Recap: All Good Festival Day 2
On Friday at All Good, Roosevelt Collier was a man on a mission.
Several missions, really; as the official All Good artist-at-large, the pedal steel guitarist lent his services to several acts throughout the festival’s second day. His first performance came in a quick sit in with ALO, who played a showcase of songs from their new album, Blew Out The Walls, along with a few classics and surprises thrown in, including a cover of “Eye Of The Tiger” midway into fan favorite “Barbecue.”
Soon after, Collier sat in with the string-centric duo The Wood Brothers. The Boulder, CO band played a relaxed set well-suited to Collier’s casual yet discerning style—a natural fit for both parties and a perfect complement to the cool, overcast afternoon. Ways Not To Lose standout “Luckiest Man” shined especially bright.
Later, festival veterans G. Love & Special Sauce played a similarly laid-back set comprised of old standards (“Baby’s Got Sauce,” “Cold Beverages”) and new classics like Fixin’ To Die’s “Milk and Sugar,” all of which matched the summer afternoon. Set closer “Booty Call” featured a surprise sit-in by ALO’s Zach Gill, who ditched the keys to show off his melodica chops.
As always, Rubblebucket delivered a weird and wonderful dance party between Dragon Stage sets, moving a mass of young and old alike in a short-but-sweet 40-minute show. A raucous and rowdy set by Yonder Mountain String Band was soon to follow, aided in part by yet another sit-in by Collier. The band put the artist-at-large to work for the majority of their hour-and-a-half hoe down, which had them re-imagining Bob Dylan’s slow-burning “Spanish Harlem Incident” as an up-tempo ditty and busting out a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend Is Better.”
The Flaming Lips are known for their theatrics, and in that, they did not disappoint on Friday night. Frontman Wayne Coyne made good on his famous big-inflatable-ball trick and provided psychedelic stage antics to go along with the bands like-minded music. The set itself consisted of tracks off of the band’s newest release, Embrionic, along with a sprinkling of Lips classics like show-opener “Race For The Prize” and some now-obligatory Pink Floyd covers. After a strong first hour, the show fizzled towards the end, finishing with a halting “Do You Realize??” about twenty minutes before the Lips’ scheduled end time of 12:15 AM.
Galactic’s late night show rewarded insomniacs with a high-energy set that saw the last of a prolific four sit-ins on the day by Roosevelt Collier. Highlights included a take on lead vocalist and ex-Living Colour frontman Corey Glover’s “Cult of Personality,” and a heartfelt rendering of Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover.”
At the halfway point, fans of All Good still have two days of incredible music to look forward to on Saturday and Sunday. Check out jambands.com tomorrow for coverage on the Allman Brothers, Dark Star Orchestra and Railroad Earth among other the shows Saturday has in store.