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Introducing Bryan and Head Jamz 2010

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

HEAD JAMZ PREVIEW

Contributing Writer : Bryan Flanagan

“You know about Head Jamz,” asked the nice older lady behind the dusty wood counter.

“That’s what them dopers do,”(while making a noodling type motion) responded the wild old man from out of nowhere.

That was the exchange during my first visit to Red River Campground in Adams, TN (about 45 minutes from home for me).  I have been reading Roving Festival Writer for a while now and thought it would be fun to add some coverage of smaller festivals like Head Jamz(www.headjamzfestival.com).  Being my first time trying to cover a festival, I am a bit nervous so I decided to make a preview trip to the campground to get a solid start.  With headliners Emmitt-Nershi Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cornmeal and The New Mastersounds, the festival is set up with some great groups and seems to have a nice mix of Bluegrass, Southern Rock/Funk and Electronic/jazz sounds each day.  In it’s 2nd year, Head Jamz is definitely improving on the music end of things, but after some severe flooding in Middle Tennessee this year, the Red River Campground seems a bit overwhelmed.

My wife, genius cousin and her husband (a real life Macgyver) will be heading up bright and early to the campground Friday Sept. 3 as the gates are opening at 8 am.  Camping is first come first served so it seems like the best idea is to get there first thing.  If you are looking to stay cooler, there are quite a few heavily shaded spots along the river.  For a more open feel, there are some grassy areas that appear to be campsites, too.  The floods in early May took out many of the fire pits and grills so it didn’t look like there were a lot of fully set up campsites (picnic table, grill, fire pit). This is essential for us as we have never all camped together, and we will be cooking everything for each meal.  Hopefully our Macgyver will come through in the clutch for us.  I like to have everything with me, but in case the car gets too full, there is wood for sale at the General Store and a Dollar General  Store about 1 mile from the campground.   In the worst case scenario, we could get food or supplies from there (like a can opener, which my wife forgot to pack on out last camping trip!).  With a biker rally the weekend before, the campground will either be ready to rock or likely to fall apart.  I guess you could say I am cautiously optimistic.

Each day the music starts early so I’m thinking there will be one stage for all the acts throughout the day.  A lot of folk seem to like this for the ability to not miss any bands and not have to make the decision of which band you want to see more.  The multiple stage set-up usually fails for me, and I choose the wrong stage (see Mutaytor for example), so I’m hoping I’m right about the single stage. Personally this is a great festival for my music tastes as I get to see some faster Bluegrass, good Southern Rock ([Nashville’s Own] Old Union and The Captain Midnite Band) and some live electronic/funk/jazz  music using instruments as opposed to a DJ, which is a nice change.  Looking to hear some covers?  Check out Hyryder, who has been known to do some Dead and Phish.  It will be interesting to see 3 different groups that I have heard but not seen before (Future Rock, The Twin Cats, Zoogma) doing late night sets, listed to start at 12:30-1 AM until ?. Another band I am interested in is playing Friday afternoon, Charles Butler and Associate’s.   Charles plays in a Nashville based band that I am a fan of (The One and Only Bill Davis & his Kick-Ass Friends , www.myspace.com/theoneandonlybilldavis) so I will be making a point to check out that set. It seems through the pictures from last year’s Head Jamz, people were able to bring beer and alcohol on site, which I will be verifying ahead of time. From the looks of the campground, the whole festival happens on not much more than a couple acres so if you’re looking for privacy, good luck.  If you’re looking to share some great music with new people, you won’t be disappointed.

Something I like about Head Jamz is the location, right on the Red River.  The group I am jamming with has already signed up for an optional canoe trip, and I got my hands on a huge floatie to chill on during the ride. There’s also a disc golf course that is built on site by a great local company, Cloud Nine Disc Golf (www.cloud9discgolf.com).   If you have a little extra time, the Bell Witch Cave is approx. 2 miles from the campground and seems to be worth checking out. (www.bellwitchcave.com) Also nearby on the same weekend is the Robertson County Fair in Springfield, TN (approx. 13 miles from campground on Hwy 41), so be careful if traveling through there.

Oh yeah, and if you see a small black goat with a blue collar, his name is Billy, and he thinks he’s a dog.

