By Suzy Perler
This past weekend, 15,000 enthusiastic music fans descended upon the majestic hills of Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia for the 14th annual All Good Music Festival. They were treated to over 40 hours of music ranging from rock to reggae. For many, traveling thousands of miles to take part in this experience is the highlight of their summer and a yearly tradition. It’s a perfect combination of great music, beautiful scenery, crisp mountain air and a friendly, laid back vibe.
The crowd got warmed up on the first night with Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band who set the scene for the weekend ahead with positive vibes and killer jams. Friday’s (July 9) lineup also included festival favorites such as Umphrey’s McGee, Tea Leaf Green and Femi Kuti. As the sun set, the crowd expanded and was ready to rock with featured band, Furthur (which includes original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh).
Lotus then took the stage and played on to the morning. There was barely any time for sleep at the camping area, as it was time to roll out again for Saturday’s jams, which got started early with Railroad Earth, Parliament Funkadelic, Derek Trucks and Widespread Panic.
A festival tradition continued on with the infamous “Rex Jam.” Organized by the Rex Foundation, it included Matt Butler brilliantly conducting the Everyone Orchestra playing a spectacular set while raising funds for a local school’s music program. Yonder Mountain String Band followed that with a 2 a.m. set that set the stage for a gorgeous mountain sunrise, which gave way to the Moonshine Breakfast with Keller Williams and the Keels. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals followed and Williams had the honor of closing this year’s festival with a gorgeous set that simultaneously sent people home happy and built their anticipation for next year’s festivities.