Rothbury Launched

Madison House and AEG Live have announced a major festival in the tiny community of Rothbury, Mich.

Rothbury Festival makes its debut July 3-6 at the Double JJ Resort near Lake Michigan. Rothbury reportedly has a population of approximately 500.

More than 70 bands will perform on eight stages. The initial lineup includes Dave Matthews Band, Thievery Corporation, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & Friends, Zappa Plays Zappa, Ray LaMontagne, and dozens more.

Organizers say the festival’s goal is to bring attention to climate change and clean energy alternatives. Cost is $244.75 for the weekend, including parking, camping and all entertainment.

Other onsite options exist besides traditional festival camping, including "The Back Forty" cowboy town complete with lodging, shuttle service and private entry and check-in, as well as the "Good Life Ranch," described by the festival as "Think summer camp circa 1979." Price for these accommodations are extra.

The fest takes place alongside the Muskegon Summer Celebration, about 25 miles away. The 11-day Celebration takes place June 26th to July 6th but the lineup has not been announced.

The weekend will feature a think tank with panel discussions on climate concerns, plus an energy fair. The campgrounds at the 2,000-acre festival site will shoot for zero waste with composting, carbon-offsetting and other strategies.

Other acts include Drive-By Truckers, Of Montreal, Slightly Stoopid, Gogol Bordello, Busdriver, Bettye Lavette and Medeski Martin & Wood.