RFWtv SUMMERCAMP 2010 INTRO

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Director of Video Production : Raymond Grubb

Film Crew : Michael Dedenbach, James Linck

TheRFW.com’s RFWtv series presents “Summercamp 2010,” featuring a lineup of bands including:

Umphrey’s McGee, The Avett Brothers, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, The Macpodz, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, moe., ALO, STS9, The Hood Internet, Yonder Mountain String Band and more!

Wakarusa Music Festival 2008 – Review

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

WAKARUSA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008

“WAKARUSA 2008”

Originally Published JUNE 11, 2008

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTvvLTPQWQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_D4kBEzdg0

Contributing Author – Rashon Massey

BIG PICTURE – So with the downgrade of a stage, cancellation of several headlining acts, a relatively simple town square and great performances by the artist that did show, we were left feeling… satisfied. Not overly hyped, but with a feeling of content. As if the festival was … what it was. Which is not a bad thing. Not necessarily the greatest thing – but it makes the grade. Just an average time. 3/5

big picture the rain kicked every ones ass but the performance the performers did not flow with such a family oriented park plenty of kids and such high security did not flow with the high security of the fetivals b-3 (exact average of your ratings) / r-2.75 ( exact average of my ratings) – 2.875 average of our two ratings which rounded up is 3.

TOWN SQUARE – This Town Square we felt was nothing special at all. Relatively the same layout and probably likewise with returning vendors, the overall central meeting place for this festival did not live up to the potential the space permits; moreover, we noticed some cut backs. In 2006, when Roving Festival Writer last attended, there were TWO (2) main stages; however, this year we only got to see headlining artist on one main stage. The once similarly sized Sun Up stage in which we saw musicians like Buckethead, Les Claypool, Andrew Bird and Animal Liberation Orchestra on in 2006 had now been downsized to a tented pavilion. WHAT?!? Now what stands in the remaining space is an extended VIP area, but if you ventured or camped in the special area the only perk was maybe an easier entrance to the Town Square. Still, we ask, what is the point if you are still a HIKE from the other half of Wakarusa – an area that also features several more vendors, a rather large disc golfing course, another stage solely for hometown acts (appropriately deemed the Prairie stage) and a lake! Nothing was too VIP in that portion of the festival that would warrant the downsizing of a stage that doesn’t even fit more than 75% of the folk that can squeeze into the Revival tent.

For a festival like Wakarusa, it needs all the help it can get. Maybe that is why Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, continually protested that everyone in attendance needed “to keep the festival alive.” For some reason, throughout his entire performance, and the … what we will nicely call ‘press conference’, he restated the idea that this was a special, unique gathering unlike other festivals. And we here at Roving Festival Writer agree that it has the potential to be an amazing time; however, when you have the Police Fest that was Wakarusa 2006 that really cut your numbers down for 07 attendance, and a weak lineup in 2008, you need all the good word of mouth you can get.

The festival resides in a state park that is absolutely beautiful. Of the many returning Festies, especially ones located at the BACK of the festival grounds, they did not mind skipping out on over half of the performances just to relax and see the headliners this year. BUT OH NO! Rain came and canned the day! On both the opening and closing days, the limits of the whimsy and flimsy Wakarusa became evident and many of the original, best and headlining acts were cancelled! The people preserved, but when three of seven headlining acts do not go down, and the late arrival of the CAKE frontman places their set not on the main stage but in that limited sized capacity Revival tent, you really have shorted the people over half the number of promised performances…whether they were your (the organizers) fault or not. It’s still is about the overall experience which makes it worth $169…we mean, worthwhile. 3/5

town square was ok nothing special the sponsors had fun games and flaming lips movie was also really sweet b-3.5/r- 2 – 3

PERFORMANCES – Artist like Bettye Lavette, Lotus, Donna the Buffalo, BUMP, That One Guy, Tilly and the Wall and headliners Mickey Hart Band, Zappa Plays Zappa and TheRFW.com’s Hometown Gem The Macpodz, were all cancelled due to weather. And the morning of the last day, a festival employee loosely made stops at campsites alerting a handful of festival attendees that Emmylou Harris had cancelled her performance due to ‘illness’. Not good for the performance tally on our Baseball Card report.

