We’ll probably be going through footage and film from Rothbury 2009 for weeks to come, and we’ll be updating this post through the year to make sure we have everything you need to know about Rothbury 2009. Have something to add? Post a comment!
mLive reports that according to Lt. David Roesler of the Michigan State Police, Rothbury had an estimated paid attendance of just under 34,000 (closer to 36,000 when volunteers, staff and comps were added). You can get more numbers and some great links from Wikipedia’s Rothbury Festival entry.
One of the most interesting things for me about the Festival was meeting people from right here in Michigan who I hadn’t been aware of. Michigan songwriter Ralston Bowles (who was voted on to the island by fans through Facebook & emails) was one of those and his performance right before Willie Nelson was just one of the ways that Michigan shone at Rothbury.
Another group of Michigan folks who I was happy to meet were the folks from WYCE and the Community Media Center of Grand Rapids. They produced some great interviews including one with Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) one of Spin magazine’s 11 must hear bands at Rothbury that kicks off with a great acoustic solo. Some of their other interviews include Muskegon’s own Four Finger Five (one of my favorites), the MacPodz, Brett Dennen, Guster and Ani DiFranco.
Our Absolute Michigan team included a pair of alumni of the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor: Richard Taber and Ryan Thompson. Richard got some stunning photos and I hear that Ryan hangs with Twitter’s David Lee Rothbury. Together they collaborated on some great videos including a report from the biodiesel think tank and interviews with mycologist Paul Stamets, Erin Zindle from The Ragbirds (who appreciated Rothbury’s attention to “green details”) and the slideshow below of photos from the Rothbury Think Tanks and other scenes from the festival…
Those Think Tanks were one of the things that sets Rothbury apart from other festivals. Another thing was the dedication to Michigan musicians. When I spoke with Rothbury producer Jeremy Stein (along with reps from the Detroit News & mLive) he said that Rothbury felt it was critical to keep Michigan artists in the spotlight. He also talked about their commitment to integrating with the local economy to maximize the multi-million dollar impact of a festival that employs over 3500 people.
We camped with the folks from Porterhouse Productions who have a few reports on their blog. Portherhouse founder Sam Porter and I talked with musician Brett Dennen who had some interesting thoughts about how to carry the festival experience further – look for more about that in the months to come.
You can see a whole lot more photos from Rothbury (and share your own) in the Rothbury 2009 pool on Flickr.
Of course, there was music at Rothbury. Some highlights include live audio recordings from Rothbury at archive.org including: Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band, Guster, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Steppin In It, the Ragbirds and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (no Dead show, but I’m sure that will be coming).
YouTube is of course not to be denied. A few favorites are Bob Dylan, Les Claypool, Railroad Earth, The Black Crowes, STS9’s Michael Jackson tribute, John Butler Trio doing Zebra, Flogging Molly, Umphrey’s McGee with a Pink Floyd cover, Broken Social Scene, The Quannum All Stars, Girl Talk (check out the crowd surfing), Damian Marley, Government Mule w/ guest Grace Potter, (and the light show to match), String Cheese Incident, Toots and the Maytalls and the Dead (also see the fireworks & US Blues – the sound is pretty rough but the video is amazing!)
And as always, add your links, photos & video for Rothbury in the comments!