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R.I.P. ROTHBURY 2008-2009

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

http://www.rothburyfestival.com/

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.

ROTHBURY 2009 – Lions & Hyenas

Monday, July 6th, 2009

ROTHBURY 2009 – Lions & Hyenas

a note from the Editor’s Desk

Sunday, July 5, 2009
Contributing Writer : Rashon A. Massey
Contributing Photographer : Andrew “Disco Santa” Wyatt
On Board Crew – Benjamin Landsman, Aaron “Bosco” Miller, Raymond Grubb, Garret Woodward, Joe Young, Portia Mathews, Andrew “Disco Santa” Wyatt, Mr. & Mrs. Jason ‘n Brooke Turgeon :-), Melissa Mooney, Anna Whalen
[ Yup, the WHOLE family! ]

Vigilance is the one word I would use to describe the persistent efforts to make ROTHBURY 2009 a success to remember.  In fact – the cast and crew that is the production team putting on ROTHBURY have been working in hyper overdrive to assure everyone that the memories and music from the 08 inaugural year never died… even though the road to this year was paved in uncertainty.

After a year of legal battling, the festival comes back stronger than ever, and from an inside scoop – full ownership of the Double JJ Ranch was not acquired until two days before TheRFW.com crew arrived.  Yonkers!  With the production staff upping their game in a much-needed race to secure ROTHBURY as the cool, music driven eco-summit of today, new bridges had to be crossed; Choppy waters had to be tested; Fresh fish had to start jumping, and you know, when the cotton is high during this time of summer, those fish love to bite.

This festival has been the dawning of a new era : ‘lions and hyenas in one prideland (circa Lion King)’.

You see, a long time ago in festival seasons past, media and artist did not interact.  Media was kept in an (sometimes) air-conditioned tent, given bottled water until they ran out and were told ‘never boss up on musicians’.  At ROTHBURY 2009, all conventions have been broken.  We co-exist in an area known as the Broken Spoke, a free range for artist, press, staff and guests to talk, drink (FREE!  ALL DAY!) ‘n socialize like it was after prom.  I haven’t seen people radiate with a golden sheen of happiness in Michigan in quite some time, and that should stand out as a testament to the power of what this festival could truly contribute to the possible revitalization of the state.

The sets have truly been top-notch but what distinguishes ROTHBURY from the other festivals are the whiz and whirls that elevate the experience.  Sherwood Forest is back with a bitchin’ burlesque show.  And who can forget … Sherwood Forest.

You see – I am still figuring out what is ROTHBURY, and I think the festival organizers are feeling the same way.  Scotty, the man behind Revolving Door, shared, “ROTHBURY is the new Woodstock,” and though I understand his sentiments, I think he meant this:  ROTHBURY is the best chance we have at merging ideals, music, community and action in one forum throughout the Midwest; an opportunity, larger than a drug counter culture, that should be celebrated through and through.

OUR POST COVERAGE IS SICK!

In the Broken Spoke, we had our Mi Photo Booth, the GROOVE BOOTH, stationed behind a table of FREE SHIT!  And who doesn’t love free shit?  We will be uploading all (Well, some gotta be censored :-) ) photo booth snap shots, Garret and Portia are writing our article coverage while Disco Santa and Kerry from Setlist.com will be the photographic eye behind lens.  Bosco and Ray have a lot of editing so we will share video footage ASAP.

For now, enjoy a couple of early ROTHBURY favorites by Disco Santa :-)  and our Summer Camp Part 2 video will be uploaded soon.

Bettye Lavette at ROTHBURY Music Festival 2008

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Contributing Author and Podcast Host : Rashon A. Massey

BETTYE LAVETTE

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ROTHBURY 2008 Interview

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This past year, Michigan celebrated it’s inaugural festival with quite a debut. Put on by Madison House Productions of Boulder, Colo. and AEG Live , ROTHBURY was a festival designed to create 0% waste. Amazing huh?! Well – striving to find ways of making it as waste free as possible.

I had quite a time representing both Roving Festival Writer, LLC and WEMU 89.1, and part of my audio coverage was a series of interviews with some of the greatest musicians around.

My first interview posted is with the legendary Bettye Lavette. After listening to the podcast, you too will agree that the significance of her being asked to perform at the Yes We Can, free Lincoln Memorial concert for Barak Obama the day before the MLK’s birthday is just perfect.

Susan Tedeschi at ROTHBURY Music Festival 2008

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Contributing Author and Podcast Host : Rashon A. Massey

SUSAN TEDESCHI
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ROTHBURY 2008 Interview
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CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW

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This past year, Michigan celebrated it’s inaugural festival with quite a debut. Put on by Madison House Productions of Boulder, Colo. and AEG Live , ROTHBURY was a festival designed to create 0% waste. Amazing huh?! Well – striving to find ways of making it as waste free as possible.

I had quite a time representing both Roving Festival Writer, LLC and WEMU 89.1, and part of my audio coverage was a series of interviews with some of the greatest musicians around.

Susan Tedeschi, the Grammy nominated bad-ass Mama (and wife of Derek Trucks), has to be one of the cutest ladies I have met. And I know some cute chicks, ay! With an ease to talk about her long and humble beginnings of becoming the guitar pro she is now, Susan and I chatted like gossip kids about her new studio out back and forthcoming recording process.