All Good 2008 | Some Photos and Highlights

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The All Good Music Festival came and went in a flash of beautiful West Virginia mountain sun and jammy improvisational madness. Overall, the event was less the well-oiled machine than some of its larger festival rivals. But what it lacked in organization and “we think of everything” cohesion, it made up in simple, laid-back fun in a beautiful West Virginian mountain setting. That, and a solid lineup of mainly jam-oriented rock’n’roll. If you wanted a mid-size festival with some of the stalwarts of the jam scene and not all that much else, then this was your festival.

Here’s a brief glimpse of some photos that captured the weekend’s good times and a few highlights I couldn’t help but throw in for good measure. Luckily, I had some serious help in the photo department from our newest LMB recruit, Mike S. Mike dropped his first LMB review just a few weeks ago, but it didn’t take him long to jump into the festival coverage with reckless abandon. Look out for a bit more from him shortly. For now…


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What Sco’s face seems to show in pain, came through as full-force jazzy funk. Though it was less foot-stompin’ than I’d hoped, this MSMW set did not disappoint.

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Maybe there weren’t a ton of extra port-o-lets, but they did remember the weird alien dudes. Always good times.

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Lettuce–with Soulive’s Eric Krasno at the helm–brought out that foot-stompin I was alluding to earlier.

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Just classic Phil. All except for a little twist in the form of a Particle tune (courtesy of keyboardist Steve Molitz). Hearing Phil & Friends sound more like the Disco Biscuits was downright odd. But it was a pretty sick (and dark) groove.

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Warren played an epic late-night set that pushed the limits of “late-night” (5AM anyone). Radiohead covers and rock’n’roll all night long. I wish I could say I stayed out there for the entire thing. Let’s just say I was still listening as I drifted off to sleep.

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Tea Leaf Green rocks it per the usual.

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Stylish as always (love the green pants), Mike Gordon busted out those signature weird Mike tunes, plenty of bass-heavy funk, and that killer version of the Beatles’ “She Said She Said.” Honestly, this was the closest to live Phish I have heard in years. Perhaps it had something to do with Scott Murawski’s Languedoc guitar. Whatever it was, it was almost IT.

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Telepath. These guys are on to something.

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi stewin’ up some soul.

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Derek’s percussionist. This guy is just awesome.

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Keller–with full band in tow–busts out the jams.

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Bassnectar brought out the crazy dancers and the glowstick madness….like a good opening DJ act should do.

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I can definitely get down to Widespread’s music and I love what Jimmy Herring has brought to their sound. But I still can’t fully dive into Widespread’s sets like some of my friends. Maybe I need more grits in my diet. Either that or whiskey.

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It was pretty impressive to see Dark Star Orchestra get the coveted Saturday, late-night set. They played to their strengths and right into the All Good crowd’s hearts…or something.

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Mr. Coconut tells it like it is. Yep, we did have fun.

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