All Good Music Festival is the premier summer event that completely satisfies its cheerful, laid-back moniker in both an audible and societal sense. Nestled comfortably on Marvin’s Mountaintop, the four day extravaganza flaunts over 40 hours of music on three different stages with no overlapping acts, period. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, scheduled for around-the- clock performances leaving you sacrificing sleep for fear of missing anything.
Here’s The 2011 Line Up Just Announced With Dozens More To Come.
FURTHUR featuring PHIL LESH & BOB WEIR
Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics, with a band that includes keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), drummer Joe Russo (Benevento – Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), and vocalists Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.
New and old fans of the Grateful Dead alike will be entranced as Phil & Bob take the musical journey ‘furthur’, exploring some of the Grateful Dead’s most beloved songs in a show that promises to keep the feet stomping and the bodies shaking.
PrimusPrimus formed in the late ’80s in Northern California, releasing their first album, Suck On This, in 1989. They signed to Caroline Records and released the now classic Frizzle Fry in 1990. As part of the alternative rock explosion of the ’90s, the band signed to Interscope and gave the world some of the biggest records of the decade, including Sailing The Seas Of Cheese, Pork Soda, Tales From The Punchbowl and The Brown Album, had several Billboard top 10 debuts, garnered a Grammy nomination and wrote the internationally loved and enduring theme song for South Park.
Pretty LightsPretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer, Adam Deitch. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music.
At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin’ beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. And the people are responding. Pretty Lights’ five albums, Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies, Passing By Behind Your Eyes, Making Up A Changing Mind, and Spilling Over Every Side have been downloaded almost a million times from PrettyLightsMusic.com.
A 2009 sold out North American tour propelled Pretty Lights into 2010 with the first tour dates in the UK and Europe and a North America spring/summer tour including stops at Coachella, Glastonbury, SXSW, Outside Lands, Wireless and Ultra Music Festival.
moe.moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today. In a remarkable career that’s touched upon three decades and produced 17 albums, the quintet continues to push the standard for performance art. There’s a reason that Rolling Stone magazine placed Chuck and Al among the top twenty new “guitar gods,” why the pair were featured in Guitar World and Modern Guitar; why Jim and Vinnie have been featured in Drum! magazine; why Rob in Bass Player and State of Mind magazines-all in the last year-because they’re that good. The renowned guitar play between Al and Chuck is fast becoming the stuff of legend. The exceptional vibe and percussion work by Jim is brilliant. The understated bass play by Rob is masterful. The seamless efficiency of Vinnie’s drum play is extraordinary. The interaction among the five represents rock ‘n’ roll at its best
Umphrey’s McGeeSince forming in the late ’90s, the musically muscular and relentlessly inventive Umphrey’s McGee has cultivated an impressive presence both live and in the studio. Lauded by critics and adored by fans, the band continues to draw in new listeners with their singular style: virtuoso playing and acrobatic tempo changes and rhythmic shifts complemented by dazzling song craft and composition, memorable hooks, anthemic guitar lines and rock solid rhythms.
Now in their second decade, Umphrey’s McGee continues to wow fans globally. The band has performed at festivals such as U.S. festivals as Bonnaroo, ROTHBURY, and Lollapalooza, have toured Europe multiple times and performed Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.
Umphrey’s McGee is also known for their innovative approach to distributing music and building community. With the recent unveiling of Umphrey’s McGee’s all-new Stew Art Series (aka, ‘S2’) ‘ an interactive fan experience where audience members ‘conduct’ the band’s live improvisations – Umphrey’s McGee continue to offer their fiercely loyal fanbase the most innovative musical experiences available.
