Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, the Black Crowes, the Sam Roberts Band and the surviving members of the Grateful Dead are among the acts playing the second edition of the Rothbury Festival, which takes place July 2-5 at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Mich.
Tickets go on sale Friday (March 20th) at www.rothburyfestival.com.
The festival, which drew an estimated 35,000 and grossed a reported $7.4 million in its inaugural year, will go on despite foreclosure proceedings at the Double JJ -- which included the temporary seizure of some of the festival's 2008 proceeds.
Other acts planned for this year's event include rapper Nas, Matisyahu, G. Love & Special Sauce, the Hold Steady, the String Cheese Incident, Guster, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, African performers Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, and Detroit rockers the Hard Lessons. Two members of The Dead, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionist Mickey Hart, played the 2008 Rothbury Festival with their own bands; other repeat performers include Gov't Mule, STS9, Zappa Plays Zappa and Les Claypool, who played in 2008 with his band Primus. Jackie Greene from Phil Lesh & Friends will also play with his own group this year.
The Dead will close the July 4 program, while a full schedule for the festival will be announced in the future.
"It was one of the best festivals I've ever played," says Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes, who also performed with Phil Lesh & Friends. "The setting and the crowd and the weather were exactly what you'd want. We do a lot of these (festivals), but this one was special."
Rothbury has expanded its VIP offerings and camping options for 2009, including teepees and safari tents. The festival will also continue to focus on environmentally clean and "green" initiatives, including its Think Tank of seminars and panel discussions and an assortment of environmentally themed community contests
Rothbury organizers plan to announce more acts, but the first batch includes: The Dead, Bob Dylan and His Band, the String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, the Black Crowes, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas, STS9, G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Disco Biscuits, Les Claypool, Cold War Kids, John Butler, Chromeo, Ani DiFranco, Matisyahu, Guster, Girl Talk, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, MSTRKRFT, Martin Sexton, Flogging Molly, Railroad Earth, the Hold Steady, Toots & The Maytals, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Brett Dennen, Zappa Plays Zappa, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Shpongle, Son Volt, Jackie Greene, Soulive, Man Man, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with Tony Rice, EOTO, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Lotus, Kid Cudi, the Glitch Mob, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, Pretty Lights, Rebelution, Toubab Krewe, the Sam Roberts Band, Hill Country Revue, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Lipp Service, 2020 Soundsystem, Break Science featuring Adam Deitch, the Hard Lessons, The Low Anthem, Underground Orchestra, Future Rock, the Macpodz, Steppin' In It, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Chris Pierce, Rachel Goodrich, the Ragbirds, Four Finger Five, Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll and the Quannum All Stars featuring Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas.
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