Mile High Music Fest | 07.19 & 07.20

Images by: Jay Scherer

Mike Gordon
Mike Gordon
Al Schnier - moe.
Rob Derhak - moe.
Reed Mathis - Tea Leaf Green
Josh Clark - Tea Leaf Green
Michael Franti
Vince Herman - Leftover Salmon
Tom Petty
Rebel Alliance Jam
Chris Robinson - The Black Crowes
Rashawn Ross & Jeff Coffin - Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews

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adventuresinperception star Tue 7/29/2008 12:00AM
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Alright, I know im gonna get a lot of heat for this and very rarely disapprove of any article regardless of band, prose style, whathaveyou. However, I feel that without even the slightest mention of Tea Leaf Green's performance at the fest, this article falls drastically short of capturing what appears to be great vibes at the Mile High Festival.

PS- they totally ripped off the trippy art piece in the first picture from Rothbury. Anybody??

Jameseari starstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 01:32AM
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Those are Rothbury's monkeys damnit! Looks like a fun time! great pictures!

karchy starstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 05:29AM
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I'm pretty sure that these are the same people who put on the Rothbury Fest.Looks Like it was a good time!!

Mark Price former NBA star Tue 7/29/2008 06:07AM
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Mark Price former NBA star

This festival was so soo so so so much fun. I had the best time of my life. I started off with HILL COUNTRY REVUE and it just got better and better after that. Mike Gordon was eaisly the best show (I thought) of the weekend, but every show I saw was so much fun. Tea Leaf Green just ripped it up, Leftover was sweet, THE ROOTS were funky, and when Dave Matthews Band played "So Damn LUcky" it was epic...JUST PURE EPIC. Petty ruled, and it was my first Moe. Show and it was great, just 4 memebers of the band though. I didn't like the $8 beers though...that was bullshit, and also only Budlight and BUdheavy...LAME. With all the great brewerys in CO why only shit beer. Anyway, IT WAS A BLAST!!!!

msudtg Tue 7/29/2008 06:43AM
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Good pictures... kinda out of order though... the article seems rather short... a multi-day fest and all you can write is like a page and a half?? that is pretty weak... where is the 10klf review?

aquariumdrunk Tue 7/29/2008 06:59AM
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"Why didn't you cover ********?!?"

"Where's the review of ******?!?"

Yeah, not predictable at all.

I enjoyed the review and the pics -- thank you!

KCReb Tue 7/29/2008 07:08AM
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I hate to be predictable, but it's just cruel to write about Grace Potter like that and not include at least one pic. She was probably the most photogenic artist there! Overall I enjoyed the read and the pics.

aquariumdrunk Tue 7/29/2008 07:27AM
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Griping over a lack of Grace pics is justified!


z man starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 08:00AM
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This looked like a kick ass festival. I haven't been to 1 this year and its extremely dissapointing but it seems like its been a great festival season. Maybe I can hit up fall hookahville to get a little bit of a fix.

iamkickinit Tue 7/29/2008 08:43AM
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The monkeys were first at Burning Man. Madison House put on Rothbury and Mile High Fest. No one is ripping off anyone here. later

Wild Turkey starstar Tue 7/29/2008 08:46AM
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Wild Turkey

The article summed up how difficult it was to see the same genre bands since the lineup schedule was not well thought out. Grace or Vince, well that was easy, sorry Vince you understand. As expected Mile High missed the mark in many ways. From the lack of food vendors, unappealing/ungodly hot tents to the poor utilization of the Rocky Mtn backdrop. I am glad I didn't have to pay for the trouble I went to just to get there (I wouldn't have). The reason there has not been a huge fest in Denver is because we have RED ROCKS and the Fillmore and Boulder and Mishawaka and Cervantes and ..... That said, it was great for the throngs of kids and parents to get a watered down musical experience. Glad I save my experience for moe. at the Fox (4 STICKS!), Panic in Snowmass, DTrucks at the Mish, MMJ at Red Rocks, JButler Red Rocks... Very lucky I am.

bbqribs starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 08:48AM
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The monkeys are from burning man. As are most of the mobile art pieces we see at these festival. If you enjoy this type of good time I would really try to make it to Black Rock City. It really is everything you could imagine. Perhaps Jambase will cover it this year. It will be very american. Just a little side note.

leclairm21 starstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 09:29AM
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Mike Gordon's set was amazing, and it didn't seem like the band needed any more time together - they were bumpin' just fine.

Having The Black Crowes and The Roots play at the same time was the festival's biggest mistake, in my opinion. (Add to that the horrible traffic, desert parking, no tailgating, no great beers, difficulty in finding free water and the bastard in front of me during The Roots who wouldn't put his arm down.) All in all the fest was great, but the 2.5 hr drives from Chatfield SP to the venue was a huge dissapointment. Everyone should check out New Mastersounds - great stuff. I wish I could've seen the Crowes, but the Roots put on one of the most badass concerts I've ever attended. Masters of War > Machine Gun > Masters of War? I know they've been doing it for months, but damn. That was a good time.

wilson021 Tue 7/29/2008 09:49AM
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was there camping at the fest?

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 10:53AM
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The Crowes and the Nocturnals were my highlights (I went on Sunday only). I was very pissed that the Roots were playing at the same time as the Crowes . . .

And where are the Grace Potter pics??? She was looking so damn good! Think I fell in love with her all over again!

wumpus252 Tue 7/29/2008 10:57AM
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86 the chairs, tighten up the lineup, have more vendors, and have it anytime except July and we'll have a proper mile high festy. party....

phishr82 Tue 7/29/2008 11:22AM
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camping woulda been nice.

