10,000 Lakes | 07.23 - 07.26 | Minnesota

Words by: Zach Kobrinsky | Images by: Andrew Wyatt & Heather Barlin

10,000 Lakes Festival :: 07.23.08 – 07.26.08 :: Soo Pass Ranch :: Detroit Lakes, MN

Mickey Hart :: 10KLF 2008 by Wyatt
Looking back on this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival, I have but one criticism: there was simply too much music for one person to possibly see. Having to pick and choose between the greats and the up-and-comers was difficult, and my decisions were often disheartening and guilt-ridden. However, only being able to criticize the presence of too much music can hardly be seen as a bad thing.

10KLF is known for having a consistently heterogeneous lineup, even for a more modest festival. Past installments have ranged from jam, rock, hip-hop, electronica, jazz and everything in between. I used 10KLF's eclectic nature to my advantage by picking shows based strictly on individuality. I was determined to seek out every style of music my brain could possibly handle.

Wednesday, July 23

I arrived at the festival grounds later than I had hoped. It seemed like every time I was about to hit the road, I realized I had forgotten some vital piece of camping equipment. Between that and the lines and security checks, I'm lucky I still had enough daylight to pitch a tent.

Finally situated, I headed down to the Field Stage to see the Dark Star Orchestra. Jerry would have been proud to see his music performed with such intensity and enthusiasm. The lights and effects on the Field Stage were nothing short of awe-inspiring. There was a mild wind that created a Doppler effect at times. This organic waxing and waning of pitch only added to Dark Star's psychedelic presence. Beyond playing a straightforward Dead set, they expanded even further with their own improvisational style that can be described as a psychosomatic circus of sound.

At the end of Dark Star's set, I had just enough time to check out The New Mastersounds. Although not as intense as the Grateful Dead's material, their straight, funky grooves with heavy organ lines made for a good evening's end. After rocking my body almost to exhaustion at Dark Star it was a nice change of pace to take in the U.K. band's chill funk.

Everyone was in high spirits and glad to be alive as all the party freaks journeyed back to their respective campsites. Many were adorned in glow sticks, lighting up the path home in a most unusual way. Hand drums and party cries echoed throughout the campgrounds, and as I was taking it all in, I saw a sign that read: "Lobotomies 2 for $5" and "Magic Carpet Rides $1." I wasn't too keen on having a lobotomy, let alone two of them, but a dollar carpet ride sounded reasonable. I paid the man one dollar, but what I got was not what I expected. They sat me down on a rug and instructed me to close my eyes. Then all they did was sing "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin and blow air in my face. All in all, I'd say it was worth the price.

Thursday, July 24

Dub Trio :: 10KLF 2008 by H. Barlin
My day began with the Dub Trio, a three-piece metal powerhouse with underlying tones of reggae, marked by sporadic hip-hop beats. What they lacked in vocals they made up for with elusive, ambient noises. It's not very often that you see dreadlocks headbanging, but this set elicited such a response. The Trio's transitions were sudden, yet inventive and flawless. As quickly as they entered a double-bass-drum-pedal noise fest, they would drop the distortion and begin floating through syncopated beats and wah-wah licks. It was as if Metallica and Sublime were rocking out at the same party.

I left a little bit early to catch the end of the Kelly Richey Band. There's something about blues in the afternoon that always goes down smooth. Kelley Richey's voice was as powerful and in-your-face as her guitar playing, and that woman clearly knows her way around a six-string.

After checking out vendors in the concert bowl for a while, I made my way over to the Mickey Hart Band featuring Steve Kimock and George Porter Jr. Their heavy beats and polyrhythms combined with dirty funk and blues made for a great start to the evening. Keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth took on a style reminiscent of Bernie Worrell when he was with the Talking Heads, and he used a voice modulator, which was truly impressive. Just when I thought the set was over, they came back out for an encore playing the old Motown classic "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." Not many people can cover Motown tunes and do them justice but these guys pulled it off with style.

Next was the rebel rock reggae of Michael Franti & Spearhead. Franti's message was symbolized by a stage display of a giant hand giving the peace symbol, surrounded by bullet holes. His lyrics carry a message of unity and mutual respect, but with the attitude of a true revolutionary. His shows produce an aura of ethereal meaning that surpass time and place. "Hello Bonjour" delivered a powerful message in such a way that nearly any human being could understand. As a general rule of thumb, live performances are better than recordings, but Franti's set at 10KLF gave a whole new meaning to that claim.

George Clinton :: 10KLF 2008 by A. Wyatt
Still jacked on adrenaline from Franti, I strolled on over to check out George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. I regret not seeing EOTO at that time, but the choice was easy for me. Clinton has sorta reached that age where you don't really know which show is going to be his last. I didn't want to take that chance.

Some friends of mine who chose EOTO said that they had seen P-Funk pretty recently and Clinton was only onstage for all of fifteen minutes. All I wanted in the world that night was to hear him sing, "Shit, goddamn, get off your ass and jam!" It wasn't long after the show began that I got my wish. Clinton's voice sounded a little old and haggard, but his spirit and rainbow wigs were still the same. Not only that, but contrary to what the naysayers had said, ol' George graced us with at least an hour of funktastic mayhem. I will admit that the band carried Clinton's weight quite a bit. The horn players were sharp and always on point, while the rotating case of characters kept the energy on the rise. The band was flat out kick ass, and it didn't really matter how Clinton sounded. It's an honor to be in his presence whether he's at the top of his game or not.

That night the party scene was out of control. The psychedelic freaks were out in full effect, and I doubt anyone got much sleep. Around six in the morning, some madman near our campsite was ranting in his underpants about how zippers would be phased out in the future, and that Velcro would reign supreme. You gotta love festival season.

Friday, July 25

Panjea :: 10KLF 2008 by A. Wyatt
The first two days of 10KLF had beautiful, moderate weather. I awoke on Friday, however, to a scorching sun. I hadn't bathed since my arrival at the festival, so I went down to Lake Sallie to get cool and wash off. The water was perfect and the scenery even more so. The beautiful thing about this particular part of Lake Sallie is how incredibly shallow it is. You can walk almost 200 feet out into the water and still have your feet on the ground. It's not very often you get to stand in the middle of a lake without treading water. As I stood there I noticed a bald eagle flying overhead, apparently fishing as I swam. At this point I thought to myself, "This is what Minnesota is all about."

