The 18th incarnation of All Good is taking place at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, West Virginia, near Charles Town and Harper's Ferry is just 90 minutes from Baltimore, and 75 minutes from Washington, DC. Berry Hill Farm is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and marks All Good's triumphant return to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Come join us as we celebrate life, music and community spirit.
After a one-year hiatus and a three year absence from West Virginia, The All Good Music Festival & Campout will return to West Virginia in just four weeks sporting a stacked multi genre lineup including headliners Primus, Moe., & Cake, as well as Theivery Corporation, Lotus, STS9, SOJA, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Bridge, Cabinet and so many killer acts.
All Good offers 3 nights of music and arts including late nights, 3 stages and no over lapping sets.
3 day passes, Saturday passes and kids passes are available now at http://allgoodfestival.com/tickets
Don’t miss the return of the All Good Festival as we know from experience they are always epic!
All Good Music Festival 2015 lineup:
John Butler Trio
Dark Star Orchestra
Yonder Mountain String Band
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
JJ Grey & Mofro
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Balkan Beat Box
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Judah & the Lion
(courtesy Peter Wochniak)
By Steve Houk
For guitarist Jeff Mattson, the Grateful Dead has been his muse for about as long as he can remember. Some of his earliest musical memories of childhood include not only listening to his jazz musician father jamming, but also rocking out to the Dead, the Allman Brothers and other legendary improvisational rock music.
And that's a good thing, because over the years, the Dead's music has been very very good to him, with the bulk of his successful 36-year career having been spent playing the Dead's music in bands like the Zen Tricksters since 1979, and for the last five years, as lead guitarist for arguably the best Dead-related band ever, Dark Star Orchestra.
But it's not surprising that every now and then, he and fellow DSO member and longtime friend Rob Barraco feel the need to change it up a tad by playing some different music, seems only fair, right? To that end, they are out on the road this month for a brief swing as Mattson/Barraco and Friends, with a stop at Gypsy Sally's in DC on Saturday June 13th.
"Just to do something outside of the Dark Star paradigm of doing all Grateful Dead all the time," Mattson told me from his home on Long Island, "we thought it'd be fun to put something together between Dark Star tours where we can play our original music and some other cover stuff, and yes, add some Dead, some Jerry Garcia Band stuff, but treat it a little bit differently, and have some fun with it."
As the Grateful Dead celebrate 50 years of music this year, and even as he embarks on another little-less-Dead jaunt with Baracco, Mattson looks back on his close relationships with the surviving Dead members with great fondness, and even a dash of reverence.
"The first person from the Dead I got to play with was Phil," said Mattson. "In 1999, I did three shows with Phil Lesh and Friends at the Warfield in San Francisco. I've been fortunate to have been able to play with all the living members of the Grateful Dead at one time or another, couple times with Bobby (Weir), buncha times with Phil, and Billy (Kreutzmann) and Mickey (Hart) and Donna (Jean Godchaux) and Tom (Constanten). That's really been the highlight for me of my whole career, because these people, I have so much respect for their musical creation, what they've done in the past, what they're doing now, so to get to play with them is kind of an intimate thing. The things that really shine when I look back, that stick out, are when I've been able to play with those folks."
Mattson started playing with the Dead's Godchaux in the mid 2000's, but a few years later a personnel change in DSO opened up an opportunity that he just couldn't pass up, and that proved to be what would propel him forward into the great gig he has now.
"(Guitarist and DSO founding member) John Kadlecik was approached by (Lesh & Weir's) Furthur," Mattson said. "At first he was gonna try to both things and they called me to fill in for some shows while he was off rehearsing with Furthur, and then it became apparent that he wasn't going to able to do both because Furthur was gonna play alot of shows. So they asked me to consider joining DSO. At that point, my full time gig was playing with Donna Jean, so I was kinda torn because it was a good opportunity, but I was already doing this other thing. But obviously as it turned out, I did take the job with Dark Star in 2010 and have been with them ever since, and I still play with Donna Jean too."
Jeff Mattson (L) and Rob Barraco
Mattson relishes his place in DSO, but again, it's nice to be able to get out and work some other musical muscles in between playing all Dead. Joining Mattson and Baracco this go-round are Baracco's son Tom on drums and Rob Friedman on bass. Mattson knows full well that audiences are going to still expect some Dead tunage from this brood, and they won't be dissapointed as long as they also let these masters spread their wings a little.
"When people come see us, they're going to want to hear some of that (Dead) stuff, so it's definitely in there, too. But I think mainly the idea was for us to get to flex some other chops than doing the straight 100% Grateful Dead thing, because we love all kinds of other music."
Mattson/Barraco & Friends perform June 13th at Gypsy Sally's, 3401 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. For tickets, click here.
Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced moe. as the headliner for “A Farewell to Minglewood” which will take place September 18-20, 2015, in Hancock, New York. This is the first time that the preeminent New York jam band has performed at Catskill Chill, making it a very special way to close six amazing years at Camp Minglewood before the event moves to a new home in 2016.
Joining moe. at the top of this year’s line-up is Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Break Science, Turkuaz, The Werks, Particle & Fam, and George Porter Jr. & The Runnin' Pardners.
While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the season and this year is expected to sell out. With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minutes walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-up in 16-32 person sleep away camp-style cabins, creating decorated theme camps intermingled amongst the campers. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.
Tickets are currently available here for $185. Details on VIP Packages, which will be purchased separately from weekend passes, will be announced in the coming weeks.
CATSKILL CHILL 2015 LINEUP:
Zappa Plays Zappa
Twiddle (Original & Dead sets)
Dopakuaz plays Studio 54
Particle & Fam
George Porter Jr. & The Runnin' Pardners
The Nth Power
Consider the Source (Electric & Acoustic)
Pink Talking Fish
Luke the Knife
Chillfam All-Stars Herbie Hancock Tribute
High & Mighty Brass Band
Caravan of Thieves
Brock Butler Acoustic
Jen Durkin & The Business
BRYAC Funk All-Stars
The Ballroom Thieves
The Primate Fiasco (Electric & Acoustic)
Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan
On the Spot Trio
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
ShwiKus plays the ‘80s
The Brummy Brothers
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Haley Jane and the Primates
Wiley Griffin Acoustic
Little War Twins
The Breakneck Boys
For more information visit:
Twitter + Instagram: @CatskillChill | #Chillfam
What’s better than one night of Perpetual Groove? Two! Everyone’s favorite improv-rock band has returned and is stoked to announce back-to-back dates in select markets. Get ready St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia), Brooklyn, Charleston, Denver, and Atlanta, PGroove are coming at ya! Asheville, NC will also get a healthy dose of the groove this August, and the already announced Resonance Festival in Ohio will experience PGroove’s only festival play of the summer.
This past weekend, Athens’ famed Georgia Theatre had a close encounter with the first 2015 #NotAReunion shows from Perpetual Groove. At on-sale, night one sold-out in less than 12 minutes, and night two - which was announced and released later the same night - sold-out in eight minutes flat.
PGroove is also proud to announce a three-night New Year’s residency at Terminal West with merry making, music, and heavenly lights by Jason Huffer. “We didn’t choose this place! We didn’t choose these people!” exclaims the band about their return to Atlanta, “they were invited!” At the start of the five tones, 12 pm ET on Friday, June 5th, tickets will go on sale for all shows through venue websites and https://www.facebook.com/pgroove.
Just close your eyes, and hold your breath, and everything will turn real pretty… Watch the video announcement here
Perpetual Groove 2015 Tour Dates
July 31, 2015 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
August 1, 2015 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
August 29, 2015 - Pisgah Brewing Company - Asheville, NC
September 25, 2015 - Resonance Festival - Pataskala, OH
September 26, 2015 - Resonance Festival - Pataskala, OH
October 9, 2015 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
October 10, 2015 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
October 30, 2015 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
October 31, 2015 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
December 4, 2015 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
December 5, 2015 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
December 31, 2015 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
January 1, 2015 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
January 2, 2015 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
The 8th Annual Delfest: A Family Tradition
Memorial Day Weekend 2015
By Cliff Tyler
The 8th Annual Delfest was held at The Allegheny County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland over Memorial Day Weekend. Delfest features 3 stages and 4 days of music from the hottest band on the scene. The Grandstand Stage is in the middle of the infield of a small dirt racetrack and is adjacent to a large grandstand that is available for patrons to take cover from the hot sun or rain. There's a smaller Potomac Stage located within a 5 minute walk and an indoor music hall that host’s artist workshops and exclusive late night performances. Delfest has always boasted a strong lineup, and has become a favorite way for many music fans to kick off their respective festival season and this year was no different.
The Del McCoury Band "Sound Check Set"
The campground is fully equipped for hosting races, baseball games, fairs, and other events. It offers free showers and flushable bathrooms as well as traditional festival facilities. Camping areas and RV spots are plentiful, multiple VIP camping and RV options are also available. Located on the banks of the Potomac River, many festivarians also enjoyed a dip in the water or a lazy afternoon of tubing to beat the heat. The grounds are well maintained and extremely flat save for the picturesque West Virginia mountain that looms along side of the Grandstand Stage. All of these factors combine to make the perfect festival and we haven’t even mentioned the music yet!
The McCoury Family
Running from Thursday through Sunday musical acts begin mid morning daily and often continue into the wee hours of the following day. Late night performances are held in the music hall and are not included in the basic ticket price, but the cost is reasonable, always sells out and everyone wants to get in. Late night artists also have regular stage sets so you don’t have to worry about missing your favorite band if you can't make late night. This years choices included The Larry Keel Experience, Railroad Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers, Greensky Bluegrass, Dead Winter Carpenters, Leftover Salmon, Jeff Austin Band and an annual jam from the Travelin’ McCourys and friends.
