After driving 18 hours, we got under the All Good radar. Lots of love, Tie-dye shirts, misty weather, lovely neighbors, great music, lots of fun and the reason why we’re sending our bills to Warren Haynes from now on. Here’s the The Soul Stoned review of the All Good Festival 2012. Special thanks to our contributing photographers B.Hockensmith and Jennifer Rebecca Miller! be sure to check out their pages!!
Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby
with special guest Branford Marsalis
The founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir did a upbeat and funky concert at All Good this year. Honestly I was expecting something more jazzy and acoustic set. Feels so good to be wrong! Weir, Hornsby, Marsalis and band played a groovy dancing set. Our first show at the All Good 2012 was awesome!
The previous year Weir played with Furthur in All Good.
Highlight : “Franklin’s Tower”
Phil Lesh & Friends
Watching Lesh is always a special treat. Lesh and his friends (Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Jackie Greene, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Joe Russo) did a remarkable concert at All Good. Playing a set list that included Truckin’, Chest Fever (The Band), New Speedway Boogie, Casey Jones, Sugaree and many other Dead classics, Lesh rocked everyone at the Legend Valley.
As the Phil Lesh and Friends show was over a lot of people started heading out to the gate, as we would go in the opposite direction towards one of the most expected acts for us. Yeah, it was time for some other shit; Shpongle bringing his new show The Masquerade featuring Raja Ram. For some reason Raj didn’t show up, which made some people complain about, but being on a complete outer-shponglia-madness-carnival experience in the mountains of Ohio with a stunning stage with the psychedelic visuals and the extended was a lifetime experience.
The Wood Brothers
Chris Wood (from Medeski Martin & Wood) and his brother Oliver Wood performed a relaxing, jazzy set at All Good. Oliver’s great vocals combined with the explosive grooves of Chris Wood sure did our afternoon way more enjoyable!
Highlight: “Liza Jane”
G Love & The Special Sauce
G Love came in hot as the sun with some ice-cold chillin blues and shook everyone from the minute he picked the guitar. Flowing thru classics like I Can’t Go Back to Jer-z, Baby’s got sauceand milk and sugar, killing on the slide guitar and kickin freestyle rhymes along with his amazing band, The Special Sauce.
We saw G Love a couple times before and he’s the kind of cat that flows like his music thru every single minute of the show, but watching him falling off the stage with a guitar on the hand and keep playing like nothing happened demonstrated some different set of party rocking skills! And it sure was a party, an All Good lovin’ party on the sun.
On this link you can listen to the full show:
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Colorado quartet YMSB played a crowded concert at this year’s All Good. Yonder Mountain has played many times at the All Good festival, and they played like they were at home. Songs like Traffic Jam, Whipping Post and many others YMSB mede the whole crowd dance on their feet. Watching them at 8 PM and watching the night come thru during their set was awesome!
Highlight: “Traffic Jam”
the Flaming Lips
Moments before the Flaming Lips went of stage, I realized that I was completely stranger to their material, having heard just their version to “The Dark Side of The Moon” album. The band came on stage followed by girls dressed as Dorothy, a sweet melody started to play, and BOOM! we got on the Flaming Lips rocket into a very weirdly beautiful trip. What followed was a exquisite show of lights, explosions, weird sounds coming from a special horn placed by the soundboard, awkward images coming from the stage, camera close-ups on the lead-singers face and as soon as “On The Run” began, Wayne Coyne got into a giant ball and surfed the crowd. Close to the end of the concert, the Flaming Lips played a cover version of the King Crimson’s classic “21st Century Schizoid Man” and left the stage. But was the last song that made this concert a memorable one in our minds. As the “special horn” screamed, the Flaming Lips returned to the stage, followed by a specially honest speech by Wayne Coyne and “Do You Realize” started. Seemed like the whole concert built momentum in this last song, there was magic in the air. The lyrics really reverberated throughout the Legend Valley, love was in the air! Certainly a memory that we will stay in our minds forever!
“And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round”
Highlights: “Race for the Prize” , “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”, “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “Do You Realize?”
The funkiest, mightiest, and most powerful band from New Orleans blew everyone away in that warm saturday late-night in Thornville, Ohio. While we were still recovering form the awkwardly beautiful Flaming Lips concert and trying to put our minds together, Galactic comes in and just kicks everything away. With Corey Glover screaming his heart out, Galactic played originals such as “Heart of Steel” and (amazing) cover like “Cult of Personality” (Living Color), “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (Paul Simon) and the ballsy “Sympathy for The Devil” (The Rolling Stones). Amazing.
Highlight: “Sympathy for The Devil” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Dark Star Orchestra
DSO always brings a nostalgic vibe in the air. Playing late under a comfortable weather, Dark Star played a set full of crowd-favorite tunes, such as “One More Saturday Night”, “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”, “I Know You Rider” and a funky “Fire on The Mountain”.
Highlight: “Fire on The Mountain”
The Allman Brothers Band
Soulful?, face-melting?, epic? No, none of these adjectives would able to describe the Allman Brothers performance at this year’s All Good. Playing for 2,5 hours, ABB got the crowd in the palm of their hands the whole show. Playing anthems like “Midnight Rider” , “I Walk on Guilded Splinters”, “One Way Out”, “Statesboro Blues”, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and a ground-breaking “Whipping Post”. Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks were playing wildly and free. Was excellent to see Gregg well and kicking ass again. Definitely a remarkable concert for us. After the show, the only thing we could say was “Holy shit, now that we lost our minds who’s gonna pay the bill’s? we gonna have to send it to Warren Haynes!”
Highlights: “Whipping Post” and “Midnight Rider”
Playing under a storm of fireworks, it felt like they were in synchronicity with the music. In a night that everything felt just right, Lettuce came in and ripped off in a short 45-minute set. Their intergalactic funk was perfect after the blues-madness of the ABB. Lettuce proved to be one of the funkiest bands in action!
Highlight: Madison Square > By Any Shmeans Necessary
Playing music that its part instrumental post-rock and electronic dance, Lotus surprised us, in a good way. At first we weren’t feeling the music that much, but as time passed we got sucked into their weird grooves and soon enough we were all dancing and feeling it. It impressed us how Lotus is able to stay on the top all the time, playing almost unstoppable music straight. Perfect last night at the Legend Valley!
The Devil Makes Three
Playing at a very hot day, The Devil Makes Three did a kick-ass concert at All Good 2012. Playing their blend of bluegrass, old time music , country , folk, blues and rockabilly, the crowd didn’t even cared about the hot weather. The Devil Makes Three was definately one of the bands that we were most stoked to see! Really hard to say goodbye to the Legend Valley, but “we are leaving town for good again!