Now refreshed, and smelling slightly better, I made my way to the concert bowl to check out Panjea with SCI's Michael Kang. It's hard to attract a full crowd for an afternoon show, especially on a hot day. Even so, Panjea did pretty well. I would have expected a bigger turn out with Kang present, but it was hot as hell, and the Field Stage didn't have much shade cover. Dominic Lalli, Panjea's saxophonist by way of The Motet, is remarkable. His style, tone and musical ideas are lyrical and eloquent. When combined with Panjea's rich vocal harmonies and Kang's contribution, they created an unstoppable force that quenched the blazing sun.

After hiding from the sun for a few hours I made my way to The Flaming Lips, which was easily the best show of the festival. It also happened to be The Lips' last show in the United States for a long while. Their stage setup was as over-the-top as always. There were all kinds of lights, confetti cannons, at least twenty dancing Teletubbies and six-foot-wide, confetti-filled balloons bouncing and exploding all over the audience. At one point there were even four completely nude women dancing onstage.

The Flaming Lips :: 10KLF 2008 by A. Wyatt
As the show began, you could see Wayne Coyne in his notorious grey suit entering his even more notorious human hamster ball. The band vamped as he walked on top of the crowd, hovering above them in an almost godly fashion. The crowd was showered with bliss as he exited the ball and began to sing. It quickly became apparent that these guys have way too much fun. When not singing, Coyne spoke ever so poetically with the audience. Early in the set he explained the meaning of a song about believing in a friend when no one else will. He reminisced about a time when an audience sang that song to him, and how powerful an effect it had on him. That song was "Yoshimi."

I felt guilty because I had lost my voice the night before at the P-Funk show, and I desperately wanted to answer Coyne's call. As awful as it sounded, and as painful as it was, I sang his song to him the best I could, and something amazing happened at that moment. The audience, the band, and everyone who could hear were completely in love with one another, if only for a moment. This atmosphere prevailed throughout the rest of the show. A feeling of calm and unity overtook us all. I overheard a fan saying everything about that show was epic, and that the world could've ended at any moment and it wouldn't have mattered because we were all going down together. As we left the concert grounds, this feeling that the Flaming Lips had stirred within us carried on into the night.

Saturday, July 26

Billy Martin :: 10KLF 2008 by H. Barlin
I've been a Medeski Martin & Wood fan for years, so I was familiar with Chris Wood. I even had a run-in with him a couple 10KLFs ago. I think I laid the fanaticism on pretty thick, and I might have creeped him out a little. I only mention this because I wouldn't have guessed by looking at the guy that he had such an incredible singing voice. I had never seen the Wood Brothers before, and I was blown away. I don't want to say it was completely bluegrassy, but it definitely had a Southern feel. The vocal harmonies were astounding, and with the power of Chris Wood's progressive bass style, they put bluegrass music to bed.

Unfortunately, I had to bail out to see The Bad Plus. I was overjoyed when they played two of my favorite covers, Rush's "Tom Sawyer" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." However, their live performance didn't stray much from their recordings. It was a little disappointing, but it was still a blast just to see these guys do their thing with such aplomb.

After The Bad Plus, MSMW immediately followed at the exact same spot. Having seen MMW on a number of occasions but never with John Scofield, I was eager to witness the union. The ace guitarist seems to add a little more form to an otherwise freeform performance; although I've heard other people say the exact opposite. They mostly played songs from their newest album, Out Louder, but there were a few A Go Go tracks thrown into the mix. I think the audience would have reacted a little better with some evening ambience, but what can you do? The truest of heart still got into it, and my mind was bent into a double helix.

Still recovering from the mind-melting, I went to the Saloon Stage, a tightly-packed indoor venue reserved for smaller acts. One of the beautiful things about 10KLF is the "Cosmic Break Contest," where local bands from several U.S. regions are given a chance to compete for a slot on the Saloon Stage. When I arrived, Fargo, ND's Sovereign Sect was jamming hard. Sovereign Sect is a groove-oriented electronica band with organic drums and synth effects. Just as they were gaining momentum, an MC from Minneapolis jumped onstage and began to bust it out. The show was already bumping, but once this guy chimed in, the show jumped to a whole new level.

10KLF 2008 by Heather Barlin
After that was another group from Fargo called WBPN. These guys won the Cosmic Break two years in a row prior to this one, but this year they were asked to play on merit alone. WBPN is an instrumental groove-oriented group, but they are not as heavy on the electronica vibe. They kind of have a Particle sound, but with more complex rhythms and intense guitar solos.

Up next on the Saloon Stage was Minneapolis' Pert' Near Sandstone. These guys are straightforward bluegrass, complete with fiddle, upright bass and banjo. The crowd was dancing with incredible fury, more than any bluegrass show I had seen at the fest. This could be because of the largely local makeup of the Saloon audience, but it could also be that Pert' Near is just that good.

The next Saloon show was easily one of the best sets I had seen all week. Heatbox is a one-man-show beatboxer/rapper from Minneapolis. His song "Bitches From the Milky Way" was a dirty hip-hop jam that instantly became one of my favorite songs. That night we listened to it over and over again, having bought his album, Entertainment, and I could hear other patrons doing the same all around the campgrounds. He even did a cover of Razel's "If Your Mother Only Knew" with complete accuracy, which means beatboxing and singing at the same time out of the same mouth. He even did Snoop Dogg and Coolio covers. Towards the end of his set, he brought out what looked like a Nintendo Glove from back in the day; it was some kind of synth glove. As he made various movements with his glove hand you could hear all kinds of synth effects coordinating with it. Like I said, it was easily one of the best sets I had seen all week.

Phil & Friends :: 10KLF 2008 by H. Barlin
Having been sucked into Heatbox's repertoire, I had unfortunately missed most of Phil Lesh & Friends at the main stage. I was pretty bummed, because I heard that John Scofield was up onstage for the entire first set. Just as I was walking toward the show, I heard them singing The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down." I only got to see a little of that set, but what I saw was good. However, a lot of other patrons had some complaints about Phil's set. I heard a lot of people saying that he just played for too long. He played close to a four hour set. Lotus' performance and the fireworks show had to be delayed because of it.

