In 2009, the Rothbury Festival was the biggest festival with an intimate experience. Held in the forests and fields of Northern Michigan near the town of Rothbury, the July 4th weekend festival was the place to be to take in a 18 hours a day of live music while beating the summer heat.
Bob WeirThe 4 day event featured The Dead’s only summer performance in 2009. The four remaining members of the Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart were joined by Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes as The Dead. This was the last time the 4 remaining members of the Grateful Dead performed together as The Dead to date. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have now rejoined as Furthur and are starting a new winter tour in February after a marathon run of open rehearsals in
preceding their New Year’s Eve run in Mill Valley and well-reviewed Northeast tour. San Francisco
Madison House Publicity, the events organizers, strived to make every effort to make the festival an environmentally friendly event and to set and example on how to run a green festival. Carpooling and mass transit networking, composting, reducing trash generation, carbon-offsetting and utilizing clean energy were some of the steps Rothbury took to raise the bar of environmentally friendly practices. To raise awareness inside the festival, folks were invited to take part powering a pedal-powered stage and people who purchased the wax laminated cardboard E-Coolers were allowed to bring their own drinks into the festival center. The E-Cooler did seem to be a great product and great idea to replace the disposable and easily-cracked Styrofoam coolers that tend to litter trash piles at the end of festivals.
Warren Haynes, besides performing with The Dead, also ripped with his band Gov’t Mule on Sunday joined by Scott Tournet and Grace Potter. The Statuesque Grace Potter performed with her band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals earlier that afternoon pouring soul out of every pore.
Professional Concert Photographer David Oppenheimer has spent the last two weeks editing hundreds of photographs from the 2009 Rothbury Festival. Stock Live Music Concert Photography Archives & Services – David’s website.
Links to David’s Rothbury Festival photography galleries: