Seeing as how Brock played in like half the All Star Jam Songs. Thier Kanye West and Sublime covers were tight. Also I thought Bobby's set was good.
I think the vibe was captured well by this author though.

greysonburke starstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 08:07AM
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seriously? no mention of assembly of dust? their set was excellent and worthy of a mention.. much better than SOJA even though everyone left after their set... oh well more room for us to listen :P

also.. michael franti should not have played.. how much better would another band be in that slot? north mississippi maybe? ween? anyone? he is stale but it was cool seeing him play hackeysack/soccer with the fans before his set.. just not a fan of his music

Matty Boh starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 08:54AM
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top 4:
STS9 in the fog
Grace Potter (nocturnals set and her CTK jam)
the Bridge (baltimore sonnnn)

and I'm sorry, sahagian, but you seem to have your facts wrong. This article was accurate when they quoted exactly what Bob Weir said. IMO, ratdog took waaay too long with their set. I was happy in the beginning when I heard Casey Jones and Darkstar, but compared to what i've heard with Lesh and Friends, this ratdog set was 100% dissapointing. you shouldn't have to be in the right 'mindset' for music to be good. If it is good, it will rock you no matter what. AND ADD ONTO THAT THEY PLAY 45 MINUTES LONGER. It was clear that alot of people were getting pissed where I was sitting, waiting for the Duo to come out and rock.

And then having the nerve to come back for an encore after putting people to sleep?!?! I'm suprised the duo didnt start throwing molotav cocktails their way. Kimock or not, ratdog lacked energy.

and not to rain on the late night moe. allstar jam (because it was truly stellar), but their version of Pawn Shop was horrrrrible.....THEY DIDNT EVEN PLAY THE SOLO GUITAR PART. thats pretty much the balls of the song, and the singer was straining for the notes. THEY SHOULDVE JUST KEPT GRACE POTTER ON THE STAGE THE WHOLE TIME, because she knows how to get a crowd on their toes.

all in all, this weekend was one to remember, and I had some much needed fun.

Derekmk Wed 8/1/2007 10:23AM
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The Duo deserve a mainstage set. I would really love to hear them rock it hard through that sound system. Maybe Reed Mathis could jump in for a few. They were just getting started when they had to get off stage, and received raging cheers between songs.

Oh, and bring back MMJ!!!!!!!

BooneRes starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 12:39PM
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Sector 9 late nite.......nuff said

lvcheese Wed 8/1/2007 04:41PM
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Great article. All Good was an experience I will never forget. STS9 late night was the main reason why I came to this festival, but I must say that every artist I saw on stage rocked my socks off.(Except for Ratdog). Leftover Salmon was everything I expected and more. The rain was fun for like 30min, but then it just started getting ridiculous. Me and my buddie actually left the festival Sunday at like 9:00 to head back to St. Louis. This was probably my favroite festival I have even been too, even though I started getting sick of all the dirty Bisco kids. One actually tried fighting me. I was spun and just laughed at him and walked away. Great festival though.

Peace and Much love

stairway to freebird starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 07:57AM
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stairway to freebird

toestothenose, i really enjoyed the mash-up videos. good call on the kicksville interviews, those guys are gonna set the scene on fire! much love to you for sharing yr. experience, brotha!

richromeo starstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 11:50AM
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Hey Now!
A really good review, nice to read some of the author's personal experiences that help make a fest unique for each of us. The opening comments on the decline of Jam I don't exactly agree with ~ Coachella didn't start out a jam fest anyway, and yes Bonnaroo and Vegoose are lost, but that's just two Superfly productions, many other jamfests are still out there and rockin' (10K Lakes, Gratefulfest, GOTV, Wakarusa). Here's my thoughts on All Good 2007:
~ A top act for me that no one has mentioned yet was the Ryan Montbleau Band. I was waiting for Grace Potter (who disappointed me this time out) and had no expectations for these guys who got shafted at the last minute, having to cut their set into two 20 minute mini-sets around Grace's. First time seeing them and they blew me away, though they'd probably come off better in an intimate club venue.
~ Having been big into the jam scene for about 12 years, mostly into the Dead, I've been really surprised by the talk around the Ratdog set. From people at the fest, to comments here and on torrent sites, it seems a real love/hate thing, with people either saying they were a highlight at All Good or a major disappointment. I've seen every Ratdog lineup since 95, and despite being VERY "in the right state of mind", to me their All Good performance was garbage. At the time I thought this was obvious to anyone, but decided to give it another chance after hearing so many people rave about it after the fact. Maybe there was something I missed? Having just given the whole show another listen, now I REALLY don't get it, and I'm left wanting another approx. 2 hours of my life back. The effort the band seems to be giving the material is insulting, the music just plain CRAP. Thus I conclude that the rave reviews come from a love of the Dead and their songs, the high quality of the various 'party favors' going around and some personal "in the moment" magic provided by the crowd and setting, all of which I can respect. But the quality of musicianship & playing? PLEASE.
~ My first Spearhead show ~ gotta agree w/lvcheese, too much "Make some noise!!" and "How you feeling?!?" hype from Franti for my tastes, but they are a great act for a fest spot in the daytime.
~ Took me a while to warm up to him, but I'm loving Keller this year. His set at All Good rocked, a favorite for me that I'll continue to listen to from time to time.
~ the "Bisco Kids" as lvcheese mentioned ~ this is new to me and I'm kinda old school, but what gives? A few people tried explaining that scene to me, and I don't get it. Unwritten rules about what to wear & take at a show to be cool, somewhat taken from the rap world, less kindness and more bling, that scene does feel dirty to me. I love the scene for the diversity, the old "be yourself" and let~your~freak~flag~fly approach. Seeing such a clique~like group~mind and hard~edge approach among fans kinda goes against the whole point IMHO, but what can you do? There's nothing you can hold for very long....