On the upside, for the acts that faught to win over the weathered audiences, many thumbs up come our way. From Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk to our good boys the Avett Brothers, the musicians that came to show did do a great showing with much passion as they could throw down in the sweltering heat. Notable collaborations between Buckethead and That One Guy, Cornmeal with Vince Herman and Drew Emmit, with Cornmeal violinist joining Tea Leaf Green and even a solid double showing from Keller Williams (solo and with The Transmitters), the acts that came to town came with purpose and reason. And at the end of the day, of you came for the music, overall the performances probably didn’t disappoint too much. 3/5

performances awesome cornmeal colaboration with vince herman and drew emmitt. also cornmeal violinist with tea leaf green plenty of other great performances but a few where cancelled or it would be a 5 so i gave it a b-4/r- 3 – 3

FESTIVAL SHOPPE – As previously stated, the shops were so few in numbers there were hardly any memorable products or goodies that stood out in our mind. A big shout out to our Dead Head who sets up his FREE table next to his tent just to be generous and FADELINEINCE.com. Decent food, but memorable tacos from TACO HEAVEN. 3/5

festival shoppe nothing special big shout out too www.fadelineinc.com also lots of great food some good bbq b-3.5/r- 3 – 3

GREEN MY SCENE – Nothing special here. Standard green scene. We did not see anything that really promoted helping your environment or other ways of keeping the festival scene clean. Big Ups for the handing out of garbage bags because the people will use them, and kudos to dynamite volunteers who cleaned the main stage field religiously after larger acts. We could use some extra attention of the cleaning of those potties though. 3/5

green scene very good facuilities very clean and portapotties very clean b-4 / r- 3 – 3

SECURITY – Security much better than 2006 and probably the best it is ever going to get. I think the common Festie needs to face the fact that this is a more family oriented gathering that is taking place on a state park. How much more lenient do you think the cops are going to get? The could remain a little less visible. The message is clear, but you can trust that people can remain good without you sitting posted in your four wheeler at every angle of the stage. 2/5

security better than 2006 but needs to be a lot more lenient none in centeroo b-1.5 / r- 2.5 – 2

LOGISTICS – Other than the rain, the movement of the festival was seemless. The large space allows everyone to comfortably camp next in there own area (but watch out for the shaded recesses. Ticks and chiggers are a bitch at this one), and the consistant No Waka Trolley is making runs to and from Main Entrance to almost the back of the camping grounds, which can help immensely for older folk, families and tired bodies overall. Wakarusa also provided a Waka Taxi which was $3 a ride we think. Not sure, but it is a wonderful means of getting expedited service to any corner of the festival grounds. Parking allowed everyone easy entrance and departure with their vehicles. He only downside is the lack of space usage. So much more (if promoted and really planned to it’s maximum design) could take place in the Town Square; moreover, if there was a way, maybe more performances could have taken place even in the aftermath of a storm in lieu of cancellations. 2/5

logistics very bad when it deals with rain too many cancelled performances due too the rain and not even that much rain which was really bad in terms of what happened b-2 / r-2 (2)

also write an email too britne about rogue wave and mason jennings and also add a request about jack johnson and put some the panda cd up on our website and some of the other cds we got also

thanks buddy

sI called the guy from connections if give him a proposal he will do some research and probably get us a sponsor so do some research and lets put together a proposal

PERFORMANCES – Artist like Bettye Lavette, Lotus, Donna the Buffalo, BUMP, That One Guy, Tilly and the Wall and headliners Mickey Hart Band, Zappa Plays Zappa and TheRFW.com’s Hometown Gem The Macpodz, were all canceled due to weather. And the morning of the last day, a festival employee loosely made stops at campsites alerting a handful of festival attendees that Emmylou Harris had canceled her performance due to ‘illness’. Not good for the performance tally on our Baseball Card report

On the upside, for the acts that fought to win over the weathered audiences, many thumbs up come our way. From Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk to our good boys the Avett Brothers, the musicians that came to show did do a great showing with as much passion as they could throw down in the sweltering heat. Notable collaborations between Buckethead and That One Guy, Cornmeal with Vince Herman and Drew Emmit, with Cornmeal violinist joining Tea Leaf Green and even a solid double showing from Keller Williams (solo and with The Transmitters), the acts that came to town came with purpose and reason. And at the end of the day if you came for the music, overall the performances probably didn’t disappoint too much. 3/5