The fireworks display was phenomenal. It was only a fifteen-minute show, but every second was intense. Every shot fired was a big mother. The grand finale lasted almost half of the entire show. There were a solid five minutes of constant firing of the biggest and best sky bombs possible.

Lotus began shortly after the fireworks. These guys are a really good instrumental techno group. They can go from trance to drum & bass in the blink of an eye. After the first fifteen minutes or so, it seemed like the intensity died, however. They built up too quickly and had nowhere to go. Even so, they still rocked and impressed everyone who was there.

Sunday, July 27

We all woke up the next morning in a daze. Nobody dared discuss the realities that waited for us at our respective homes. We packed up our camping gear, for the most part in silence, and just like that, 10,000 Lakes 2008 was over as if it had all been a dream.

Continue reading for more images from 10,000 Lakes...

Images by: Andrew Wyatt

Papa Mali with The New Mastersounds
George Porter Jr. & Jen Durkin - Mickey Hart Band
Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman - Leftover Salmon
Gold Standard
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips
Phil Lesh

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Images by: Heather Barlin

Dark Star Orchestra
The Waybacks
Tim Reynolds
Everyone Orchestra
Mickey Hart & Steve Kimock - Mickey Hart Band
Steve Kimock - Mickey Hart Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Kelly Richey
New Primitives
John Scofield - MSMW
John Medeski - MSMW
Deep Banana Blackout
The Flaming Lips
Drew Emmitt - Leftover Salmon
Vince Herman - Leftover Salmon
Steve Molitz - Phil & Friends
Phil Lesh
Jackie Greene - Phil & Friends

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zzonephan Wed 7/30/2008 10:28PM
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Everyone orchestra was where it was at, amazing set!! You missed phil lesh for heatbox? Anyone who has seen this line up at all this summer can vouch for the glory that is a phil lest set. Amazing weekend as always.

Rivertrancer Wed 7/30/2008 11:06PM
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Why would you miss Phil's first set? And why is there no review of Salmon's performance. Did the guy miss that as well?

C00lmike Wed 7/30/2008 11:52PM
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Jeez - "Phil played for too long!" are you kidding me?

Mark Price former NBA star Thu 7/31/2008 12:05AM
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Mark Price former NBA star

sounded fun....too bad I had to stay back

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 04:19AM
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Bless all these talented musicians, and thank you for what you do!

Naked chicks dancing for the lips? We live in a world now, where its OK to do whatever you want, and I have officially become old fashioned.

Don't get me wrong, I love naked chicks.

pauliwalnuts Thu 7/31/2008 05:22AM
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Glad that HEATBOX got mentioned, saw him at Harvestfest in MN last year, the dude is sick as hell

here's a good clip from him,


Sixmilliondollarman starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 05:33AM
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Phil played for too long...WHAT!!!! Get a life...And no review of Tim Reynolds one of the best guitar players on the circuit...nice review...NOT.

BungledMorphine starstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 06:05AM
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Christ you guys....lay off the reviewer. There was music from Noon to 3AM and most of the day has multiple bands playing at the same time. Same goes for late in the evening. The reviewer couldn't possibly have caught EVERY band you wanted to see reviewed and still find time eat, poo and relax.

I thought the reviewer did a fine job, but why no mention of Cornmeal or Secret Chiefs 3? j/k Best shows for me were: Cornmeal, Phil, Mickey, DSO, SECRET CHIEFS 3, Dub Trio, Lips, Everyone Orchestra and The Wood Bro's. All the other music was stellar as well, and this was another great year at 10klf! Please continue with this fest and please continue to push the boundries by getting amazing acts like DUB TRIO and SECRET CHIEFS 3!

msudtg Thu 7/31/2008 06:36AM
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It was a great fest... I am surprised that Pert Near Sandstone was given such praise, check them out on myspace and you will see that they are mediocre. Wookiefoot or White Iron Band are way better local bands from Minneapolis. Why the DSO review of a coverband and you miss phil lesh, one of the guys who created that music, that is pretty lame. By the way, slightly stoopid was there too and they kinda were bad, Lesh's set wasn't as good as it was at rothbury, it was slow and kinda boring... but im glad that the wood brothers awesome set was mentioned... 10klf didn't have as great a lineup as last years overall, but having the lips there was worth it and they are probably the biggest band to ever grace the main stage, and it was amazing!!

FreshFlavor star Thu 7/31/2008 06:56AM
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Weak article. Phil played to long. More hired stripper coverage of Lips...like we need to be reminded he hires a bunch of wild bitches to act a fool to his atrocious instrumentation. Lips isn't the worst, with a circus like performance...but that shit is just old. And Lotus couldn't maintain the heat all night? Did you listen to the performance? Set list was unbelievable:

Jump Off

Shimmer and Out >

Intro to a Cell (Ball of Energy Tease)

Plant Your Root >

Shimmer and Out

Greet the Mind

Wax >

Around the World >


Juggernaut >


Looks Like another one of those "outside" looking in reviews. Where the reviewer is very much removed from the vibe or the scene.

GB3K-Poops starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 07:35AM
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I don't know who this reviewer is but he didn't do any justice for the festival. Papa Malis set was great and DSO melted my face straight off. To not even review Tim Reynolds Set, or to not even mention him in this article, is insulting, the man played an unreal set and was by far one of the best guitarists at that festival. To say the lips were the best show of the festival is the most insulting thing heard. I saw them at Summercamp and was pretty suprised to see that they played a nearly similar show as the one in summercamp, I couldn't even stay to see the naked women because I knew everything Coyne was gonna do next, that DIDN'T make for a fun show, and did anyone see Kinetix that night at the saloon stage, By far one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. On top of that Phil played a powerful ass set. A nearly 4 hour show is the way it should be, does the writer not now that the Dead themselves used to play 4+ hour shows all the time in the late 60's early 70's and I may have not been around back then but I'm pretty sure no one was really complaining, I applaud the old man for being able to play such a stellar show for that long. All in all the festival kicked ass but I would have liked a slightly better review.

And By the way EOTO FUCKING ROCKED!!!! Michael Travis and Hann are GENIUSES!!!