Gribblecake Fri 8/3/2007 06:49AM
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I'd like to mention again that Bodega weren't at all supar. I saw them last night opening for Pnuma Trio. They're pretty fucking young and they've got alot of potential.

Johnnycobba starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/3/2007 07:24AM
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This was my 3rd All good and i hope it wont be my last...made the decision the night before to go and i'm really happy i did. moe. stole the show for me there set was everything i wanted and more and then the all star jam was sillyness brock is god and should host one next year. I hear everyone saying lotus and TLG and the duo should have main stage slots next year...I do agree but keep in mind the duo has been on the main stage the past 2 years and lotus was on the main stage on 05 and TLG was on it last year. i dont mind them being on the side stage b/c the time slots for these bands are much better then what they usually play (except for the duo headlining last year with a lil help) they just need to give these bands more time...lotus in 05 they got an hour but it was at noon prob not the best time for them to rage.. they should keep the idea of bigger acts on teh side stage just give them more time....maybe the early sets at noon-3 on saturday can be trimmed down to 45 minutes or so to give the bigger acts more time to rock out at night....just my .02

nate_johnson starstarstarstar Fri 8/3/2007 09:29AM
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Was I the only one that saw the Slip faking their set? Again, at the risk of sounding too negative, I thought it looked like Brad was faking every single guitar solo he had (also the woo-woos during Even Rats) - he was turning around and facing the back of the stage, they were taking the lights off of him, he even disappeared for more than 5 minutes mid-set. It was really a vibe-killer.
Other than that, I had an amazing time. Tea Leaf Green, Lotus, and Bob Schneider were the huge Magic Hat highlights. moe. played an amazing set and then stuck it out for hours afterwards holding down an excellent jam session. And thank god for Soulive- we were one of the groups huddled under (and hotboxing) a tarp near the stage - once they came back out, it was like being reborn. Thumbs up to All Good! Great vibes.

JimmyJamesx5 Mon 8/6/2007 05:05PM
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Bob's set did leave me wanting more, my favorite song of the deads is Me and my Uncle, and it seemed they were just half assing it, but Kellers set before that was unreal, i am a huge dead fan and for keller to just blow them out of the water like that was unreal. That was the best show Keller, then M.O.E. first set, Les gets third, and i like the gabby jame in cincinnati she didn't even play the sitar at all

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/6/2007 08:28PM
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Man excellent review definitely fit the vibe to a tee...Accept on thing. YOu did not give SOJA half the credit they deserve for lacing an AMAZING afternoon set..getting called back for 2 encours. There music was electrifying with excellent musicianship, great afternoon reggae vibes, and damn power revolutionary lyrics. Not to mention this was their first year with the lime light of the main stage. Your light passing by of the tremendous Steel Pulse show setting the sunlight on Friday night tells me that you just might not be much of a reggae man..but for those of us that love that music...SOJA and Steel Pulse were best of the best for the weekend.

tonedeaf1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 09:12AM
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Thanks alot for the review and especially the video roundup of the weekend.

Ratdog are a good enough band, but Bob's one arrogant mutha. The Duo shouldda just kept on playing and Bob shouldda been the one to leave the stage. In fact, Ratdog shouldda left 45 minutes earlier when their allotted time was up!

I honestly believe Weir sees himself as the center of the musical universe when the reality is he's been resting on his laurels for AT LEAST 20 years. The live music is still fun enough, but it's hardly vital anymore. The Duo are FAR more interesting and important in today's music scene that Ratdog playing Uncle Johns band for the millionth time.

hurricane23 Tue 8/7/2007 10:03PM
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FOr me the highlights were Keller, Moe Jam especially TLG "Sex in the 70's" was great, Claypool, Lotus. The lowpoint was Franti. I just cant get it. That set was a complete letdown for me. I fail to see how looking good,jumping around yelling at the crowd and strumming a few chords qualifies as a good performance. At least it got the ladies dancing, ha ha. Say what you will about Ratdogs performance but it had a musical quality of a jazz type weird fusion set that at least takes chances and requires musical ability. All said it was one of the best times Ive had at a festival since IT or the the first year at Bonnaroo.

guiffb Wed 8/8/2007 06:58AM
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So did they clean out any of the port-o-johns this year? Did they lie and tell everyone a major flooding storm was about to hit so everyone should leave on Sunday night?

Two years ago, both of these were true (The lie and no cleaning of the port-o-johns.

nate_johnson Sat 8/11/2007 03:12PM
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they did lie about the storm two years ago, so when they announced a major storm incoming on sunday afternoon right before soulive, i had a flash of deja vu and then decided to stick it out... 'cuz we didn't buy it. turned out they were telling the truth this time, and damn, it was awesome! definitely made me appreciate the sun that much more during the bob schneider set.

vernoislawnboy Fri 9/14/2007 10:30AM
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i tripped balls

LC-Precision starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/19/2007 07:34AM
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Hey folks,

had such a wonderful time at all good! wondering if ANYONE has any footage or pics of our Kicksville set? or the all star jam on saturday at the ropeadope stage w Lee Boys,Marco and myself(lou from kicksville). Glad you enjoyed what we brought to tha table,hope to see you all again soon!!!

IowanGirl420 Sun 1/20/2008 07:40PM
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such a great line up.i think the reason tea leaf didn't get acknowledged as much as they deserve is due to the fact that moe. was up next. i love tea leaf, but i'd never wanna preform the same night as moe.

Fanofbrew starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 10:50PM
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