Rothbury Festival – a new place for the hippies?


Now we can add one more major multi-day camping musical extraveganza to this summer’s already growing list. Seems every region of the country has their own version of this European-style rock festival. Michigan’s got one too!Say hello to the ROTHBURY (not sure why it requires all caps) Festival. It takes place just north of Muskegon (we once new a girl from there, anyone know Abbie Thill?) on the Double JJ (4J’s?) Ranch over the July 4th holiday weekend.

the unique festival site offers trails, forests, fields, lakes and beach fronts, and even on-site lodging, bars and eateries. The four day, environmentally sustainable music and camping festival promises to be an inspiring cultural assembly; one where music fans, artists and progressive thinkers gather to celebrate much more than music.

It is ROTHBURY?s goal to harness the unique energy of the live music community into a durable social movement toward an important cause: Climate Change and Clean Energy Alternatives. In addition to a diverse and stellar lineup of over 70 bands on 8 stages, ROTHBURY will host a Think Tank and Energy Fair, and features unprecedented audience participation opportunities.

Music is the soul of ROTHBURY, which today makes its initial artist line-up announcement. Confirmed musical acts include Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, 311, Phil Lesh and Friends, Modest Mouse, Primus, Snoop Dogg, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, STS9 and many others. A complete list of confirmed artists follows, and many others will be announced in the coming months.

The ROTHBURY Think Tank is an event within the event, offering various buzz sessions and roundtables between leading scientists, scholars, writers, progressive political and corporate leaders, youth leaders, and entertainers. Confirmed as ROTHBURY Think Tank Curator is Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, with participants Dr. Eban Goodstein, L. Hunter Lovins, Winona LaDuke , and many, many others to be announced. The Think Tank will address the topic of Climate Change and Clean Energy Solutions, geared toward conversations related to corporations, government/policy makers, and the individual. Think Tank events will share ideas about how to lessen our ecological and carbon footprint. Interactive participation, both face-to-face and through the use of multi-media technology, enable the ROTHBURY community to engage with the Think Tank at multiple levels.

And that means lots of sticky buds. But you’ve got to hand it to any festival that has the audacity to bring in DMB, Snoop Dog, Widespread, John Mayer and Modest Mouse on the same bill. Personally, I’d love to see some West Side Story type of fights break out between different possees.

The bill does run towards the jamband crowd, but then their are some odd choices thrown in to cover their bases.? This won’t be like Bonnaroo initially or even like Langerado and certainly not like Gathering of the Vibes.? Can’t see how this will draw much from outside the Great Lakes area?

Early Bird Tickets to ROTHBURY go on sale on Wednesday, February 27 at noon EST at and at 1-888-512-SHOW (Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm CST).

Also: Here’s a closer look at this festival’s possible impact on Western Michigan.

Full list of bands confirmed so far after the jump. It’s actually a pretty decent roster.

Dave Matthews Band
Widespread Panic
John Mayer
Phil Lesh and Friends
Thievery Corporation
Snoop Dogg
Modest Mouse
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Gov?t Mule
Slightly Stoopid
Colbie Caillat
The Black Keys
Yonder Mountain String Band with Jon Fishman
Gogol Bordello
Citizen Cope
Keller Williams and The WMD?S
The Disco Biscuits
Medeski Martin & Wood
Ray LaMontagne
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival
Drive-By Truckers
Of Montreal
The Dresden Dolls
Brett Dennen
Taj Mahal
Mike Gordon
Zappa Plays Zappa
Crystal Method DJ Set
The Greyboy Allstars
The Secret Machines
Beth Orton
Jakob Dylan and the Green Mountain Rebels
A 3
Bettye Lavette
Yard Dogs Road Show
State Radio
The Beautiful Girls
Sage Francis
Tea Leaf Green
Emmitt Nershi Band
Panjea with Michael Kang
Railroad Earth
Pnuma Trio
The Juan MacLean
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Dead Confederate
DJ Rekha
Motion Potion
DJ Rootz

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