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Andy’s Rothbury Top 10 Anticipated Shows

Posted by shore On July - 1 - 2009

andyblackcrowes @AndyShore I cannot explain to you how excited I am for Rothbury. Missing Summer Camp and Bonnaroo was more painful than the ankle injury and surgery that kept me from them. Rothbury is one of the top festivals around (Zack’s favorite from last summer). Not to mention the plethora of my good friends that will be celebrating this 4th of July weekend with me up in the mitten. Plus it’s my little brother’s Festival Crashers debut. Without further adieu, my Top 10 Most Anticipated Shows at Rothbury.


10. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & NAS – This show would be much higher on my list, if I didn’t have to leave 25 minutes into their set to go to Soulive. I’m glad I’ll get to check them out for a bit, and very much look forward to seeing them. Every Marley son I’ve seen has been great.

9. King Sunny Ade & His African Beats – This looks to be my first show at Rothbury. Assuming we get there early enough, set up camp and I’m not slowed by the boot on my foot. That may be assuming a lot, but I do love me some afrobeat music. Dancing at the main stage for this early afternoon set should be just what I need.

8. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force – Ask Festival Crashers’ good friend Jordan Lipshutz about my love for the Kuti family and all things afrobeat. When I was his counselor at Camp Chi many years ago, we had a dance party on the porch of our cabin to Femi’s father Fela (the creator of afrobeat). Jordan’s excellent review of Femi Kuti’s show at the House of Blues in Chicago has me excited for this set.

7. Gov’t Mule – Standing in the photo pit at Langerado, I was in awe of being so close to Warren Haynes. I have that man to thank for my love of music. He penned my favorite tune of all time, in “Soulshine.” The Phil Lesh & Friends encore of “Soulshine” that featured Haynes and Jimmy Herring on guitar turned on a light bulb for me. Music was the only way to go from then on.

6. Toots & the Maytals – These reggae legends take the main stage first thing on Sunday. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing them yet, and loyal readers know how I feel about seeing bands I haven’t seen before. I will be sad to miss Peter Rowan and Tony Rice though. I may sneak over to check out a few tunes from their set.

5. Soulive – It’s been years since I’ve seen this funky little band. So long ago, that Rayshawn Ross (the trumpet player in Dave Matthews Band for the last 3 years) was still in the band. These guys were really the first instrumental funk that I fell in love with. Their material with vocals is always a treat too. With a festival full of talented singers, one can only hope for a sit-in here.

4. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Zack got some alone time with Grace at Bonnaroo, and now it’s my turn. See Grace Potter at Rothbury, and fall in love. I dare you not to (fall in love, definitely see her). She rips it up on vocals while playing both keys and guitar.

3. Black Crowes – It doesn’t matter how many times I see these guys, because they rock. The addition of Luther Dickenson to the band last summer upped how many hands needed to display their rock. Chris Robinson may be my favorite male vocalist around.

2. MSTRKRFT – The fact that they’re going up against Umphrey’s McGee during their late-night time slot and I’m still planning on going to MSTRKRFT shows how excited I am for them. Their deep, bass heavy synth sounds rumble your balls. This is sure to be a late night dance party and good time had by all.

1. The Dead – Last summer, Grateful Dead spinoff bands were a staple of the festival circuit. Rothbury brought them together for their only date this summer. Doesn’t that mean the festival organizers have as much power (or at least sway) as Obama? Mix in some fireworks for the 4th of July, and you’ve got yourself a memorable show at Rothbury.

4 Responses

  1. teibs Said,

    Umph and Girl Talk didn’t crack the top 10? interesting.

    Posted on July 1st, 2009 at 11:52 am

  2. Kappel Said,

    Did I misread or did niether of you put down Willie Nelson and his Family band as well as Zappa plays Zappa?

    Warren Haynes has been doing the same shit for years, the guys has musical herpes from playing everyone year in year out.

    Seriously Grace Potter over Nelson or ZPZ…I’m almost offended.

    Posted on July 1st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  3. teibs Said,

    The sad thing is The brothers Shore prob won’t even make it to ZPZ even though they were awesome last year. Willie Nelson is top 5 absolutely! hahahah musical herpes. Wow. I’m not almost offended. I’m offended offended at the lack of Willie and the Pimps (ZPZ)

    Posted on July 1st, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  4. Tunji Ajayi Said,

    King Sunny Ade was sometimes ago described as a musical riot on stage by a frontline journalist. He is no doubt an asset to the entertainment world. How could a songster have singularly made so much waves in the world’s entertainment scene for over 40 years, and still be found relevant on the scene till this day? What are the underlying messages in King Sunny Ade’s ever deep philosophical lyrics usually encapsulated in rich proverbs, figures of speech, idiolects, alliteration, assonance, hyperbole, epithets, onomatopoeia? What is the secret behind his dancing arts? No doubt millions of his foreign and local fans who are cut in the web of language barriers, but who enjoy his piquant music and soulful instrumentals would wonder aloud: “ . . . but what is KSA saying or singing about?” Why and how did his esoteric skills – dancing arts, his idiosyncratic guitar play pattern also catch the attention of the world’s renowned personalities like the erstwhile President Obasanjo of Nigeria, Yoshiro Mori of Japan, Bill Clinton of America etc? How did King Sunny Ade succeed in being rated as one of 100 world’s greatest Guitarists? The author of a newly published book entitled “King Sunny Ade The Legend! . . . cultural communication via a genre of African music” observes that his music has descriptive, predictive and prescriptive values. How so? How did his brand of lyrics develop from mere entertainment products to music for social mobilization? This scholarly, book now in over 200 stores and websites offers plausible answers. Please get a copy via AdeTheLegend to know that KSA is truly an African legend.

    Posted on July 2nd, 2009 at 7:19 am

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