All Good Music Festival - 2007

All's Good on Marvin's Mountaintop

First Appeared in The Music Box, August 2007, Volume 14, #8

Written by Randi Whitehead and George Weiss

Photos by George Weiss

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Keller Williams Sings at All Good 2007

The 11th Annual All Good Music Festival & Camp Out, which was held near Masontown, West Virginia on July 12–15, was better than good. With a line-up that boasted an endless stream of festival favorites — including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ratdog with Bob Weir, New Monsoon, moe., The Lee Boys, STS9, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keller Williams with the Keels — the show was downright stellar. The primary performances alternated between two main stages in the field, while the hidden Ropadope Stage — which was situated up the road, past the vending — played host to an array of amazing, impromptu collaborations. It was there, for example, that PBS’s Brian Stoltz joined Ratdog, Marco Benevento jammed with The Lee Boys, and the Burndown Allstars unleashed its musical madness.

Bob Weir at All Good

After a pre-festival, Thursday night performance by Dark Star Orchestra that channeled the Grateful Dead circa 1977, the weekend’s slate officially started with The Bridge and continued with many electric, over-the-top showcases. The weather was wonderfully cooperative, and the brief shower that did transpire served to lessen the dust. Fans were most excited by Ratdog with Bob Weir. The late-night festivities culminated with STS9, and the sounds that were emanating from the stage could be heard just fine from the campgrounds that were tucked into the surrounding hillside.

Drew Emmitt and Sam Bush

On Saturday, Franti delivered a moving acoustic set that preceded his riveting appearance on the main stage. moe. followed Franti with a two-hour showcase, before it hosted a late-night, all-star jam session.

On Sunday morning, Roosevelt Collier and the rest of The Lee Boys shared their musical love with the gathered "festivarians." The festival’s highlight, however, was the second reunion appearance of Leftover Salmon. Sam Bush sat in for almost the entire set, and the ensemble delivered the soundtrack for a huge dance party in the meadow, at least until the rain blew in and the plug was pulled. Even so — all’s good that’s ends good.

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All Good Music Festival 2007 Photo Journals

Overview

The People & The Scene

 

July 13

The Bridge

Porter, Batiste, Stoltz (PBS)

Yonder Mountain String Band

Steel Pulse

Keller Williams & The Keels

Bob Weir & Ratdog

Marco Benevento & Friends

 

July 14

SOJA

Assembly of Dust

Perpetual Groove

The Lee Boys with Marco Benevento

Drive-By Truckers

Les Claypool

New Monsoon

Michael Franti & Spearhead

moe.

 

July 15

The Lee Boys

Sam Bush

Soulive

Leftover Salmon

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