After nearly 20 years of great music and fun, All Good Music Festival & Campout is retiring.
Tim Walther and Junipa Conteno-Süslü began promoting and producing shows as a way to highlight the growing jamband scene in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area. The All Good Music Festival, which commenced in 1997, was the culmination of their work, bringing many touring acts to a single location. The festival began at Wilmer Park in Brandywine, Maryland and, after bouncing around for a couple years, landed on the festival’s longtime home at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia. It was held there until 2012, when it moved to Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio.
The festival had become a mainstay in the early days of music festivals, but was not without problems. In 2011, a truck crashed through the camping area over some tents, killing one and severely injuring three others. The driver blamed the parking lot attendants and security guards who guided him to park on a steep grassy area near tents and other vehicles, but failed to guide him out of his space upon leaving. Families of the victims sued him, along with about a dozen organizers and promoters.
All Good Music Festival has showcased both big names and newcomers to the jamband scene, as well as alternative rock acts. Well-known acts such as the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Furthur, Primus, the Flaming Lips, and Cake have made appearances at the festival. Many popular smaller and regional acts have also been featured at All Good, including Brew, the Slip, the Werks and Brooklyn’s Moon Hooch. While Phish was broken up in 2006, the headliners were Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon with the Benevento/Russo Duo.
The retirement was announced via a post on the All Good website.