5. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

By J.J. Colagrande

All Good, indeed. Yes, indeed. Even with Princess basically disabled by Friday–and believe me she let it be known. Her high-pitched whines still give me chills.  “Ouch” “Shit” “Fucking mountain” “Goddamn it!” “How long are we staying here?” “Can’t we get a hotel?” “Where is this cab?” That’s just Princess–I expected worse, actually. Shucks. The action was just starting. Most of the cars didn’t even arrive opening night. We still had a grand Thursday, watching Beats Antique and John Butler and Sound Tribe. We arrived back to camp at a reasonable hour. Me and Princess stayed up, sipping whiskey, enjoying the full moon, watching cars trickle onto the mountain all through the night. Very fair. We fell asleep at four and slept till ten. The sun didn’t even get us. Plus the fans I installed kept us nice and comfy, indeed. We had an easy morning too. I cooked breakfast for everyone over at the Fairy camp. Just a little eggs and toast, some fruit, apples and bananas, a couple of granola bars and juice. Good stuff. As the day progressed, the girls wandered into their fairy world. They painted each other and attached their wings. Princess and Geri were getting on well–I think she felt bad for Princess’s disability–or maybe she respected Princess’s hobbled albeit valiant and also successful attempts at hooping. There were a lot of little kids coming over to the Family Camp to spend time with the girls. Princess really lit up around the children, and they seemed to feed off of her light. I spent most of the day near camp but also walking around. I used to work production, a little rigging actually–so I know a lot of the behind the scenes people on the music festival circuit. Only a couple production companies put these shows together–the strings are pulled by a few hands–just like all political systems, actually. That’s one of the reasons why I left. Union or not, I started to rig for Live Nation and I wanted nothing to do with Live Nation. All Good’s produced by Walther Productions–real grassroots crew, D.C. family, man–totally cool. I love anything they do. Even Superfly Productions makes you feel good. But when you get into Live Nation and AEG Live, the vibe just changes, man. Less is more, I guess. It’s just me, man. I’m a fan of the little guy. Besides I’m too free to be tied up in all that corporate stuff anyway. It’s always wonderful to see everyone at All Good. People look out for one another. It’s like a theme. The girls had their fairy’s, the boys the spirit of the dragon, both protectors. And that’s All Good. I know at our campsite we had fire in our bellies and the spirit of the feisty protective dragon in our hearts. Everywhere we looked we saw signs of fire and of the guardian dragon.

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