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
John Butler TrioJohn Butler Trio continue to tour in support of the recently released album April Uprising. The album has been praised by Rolling Stone for its ‘Melody, Subtlety, Authenticity, and Sophistication’, while Paste declared it time for Australia’s ‘gifted gutarist John Butler Trio’s star to ascend in the United States.’ April Uprising manages to bring a variety of influences to the table ‘Straddling blues and bluegrass,’ writes Billboard, ‘the trio delivers an eclectic mix, lending a Southern-rock feel on the track ‘Don’t Wanna See Your Face,’ a Celtic flair to its haunting ‘Ragged Mile’ and even featuring steel pans on ‘Take Me.” American Songwriter noted that the album showcases ‘a newfound maturity for an artist that might just be finally finding his stride.’ John Butler Trio certainly are hitting their stride. Upon its release, April Uprising saw the band’s highest Billboard chart debut in its US history. The Australian musician and group are reaching new heights with American audiences, playing to rapturous crowds across the country this summer.
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
Yonder Mountain String BandYonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they’ve created a music that transcends any genre, pioneering a sound of their own. The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band’s home state, and the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Mile High Stadium opening for Barack Obama. The band is also a regular at bluegrass festivals like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the band’s own Northwest String Summit as well as massive multi-stage events like Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo and Rothbury. Fans are no doubt drawn to Yonder’s anything goes attitude, its humor and passion about music, and the band’s ability to stretch out live. ‘We love that people come to see us,’ Johnston points out. ‘Everyone appreciates good music. Some people want to go to a recital and some people want to party.’
Keller WilliamsSince he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed as a one-man band’his stage shows are constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band. That approach, Williams explains, was derived from ‘hours of playing solo with just a guitar and a microphone, and then wanting to go down different avenues musically. I couldn’t afford humans and didn’t want to step into the cheesy world of automated sequencers where you hit a button and the whole band starts to play, then you’ve got to solo along or sing on top of it. I wanted something more organic yet with a dance groove that I could create myself.”
GalacticWith the release of their groundbreaking new album YA-KA-MAY, intertwining New Orleans sounds from jazz to brass band to funk and far beyond, Galactic reaffirms their status as the quintessential modern day New Orleans band and one of the funkiest outfits in the known universe. Being immersed in all the various New Orleans music scenes, GALACTIC are in a unique position to bring them all together. On YA-KA-MAY, they have powerfully connected these genres, illuminating how they are all part of one distinct musical continuum. The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutt’, Josh Cohen and Scully, Glen David Andrews, and Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington alongside groundbreaking new ‘Bounce’ artists like Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby. The end result is New Orleans like it’s meant to be heard, and pure GALACTIC.
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
Toots and the MaytalsToots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups.
The Maytals began their career at Studio One, the headquarters of Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, in Kingston, Jamaica. The group’s debut release, HALLELUJAH, was an immediate hit throughout the island, and featured a mix of Jamaican rhythms and gospel vocal influence that would mark much of the Maytals music. Further successes followed, including I’LL NEVER GROW OLD and JUST GOT TO BE ME, each one building a reputation for the Maytals and their energetic straight-from-church style of singing and their “spiritual” ska beat.
JJ GREY & MOFRO
JJ Grey & MofroBorn and raised outside Jacksonville, Florida, JJ Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern musical storytellers and, like the best of the great Southern writers, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid and personal, political and universal.
His multi-textured music overflows with dynamic rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. From raw funk to deep soul, blues and rock, JJ and his band Mofro deliver devastating live and recorded performances. The New York Times described his music as “Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul.” Debuting in 2001 with Blackwater, following up in 2004 with Lochloosa (both albums reissued by Alligator in 2007), Grey steadily built an intensely loyal following. In 2007 and 2008 Grey released, Country Ghetto and Orange Blossoms respectively, further growing his already large audience. With the release of 2010’s Georgia Warhorse, Grey took another giant step forward, playing (and selling out) larger clubs, and as his fan base continues to swell.
Big GiganticBig Gigantic is the brainchild of Boulder, Colorado’s own saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken. Conceived in 2008, the duo found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene. By combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats, Big Gigantic delivers an innovative, distinct sound that’s all their own. As a testament to their timeliness and unique melody, Big Gigantic has made a profound impact on the electronic music scene from playing modest gigs around Colorado, to instantaneously headlining shows and hitting major festivals throughout the country. Consistent touring has given the band a chance to hone their musicianship as well as diversify and perfect their live performance. Big Gigantic showcases an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
The Infamous StringdustersThe Infamous Stringdusters are at the forefront of a new movement in bluegrass music. Their unmatched virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. They wield an expansive repertoire touching on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, but their strength lies in their original compositions. Dedication to arrangements sets them apart and extended improvisation makes every performance completely unique. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove friendly, and mind expanding not your granddaddy’s bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.