TOWN SQUARE – This Town Square we felt was nothing special at all. Relatively the same layout and probably likewise with returning vendors, the overall central meeting place for this festival did not live up to the potential the space permits; moreover, we noticed some cut backs. In 2006, when Roving Festival Writer last attended, there were TWO (2) main stages; however, this year we only got to see headlining artist on one main stage. The once similarly sized Sun Up stage in which we saw musicians like Buckethead, Les Claypool, Andrew Bird and Animal Liberation Orchestra on in 2006 had now been downsized to a tented pavilion. WHAT?!? Now what stands in the remaining space is an extended VIP area, but if you ventured or camped in the special area the only perk was maybe an easier entrance to the Town Square. Still, we ask, what is the point if you are still a HIKE from the other half of Wakarusa – an area that also features several more vendors, a rather large disc golfing course, another stage solely for hometown acts (appropriately deemed the Prairie stage) and a lake! Nothing was too VIP in that portion of the festival that would warrant the downsizing of a stage that doesn’t even fit more than 75% of the folk that can squeeze into the Revival tent.


For a festival like Wakarusa, it needs all the help it can get. Maybe that is why Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, continually protested that everyone in attendance needed “to keep the festival alive.” For some reason, throughout his entire performance, and the … what we will nicely call ‘press conference’, he restated the idea that this was a special, unique gathering unlike other festivals. And we here at Roving Festival Writer agree that it has the potential to be an amazing time; however, when you have the Police Fest that was Wakarusa 2006 that really cut your numbers down for 07 attendance, and a weak lineup in 2008, you need all the good word of mouth you can get.

The festival resides in a state park that is absolutely beautiful. Of the many returning Festies, especially ones located at the BACK of the festival grounds, they did not mind skipping out on over half of the performances just to relax and see the headliners this year. BUT OH NO! Rain came and canned the day! On both the opening and closing days, the limits of the whimsy and flimsy Wakarusa became evident and many of the original, best and headlining acts were canceled! The people persevered but when three of seven headlining acts do not go down, and the late arrival of the CAKE frontman places their set not on the main stage but in that limited sized capacity Revival tent, you really have shorted the people over half the number of promised performances…whether they were your (the organizers) fault or not. It’s still is about the overall experience which makes it worth $169…we mean, worthwhile. 3/5

FESTIVAL SHOPPE – As previously stated, the shops were so few in numbers there were hardly any memorable products or goodies that stood out in our mind. A big shout out to our Dead Head who sets up his FREE table next to his tent just to be generous and FADELINEINCE.com. Decent food and memorable tacos from TACO HEAVEN. 3/5

GREEN MY SCENE – Nothing special here. Standard green scene. We did not see anything that really promoted helping your environment or other ways of keeping the festival scene clean. Big Ups for the handing out of garbage bags because the people will use them, and kudos to dynamite volunteers who cleaned the main stage field religiously after larger acts. We could use some extra attention towards the cleaning of those potties though. 3/5

SECURITY – Security was much better than 2006 and probably the best it is ever going to get. I think the common Festie needs to face the fact that this is a more family oriented gathering that is taking place on a state park. How much more lenient do you think the cops are going to get? They could remain a little less visible. The message is clear, but you can trust that people can remain good without you sitting posted in your four wheeler at every angle of the stage. 2/5

POINT A – Z - Other than the rain the movement of the festival was seamless. The large space allows everyone to comfortably camp in there own area (but watch out for the shaded recesses. Ticks and chiggers are a bitch at this one), and the consistent No Waka Trolley wass making runs to and from the Main Entrance to almost the back of the camping grounds, which can help immensely for older folk, families and tired bodies. Wakarusa also provided a Waka Taxi which was $3 a ride (we think). It is a convenient means of getting expedited service to any corner of the festival ground. Parking allowed everyone easy entrance and departure with their vehicles. The only downside is the lack of space usage. So much more (if promoted and really planned to it’s maximum design) could take place in the Town Square; moreover, if there was a way, maybe more performances could have taken place even in the aftermath of a storm in lieu of cancellations. 2/5