Mark Price former NBA star Thu 7/31/2008 07:46AM
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Mark Price former NBA star

I need to see more FLaming Lip shows if naked chicks are going to be there.

footie star Thu 7/31/2008 07:52AM
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Who goes to such a great festival to report on the scene and misses the headliner (Phil) and then throws out such an insult like Phil and Friends played too long. What disrespect to an artist who is largely resposible for this entire Jam scene. Get a clue. Sounds like the author was in it for himself instead of the Jambase readers.

footie star Thu 7/31/2008 07:57AM
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No Cornmeal review? This band just won a Jammy for most up and coming band. That right there calls for a review. This band is the real deal and eventhough I was not there I can vouch that Cornmeal rocked the house. They do every time!!!

WidespreadMule3 Thu 7/31/2008 07:57AM
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should have seen moon taxi...

tsmith1 Thu 7/31/2008 08:09AM
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I think the sickest 2 sets of the whole weekend were on Friday night in the Saloon. Kinetix f*cking kicked so much ass that I couldn't leave the place and then came my favorite set of the weekend, The Histronic. I can't believe they didn't get mentioned. Threw the progressive house beats down hard and didn't stop. Had sit-ins by Josh(bass) from Kinetix, Larry(bass) from Wookiefoot, and Kevin Sinclair(sax) from God Johnson. On top of that, the Histronic bass player, I think his name was Bill, moved onto guitar during the sit-ins and tore it up. Have never seen that from a bass player other than Cactus.

BungledMorphine Thu 7/31/2008 08:29AM
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Seriously...do you people actually READ the article? The reviewer said:

"I only got to see a little of that set, but what I saw was good. However, a lot of other patrons had some complaints about Phil's set. I heard a lot of people saying that he just played for too long. He played close to a four hour set. "

While I can't excuse the reviewer missing one of the main acts of the fest, he never said it was too long of a set. He said he HEARD people say that. Chill out people...it's all good.

sunnbear star Thu 7/31/2008 08:42AM
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Flaming Lips...the best set? What a TOOL! You say Phil's four hours was too long? When Phil's gone, you will be bragging, "I saw Phil play for nearly four hours back in '08! It was fucking awesome!" Unreal!

mkane Thu 7/31/2008 08:51AM
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request additional Flaming Lips photos

Vega Productions starstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 09:21AM
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Vega Productions

This was simply "One Man's View of 10KLF"...he went where the energy took him and wrote about his experience. This festival warranted multiple journalists and paparazzo - if Jambase had a larger crew, then the heat should rain down upon the review...

With that said...Give a little love to WHITE IRON BAND & GOD JOHNSON who closed out the festival in true MN Style!!!

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 09:46AM
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I appreciate the writer's positive review of the festival. My only argument is that if this reviewer had had the sense to see Leftover Salmon, who never tour anymore and only do the occasional festival, he would've thought twice about claiming the Lips to be the best show all weekend. And Lotus over Cornmeal? Blech, give me bluegrass over electronica any day!!

mrblazer15 starstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 09:57AM
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Those of you who bash the writer, could you have gone to every show at the festival?!?! I mean we all make the decisions at festivals and the writer has preferences just like you do! i don't understand why people think every time a festival get reviewed that the writer is gonna hype the band that you love the most! i mean seriously. Anyways i like the review! i think the flaming lips should be banned from all festivals! seriously i am open to a lot of shit but how bad is this band really! that they need to put on a acid circus for people to pay attention to them! i mean naked girls on stage sweet but i would rather hear a heady jam i can see that! ANYBODY KNOW WHAT WAS THE ATTENDENCE THIS YEAR?!?!?

iwantstogetfunkedup Thu 7/31/2008 10:05AM
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I'm not sure if I missed something, but this review seemed like an honest account of his experience watching the music he was drawn to. And it also seemed like he had a great time which is what we're all out for anyways right? Maybe he is not the hugest Phil Lesh fan and is going to hell for it as all you've said but its not that big of a deal that he didn't see his set! Phil plays virtually every festival this summer. Other bands may not.

breckenridgejam starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 10:10AM
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The bass that Phil is sporting in the pic above might be the coolest bass I've ever seen!

obrienthe1 Thu 7/31/2008 10:19AM
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What are these people talking about? Phil's sets were more upbeat, louder, and longer than any show I have seen him play this summer (7). I was in the front row the whole time and was completely blown away. Irresponsible reporting misses the first of a GD set in my opinion. The Festie was all in all a good time, but not was many heads as you see at the others. By the way Mickey freaking killed it. Best Comin' around I have heard in a long time. Peace

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 10:21AM
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This was my 4th trip to the Northwoods. We all had a blast! I love this festival. The 10klf staff knows how to throw a party. Great Music,

Laid back security, Room for a crowd 5 or more times the size, Showers!!

Clean bathrooms, Drinks flowin @ The bar... Good Times.

Loved the diversity of 2008. Highlights for me: Phil Rocked,

Leftover Salmon kicked ass as usual. Mickey's show was a pleasant suprise. TR3, The Bad Plus, Mofro, Bonerama, The Waybacks, Extra Golden is very good check em out. Everyone Orchestra was organized chaos. Secret Cheifs 3 was a freaky-loud-abraisive fun suprise... Dub Trio too.

Keep it up 10klf. See ya next year.

phalluscooper Thu 7/31/2008 10:52AM
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Attendance estimates that I heard from staff were around 17,000 - That figure would include those that purchased day passes and skipped camping. The crowd was definitely much lighter than previous years...the Viking campground went unused.

mackadocious Thu 7/31/2008 11:12AM
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I give credit to the writer despite the acts he chose to see/review. Fuck going to a festival with a homework assignment. I wonder how long the guy waited to drop "psychosomatic" in an article.

flygolf starstar Thu 7/31/2008 11:19AM
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More credit should be given for writing a review for this site. In case you're wondering there is no prize or fee for submitting a review, I encourage more of you to contribute. Here's my two cents.........................


New Mastersounds: were on FIRE! The reviewer caught two or three songs at most, I danced my ass off for their entire set. I was at a perpendicular angle of drummer Simon Allen (his drum kit faced the band instead of facing the crowd) who destroyed the skins!


Bonerama: These guys are great, towards the end of their set they rocked the best cover of Whipping Post I've ever heard.. very solid and jammy!


