It was no easy feat: three flights and 2,705 miles stood between myself and Legend Valley, new home to the 16th Annual All Good Music Festival and Campout. Nothing could stop me though… I ran through LAX, chasing my connection, in my headphones (I think it makes me faster) trying not to stress about my mess of cancelled flights, because in less than 12 hours it would be .

Going into this year’s there was more anticipation than usual, if that’s possible. Last year’s would be hard to top (thinking about > > still gives me shivers) and marked the end of an era. It would be the last year we’d make the trek up to Marvin’s Mountaintop, home of All Good for nine years. Traffic and resistance from local government in Masontown, home of Marvin’s Mountaintop, largely prompted the move to Legend Valley in Thornville, outside of Columbus, Ohio.

Not only did the new venue prompt a lot of anxious excitement, but the line-up is one of the more impressive offerings in the Midwest this summer (especially for of the ). Instead of the usual headlining, they it up into a night of and a two-and-a-half hour set from . Friday night brought and , and Saturday featured the Allman Brother’s Band. Without even getting into all of the other amazing acts performing, the headliners were enough to draw people from far and wide.

Getting into the venue was much different than previous years. Right off of I-70, Legend Valley was easier and faster to get to than the mountaintop, though long lines were unavoidable. For the first year ever All Good implemented an RFID-chipped wristband system in which you have to scan in and out of the main concert bowl. The layout of the venue required that patrons cross the road to get to many of the camping areas and the Grassroots Stage, but it wasn’t much of a (at least to goers, I can’t for traffic, though it never seemed very backed up). There was more wooded camping than ever before which was a welcome change on Saturday and Sunday which were bright and muggy.

The gates opened on Thursday morning to a lung queue of early birds. A quick but intense rainstorm mid-afternoon cooled things down in time for campers to set up and get down to the mainstage for . The bluegrass string band played a great set that led nicely into The . All Good’s policy of no overlapping sets is one of the best aspects of the festival and the stage managers kick ass at keeping things flowing smoothly from stage to stage.

and took the stage next, featuring many guest players during their set. kept the jams going into who played for two and a half hours. closed out the night his awesome blend of electronic and world , playing in a new projector/screen set up, The .

My Best Friend’s Party, a promoter group out of Columbus, OH ran the super on the Grassroots Stage from 3 to 5. danced into Friday morning with Heady Ruxpin and Magua.

Friday, like the day before, was cloudy and cool which made for an excellent day of seeing . Rather than hide from the blaring sun under our easy-ups, we ventured out for a long day of dancing and The first set that we hit was , a truly awesome experience. Their mellow acoustic songs were a perfect fit for the mid-afternoon set and a real privilege to see . Matt Butler led the with gusto, as always, and featured some new faces including the horns section from All Good virgins .

followed with a more rock and roll set than this author has ever heard from the reggae jammers, which was a nice change. was an exciting and surprising set, with a crazy combination of intense, dance style drums with funky horns. brought the sauce, as always, and kept the indie dance fun going. Their set was unusually loud, but otherwise an awesome showing comparable to their fantastic set at .

Continue onto page 2 for the rest of the recap from the festival…


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