Steep Canyon Rangers
The first day of the festival was a bit drizzly and dreary but that didn’t stop anyone from heading down to the grandstand stage for Del’s opening set. The Del McCoury Band always kicks off the festival on the main stage with their “sound check” set followed by the winners of the Delfest Academy Band Scramble. Delfest Academy is held prior to the festival where musicians from all over the country converge on the fairgrounds for 3 days of lessons from The McCourys and other special guests. Shovels and Rope made their Delfest debut and prepped the crowd for a fine set from the Steep Canyon Rangers. One of the best performances of the weekend came from Greensky Bluegrass who closed the main stage Thursday evening, opening with an incredible and emotional cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of the World”, teasing it throughout the set. Their performances over the last few years have solidified their spot in string band history.
"They are a Bluegrass Tsunami, a churning whirpool of wood and strings and vocal magnificence and they are about to descend upon each and everyone of us and we are grateful. Please make welcome Greenskyyyyyy Bluuueeeegrass" Joe Craven Introduction of Greensky Bluegrass
From Friday on, the weather was never an issue and just continued to get better each day. Cumberland’s own Grand Ole Ditch started off things bright and early and brought a rowdy crowd ready to party. They were the perfect start to a Friday of fun. Other highlights include The Gibson Brothers, a main stage set from Railroad Earth, and of course Old Crow Medicine Show’s 3rd appearance at the festival. San Francisco based Brothers Comatose gained a lot of attention with their Potomac Stage performance. Their jams are far from slow and were well received ensuring that they will be spending more time on the east coast in the near future!
The Brothers Comatose
With so many groups in one small area through out the weekend it is very tough to see everybody. Luckily the grounds are quaint and easy to traverse but it is still near impossible take in every act especially considering the print space it would require to review it all! Saturday’s acts were a blast. The bluegrass royalty in Seldom Scene, Jeff Austin Band, and Delfest favorite Leftover Salmon turned in especially memorable performances. The Travelin’ McCourys also picked the crowd into a frenzy as they closed out the main stage and sent a raucous crowd toward the late night hall. A pair of special pairings also highlighted the day. Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier have formed a fine full band anchored by bass and pedal steel wizardry. They gave two fine performances over the weekend including the annual Sunday morning gospel set. Perhaps the most anticipated set of the weekend was billed as “Del and Dawg”. Old pals Del McCoury and David “Dawg” Grisman have performed together numerous times over their historic careers but it is still a rarity to get the opportunity to see it. They gave a great nod to the classic bluegrass styling of Flatt and Scruggs with an inspiring and forever memorable set in the mid day heat.
Sierra Hull, Ronnie McCoury and David "Dawg" Grisman
As the sun rose on Sunday morning, we all knew our weekend with Del was coming to an end. With Memorial Day always falling at the beginning of the week, Sunday Delfest lineups are never to be missed. The fine folks at the fairgrounds allow everyone to camp until Monday morning so most folks are able to stick it out until the very last note is picked. Sunday saw another smoking performance from Grand Ole’ Ditch, the debut of Lake Street Dive, main stage action from Leftover Salmon, Trampled By Turtles, and the final 2015 Delfest appearance of the much loved Del McCoury band.
Grand Ole Ditch
If the music and the scenery aren’t enough to sell you on the $200 GA ticket price, please believe that the atmosphere alone is worth the price of admission. Delfest is as much about family as it is music. Not only is it one of the most kid friendly festivals, but also it seems like the gathering has become a large reunion of musically enthused families. Reuniting with the same Delfest camping friends has become a yearly tradition for many and the vibe is thick with the happiness that everyone shares. Perhaps that is a direct reflection of the McCoury family and their vision of what a festival experience should be like. Sometimes you can’t walk ten feet without getting a McCoury sighting or sit in. Del’s family has been a big part of his solo band over the years and currently includes his sons Ronny and Robbie. On Delfest Sunday one can always rely on a McCoury Brothers set featuring Del’s brothers. A few grandkids have even shared the spotlight including the now legendary 3 year old Vassar McCoury who could be seen plucking a miniature bass fiddle or a 5 string banjo at various times throughout the weekend.
Del and his family have created the perfect musical environment at one of the finest festival locations in the mid-Atlantic area. The only event that can trump the vibe and match the lineup every year is the famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Delfest is certainly following in the footsteps of the grandfather of all bluegrass festivals and provides perhaps the best east coast gathering of the ever-expanding genre. In short, this festival needs to be on your radar. Make sure you plan to spend your 2016 Memorial Day Weekend at our heavenly little slice of Del-uride!