Mickey Hart Band: Killed, simple good times. I love Kyle and the rest of this band, Jen Durkin (DBB) added a nice touch, they closed their set with Scarlett>Fire>Going Down the Road.


Cornmeal: God this band is great. I saw their acoustic set at Wakarusa 07 and kept wondering what the big fuss was about... now I know. This band will continue to rise, I promise they'll see better and better festival time slots in the very near future. Everyone was dancing and loving the moments during and between jams, they melted from bluegrass to jamgrass to jam. Very enjoyable.


Leftover Salmon: Wow, it's so nice to have this band back!!! I was making my rounds talking with the vendors and quickly got sucked down to the main stage, which was pretty lightly attended. It didn't slow down Vince, Emitt and the rest of this red-hot band. There was a sudden increase of smiling faces and dancing feet. I kicked the shoes to dance barefoot on the concrete pounding my souls to the ryhthm. Sorry, not too good with their setlist and song titles, anyway, it was a treat to see them up close and personal (despite the fact it was the main stage just before Phil). One of the best sets of 10KLF 2008.


Phil & Friends: Superb! This band is hitting strides on a routine basis. Personal highlight for me included first set Cosmic Charlie. BTW, one of my heros John Scofield sat in with the band for the entire first set!!! Sco & Larry Campbell trading licks was amazing! Also the second set Eyes & Viola Lee Blues which kept reprising at the end of the second set. A nice Tom Thumb's Blues encore finished just before the fireworks. I'm really loving this current line-up and I'm hopeful for a solid in-depth fall tour. They deserve it, and you deserve it. Bring your friends and those old-schoolers to a grateful celebration.


Fireworks: One of the best fireworks experiences possibly ever, though short it was perfectly created in the sky. They blasted off over the East entrance shortly after Phil said his last goodbye, offering everyone a great view. The DJ dropped a couple tasty grooves that had the crowd stopped and moving in place, running through a reggae beat into a dance trance, and finally into a well placed MMW jam(which conjured up happy thoughts of the Fireworks display during the recent Clearwater Jazz Fest where MMW went nuts during the night-time exploding display).


Attendance: Clearly gas prices and other "tiny" festivals in Michigan played their part in a smaller 10KLF attendance, which was estimated around 5-7K. That being said, it was great to have plenty of room, better views, and even the vendors appreciated less competition and a more focused audience. With another successful 10KLF under the belt, there is no doubt they'll be back in 2009 with a strong and diverse line-up that will surely bring a large crowd back to the beautiful Minnesota Lake Country.

zzonephan Thu 7/31/2008 11:23AM
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hell ya tsmith, kinetix ALWAYS brings the heat, they have packed in the saloon the last 3 year, it was nice to hear at the end that they announced they would get a bigger stage next year.

Jackie Green is a prodigy and he should never be asked to leave the stage

leclairm21 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 12:14PM
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Geez...lay off the reviewer. Some of you are acting like a bunch of spoiled kids who didn't get a 4th scoop of ice cream. Thanks to the writer for reporting on the festival for us! And to the photographers with the wonderful shots. I do have to take exception to the statement that Pert Near Sandstone isn't that great - see them live anywhere, anytime, and you'll have a great night.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 12:21PM
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I went last year and had the time of my life and upon leaving it was agreed among friends that we would for sure be returning the next year. Well i chose rothbury and i ended up being more than satisfied with my choice although this sounded like a really grate fest. It really is such a wonderful environment for a festie and the people running it seem to be very capable heads who care about the scene and more importantly the music. Maybe next year 10k? And i think the four hour phil show should be the new standard for phil shows, "the music never stopped" is that not the whole idea?

joolzen1 Thu 7/31/2008 12:25PM
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its great to hear cornmeal getting all this love

wlfairman Thu 7/31/2008 01:28PM
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I admit a bias, but I thought the Kinetix show was transcendent. It felt like the overflow crowd would drop from shear exhaustion and excitement as Kinetix delivered new numbers and old favorites in a seamless stream of high energy, exquisite rock. And then when everyone was dripping wet, Kinetix ended with their only cover. "Killing in the Name of" just whipped everyone up to another fever pitch. What a show.

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Axilla15 star Thu 7/31/2008 02:55PM
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I'm sorry but I am also a bit disappointed with this review. I understand that everyone has their own taste preferences when choosing which bands to see. But when you have a chance to see one of the GD legends helping keep the jam scene alive today, why miss it? I think it is great that 10k puts on smaller acts in the Saloon Stage to help get band's names out on the festival and jam map, but I'm pretty sure 10k would love their 2008 fest to be remembered by Phil Lesh opening up his first set with SHAKEDOWN STREET WITH JOHN SCOFIELD AS A GUEST!!!!! Rather than Heatbox putting on a sick hip-hop show at the Saloon Stage. I dunno, it's just my opinion. disagree if you wish. And I understand how the reviewer didn't say that "Phil played too long". Instead he overheard it. But why even mention it in this review? I honestly don't care what some idiot yelled out at 10k. People yell out a bunch of shit there.

But Flaming Lips "EASILY THE BEST SET"? I don't see how easy it was for you to decide that. Cuz I'm having a really HARD time trying to figure out what was so great about it. Don't get me wrong, I think the Flaming Lips are a very talented group that produced some amazing songs and albums. So I was really excited to check them out live for the first time. But the show really disappointed me. Wayne Coyne wouldn't shut up. I just wanted to hear the band play. I didn't come to 10k to have a political lecture. The Flaming Lips had an hour and a half to show me what kind of a live show they can perform. And they did a terrible job. They would play some good well known songs, and I would start digging it when they would be in the groove. But then it just stopped like on the cd. Even though dancing naked chicks and teletubbies are cool, I could have gotten the same performance playing their album on my ipod and checking out a circus or local strip bar.

And if you had such a good feeling in your heart after the Flaming Lips, how could you not hear the amazing sound coming from the Field Stage when Deep Banana Blackout was playing? A band that changed the jam scene in the mid 90's by adding a funk and jazzy feel while capturing a sound of some James Brown, Sly, and Funkadelic in the mix. A group that broke up in 2003 and has only played a few shows each year since. We were very lucky to have them at 10k this year.

And Lotus isn't just an instrumental techno band. They are a band that performs electronic dance music while fusing it with rock and funk all at the same time. unless their 10k performance was different than any other, since I was really feeling the funk when hearing them, saying they're an instrumental techno band doesn't really say much for them. I dunno, that's just my opinion once again. You guys can disagree with me if you wish.

Well that's about all I had to say. Here's my top 5 10k 2008 shows in order:

1. Medeski, Scofield, Martin, & Wood

2. Mickey Hart Band

3. Panjea w/ Michael Kang

4. Phil Lesh

5. Darkstar Orchestra or Deep Banana Blackout (sorry, couldn't decide)

danalog Thu 7/31/2008 04:34PM
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NickSoda starstar Thu 7/31/2008 04:45PM
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Not one word about Kinetix in the review, hands down one of the best sets of the weekend! These dudes are gonna blow up...just you all wait! Nothing about Cornmeal, TR3, Phix or Family Groove, where the hell was this Zach Kobrinsky dude, dumbass missed all the best shows....and who misses Phil the majority of Phil to see a local beatboxer....come on! (nothing against Heatbox)

Papa Mali was horrible! Dude ruined so many songs....butchering "I'm a Ram" completely turned me off...this dude needs to disappear. Dub Trio was pretty lame as well, minus their drummer...that guy can play, but hip-hop/metal/jam, it just doesn't mix. And one more complaint....George Clinton needs to drop the act...let Funkadelic go out and play...Clinton nowadays barks and mumbles, definetly not a Field Stage worthy performance in my book, EOTO tore it up and should have been playing that stage.

this review could have been much better - sounds a lot like this Zach Kobrinsky figure went on a 4 day alcohol/drug binge and forgot he was there to do a job...you missed the best acts dude!

meangreene starstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 04:49PM
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The Lips were deff. a good show to indulge for. the Music was ok at best, more of a theatrical production than a straight up rock and roll show. to each their own.

GnarDogg Thu 7/31/2008 04:56PM
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nobodysjam starstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 05:48PM
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It sounds like the promoters took a bit of a bath on ticket sales, pity, 10KLF always books great talent, Rothbury and Allgood being so close on the calender had to hurt. Wed-Sat is a bit of a head scratcher too, Thurs-Sun seems more practical. Yet another top notch fest that needs 2-3 reviewers. I'd love to see a trio-maybe a couple dudes with different musicla tastes and add in a female point of view, this would be the minimum. About 15 fests a year deserve this treatment, it's time for Jambase to get organized and coordinate a comprehensive report, we need more points of view.

casey30 starstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 07:59PM
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It was hard to see all the music at this festival, so give the reviewer a break! But really there were some much better bands I would have reviewed...good pics though, as always!

daddyfatsack Thu 7/31/2008 08:02PM
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Im not sure that this guy was at the same festival I was at....Leftover Salmon was a throw down, I wanted Phil to play all night, and he didnt even mention Deep Bannana Blackout which was a PARTY. The lineup was kinda weak this year but 10k is the best fest around. See yall next year!

tb Thu 7/31/2008 08:53PM
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phil can play for as long as he wants

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 09:16PM
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Anyone hating on the reviewer please re-read the part about the magic carpet rides and tell me if you still feel the same way.

My top 3 by the way:

1. Leftover Salmon

2. Phil & Friends

3. Cornmeal

Axilla15 Thu 7/31/2008 10:05PM
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Phil can play for as long as he wants. I would never complain for a long Phil set. Phil does keep the scene alive though. That was an amazing cover they did of "Don't Let Me Down". Never heard it played that way before. Plus, his friends during this tour are Jackie Greene and Steve Molitz. Both who are in today's jam scene. Having both those guys along with Scofield play with phil adds so much more to these GD songs than I could've imagined. Plus at Rothbury, which I wish I went to, he even had Warren Haynes as a guest. And in past years, he had a superjam at Bonnaroo with Trey and Gordon. If that's not adding something new to this scene than I don't know what is. Unless you're looking for a more futuristic electronic sound, STS9 would be the right direction follow. And no hating from me on the reviewer. He seems like an overall chill guy who has some great stories and memories from the fest. Just disappointed in the review and decisions of missing the final headliner.

BlewW044 Thu 7/31/2008 11:30PM
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IF anybody knows how to get any Panjea or Rebel Alliance shows please let me know.

BlewW044 starstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 11:54PM
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Rothbury looked sick, I think more festivals should push their venues. Paradise is paradise unless its paradise. Or fucking endtrails of alright shows. I would have killed myself if I chose 10K Lakes over Rothbury. God Damn It!

BlewW044 Thu 7/31/2008 11:55PM
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Bowmansbump starstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 08:50AM
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As a MN native and four-time 10K attendee, I'd like to throw my two cents in on this whole deal. First off, it sounds like you missed Papa Mali on Wednesday, who was absolutely fantastic. Down-home Cajun style funk! Warren Haynes meets Dr. John, and everyone in the band was tight as hell. DSO was great as was P-funk until George came on with the "OH SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET". Just kidding--that was hilarious.

Flaming Lips "easily the best show" there?? Maybe visually, but Coyne can't sing and talked way too much. To each his own though--I can see why people might possibly like them...sorry to hate.

Definitely hear what you're saying with MSMW. The show was late afternoon during the hottest day of the festival after four days of July sun. I'm a huge MSMW fan, and just couldn't feel the vibe after a few songs due to the heat. A late night set would have been fantastic, but they definitely did bring the heat, literally.

I've seen Heatbox a few times, and he's great as a novelty, (he's a fantastic beat boxer who does looping like Keller Williams. Also does the best movie preview voice impression of all time.), HOWEVER, once you've seen one show, you've seen them all. To miss Phil's first set seems ridiculous to me. He played with SCO for the entire set!! And please, where is the love for Jackie Greene? An amazing voice and great guitarist that meshes with Phil and Larry Campbell beautifully. Second Set was stellar, especially "Deal" and "Don't Let Me Down".

Steve Molitz--Come out of your shell bro!!!! We've all seen you in Particle--You're not fooling anybody!!!! Phil was definitely the highlight for me. Sadly I also missed Salmon:( Great weekend!!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 09:39AM
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Great Fest! If you havent been to this one check it out. The reviewer had fun, lay off. I cant wait till next year. Bring back WSP!

bob sacamano Fri 8/1/2008 09:52AM
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bob sacamano

Phil Lesh's Set was AWSOME, I agree with sunnbear! Those people complaining about his set must obviously not like the dead.. But the fest was allright nothing like the previous years.. Leftover like always teared it up!!! but short set. Im hopen for a leftover apperance at Yarmony Grass!!!

FormulaOBX Fri 8/1/2008 11:23AM
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Phil kicks ass...so does Tim Reynolds.....

ol92fordtempo starstarstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 12:06PM
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The Flaming Lips were the only reason I went to this show, and I'm so glad I made the trip up. Dub Trio were amazing, glad I caught them, I'm sad there aren't more people talking about The Hue they bring some heat too. BUT, playing the same time as P-Funk, what do you expect. The P-Funk set was much better at night, compared to 4 in the afternoon on a Sunday like Summercamp. Having said all that, and I know I'll get a lot of heat for this seeing as how this is a jam band web site for the most part, but... 4 days of jam bands is too much. I thought Phil Lesh was great, Wood Bros. were great... beyond that not too much jammy stuff impressed me. Everyone Orchestra was one of the worst/most boring shows I've ever seen/been a part of.

Did anyone catch Christmas on Mars? Now THAT made my weekend worthwile.

sleewell Fri 8/1/2008 12:21PM
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would anyone waste any more time seeing the flaming lips do their same tired act if there weren't naked chicks on stage??? they have never been all about the music, which is fine, but you have to wonder what else they can do to con people into seeing them.

ol92fordtempo Fri 8/1/2008 12:29PM
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if you're really only there to see the naked women, then you're shallow and small minded. go watch a porn somewhere. they have had the same show this summer but its the best show i've ever seen. much better than boring guitar noodling that goes on for 20 minutes.

rulosa01 Fri 8/1/2008 12:32PM
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and phil's new bass is a ritter


verrrrryyyy nice

Axilla15 Sat 8/2/2008 12:07PM
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Hey BungledMorphine, I'm sorry but you have been misinformed. One of the best parts about 10KLF (i was there) is that they DO NOT HAVE OVERLAPPING PERFORMANCES. I maybe missed 1 band I wanted to see the entire weekend because of how good they are at not overlapping. The only thing keeping the author of this article from some of the best shows was probably the minor bands playing in the saloon while he got wasted all day, lost track of time, and decided to just keep drinking up there instead of hitting up the REAL music.

professorwormbog Sat 8/2/2008 03:43PM
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I'd like to clear up a few things regarding some of the Phil Lesh comments.

I think some people commenting are missing the point behind the reviewers mentioning that "a lot of other patrons had some complaints about Phil's set. I heard a lot of people saying that he just played for too long. He played close to a four hour set. Lotus' performance and the fireworks show had to be delayed because of it."

I have attended 10klf each year except 2004 and 2008. Two years ago (10klf 2006) the Phil Lesh & Friends set went long. Presumably much like this year's set. Now, the set itself (the music) was not too long, it simply went long, meaning it went longer than it was scheduled. The band played over it's allotted time.

I personally love seeing PL&F and figure the longer they play the better. But at a festival (with multiple acts and stages and set schedules) I think it's considerate/respectful for acts to stick to their alloted time. This way all the acts get a chance to showcase their talent.

In 2006 Umphrey's McGee had to wait for PL&F to finish their set before they could begin playing just up the field from the main stage (where PL&F were playing). Phil's playing late (over their allotted time) meant that UM had to cut their set short by about 20+ minutes (don't quote me on the exact amount of time, it was 2 years ago). In my opinion UM was visibly upset/shaken by the delay in getting on stage and didn't seem to find there rhythm until halfway thru their shortened set. Most people I talked to thought the set was great, but I couldn't help thinking they had to scrap a good amount of material and didn't play the show they had planned and hoped to play.

I can't speak to the exact situation at 10klf this year, but I believe things may have been similar for the bands that had to follow PL&F on Saturday night. The reviewer mentions that "Lotus' performance and the fireworks show had to be delayed because of it."

Lotus, Cornmeal, White Iron Band, and God Johnson may or may not have been inconvenienced because of Phil's set going long, I can't speak to that. And obviously there are exceptions to sticking within the parameters a festival sets for each stage/act. When a band is the final band that night I think they can probably play as late as they like. And I'm sure there are some that maintain headliners have earned the right to play over their time if they please.

All that being said, that's what I take from what the reviewer had to write. I think by playing over their allotted time PL&F are a bit rude and inconsiderate of their fellow musicians playing after them. Regardless of which stage and set time a band has each band or performer deserves a chance to showcase their talent (except for O.A.R.).

Axilla15 Sat 8/2/2008 09:39PM
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So I've gone to the past 4 10klfs. And in 2006, the only reason Phil and Friends played longer than supposed to was because they were asked to. They were asked to because Umphrey's was running late and had trouble arriving to the festival. They didn't even know if they were going to make it. Eventually , they ended up renting some cars to get to the fest. A PT Cruiser I believe they mentioned since I have the recording of that show.

I'm not sure what happened this year, but I don't even care cuz I wasn't complaining or checking the time. I was having too good of a time during Phil Lesh, then it ended and I saw fireworks and I made my way over to the Field Stage to enjoy Lotus. Which was also an amazing show.

Riccymon starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 02:13PM
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My thanks to the writer for the review!

ashley Mon 8/4/2008 08:18AM
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i want a magic carpet ride

lesterbangs08 Mon 8/4/2008 11:52AM
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I've gone to the 10,000 Lakes Festival every year since the inception. Frankly, I wasn't going to go this year, but then the Flaming Lips and Phil Lesh were announced and I had to go.

I've seen the Flaming Lips four times, all great shows...but this show...was something else. Unbelievably awesome...and the naked chicks had nothing to do with it. They were on fire, especially the psychedelic numbers, "Vein of Stars" dedicated to Pink Floyd and "Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung," which sounded like it could have came off of Pink Floyd's Meddle.

