Monday, April 5, 2010

Music Monday: Impressively dull Mile High lineup unveiled

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

The Mile High Music Festival announced its 2010 lineup today, and a tepid one it is.

Spread out over two days (Aug. 14-15) on the soccer fields surrounding Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the festival will be headlined by Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews, preceded by the likes of Steve Miller, Derek Trucks, Rusted Root, Train, Tim Reynolds and Slightly Stoopid.

Given that the far more adventurous Monolith Festival appears dead in the water this year, it would have been nice if Mile High had picked up some of the slack. Instead, it's playing it safer than ever, with virtually no acts that are likely to shake the mainstream headliners’ followers out of their complacency.

Which is not to say there aren’t some potentially worthwhile performers, including My Morning Jacket, Mayer Hawthorne, Weezer and Keane. But when the most cutting-edge among more than 40 acts is Phoenix, it's kind of sad.

The thing is, it’s not always better to err on the side of safety, at least not in the music industry and not to this degree. Although Mile High has always been a primarily middle-of-the-road affair, the 2008 debut lineup at least included the Roots, Spoon, Martin Sexton, Rose Hill Drive, Black Crowes, Stevie Winwood, Flogging Molly, Grace Potter and Flobots.

And this year? Maybe the Denver Thread blog put it best today: “Mile High Music Festival? I’d rather go to the Mile High Aural Waterboarding Festival.”

Of course, your mileage may vary, so here’s the full lineup. “Early Bird” tickets, for 150 bucks, go on sale this coming Saturday at 10 a.m. Full info here.

Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
One eskimO
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Amos Lee
The Constellations
The Motet
Bobby Long

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
On My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich

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