Posts Tagged 'music'

Film Forum Series @ Traverse City Film Festival

Crowd at Open Space Film, Beth PriceThe Traverse City Film Festival will have a new Film Forum Series in 2010. The forums are designed to provide an opportunity for movie lovers to discuss films in an informal community in the round format and takes place at Lay Park on Union Street, Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31 after specially designated noon and 3:00 p.m. films. The series is free and includes performances from live musicians following the discussions. The schedule for the series is as follows:

Wednesday, July 28
Budrus: after noon movie
12th & Delaware: after 3 pm movie

Thursday, July 29
Waiting for “Superman’”: after noon movie
Restrepo: after 3 pm movie

Friday, July 30
American Radical: after noon movie
8: The Mormon Proposition: after 3 pm movie

Saturday, July 31
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers: after noon movie
GasLand: after 3 pm movie
Strawberry and Chocolate: after 6 pm movie

Photo: Crowd at Open Space Film, Beth Price


On Location: Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues Festival

In addition to being the week of the TC Film Festival in northern Michigan, this weekend also features the long-running Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues Festival.

While we can’t be there, our good friends at the Glen Arbor Sun are. In addition to this video from the Ragbirds they have a nice interview with Josh Davis of Steppin In It.

Rothbury Wrap: Video, Photos & Features from the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival

Rothbury - Out of This World by tinmantaberWe’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.

Ribbon Dancer by tinmantaberOur 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.

Rothbury Festival 2009We 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.

Anne Savage of Revolutionary Views put together some tasty panoramas from Rothbury (complete with ambient sound) and also has a cool slideshow from Rothbury 2009.

Oh yeah. I had media access and remembered to pull out my camera every so often. Some of my favorites are in my Rothbury 2009 set (slideshow).

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 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 DylanLes 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!

Photo Credits

Friday afternoon pix

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(Sorry tech problems at Rothbury so we are a little delayed posting)