More rain hit the festival site on Saturday (July 20) but that didn’t dampen the mood of the more than 20,000 in attendance. It helped that another day of great performances were on the way.
African Showboyz threw in a little Bob Marley (“Three Little Birds” and “Redemption Song”) into their set, while Ultraviolet Hippopotamus twisted minds with its progressive-leaning groove-infested songs.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue not only put together a magnificent blend of rock, funk and soul but upped the intensity with an appearance by All Good Artist-at-Large sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier.
Following Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ 2010 performance at All Good, the rest of the music world finally caught up to what festivarians already knew – the band presents one helluva show. Dressed in a revealing white dress, Potter was equal part Janis Joplin and wild frontwoman. She was equaled by the Nocturnals powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll.
Following a story about a previous All Good appearance, Potter brought on former Grateful Dead/current Furthur member Bob Weir onstage for a version of the Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” Later, during Furthur’s headlining set, she joined that band for a cover of “Turn On Your Lovelight.”
Besides pleasing fans with new explorations into the Grateful Dead’s catalog including “Dark Star” and “St. Stephen,” Furthur were also joined by Infamous String Dusters’ Andy Falco on “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Good Lovin’.”
The Werks played a vibrant set of jamtronica during a fireworks display. That set the stage for Pretty Lights who not only packed his set with heavy beats and an eye-popping lighting display but offered a nod to the festival’s roots by working in a couple Dead classics – “Shakedown Street” and “Scarlet Begonias” – into his set.