All Good/Forecastle Previews

By: Dennis Cook
JamBase Associate Editor

How you holding up? It's only July, kids, and there's MANY more sets and sunrises to enjoy before summer comes to an end. Eat some high fiber cereal, take your vitamins and pack enough beer. We're far from over this season! Let's dive into two primo offerings this coming weekend.

All Good Festival :: 07.08.10-07.11.10 :: Marvin's Mountaintop :: Masontown, WV

This mid-Atlantic darling genuinely lives up to its catchphrase name. With no overlapping music on its twin Dragon and Crane Stages, All Good encourages one to settle in and enjoy the musical adventure they've programmed for you, cutting back on the gypsy wandering one experiences at most summer fests. Umph's Jake Cinninger has dubbed to performance space "the concert bowl," and it's all-too-easy to imagine stretching out on the grass as headliners Furthur, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee and Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi rock ya for a little while. Here's a few suggestions for sets you should be out of your tent in time to enjoy.

1. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force :: Friday :: 3:45-4:50 PM :: Dragon Stage
While his father is currently the toast of Broadway, Femi Kuti is breathing hot life into the musical tradition Fela began. A fiery blend of dance-ready African rhythms, political themes and tight, large group musicianship, Femi & Positive Force are lethal live. Come prepared to kick off your shoes and dance.

2. Dr. Dog :: Saturday :: 2:40- 3:40 PM :: Dragon Stage
If The Beatles had decided to NOT retire from the road and instead suss out ways to transmute their studio brilliance into equally brilliant live performances, well, it might have sounded a good deal like Dr. Dog. While the band's presence has grown rapidly on the national stage, based on what JamBase heard at High Sierra, many fest veterans haven't experienced their life-affirming concert performances yet. This is soul-deep music that arms one with small kernels of wisdom and puts a warm breeze beneath your heels.

3. The Lee Boys & The Travelin' McCourys :: Sunday :: 12:15-2:15 PM :: Dragon Stage
Sacred steel meets bluegrass and southern rock. It's a gosh darn beautiful combination and a far cry from the way these boys play when Del is leading the charge. A real conversation that expands one's musical horizons takes place when this bunch assembles onstage. Not to be missed, and a grand way to get your Sunday rolling.

Check out JamBase's 2009 All Good review for fuller picture of what awaits you on Marvin's Mountaintop.

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