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ROTHBURY 2009 Pt2 | RFWtv

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

This is TheRFW.COM’s footage and interview archive from Rothbury Music Festival 2009 in Rothbury, Michigan. Stay tuned to TheRFW.COM and Current.com for the release off all the footage. We will be releasing a three part series consisting of two videos per part. This is part Two, including footage and interviews from The Dead, Toubab Krewe, Hill Country Review, Matisyahu, Martin Sexton and The Macpodz .  Each part of our Rothbury 2009 series totals at under one hour.  For that reason, below you can find the time markers of each particular performance and/or interview (you might want to fast forward :-)  Artists covered in the remaining parts include Ani DiFranco,  Gift of Gab , Cold War Kids, RRE, Future Rock and many more.

Please Stay tuned to TheRFW.COM for more releases ……

ROTHBURY 2009 Pt2 Time Markers

The Dead – 01:15

Toubab Krewe (Interview and Performance) – 13:20

Hill Country Review (Interview and Performance) -30:50

Matisyahu – 37:00

Martin Sexton -44:20

The Macpodz – 51:42

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

Langerado Music Festival 2008 REVIEW

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008

RFW DOES LANGERADO 2008 [A REVIEW]

Originally Published March 13, 2008

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2tEbdkRz0U

Contributing Author – Rashon Massey

RFW DOES LANGERADO 2008 [A REVIEW]

The journey was incredible. The experience was memorable. The people were unforgettable.

So – let us begin our journey to Langerado 2008.

This year was a big deal for Langerado that saw beyond the horizon of raising the stakes with a powerhouse lineup. Langerado 2008 wanted to establish itself as a top festival contender alongside audience favorites Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. In this jump the festival relocated to the Big Cypress Indian Reservation (previous home to the millennium-turn Phish concert), and while the increase in space made it more conducive to a larger audience, the small details really cut this festival at the Achilles – Not enough to take it down, but enough to make some want to never come back.

In the future we are going to have a basic rating system for all festivals, with notes and media appropriately covering each dynamic; moreover, using our journal entries, photos and media from this festival, we will be begin that rating process with those results posted in a couple days.

For the time being, this review is going to loosely cover Langerado 2008 on two overall perspectives: The music lineup and festival grounds.

FESTIVAL GROUNDS

When I think about this festival, before narrowing in my focus, I continually draw a comparison to fashion for some reason. You know, I bet that the source of my conjured relationship comes from this constant comparison between concepts to reality.

In fashion, you start out with a basic sketch and build. Sometimes you get what you planned. Sometimes you go off track and get better. Then there are the times when your clothes just flat out suck. I am no fashion designer- just a Project Runway whore; however, while sitting at the festival I really understood how the two were not worlds different at all but shared similarities on many levels.

My point – Langerado built a great idea and sold a sketch featuring Beastie Boys, REM, 311, Phil Lesh and posse, the Roots and some other familiar faces for about $200. They also drew native huts, alligators and stressed the fact that the Reservation was their new home. ‘Management’ even brought a background face, ‘the artist only known as Lebo’, to paint some random shit during some hopefully ill performances. They did this, all banking on the fact that it would be a complete runway success, capable of walking on it’s own. Happily, I can say that Langerado DELIVERED on the music side of things.

The festival grounds itself needs major work.

The lack of handing out trash bags was the first visible sign that this festival wouldn’t be green at all. From the step out of the car, many of us had no idea where to place our trash. Some found the shaded recess under their cars as a perfect spot to discard waste. Others just dropped bottles and food wherever they saw fit. Bad idea Langerado. The Clean Vibes truck was in some mad overdrive, almost running down patrons while trying to empty and rebag trash receptacles throughout the festival.

I have already read many reviews from single day attendees who claim that they will never return. Once an accessible experience to partake for only your favorite day of the festival, the poorly configured parking screwed things up from the get go. I can totally understand how coming from the highway and traveling down the potholed, dirt paved road for 14mi was less than desirable for coming to the festival for only one day; moreover, once you parked your car in a field of trash and came to the grounds… it was probably nothing like what you anticipated. I can only begin to imagine regular folk being bothered for rolls and headies on the way into the stage grounds.

On the plus side, the stages were far enough apart that there wasn’t a cross of sound, which helped immensely. The venders were standard and I even picked up a couple of unique puzzle boxes for some friends back home.

The bathrooms and water is still something that I haven’t seen a festival perfect. Granted it was nowhere in comparison to the legendary failure that was Woodstock 99, but enough to go back to the sketch, erase and reorganize the cycle of cleaning the potties, possibly drawing something better than a truck of drinking water that hippies will only wash themselves under.

