Still All Good at 12
The 12th annual All Good Music & Camping Festival to Masontown, WV this weekend, featuring performances by Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Keller Williams & the WMDs, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival and Mike Gordon, among others.
All Good prides itself on having no overlapping sets, allowing a variety of musicians to collaborate throughout the weekend. During Widespread Panics Saturday evening performance, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and their percussionist Yonrico Scott all took the stage for a run through Angels on High, before Trucks helped the group through Ribs And Whiskey. After Panic offered a choice cover Neil Youngs ‘Don’t Be Denied,’ drummer Jeff Sipe also joined his former bandmate Jimmy Herring for a show-closing take on Tom Waits Goin’ Out West.
In addition to a handful of songs from his forthcoming solo album, a cover of the Beatles She Said, She Said and a run through Phishs Meat, Mike Gordon conducted a short experiment during his new jam, Radar Blip. Before launching into the song, Gordon said hed let the crowd dictate which member of his band would lead each section of the jam in an effort to demonstrate ‘group think.’ Gordon later sat in with All Good regulars The Bridge during their 2 AM performance for Bad Locomotive.
Another All Good highlight was the festivals experimental Ropeadope stage, which hosted a number of workshops, DJs and superjams throughout the weekend. Of particular note were a trio performance by John Scofield, Adam Deitch and John Medeski and a workshop led by members of the Dark Star Orchestra. As many readers may recall, Deitch was a key member of Scofields jamband around the new millennium. Ropedope also hosted late night performances by The Join, Brazilian Girls, Perpetual Groove and Jazzam. _ Additional reporting by Rob Turner_