BIG PICTURE – So with the downgrade of a stage, cancellation of several headlining acts, a relatively simple town square and great performances by the artist that did show, we were left feeling… satisfied. Not overly hyped, but with a feeling of content. As if the festival was … what it was. Which is not a bad thing. Not necessarily the greatest thing – but it makes the grade. Just an average time. 3/5

Wakarusa Music Festival 2008 – Day 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

WAKARUSA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008

“WELCOME TO WAKARUSA 2008”

Originally Published JUNE 6, 2008

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTvvLTPQWQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_D4kBEzdg0

Contributing Author – Rashon Massey

For a twelve hour drive, we were not in any bad position as far as traffic was concerned. We moved effortlessly through Illinois and Missouri and by the time we entered Kansas, the anticipated wait in a vehicular line was not even possible.

We made our way into the Wakarusa music festival sometime around six o’clock and by 7:30, all evening and late night shows were postponed until further notice as ominous, pregnant dark clouds tore through the blue sky. Many vendors and all sound crew managers were frantically preparing for the storm, which by this time had been upgraded to a tornado watch.

We stationed ourselves at our car and began making acquaintance with our neighboring Festies, introducing ourselves and passing the time like the clouds ahead, keeping our space of chatter occupied with small talk of the coming bad weather. As the sky darkened, the excitement and anticipation only grew from our end of the camp grounds, and we began our first interview with a third time Wakarusa attendee.

We caught up with Richard Schaffer from Springfield, MO while he was packing away his tent, casually repeating to us, “You know – they keep saying we have a 90% chance of rain. My tent cant sustain a night of showers and I don’t want to take any chances; although, if the rain doesn’t come… I am going to curse the hopeful 10% I didn’t believe in.” Many others that camped nearby followed the instincts of the 63 year old and also decided (like RFW) to camp in their cars.

The lightning began and the showers hit at exactly 9:30 but other than rain… the weather remained easily manageable and soon Ben was out and about socializing with the townies.

By Friday morning, the determined energy for the festival prevailed with the sun rising for the new day – strong, hot and smiling with full force.

Now able to walk the grounds fully with a critical eye, we noticed many Town Square areas filled with mud that was appropriately sectioned off by flagged ribbons. Unlike 2006, Wakarusa has downsized quite a bit. Not sure if it is because of the steady decline in festival attendance or the need to try and build upon their VIP section, but one full mainstage… is gone.


We talked to a couple of our buddies who managed to attend the festival last year and mentioned that the stage removal had actually taken place that year. The Sun Up stage has now been moved to a tent pavilion that probably holds the same capacity of persons as the Wakarusa Revival tent. POOR CHOICE! With a cramped lineup that holds no room for error (just performance cancellations), Wakarusa needs to make good with the potential that this festival has to offer. Many that we talk to are already unhappy with the progressive downfall of the powerhouse lineup and music this festival once was known for in years prior.

Head Count is in full force signing up folk to vote – which is always great at a festival. While working our feet to the ground, I have been talking to fellow journalist and students of my generation and the potential for the future of music is on all of our minds. Whether it is our friend who is from NOLA doing a research thesis on the correlation between music festivals and social activism or the young college guy who is seeking guidance and opinion on the future of college radio… or radio in general, for the matter. Communicating with these fellow young minds has inspired me in my artist interviews that have been conduced thus far. Whether it was talking with State Radio or Giant Panda Guerilla Dub, I have begun seeking artists insight on progressive technology that furthers budding careers like theirs, as well as the importance of pubic control over the delivery and exchange of said technology. The responses are truly fascinating and I can’t wait to begin producing the post wrap Wakarusa RFWtv webisode. The content is going to be so much fun!

Well, we have a host of friends and links we are going to include in our Wakarusa post coverage article and Festival Baseball Trading Card (our official festival rating system). We will shoot another update tomorrow with photos prior to our drive home so check back soon.

OH- By the way – I fulfilled my promise for seeing The Flaming Lips at this festival. For those who don’t know – I swore that if I had to watch another Flaming Lips, Vegas show-like spectacle, than I would be on stage in costume with the band as part of the extravaganza. Happily – Ben and I suited up in Teletubbies outfit (Green and Purple… Mary knows I can’t think of their real names) and danced for two full hours. Greatest. Moment. Yet.


Talk to you soon :-)