And we’ve got another one folks…a new festival in our midst. Taking one more step towards the greening of the festival scene, Madison House has teamed with AEG Live to create a brand-new, environmentally sustainable music festival in the woods of western Michigan.

What appears to be a Northern version of the Echo Project, the Rothbury Fest has stacked up one heck of a lineup for its first incarnation over the July 4th holiday weekend (July 3 – 6, 2008). Headliners include Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, 311, Phil Lesh and Friends, Primus, Thievery Corporation, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse. Check it out…

Rothbury Fest initial lineup:

Dave Matthews Band
Widespread Panic
John Mayer
Phil Lesh and Friends
Thievery Corporation
Snoop Dogg
Modest Mouse
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Gov’t Mule
Colbie Caillat
Slightly Stoopid
The Black Keys
Yonder Mountain String Band with Jon Fishman
Gogol Bordello
Citizen Cope
Keller Williams and The WMD’S
The Disco Biscuits
Medeski Martin & Wood
Ray LaMontagne
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival
Drive-By Truckers
Of Montreal
The Dresden Dolls
Brett Dennen
Taj Mahal
Mike Gordon
Zappa Plays Zappa
Crystal Method DJ Set
The Greyboy Allstars
The Secret Machines
Beth Orton
Jakob Dylan and the Green Mountain Rebels
A 3
Bettye LaVette
Yard Dogs Road Show
State Radio
The Beautiful Girls
Sage Francis
Tea Leaf Green
Emmitt Nershi Band
Panjea with Michael Kang
Railroad Earth
Pnuma Trio
The Juan Mclean
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Dead Confederate
DJ Rekha
Motion Potion
DJ Rootz

That lineup runs pretty deep. This might just be the hot, new ‘flavor of the month’ for the 2008 festival season.

That said, with all these new festivals coming onto the scene, I am definitely wondering if we’re starting to reach a saturation point. Will 2008 be the year of full festival glut or have we stepped into the post-Bonnaroo era where big rock festivals have fully matured into all their uber-glory?

By the way, you’d think with such a solid set of initial artists, they could’ve come up with a better name, no?