With the addition of our festival rating system, we will go into more specifics about the grounds giving points. Now to what really makes a festival in the first place… the music J

LINEUP!

From the first anxious performance I was able to catch, the festival pleased me more than many experiences in the past.

The Dynamites, fresh at 12:30 on a Friday afternoon, stole the air from the sky. Instead of rehashing my appreciation for the band (see RFW previous entry about the Dynamites in February of 08) I will dive right into the experience. Charles Walker owned the sound, demanding that festival attendees walk from the opening gates right to the Everglades stage to watch their set. The best part was that once he drew you to the stage you didn’t want to wander off until the end. Doing just about every song from their 2007 release Kaboom!, vocalist Walker got every little patchwork queen dancing to the bands cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Following Dynamites, I meandered to the Sunset stage and caught the ever tall and orange Brett Dennen, backed by Animal Liberation Orchestra’s (ALO) Steve Adams and Adam Lebowitz. His set was really nice and he is one of those performers that could be a Brushfire Records artist – the live performances match the studio recording. He wasn’t as polished which works for the Brett Dennen sound, but he did make sure to play his current VH1 moneymaker “Ain’t No Reason.” After Brett Dennen, we hung out in the “smoke-and-mirrors” Medialand and met some cool journalist, even getting an interview with the New Master Sound that will be up in our RFWtv episode recapping the festival.

The rest of the day held great performances, notably by Ozomatli, Sam Bush, G. Love and Special Sauce, New Master Sounds, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, 311 and Beastie Boys. NOW – it should be said, we are split on Beastie Boys because they did tend to play the instruments too much. I mean, we get that this is the music of now Beastie Boys, but you are not KILLER musicians so the jamming can be cut…please?!

Biggest letdown of the last … decade : The Roots.

Let me teach you boys something in festival etiquette. You don’t show your face on the stage of a festival after being far too late, then address the festival by the wrong name. Then- you don’t apologize until you routinely make you way through a couple of songs that could be considered mediocre at best? While many might have enjoyed the variety, getting to see hip-hop flaying around the stage improperly leveled, we didn’t. The Beastie Boys might have over jammed but that is true hip-hop flaying in the ‘right’. If the Roots were on time, I wish they had spared those unspent minutes after their set to watch hip-hop legends do it best.

Saturday began with some fantastic class resonating from the gentlemen of The Bad Plus. The guys introduced every song with a story, sharing and communicating with a since of pride and true appreciation to be invited to the fest, and before I got too comfortable… I found myself screaming manically at Railroad Earth. How good were they? Pretty damn awesome. The crowd begged for more.

State Radio, Arrested Development and the Wood Brothers all did very nice, solid sets and because I won’t go into as much detail, don’t feel they were shooting on any par less than standard.

Ben Folds was himself – hilarious and energetic as ever. I have seen him more than enough times, and for a man who can pull the same stops, he has fun with the audience every time as if it were the first occasion that his little brain decided to throw his stool at his beloved ivory baby.

The day ended with a fantastic set by the Benevento-Russo Duo, who were looking very posh! At least drummer Joe, with his cigarette and whiskey in hand… while drumming. What a Badd Ass! The day concluded with a very alright set from Matisyahu and despite what some people feel…. REM did well. Very well. The audience was leaving in packs, but it wasn’t enough to dent the turnout; In fact, many attendees felt as though the REM crowd was larger than Beastie Boys. I don’t know – I was at the front for both. What I can hold firmly to is that they did a good show. It wasn’t a night of greatest hits, but if you knew the band for the notable songs… you weren’t let down. A nice mix of oldies and goodies they had in the bag. I was satisfied with the performance and I am not a fan.

And those delicious Disco Biscuits. Can we please talk about that HIGH energy set for a moment.

Once it got time for the final two performances of the day, The Lee Boys and Biscuits brought nothing less than the best, sweating and dancing on stage, taking the audience for a ride. DB even brought out an STS9 member to make their set even better. We raged and danced freely at the front of the stage and soon earth-stomped our way to the Lee Boys for soul, rock and gospel. The Lee Boys and family decorated the stage, and delivered a HOT revival at the end of their set because the fans wanted it. Hats off for picking up the slack in schedule that was with the drop-out of Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

The final day of performances was truly special at Langerado. This sense of community that bound the festival scene together was more than actualized on the final day, with great audience participation being created during the sets of Martin Sexton, Keller Williams, Gov’t Mule, Ani DiFranco and Blind Melon.

For me, the festival highlight didn’t come until the second to last performance that I was in attendance at : Of Montreal.

