MASONTOWN, W.Va. - It takes a lot of guts to name a festival All Good.
However, with a stellar lineup once again packing the bill for the biggest music festival and campout in this region of the country, All Good promises to live up to its name - as it always does.
Heading into its 14th annual celebration, the All Good Music Festival and Campout is set to return to Marvin's Mountaintop near Masontown, W.Va. Dates for this year's extravaganza are July 8-11.
Furthur - featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh
Topping the bill for this year's fest - by popular request - is Furthur, featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. This huge headliner is enough in itself to bring the masses to the mountaintop, but there are more - plenty more. And they're all good.
Other acts included in this year's All Good lineup are Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dark Star Orchestra, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams & the Added Bonus, Bassnectar, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Lotus, SOJA, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Dr. Dog, Rebelution, The New Deal, The Bridge, Perpetual Groove, Garage A Trois, Everyone Orchestra, Cornmeal, The New Mastersounds, The Travelin' McCourys, Fort Knox Five, Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, The Heavy Pets, Papadosio, Dr. Didg, Lee Boys, The Macpodz and The Pinps of Joytime.
The pride of All Good is the fact that unlike almost all other major music festivals, there are no overlapping sets during the four-day marathon event. That way, fans have an opportunity to see every band they wish to see and more.
Walther Productions has grown to become a major force in the Mid-Atlantic region in terms of promoting great music. Organizing a festival of this magnitude is a year-long venture, and the results are evident when the big event unfolds. All Good turns a sprawling, vacant mountaintop into a fully-operational community for four days in July, marking the pinnacle of summer fun and festivities.
Performances take place on a main stage and an adjacent second stage, allowing for continuous live music once the day's events kick off. There has always been music in the camping area, as well, with a stage set up there.
Located just south of Morgantown in the Appalachian Mountains, Marvin's Mountaintop is truly a spectacular venue. The festival grounds are situated on 655 acres of private land that is literally on the top of a mountain. The unique location offers breathtaking views of the Cheat River in areas of the campground.
Weather conditions have been extreme at past All Good shows, and the mountain location has enhanced those conditions at times. In recent years, the weather has been nothing short of perfect.
In addition to great music, All Good is notorious for intentionally building up the excitement throughout the day, ending with heavy-hitting headlining anchors and after-hours late night shows that unleash unforgettable stage lighting during electrifying performances.
There are also a variety of artisan workshops, vendors specializing in a variety of food, arts and crafts, handmade apparel and other merchandise.
Advance tickets are now on sale for a discounted price. Early bird tickets for Thursday Throwdown arrivals are also on sale, as are a limited amount of special Even Better VIP tickets.
For more information about the 14th annual All Good Music Festival, visit www.allgoodfestival.com
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