There's a professionally shot video of this show going around....do yourself a favor and watch it...you'll see what an amazing show this was. Highlights included watching the teletubies pass around a huge joint and of course, the naked chicks during "Song Remains the Same"...but the best may have been when Wayne Coyne said this following "Vein of Stars"

"Steven when you hit those notes, I felt as though...This moment...with these people...I think that is going to live in my mind for the rest of my life. Just sometimes... like... music and love and people and atmosphere...it all just......it's just fucking PERFECT."

As for Phil Lesh and Friends....really good show, especially the second set...but it doesn't quite live up to my favorite 10KLF moment, Phil's 2006 show....mind-blowing.

daddyfatsack Mon 8/4/2008 01:26PM
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lestergangs, where can I find the professionally shot video of the lips? I thought the show was amazing and I remember Coyne saying that and could feel the love, it was PERFECT.

lesterbangs08 Mon 8/4/2008 01:48PM
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Somebody posted the entire show at the Flaming Lips official site on the message board. Read the 10klf thread. The only thing that sucks is the audio and video is a split second out of synch. It's phenomenal anyway.

MusicGirl1 star Tue 8/5/2008 10:55AM
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Wow!!! Did you not hear/see the Histronic???? This was the first set to ever have intelligent lights in the Saloon, besides the Kinetix who set the precedent the set prior to the Histronic. This was by far my favorite set of the Weekend. Imagine the sound of the New deal meets MMW, Pink Floyd, ELP, and Aphex Twin. The Histronic threw one of the greatest dance parties ever, perhaps the best show in the Saloon to date. How can you not have any pictures from this??? Were you all too worn out to stay up till 1:30 am for a late night slot? Please let me know if you need more coverage of the festival or if you need more pics. I feel this review was very lack luster at best.... Down on the lotus set? Are you crazy???? Per Near gets a shout out.... this review is messed up beyond repair... Please check out the Histronic, they played 1:30 am on Saturday, after the lips, while no other bands were playing, and rocked my world, how this was missed by Jambase I'm not sure... perhaps Zach's mom was at the festival and he had a bedtime...


shwilbilly starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 01:38PM
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Kinetix definitely threw down one of the best sets of the weekend! You can't fit anymore people in that saloon. More people need to check this band out they are amazing.

nobodysjam starstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 06:44PM
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The Flaming Lips pro video was probably a pull from I-Clips, I caught the set on the site live and it was a visual extravaganza, clearly these headliner gigs are paying well because Wayne shot more confetti and steamers than I ever thought humanly possible. He was going nuts with all the gizmo's and I'd guess rolling pretty hard-he spent the whole show talking a hundered miles a minute and frankly wouldn't shut up, must have got some legit molly on shakedown street.

irtimed starstarstarstar Wed 8/6/2008 01:01AM
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Flaming lips was all visual and very very simple music just played really loud. and Im glad i saw the whole New Mastersounds set instead of wasting my time with a cover band. good story though

helloskinny starstar Wed 8/6/2008 11:03PM
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for the people baggin' on the lips, get your shit straight especially freshlfavor or what have you the lips don't hire damned strippers what they do is usually get women from the local acting or drama clubs mature women who are in no way strippers and are doing it because the lips are promoting self expression no matter what that is so quit oppressing what it is that this band does, and trust me they do what they do better than half your beloved bands out there.

ParrotheadFargo starstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 06:38PM
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As a Local of the DL/Fargo area I have the luxury to attend every year. This year was a representation of the new face of the "Major Festival Scene", feeling the strains of having (dare I say it) an oversaturation of music festivals across the country. As I say this I do not think this is a bad thing, but the bubble will burst. Festivals like 10KLF, that pride themselves of their interaction with the festival "campers", ensuring that the fit and feel is correct to make the best show possible will separate the week from the strong.

Cheers to you 10KLF Management.

So as I am a local, I do have a slight incite into the mind of the festival booking staff. I do have a burden to get off my chest, Rothberry single-handily hurt 10KLF because of a proximity clause on their top 25-30% of bands, this being done to directly close the market in a 750 mile radius (something very common in the music business) to not have them at Bonnaroo. Unfortunately this radius clause included 10KLF in that market. But I will go as far as to say that Rothberry will not have the same leverage as this year (or the $$ to loose again next year, as they build their name) and the Lineup will be back to the strength it was in '06. (I would go as far to say it will melt you face of in '09, you just wait).

The final comment I have to add is on the Phil Lesh show debate. I do have intimate knowledge that the owners of 10KLF are what you would call huge “Deadheads". They will keep the feel of 10KLF catered by very strong connection to GD. Now this may be the reason that PL&f played for 4 hours each time they have played 10KLF but I would the people ask the large campers/RV's (with as many lights as a house near xmas) located directly behind the stage in VIP campground, as they might have a story to tell you about a GD tour during the 60's.

Over all my assessment of 10KLF 08 was one of great times and good vibes. It felt like the year #2 when the eyes were bigger and the smiles were all around. But I can tell you that this may be the last time we get the "intimate feel", as next year will have a goal set by the 10KLF leadership team of 20,000 people. And trust me the headliners will be larger and more of them, but good luck getting to front row of a main stage act.




10KLF please bring back Frisbee Golf!

lesterbangs08 Fri 8/8/2008 10:41AM
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Simple music, huh? Have you ever listened to Pet Sounds or Smile by the Beach Boys? Have you ever listened to Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles. Do you think that's simple? Because the Flaming Lips are doing far-from-simple orchestrated psychedelic music and have put out two albums that are two of the best rock records released in the last 20 years, "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots".

I guess you need a tired endless guitar solo to peak your interest.

divisions06 starstarstar Wed 8/13/2008 11:10PM
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i have listened to the lips, and they just don't do much for me. the festival sounds awesome. definitely disappointed that i missed it.

BradZZZ Thu 8/14/2008 11:02AM
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This was my 1st 10K. We came from the West Coast. Loved the vibe, the MN nice, the new band discoveries. For me that's what a fest is all about ... no need for big headliners ... all they bring is the crowds. We'll be back in 09. 10K please bring the funk again in 09!

snausages Mon 10/27/2008 06:47AM
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ok i know this is like almost 5 months later - but i just got 1 complaint...John Scofield's amp was TOOO fricken loud. I was very sad at MMW's performance. :( but other than that...twas a wonderful affair.

can't wait for next year!