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Tickets for the 14th annual All Good Music Festival went on sale at 12 noon today. They will sell at tiered prices, meaning that when the first and cheapest round of tickets sell out, the next tier, which is more expensive, will go on sale.

For those of you who don’t know about the fest, some explanation in necessary. The now 4 day music festival takes place each summer in Masontown, West Virginia. The small town welcomes music lovers from all over the country to its wide expanse of farm land.

A fishbowl view of the music mountain.

As you pull into the beautiful mountain top, you park your car and unload all your stuff. One of the best aspects of this festival is that you get to camp out right on the land the performers are playing on. Check out the great mountain view, set up your tent, cook yourself a burger on your portable grill, crack open a beer, then head to the main stage to catch a show.

From most areas around the main stage area, the walk from campsite to music is only 2-5 minutes. All along the way, there are delicious and often healthy options for food if you opted not to bring your own. There are also many bathroom facilities on the mountain.

And the whole time you’re there camping, act after act performs on the festival’s stages. It’s really a great experience for music lovers.

The lineup this year hasn’t been fully released yet, but here’s who signed on so far:

  • Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
  • Widepsread Panic
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Dark Star Orchestra
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Lotus
  • Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
  • Railroad Earth
  • Rebelution
  • The New Deal
  • Perpetual Groove
  • Cornmeal
  • Fox Knox Five
  • The Macpodz

Keep checking the festival’s lineup page for more artist updates.

The first round of tickets for a three day pass costs $129. For a four day pass, first round prices start out at $144. For tickets, visit the All Good ticket page.

(3/7/10) UPDATE: It has just been announced that a few more acts have been added to the list of performers — Keller Williams & The Added Bonus, Bassnectar,¬†Garage A Trois, The Travelin’ McCourys, Dr. Didg, and the Lee Boys.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over this past weekend, the 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock was held at the original grounds of Max Yasgur’s farm. Except these days, it’s called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

Instead of Max, his son Sam Yasgur was there to make an announcement to all the old hippies and younger peace-lovers. He was very happy to be able to see such a reunion take place.

The concert went on long into the night, lasting for a total of about eight hours. Also, many of the performers grouped together to sing not as separate groups, but as many talents in one.

Apparently, a wedding even took place on stage last weekend. Lead singer Leslie West of the group Mountain was married to his bride Jenni Maurer. The two were wed underneath electric guitars that were held up above them.

View a slideshow of pictures from the reunion concert, courtesy of the New York Times.

A cool thing about the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is the they have now opened a Museum dedicated to the spirit of the sixties and Woodstock. It houses exhibits, a theater, several galleries, a shop, cafe, outdoor theater, and classrooms for workshops. Find out more about it at the Museum website.

If you want to read a great review of the concert, visit the New York Times.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

This August marks the 40th anniversary of everyone’s favorite hippie fest. Of course, there should be something done to comemorate this important event in music history. Lucky for us, a reunion show has been announced for August 15, and it will feature some of Woodstock’s biggest performers.

Here’s a list of the bands that will play:

  • Levon Helm Band
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Canned Heat
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • Mountain
  • Ten Years After
  • Tom Constanten and Country Joe McDonald
Levon Helm is one of the performers scheduled to play the Woodstock 40th reunion concert.

Levon Helm is one of the performers scheduled to play the Woodstock 40th reunion concert. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Where will this shindig be held, you ask? Why, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, naturally. If you would like to purchase tickets, visit the Bethel Woods website. Regular seats are $69, reserved seats are $40, and lawn seats are $19.69. How appropriate.

This concert couldn’t come at a better time, obviously. It’s a chance to relive some of music’s best moments and feelings.

However, things might be a little different at this show. There probably won’t be any announcements about the bad acid circulating through the crowd. Woodstock fans will definitely miss their beloved deceased musicians, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Keith Moon.

But all in all, the same peaceful vibe will float through the audience.

Besides this show, there are more Woodstock performers that have carried their own legacies and are still touring. Just take a look at bands like Arlo Guthrie, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Richie Havens, for example. There is something to be said for the quality of music these greats are playing. It wouldn’t have stuck around this long if it didn’t have an incredible impact on the people listening.

And Woodstock was something amazing.

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