Not that we’ve been counting down or anything, but in exactly one week, we’ll be heading out to the great unknown! Okay… it’s not totally unknown, but for many, including All Good Festival itself, this will be our first time at its new home at Berry Hill Farm in West Virginia.
As our excitement and anticipation grows from just a warm, tingling feeling in the cockles of our hearts to full-fledged butterflies and jitters all over our bodies, we can’t help but find ourselves continuously looking at the lineup and thinking, “How? Just how did they get that many major players on one lineup? How is it so good?”
Okay, but really how good is it? Listen, we know you know the headliners. moe., Primus, Cake… these aren’t new or fresh names. And really, SOJA, Lotus? They’re great, but it’s nothing you didn’t know already. And please, if you haven’t seen John Butler Trio play “Ocean,” do you even really JBT Bro?
Let’s take a minute to look at some of the smaller names. Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t. We’ll start at the bottom and bring you three bands you need to leave your tent early for this year at All Good:
Jamtronica, Jamrockitra, Rocktronica, Electritronirockica… whatever you wanna call it, this Tennessee band has been slowly but surely rising in the festival lineups. That they’re the second to last name on the All Good lineup speaks volumes about where this lineup is. Who else do you know that can blend The Eagles and Biggie? Don’t believe me? Check out the video below and get to the Dragon Stage bright and early on Friday because these guys are prepared to launch day 2 of the festival at 11 am!
No need for funny genre titles here. Turkuaz is pure genuine power-freakin-funk. They recently stopped by Ardmore Music Hall just outside of Philadelphia a few months ago and pardon my french but they blew the shit off the roof and is guaranteed to be a highlight of your All Good. This massive Brooklyn ten-piece band may take the stage early (Dragon Stage at 1pm on Friday) but I promise you waking up for it will be worth it. I really cannot believe these guys are the third to last name on the lineup.
Oh wait… I know why… Because Tauk.
Pronounced TALK, these guys are your jam band if you don’t really like jam bands. Though based in Brooklyn, I’m not sure these guys have been “home” in quite some time. They’re constantly on the road playing just about every festival imaginable and opening for/playing with current jam monsters like Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic and Galactic. They play an unrelentingly energetic live show composed of originals that sound 100x better live than on albums, with a couple surprise covers mixed in. An example you ask? Sure…
Tauk plays at noon on Saturday at the Crane stage.
There you have it. Three bands at the bottom of the lineup that you won’t regret leaving your tent early for. Check out the full schedule here and don’t forget to grab your tickets before prices go up at the door!