Posts Tagged ‘2008’

R.I.P. ROTHBURY 2008-2009

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

We refuse to add more.  -RFW

During the past three years, all of us involved with ROTHBURY have greatly appreciated the tremendous outpouring of support for the future of the festival.  For 2010, we have had to make the tough decision to postpone our efforts.  A contributing factor in our decision is that, due to various artists’ recording and touring schedules, we now believe that timing will not allow for us to assemble the cutting edge roster that everyone has come to expect from ROTHBURY.  The result for this year is that we are not able to move forward with the integrity and high standards that we demand from ourselves and for the festival.

Despite the 2010 postponement, we intend to move toward continuing ROTHBURY in 2011.  This event is something very special, and we are unwilling to potentially tarnish what ROTHBURY is, and can become, by working under conditions that will produce anything less than a magical experience.

ROTHBURY is more than a festival.  It is a mission intended to discover strength in community, and what it means to be a large-scale sustainable event in these times.  Our efforts are certainly not coming to an end.

It is important for us to thank the people of Michigan, Oceana County, The Village of Rothbury, Grant Township, and the Double JJ Resort.  Also, we thank our team members, volunteers, creative contributors, media partners, and sponsors.  We have made many friendships that will last a lifetime.

To all who attended the first two years of ROTHBURY we thank you for the soul you gave the event.  Those times entered rarified air because of your energy.

We hope you have a fantastic July 4th this summer.

Trinumeral Music Festival 08 – RFWtv

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

In 2008, RFWtv took a trek to one of the most beautiful festival sites we have experienced. On the radiant grass of Ashville, North Carolina, the 8th annual Trinumeral Music Festival featured performances from Galactic, Particle, GZA, Conspirator, The Mahavishnu Project and EOTO.


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

RFWtv caught up with the members of the Airborne Toxic Event at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI. Just shy of a two year anniversary, the band is emerging alongside Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, Chester French and Electric Touch as a fresh group to listen for.

The Mahavishnu Project – Trinumeral 08 – RFWtv

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

One of the most definitive sounds of jazz, forboding through a crash of innovative percussion and string is exactly what the Mahavishnu Orchestra created in 1971.  A short lived vision of progressive music, John McLaughlin saw the ebb and flow over the years the ensemble would restructure itself with new members;  even still, the dream was over in the chill of the eighties.

In 2008, at the Trinumeral Music Festival held in Ashville, NC, RFWtv met up with today’s tribute band that keeps the groove and spirit of the original jazz supergroup alive.    Enjoy the songs and  discover  a vinyl of the original arts – you will not regret it.

Jonny Dubowsky of Jonny Lives! – RFWtv

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Contributing Author : Rashon A. Massey

Having had positive encounters and feedback from major media outlets ranging from National Public Radio (NPR), BBC1 and FHM, Jonny Dubowsky is one musician you probably never heard of; however, within the music industry, the name stands as one of the most respected, innovative and important figures of environmental and social change.

The front face of the esteemed band Jonny Lives!, a group which released their debut album Get Steady in 2006, Jonny Dubowsky effortlessly blends signature NYC rock with British Pop & Punk. Prior to the debut release, the band released their EP for free download via exposure through MTVU – the brand division of the music branch that focuses and tailors content specifically for the college demographic. Influenced by the legendary sounds of The Kinks, New York Dolls and T-Rex, Dubowsky also claims to draw from fresh, contemporary artists of today such as The Artic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and The Killers. Over the course of the past years, Jonny has collaborated with fellow musicians Dave Grohl, Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne, Sammy James Jr. from Mooney Suzuki, and Nick Valensi from The Strokes on everything from guitar to bar tabs; moreover, Jonny Lives! found themselves on the Van Wilder II motion-picture soundtrack and became a featured band with the South by Southwest tour (check out the video feature on the travels of the band in 06 here:!

Not until opening for Art Alexakis of the band Everclear did Jonny begin thinking outside the box about the environmental impact his extensive touring was beginning to do. Doing more than research and networking, Jonny eventually brought to fruition Rock N’ Renew – a non-profit organization that aids our communities with the sources of knowledge and assistance to help persons ranging from students to musicians live, act and produce in sustainable ways that better our environment. The organization connects the health consciousness of today’s greening efforts to art and music, eventually orchestrating a level of interest and overall excitement about green solutions to remedy our unhealthy habits. By creating custom-design eco-blueprints for concert tours, schools, businesses and events, Rock N Renew has become a future vehicle for the progressive actions individuals can take to better the environment.

Benjamin Landsman, Co-Creator of Roving Festival Writer, took a journey to Hawaii to spend time following the humble Founder and musician in the Fall of 2008. From documenting Jonny signing a new record contract to personal interviews and performances from around the islands, RFWtv presents to you our first video in an ongoing series devoted to Jonny Dubowsky and his rising influence in the world around us.

Jonny Lives!


Rock N Renew