The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes are among the top acts set for the second annual Rothbury, a weekend-long festival produced by Madison House Presents and AEG Live. The event will be held July 2-5 at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, about three hours northwest of Detroit.
The jam-friendly festival is expanding its VIP options while offering a variety of camping arrangements, including Safari tents and teepees. Tickets go on sale Friday (March 20) at rothburyfestival.com . "Early bird" tickets sold out  less than 24 hours after going on sale Saturday (March 14).
Other artists confirmed to appear include Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady. Ani DiFranco, MSTRKRFT, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade.
In addition to the music, Rothbury organizers are emphasizing the sustainability initiatives that aim to produce a near zero-waste event. They are also once again organizing the Rothbury Think Tank, with educational sessions and community discussion groups focused on the topic of the "New Green Economy," despite a low turnout  for the seminars last summer.
Last year's four-day Rothbury Festival featured sets from Phil Lesh, Snoop Dogg, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and dozens more. The event ranked  No. 8 on Billboard's 2008 top-grossing festivals tally, pulling in $7.4 million and drawing 120,820 music fans, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Despite the seizure  of some of the festival's proceeds by a federal judge, a foreclosure  on the Double JJ Ranch, and a distressed global economy that has already claimed  two major music festivals this season, Madison House and AEG Live remain committed to the event.
Here is the lineup for Rothbury:
Bob Dylan and His Band
The String Cheese Incident
Willie Nelson & Family
The Black Crowes
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
G. Love & Special Sauce
Broken Social Scene
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Disco Biscuits
Cold War Kids
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
The Hold Steady
Toots & The Maytals
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Zappa Plays Zappa
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Shpongle DJ Set
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band w/ Tony Rice
King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
STS9 Live PA
The Glitch Mob
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll
Quannum All Stars ft. Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas
Sam Roberts Band
Hill Country Revue
Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Break Science ft. Adam Deitch
The Hard Lessons
The Low Anthem
Steppin' In It
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Four Finger Five
Additional acts to be announced in the coming months.
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