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Documenting Nateva Just As

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Contributing Writer : Garret K. Woodward []

Contributing Photographer : Andrew “Dirty Santa” Wyatt []


Within the music scene, the only true constant is the mere fact there is no consistency.

Chaos (and the idea of flinging oneself into the jaws of the beast that is reality in its purest form) is your friend. You cannot survive unless you are willing to perish amid the unknown, wild, and mesmerizing experiences unique to being a slave-to-the-groove.

Taking the reigns from the unforeseen demise of the storied Rothbury 4th of July extravaganza, the inaugural presentation of Nateva provided for an ambiance of organized debauchery amid the mystical woods of northern Maine.

Though I had planned (last year) to once again be in Michigan for Independence Day, my reality soon became a long, sweaty, and bumpy ride from Upstate New York to the back-roads of rural New England- the origin of America.

Pristine lakes, lush forests, hefty local accents from those full of grit, pride, and welcoming arms towards those foreign to the surroundings. In essence, the exact physical and moralistic traits this country was founded on.

Nateva provided those in search of a melodic beacon-of-light with a weekend of unique performances (Keller Williams side-by-side with moe. Friday night for a cover of “Deal”), up-and-coming prodigies (The McLovins sardine can showcase within the Port City Music Hall stage during their sweltering mid-afternoon set on Saturday), universally adored duos (Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band tearing through The Beatles “I’ve Got A Feeling”), unbelievable stage antics (The Flaming Lips absorbing all of our sadness, loneliness, and frustration only to mold it into a euphoric happiness at the hands of confetti guns, balloons, and a brand of optimistic rock-n-roll unseen in this mad world), and utter disappointments from those once revered (George Clinton & P-Funk’s meltdown on Sunday, complete with a sloppy stage presence, erratic vocals and perhaps a vast departure from the P-Funk of yore- which left the crowd wondering what has happened to the King of Funk, should he finally throw in the towel?).

The calming, yet claustrophobic electronica presence of STS9 and EOTO pulled my eyes wide open, in awe of a glimpse of not only possibility and grandeur, but also the evolution of mankind. Their futuristic beats, paying homage to our ancestors, echoed off sacred land with a howl to creation and its greatest assets- humanity, rhythm, and dance.

Sunshine radiating over the carefree and innocence converging. The night sky sprinkled with innumerable diamonds. Late night shenanigans transitioning into early morning sunrise frolicking. Warm bodies embracing under cool covers. Weary heads and sleepy eyes drifting into their own imaginations- for tomorrow is another day.

Once again, the culmination of raw emotion and pure intentions fell across the feet of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. The duo, always relied upon as a source of strength and vision, stepped up to the occasion and brought forth their latest offering, Furthur- a formidable, freewheeling machine harkening back to the past beauty (“Samson and Delilah” / “Eyes of the World”) and cradling nature (“Jack Straw” / “And We Bid You Goodnight”) bestowed by the Grateful Dead.

Nateva, who transformed an old fairground into a ball of energy illuminating the northeast, possesses a curiosity long lost by Bonnaroo, a spectacle short-lived by Rothbury, and a hopeful sentiment of comradery found few and far between in this unpredictable and often merciless existence.

Furthur – Nateva Festival – Oxford, Maine – July 4, 2010

Set I: Celebration> Samson and Delilah>
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>
Cold Rain and Snow> Ramble On Rose>
When I Paint My Masterpiece>
Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones

Set II: St. Stephen, Jack Straw
Dear Mr. Fantasy> Eyes Of The World>
Days Between> Help On The Way>
Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad
And We Bid You Goodnight

Encore: U.S. Blues


Monday, June 21st, 2010

Nateva Music & Camping Festival

It’s Official: Weekend Passes with

On-Site Camping are Sold Out!

But don’t worry -  we have still have a ticket for everyone and they all include access to our complimentary, no fee, camping & parking just minutes from the music! Our courtesy camping & parking area is free of charge for anyone with a Nateva Ticket of any kind, and comes with free shuttle service right to the front door of the venue 24 hours a day.
You still have a chance to experience this 3-day, multi-stage outdoor extravaganza on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th in Oxford Maine, featuring more than 50 world-class bands in the true Jam Band tradition with a sweet mix of Indie/Alternative Rock, Bluegrass, Electronica, and local New England musicians too! Grab your ticket today before they’re all gone – no more than 14,999 tickets will be sold to this intimate and unique event!
Tickets are Selling Fast – Act Now!
A Weekend Pass with Satellite Camping & Parking gets you in to the festival site for all festival performances, without paying for onsite camping! Enjoy the fun from 9 am to 3 am on Fri, July 2nd, Sat, July 3rd, and Sun, July 4th – for 3 full days of world-class music, on all 4 festival stages, plus entertainment and late night festivities. Then let the shuttle take you to where you’ll rest your head for the night – safely and conveniently just minutes down the road.
Single Day Passes give you access to all 4 festival stages, all day and night, and are now available at the price of just $89 per ticket and includes camping, parking and shuttle. It’s just like the saying “you don’t have to go home, you just can’t stay here”… well, you won’t have to go home! Go just minutes down the road from the venue and hang out with your friends all weekend long if you choose at our courtesy camping area – for free! Check our performance schedule for dates and show times to see when your favorite bands are playing, and buy your day pass today!

Get Your Ticket Now!

Free Camping & Parking at the

Oxford Plains Speedway!

Remember, ANY AND ALL ticket holders are invited to camp & park at our complimentary, no fee, courtesy area located at the Oxford Plains Speedway – HOME OF THE EPIC 1988 GRATEFUL DEAD SHOWS!

The Speedway is located just 3 miles from our Festival site at the Oxford Fairgrounds. Our security will be strong to help protect your car and personal belongings. This is a great place for you to rest your head at night after an amazing day of world-class bands!  To learn more about our Courtesy Camping area,
click here.

The Nateva Music and Camping Festival is New England’s premier experience of the summer and you don’t want to miss it! If you love music and the outdoors, and you want to do something amazing this 4th of July weekend, act now!

If you have any questions or for more information, please visit

We’ll see you at the festival!
Your Nateva Team
The Nateva Music & Camping Festival

Please help the hungry by bringing canned goods to the festival for collection and donation to the local food pantry.

Catch Your Favs,

Chill for the Weekend

Just $89 gets you a full day of music & entertainment + free access to our courtesy camping all weekend long!

Got Friends That Dig Music?

Tell them about Nateva and meet them there!!

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View the band schedule to see when your favorite bands are playing!

2010 Festival Highlights:

FURTHUR featuring

Phil Lesh & Bob Weir

The Flaming Lips


The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band


She & Him

Passion Pit

Grizzly Bear

Ghostland Observatory

Drive-By Truckers

George Clinton

& Parliament-Funkadelic

Umphrey’s McGee

Jackie Greene

Zappa Plays Zappa

Jakob Dylan & Three Legs

Keller Williams


Crash Kings

Max Creek


and Many More!

For the complete lineup visit