On the most swampified land possible at Langerado, Of Montreal took that stage and delivered one of the most theatrical, well-planned and paced sets of the festival. Complete in their infamous stage garb, lead singer Kevin Barnes led the band to glory, featuring many contributing staged actors to perform obscure scenes on stage while the music was in motion. The interactivity between the band and audience was tops, with the band even coming in direct contact, allowing the first two rows of the crowd participation in manipulating costumes and accessories. The band concluded the set with “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal,” a track from their album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer. After covering the stage in plastic, Kevin was brought out in a Plan 9 from Outerspace type coffin, covered in whip and/or shaving cream. After stepping from the prop, he delivered the haunting, dark and emotional lyrics over the incredible, nonstop rhythm of the music. The performance was both weird, fun, exciting and left us all wanting MORE.

We stood around after lights came up and the strike of equipment began just hoping to get one more song because they were that good. After 10 minutes (no exaggeration), the crowd finally began to walk away.

The festival closed with Phil Lesh and Friends. A good set to start but to be honest… it was simply alright. Then – during the last 20 min. Jackie Greene emerged as a top talent of this generation, going into a trans between him and his electric guitar. I like to think of that sole moment as the… Jimi Hendrix experience for Langerado- That BREAKOUT performance and although he has been on the scene for more than a while, many people didn’t not know of the California native until he added the coke back into the encore song “Casey Jones.” That was a beautiful moment, the last song of this festival.

Pulling the sometimes-aggressive fans of 311, the bump of The Roots and chill of REM might have brought some festivals down, especially if they didn’t deliver! But this did! Everyone performed and lived up to the initial drawing we were sold. I don’t think anyone felt as if this festival experience, musically, was a faux pas by any means.

In the end, beyond the memories, what remained after Phil Lesh and all patrons left the Reservation, were piles of trash standing lapidary with glass pieces and winded toilet paper. Fields of trash that a void of silence hung over while volunteers and organizers stood thinking, “Oh yea!”

Check back in a couple days to see our festival tour plans for summer, Langerado rating review and RFWtv episode featuring footage of The Dynamites and others as we wrap our coverage of Langerado 2008.

Rashon A. Massey

Rashon@TheRFW.com

Langerado Music Festival 2008 – Day 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008

“Langerado Day 1 (Well, Technically, Day 2)”

Originally Published March 07, 2008

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2tEbdkRz0U

Contributing Author – Rashon Massey

GREETINGS!

Ben and I are posting straight from the Langerado Music Festival. The Beastie Boys just finished an enthusiastic set, although stage lights made it hard for some of us photographers to get footage. Well, here is the list of what we have seen, our feelings thus far on the festival and our plan of action for the last couple of days.

We arrived at Langerado last night around 10:30 p.m. EST. After quickly setting up shop (i.e. parking, tent and food) we made our way to the actual town of Langerado to see what this place was all about. Having not covered this festival before, my expectations were varied. I was not sure to be overly critical or let the time flow for itself. In the end, I am glad I opted for the latter choice.

The people here are fantastic! The energy and motivation of the audience to meet one another, exchange stories and experience music together is unmatched; however, this is reminiscent to my first Bonnaroo in 05. Whether you call this a ‘hippie-crowd’ or not, the need for happiness and life is why this group of folk have gathered… and Langerado has yet to disappoint.

The first real set that we watched came this morning as we anxiously made our way to The Dynamites set. Being a highlight artist during our Langerado pre-coverage, the band and Charles Walker fully delivered on multiple levels. Chris and company did a phenomenal job on horns, while the lead guitarist and Charles Walker held down the drive and orchestration of all band members. I was thoroughly impressed as the Landerado audience slowly filled the crowd before the stage.

Afterwards, Ben and I checked out Brett Dennen who followed The Dynamites set but on a different stage. Kicking off the music with his single “Darling, Do Not Fear” and to the surprise of the listeners, Adam Lebowitz and Steve Adams of the Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) provided harmony/vocals and instrumentation for the singer/songwriter. Lebo, fellow California native, was all over the place today also jumping on stage and doing a KILLER solo riff with Ozomatli. Word has it that Matisyahu did a good job, while he also joined both G. Love and the Wailers on stage.

The Roots…were late. And not that on point. I was ready after all of the reviews that heard/read , but they let me down. The audience grew more than impatient, one notch from heckling the artists prior to them hitting he stage. They were… ok at most. By the end of their set, many individuals (like I) were already waiting at the Everglades stage for tonight’s headliner The Beastie Boys.

We are getting ready to go back to the van and relax before the late night sets of both Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9).

We got exclusive footage you will ONLY SEE on RFW including set highlights, photo and video interviews. Will be keeping you posted on Langerado 2008.