The All Good Music Festival — the multiday jam-band event that began in Prince George's County in 1997 and most recently relocated Summit Point, W.Va. — will no longer take place, organizers announced online today.
A letter to fans posted on the festival's website and social media accounts described the retirement as "the turning of a page sparking a new course for presenting the music we love."
"We felt it was important to create an annual destination where like-minded fans could share and experience in the fusion of music[,] art and camping within a safe and supportive community," the letter, signed by organizers Tim Walther and Junipa Contento-Suslu, reads. "With that said and with a heavy heart[,] we are announcing today that we are retiring the All Good Music Festival and Campout."
(Walther Productions, the Maryland-based production company behind the festival and other folk and jam-band concerts in the area, features Walther as promoter and talent buyer and Contento-Suslu as event producer and creative director. The company, which books shows at the 8x10, Rams Head Live and other area venues, will continue to operate.)
Bands and artists that have played the All Good Music Festival include The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio, Thievery Corporation, String Cheese Incident, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and more. Locals acts like Lake Trout, Moon Boot, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and the Kelly Bell Band also played over the years.
The inaugural festival took place at Wilmer's Park in Brandywine. After trying a few locations, the event settled on Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, W.Va., located approximately 220 miles from Baltimore, from 2003 to 2011.
In 2005, Walther explained to The Baltimore Sun the name and philosophy behind the festival.
"We like the term 'All Good,'" Walther said. "I think it has a lot to do with the vibe that we've created over the years. People come to these events expecting everything to be all good, expecting it be a really friendly camping-out experience."
The festival was popular among Maryland's jam-band crowd; in 2011, West Virginia police estimated roughly 30,00 people attended the festival.
That July, Nicole Miller, a 20-year-old woman from South Carolina camping at the festival, was killed after a pickup truck lost traction on wet grass and crashed into her tent. The accident, in which two of Miller's friends were seriously injured, led to multiple lawsuits.
After 2011, the festival relocated to Ohio for two years. The event took a year off in 2014, and returned to West Virginia (this time Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point) with a lineup that included Primus, Moe. and Cake. As of today, it was also the festival's finale.
The organizer's letter refers to a new "two-day All Good Presents celebration of music, community and arts" at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 9-10 that will be announced soon.