PapadosioFormed in Athens, OH, Papadosio has been creating a home at the forefront of live electronica for 5 years. With a sound defined by unexpected combinations, this 5-piece has wowed crowds at clubs, theaters, and festivals across the country. The bands songwriting showcases improvisational interludes and refreshing vocal harmonies with an amplified message of transcendence, unity, and universal understanding. Now hailing from Asheville, NC, Papadosio’s mission is clear: to combine eclectic musical traditions with modern electronica to stir the heart and fuel the mind.
Toubab KreweKrewe is the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they’ve exhibited in their half decade of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali. Their globe-hopping propensity has made them an emerging headliner at their hometown’s famous Orange Peel and a familiar face as similar venues throughout the country. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets’ Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl’s Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.
HOT BUTTERED RUM
Hot Buttered RumInitially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.
Hot Buttered Rum’s story is one of evolution, from the ‘high altitude bluegrass’ captured on their first studio album, In These Parts, through the heavier and more electric sounds of Live in the Northeast. Their latest album, Limbs Akimbo, is highly matured, impressively listenable, stirringly rocking, and pleasantly poppy; it is both an elegy and reincarnation of Hot Buttered Rum’s past sound, that borrows heavily from the rock pantheon while sprinkling in just a little of everything else. Limbs Akimbo evidences the acoustic string band of yesteryear while unapologetically propelling into the scene a mature left-coast, drum-driven, pop-rock band.
GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadWhat is Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad? An eclectic blend of roots reggae, jam, and afrobeat. Relentless reggae sound and experimental dub. North American International Body Music. CBS Radio Street Date calls them “Truly one of the world’s finest roots reggae ensembles.” JamBase refers to them as “Sophisticated Roots/Soul/Reggae.” However you define their music, GPGDS is all about the connection between musician and audience in the live experience. They have played 500 shows in the past three years, sharing the stage with reggae greats Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Steel Pulse, Israel Vibration, Yellowman, Culture, The Meditations, Don Carlos, Midnite, and Morgan Heritage. As they say on their LivePanda.com site, ‘We live in a special time together. As musical styles merge and recording techniques progress there will always be a unique mystique and power embedded in the energy of the live experience. It is a circular feed between the audiences and artists of blending vibrations and creativity into one communal meditation.’
Everyone OrchestraThe Everyone Orchestra conductor/founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both on stage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.
Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with, triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative triumph of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction ‘ its edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the forte behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra.
OrgoneLos Angeles-based ensemble Orgone is bringing new attention to the funk revivalist and jam band circuits ever since they launched their recording career with Ubiquity Records in the mid- to late 2000s. Orgone’s sound hosts a myriad of groove-oriented styles, including but not limited to funk, ’60s Memphis soul/blues, Fela-inspired Afro-beat, and percussion heavy deep-disco. Many of the band’s musicians started playing together in the early ’90s, but Orgone did not develop into a tight-knit ensemble until the end of the decade. Their dynamic live shows and their willingness to get out and play to as many people as possible has earned them the respect of all that has heard them and many big names in the industry. Their ability to get any crowd on its feet is testament to their eclectic outlook on funk and soul. This is not a retro funk-by-numbers band simply re-hashing the past. Their 2nd album ‘Cali Fever’ is the evolution of a band dedicated to bringing tight, tough and honest get-on-your-feet unpretentious funk and soul music.
AND MANY MANY MANY MORE! STAY TUNED!
Here’s Some Great Video Clips from the 2010 All Good Festival….
Dark Star Orchestra – St. Stephen
The New Deal – “J”
Keller & The Keels – “Mountain Song”
Stay Tuned as Amped Up Magazine will be covering the 2011 All Good Festival with Interviews & Reviews!!!