All Good Music Festival: July 18th – 21st
A super funky and diverse lineup, combined with the good vibes of scenic Legend Valley, Ohio assure that this year’s All Good Festival, like its name, will be all good. The festival returns July 18-21 for its 17th year, its second in Legend Valley, and carries on the tradition of featuring the best of jam and folk bands, while also catering to the EDM crowds. Headliners this year include Primus, Further with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. These headliners demonstrate the variety of music offered at All Good, but the real strength of the lineup lies not just in a few good bands, but the overall depth of the weekend’s roster.
Winner of three Juno Awards and Rolling Stone magazine’s “Choose the Cover” contest, The Sheepdogs, torchbearers of Skynyrd style rock and roll, are one of the main acts we’re excited about seeing. The band has a full festival schedule this summer – making stops at The Hangout & Bonnaroo, among others. The group prides itself on their raucous live show and promise to deliver a great performance at All Good 2013.
Electronic favorites like Pretty Lights and STS9 will be taking the stage over the weekend as well, so stock up on your neon tanks. Beats Antique puts on a particularly good show with Persian inspired sound and amazing, dare I say sexy, showmanship. Lettuce, The North Mississippi Allstars, John Scofield’s Uberjam, Kris Meyers and Joel Cummings of Umphrey’s McGee will mesmerize the jam band crowd.
An innovative take on live performance, Everyone Orchestra features a rotating group of members form many bands including Phish, Moe., and the Grateful Dead. The band plays with almost no rehearsal, but rather takes cues from leader and conductor Matt Butler. The group describes their sound on their website as ranging “from hard-hitting grooves that take unexpected twists and turns, to sweet and expansive, all with a spirit that is both liberated and focused.” A cool fact: the group raises thousands of dollars for non-profit and environmental organizations.
Forward looking, All Good features all these bands with no overlapping sets. This fact means no annoying trade offs on the part of festival goers, just opportunity to sample lots of good music! In addition to great music, All Good offers outdoor camping with a variety of different amenities from primitive, to special camping closer to the stages, to RV camping, and to VIP, which offers showers and special access to the stages. Also, with a great location in central Ohio,
All Good will reap the benefit of Ohio’s mild summers. The festival also boasts delicious food from many different vendors and beer from Sierra Nevada inside the festival grounds proper! A nominee for “Music Festival of the Year” last year by Pollstar, All Good looks to put on another great weekend this year. Though the festival has grown over the years and developed into one of the established summer festival names, it maintains that nice, low key, welcoming feel. For those who find their interest peeked, All Good doesn’t look to let down. If anything, festival goers should find good times and discover some groovy new music. Festival tickets are available now starting at $199 and up. – Words by Nick Payne