ROTHBURY is a Sustainable Camping Festival Revolution Celebrating Music, Art and Action that took place July 3-6, 2008 in Rothbury, Michigan.
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Justin Baker - Executive Director / Founder
Evan Baker - Administrative Director / Co-Founder
Gavin Levy - Director of Operations
Justin Levy - Director of Service Learning
Neal Luecking - Executive Assistant
Meghan LeClair - Executive Assistant
Jess Chessnut - Volunteer
Dylan Rentea - Intern (University of Colorado)
A very special Thanks to all Conscious Alliance volunteers that donated their time at Rothbury 2008. Without them and the generous support of the; musicians, bands, and artists in our members network, the good work documented in this video clip could not have happened. Thank You. Hi5!
Team Architecture - AKA The Montana State University Can Sculpture Crew
John Brittingham - Lead Architect
Ciaran Fitzgerald, Matthew Aune, Nick Diggins, Emily Vancourt, Jordan Leppart, & Agatha Frisby - Architecture Students
Emma Fitzgerald & Justin Ward - Volunteers
Team Wiggle Puppy
Mark Krieglstein - Director / Camera / Editor
Sara Yule - Producer / Camera / Keeping it Sexy
Mike Krieglstein - Additional Camera
Justin Levy - On Location Assistant Editor / Straight-Up Gangsta
Special Thanks to all of the friends who made this project possible - Madison House Presents & AEG Live for producing the Festival of all festivals, The Conscious Alliance Board of Directors & Advisory Board, Madison House Publicity, Whole Foods Market, The String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh & Friends, STS9, Shuggy, Steal Pulse, Dios Malos, Gio, and Family Order (for their sound - one of the most important components of video), The Double JJ Resort & Ranch for hosting all of us, The Lipsitz Family, Carrie Lombardi, Claire Tonelson, Robey Gibson, Steve Simon, Scott “Free”, Roy Price & The Entire Price Family, Pastor Joe Glover, Matt Atwood, Jeff Wood & Drowning Creek Studios, Jessie Lirola, Chase Harris, “The Lone Town Filmmaker” whose cable we indirectly stole (contact us with your name & address if you want it back), Chad McDaniels, and the refreshingly down-to-earth community of Rothbury, Michigan. Most importantly to Little Justin who worked tirelessly to try to grab the impossible dream with us, during our sleep-deprived mad attempt to air this video on location. (Even though it just wasn’t in the cards he understood; we had to try.)
We’d also like to give thanks to the Muskegon, MI Shiloh Tabernacle grocery relief program and the Word of Life PPHC Food Distribution Center of Oceana County, MI.
The "Back to School Snack Tour" was a Conscious Alliance initiative in 2008.
In early May, while hosting a food drive at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chilicothe,
IL Conscious Alliance was asked to introduce Hot Buttered Rum¹s set, which
led to the introduction of Justin Levy and Nat Keefe (HBR¹s Guitarist).
After some thoughtful discussion, they both came to realize that the
missions of Conscious Alliance and Hot Buttered Rum complimented each other
well and that there was an incredible opportunity for the two to join
forces. The discussion ensued a few weeks later at the All Good Music
Festival in Masontown, West Virginia. Nat inquired if the band could assist
on a service project with Conscious Alliance following their early October
two-night Fox Theatre run in Boulder, CO. The idea of a service project on
the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was brought to the table and slowly
developed over the coming months through the combined efforts of both
organizations. The trip was to consist of Hot Buttered Rum performing three
assemblies at the Wolf Creek Tribal Elementary School where each student in
attendance would receive a shopping bag full healthy organic snacks.
Following a successful two-night run of food drives at the Fox Theatre, the
trip began with Hot Buttered Rum helping to load over ten thousand pounds of
healthy snacks into the Conscious Alliance truck destined for Pine Ridge,
South Dakota. All of the nutritious food used in this project was the result
of the generous donation of over 600,000 lbs of food by Whole Foods Market.
Also included in the delivery were much needed school supplies; graciously
donated by many local Boulder businesses, and collected by the Conscious
After five shows in as many days and a six-hour drive, Hot Buttered Rum
arrived on the Pine Ridge Reservation only to begin helping the Conscious
Alliance in the tedious task of making over 700 bags to be given out at the
school the next day. The band and their crew along with the Conscious
Alliance staff were then invited to attend a sweat lodge ceremony followed
by a traditional Lakota meal.
Tuesday morning began with the completion of the snack bags to be
distributed among the students of the Wolf Creek Tribal School. The band
then went to the local Pine Ridge radio station to do a live interview about
the project and their music. Following the interview, everyone headed to the
school to join the students for a lunch of fish sticks and mac n'cheese. The
rest of the day was devoted to music as Hot Buttered Rum filled the halls of
Wolf Creek with the sweet sounds of bluegrass. After each assembly, the
students exited the gymnasium where they received their healthy snack
bag from the Conscious Alliance box-truck. As the kids looked inside they
saw the chocolate covered almonds, fruit bars, granola, popcorn and more.
Their expressions of complete happiness were priceless. Some of the younger
students had to drag their bags away because they were so heavily laden with
The Conscious Alliance would like to thank the Hot Buttered Rum band and
crew for all of the time, energy and love that they put into this endeavor.
They are an amazing organization, of which each individual has tremendous
heart. Their passion for playing music and the joy that it brings them was
transmitted to the people of Pine Ridge. Many thanks, again, for all their
help in making this project a success!
This Film was produced, (filmed, arranged, & mixed) by Freestyle MovementStudios. The soundtrack features samples from HBR, as well as Flute from Phillip Whiteman Jr.