Flat5 Tue 7/29/2008 12:15PM
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I read in the Rocky Mntn. News that the organizers don't want this to be a camping festival, which makes sense cuz the venue is in the middle of the city.

Marcsmall Tue 7/29/2008 12:22PM
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Leftover was worth the admission price....The Crowes were decent to, but all in all it was basically a Frat Boy Festival, at an awful location, with awful parking, the wrong time of year, and too many generic acts. Unless they change the location, remove some of the generic acts (DMB, OAR, Mayer, etc) I won't be there next year.

Entangled Minds Clothing Tue 7/29/2008 12:30PM
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allthink Tue 7/29/2008 02:06PM
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this festival looked pretty awful, sure it was a blast for a first timer, but looked pretty bad.

powernet Tue 7/29/2008 03:23PM
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good call dbert where the string summit review

BurqueLane Tue 7/29/2008 03:37PM
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DMB also exact set at Rothbury!!

nmack05 starstar Tue 7/29/2008 05:16PM
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No mention of The Roots is a tad offensive. I don't know what it is but somehow the Roots cannot get any hype or credit at all from the jam community. They're no phish, GD, moe., Panic, etc, etc, etc ... and that's a good thing. DIversity in music is one reason the jam community thrives! This is a unique BAND that can really play music. I don't know if it hurts them that it's a predominately black hip-hop group, but it has to be something. Masters of War> Machine Gun > Masters of War was pretty incredible, as mentioned. The Connction they have with a their audience is paralled with the jam band world. I think the problem is it's hard for people to give a hip-hop group a chance.

Muffinman1 Tue 7/29/2008 05:23PM
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This just seems like an old school HFStival, with a few better bands. DC and Bmore people know what I mean.

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 05:27PM
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Did Mike Gordon have to wear yellow pants??!!!! That is the worst decision of the entire festival that they let him onstage in those. Just kiddin'. Those things are off the hook!

shanky95 star Wed 7/30/2008 08:42AM
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Hey. I went to Rothbury and thought they reinvented the festival. I thought the fact that it got cool enough at night so you could wear pants and a hoodie, or just rage out in shorts and a t shirt if yer into the raging. After I saw these pics, I was a little disappointed because it all is just a money making franchise. Rothbury will one day be as unattractive as Bonnaroo has become, so get to Rothbury NEXT YEAR, no later. This festy looks interesting but from what I've heard it was pretty f'ing beat. Oh yea, drinks at Rothbury? $4.50, vendors everywhere, great camping, great lineup, just great everything. If yer like me, and you never go see Dave's solo concerts, seeing at a festy is real nice. He blew the doors off of Rothbury with that set and it wasn't even the best of the weekend. He may not be a great band to tour with but he throws down at festivals and always brings the old school heat. Plus, Jeff Coffin? Tim Reynolds on electric? I'm down with that anytime I'm at a festy. So, in summation, go to ROTHBURY!!!! (the monkeys will be back, will you?) this festy sounds like crap tho, did Virgin throw this one?

shanky95 Wed 7/30/2008 08:43AM
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shanky95 Wed 7/30/2008 08:46AM
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P.P.S. - Did you guys see what O.A.R.'s new tour is called "Both Thumbs Down Tour"? Indeed. Indeed.

moeMan1 Wed 7/30/2008 09:20AM
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actually shanky95 this fest was put on by the exact same people that put on Rothbury, AEG Live. And this fest would have been great had the damn city let them do it where they wanted to in the first place. At City Park in the heart of Denver.

hjgarcia star Wed 7/30/2008 11:40AM
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this was a great festival, i was very impressed

but what a terrible review- there's no mention of some of the best sets of the weekend: Andrew Bird, Tea Leaf Green, Flobots and the Roots. Next time you guys should have someone else to catch other bands.

And DMB was incredible. I'm not sure if you saw the same show I did, because the band was stellar

shanky95 Wed 7/30/2008 12:14PM
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I know both were put on by the same people... DUH!! Why do you think the monkeys were there? Why was the art for Burning Man there? Because they are all done by the same people. The lineup for this festival is the prime reason why this festival does not lick the mud off Rothbury's boots. (I know there was no mud at Rothbury) Also, anyone who wants to start a new festival and wants to put it in a place and time when heat is going to be intense is a fucking moron. A festival in the warm then cool weather and in the woods is the way to go, no doubt. That's why 10k was so amazing the first few years, but they f'd up the lineup this year, so it was only good, not amazing. Also, this might be just me, but I'm sick and tired of Phil Lesh closing out festival's main stages. I like Phil, and I respect everything he has done for our style of music, but the guy plays a show that's fire right off the bat, but then when he gets to the second half of the show he starts playing sleeper ballads and ruins the mood of "this is the end of the weekend". Step aside PHIL!! Play a fucking afternoon set and let some of the up and comers throw down at the close. Don't be greedy. ANYWAY, stay up north for the festies, the trees like you better.

shanky95 Wed 7/30/2008 12:37PM
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Moe. is a bar band, that's why you were able to get the tag moeman1. PEACE!!

Sueshi starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/30/2008 02:57PM
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Beautiful pics, Pamela Tony and Jay!

lxa1325 starstar Fri 8/1/2008 09:21AM
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This festiee was so-so, I also went to ROTHBURY and it was off the hook. Talk about going to all the festiees and finding out what not to do, Roth did the opposite. My only gripe about Mile High was the timing and NO tailgaiting!!!!!!What r u trying to accomplish with that!

Zach Mon 8/4/2008 12:15PM
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IT was an awesome show!!!!

n-1 Tue 8/19/2008 09:29AM
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where are zach mahones pics?