If you’ve never been to a music festival — fair warning — it can be quite a culture shock. Once you get used to all the eco-conscious free-spiritedness, however, you’ll love nothing more than camping for an extended weekend, not having to drive anywhere and raging face with all your best friends.
The 16th Annual All Good Music Festival and Campout will be held from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio.
The ever-popular Allman Brothers Band is headlining the event this year. Greg Allman performed at Bonnaroo last summer, and it was a completely incredible experience, so I’m sure seeing the brothers in full-force will be even more phenomenal.
Also headlining the event are Phil Lesh & Friends and Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby featuring special guest Branford Marsalis. Let’s all pray to the music gods in hopes Lesh and Weir (two of the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and Furthur) might play a few songs together, evoking a jubilant Deadhead reunion.
Some of the other performers you’ll get to see are: The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dark Star Orchestra, Big Gigantic, Galactic, Railroad Earth, The Werks, Papadosio and Tea Leaf Green, to name a few.
The single best thing All Good representative Dave Weissman loves about this festival is there are no overlapping sets.
“Everyone there can see every band on the list — as there are two alternating stages — one stage starts when the other one ends,” he said. “It’s nearly nonstop music with no overlapping tunes from different stages bleeding together. This is my favorite feature and is rare as far as I know among festivals of this magnitude.”
Weissman said the All Good Festival atmosphere is like a four-day musical birthday party for 20,000 people with the same birthday.
“The people who end up coming to the festival look forward to it all year, building up excitement for the gates to open — starting the day they left the event last year,” he said. “I really enjoy the people. Every single person who’s made the journey to cross into our gate helps make the festival unique and offer input into the scene. Folks are friendly and everyone has their jovial mojo on since it really becomes a community in a mini-city for the weekend.”
Ashley Bricker, an experienced festivalgoer, went to All Good last summer and hopes to travel that way again this summer.
“It’s at a new venue, so that’s exciting,” she said. “It’s a very well-organized festival. The stages are side-by-side, so while one band plays another band is setting up. You never miss a headliner, ever. There’s continuous music and it’s all right there in close proximity.”
At other major music festivals, Bricker said you sort of have to bounce around between the various stages and often miss out on some of the good shows.
“We spend so much money, not only for the ticket, but for the travel and the expense of camping,” she said. “When you’re paying that much money to get into a show, I feel you should be able to see everyone that’s headlining, and you get to at All Good.”
Bricker said last year’s All Good was full of super positive vibes from the huge variety of people the different kinds of music bring.
“It’s an ‘All Good’ experience,” she said. “I really hope they’re just as organized as they were last year. Another awesome feature was that there was not one, but two, Shakedown Streets, so there were a ton of vendors to check out. I haven’t done any research on the new venue yet, so I don’t know much, but I hear it’s a really cool place near a lake.”
Out of all the summer music festival options, Weissman said people should choose to attend this festival because he really enjoys the fact of the no overlapping sets.
“I enjoy the feeling of not having to be at odds and only catching one of two or more of my favorite acts playing at the same time,” he said. “And I think you should choose the All Good Festival because of your health. It is all good for you to attend All Good; the not-having-to-choose-which-band-or-stage-to-go-see element reduces the festival blood pressure in each patron.”
General admission tickets are currently $189 plus fees. Visit http://www.allgoodfestival.com for more information.