Preview: The Peach Music Festival returns to Scranton for its 10th anniversary
The Peach Music Festival (started by the Allman Brothers Band) returns to Scranton, Pennsylvania for its tenth anniversary to showcase the best and brightest in the jam band scene today, featuring artists like Billy Strings, Goose, Trey Anastasio Band and a closing set by The Black Crowes guaranteeing something for everyone.
IIt’s almost that moment: where your friends gather on Montage Mountain, that is. This year will be an additional special version of The Peach Music Festival as they celebrate their tenth anniversary. From top to bottom, it’s one of the premier festival lineups of the summer featuring some of the best talent in today’s music scene. From June 30 to July 3, the festival founded by The Allman Brothers Band in collaboration with Live Nation Entertainment promises four days of music on three different stages: the Peach Stage, the Mushroom Stage and the Grove Stage.
On the first night there will be one of the hottest acts on the tour circuit today, Billy strings. The Grammy-nominated artist has shared the stage with Bob Weir, Les Claypool and Marty Stuart over the past few months. His band is among the best of the best when it comes to their instruments, including Billy Failing (banjo), Royal Masat (bass), and Jarrod Walker (mandolin).
Known for decades as one of the best “one man bands”, Keller Williams has decades of experience entertaining his crowds with his acoustic guitar work as well as his looping abilities.
One of the bands that will surely be talked about at the end of the weekend, that will have you tapping your feet all weekend is yum yum, a native of Keystone State. Their mix of funk, jazz and soul will delight attendees of all ages.
Thursday is the day people settle into their four days at the Fishing Festival, reconnect with old friends, meet new friends, and prepare for four days of bliss.
Friday you have the “heavy hitters” jam band of the likes of Joe Russo is almost dead, Pigeons playing ping pongand Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Party. The list is absolutely stacked for the second day of the festival, with the funk/dance party of the Motet as well as the likes of the piano/organ magician Marco Benevento (Trio) with Karina Rykman on bass and David Butler on drums. Of all the Friday bands, you definitely won’t want to miss The Bogie Band, featuring one of the best multi-instrumentalists out there, along with the smooth drumming of Joe Russo. The Bogie Band with Joe Russo recently released their debut album, The prophets in the citythrough the Royal Potato family.
The beauty of this festival is that although it is aimed at fans of the jam world, it also offers a wide variety of genres, like the soul and funk sound of The nth powertasty bluegrass from The inhabitants of the kitchenand the straightforward funk of funk you. The promising young jam band Eggwho have risen through the ranks in the world of jam bands over the past two years, are sure to bring the heat on Friday.
Get your highlighters out, because Saturday music will be on all three stages. One of the surprise acts at last year’s festival was Celisse, which had a very special guest and his dear friend Trey Anastasio on guitar. Talking about incredible female artists who will grace the stages of the Peach Music Festival is Karina Rykman (Experience). The young bass player always brings the energy level to 110%, and you will see Rykman throughout the weekend in many projects.
Daniel Donat was once known for performing outside of Phish and John Mayer shows. Soon, musicians will be walking around outside of his shows: He grew up a “certified Deadhead” because his mother was pregnant with him as he traveled across the country to see the iconic band. Donato and his band cosmic country are rising stars and are sure to hit hard in the coming months. Jaimoe (John Lee Johnson) will bring with him the true spirit of the Peach Music Festival; as one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, he is one of the reasons why on March 10, 2020, “The Brothers” celebrated its 50th anniversary.
If you’re from the New England area, you know Neighbor, who debuted at last year’s Peach Music Festival late at night with an electric set on The Grove Stage. Throughout the year, they have won fans from coast to coast and are sure to bring another performance that will be talked about all weekend long.
The headliner of the Saturday night festivities is the one and only goose. If you were lucky enough to catch the Connecticut natives on the Grove stage in 2019, it’s no surprise that over the past three years their fan base has grown and they’re selling out venues across the country.
As one of the most prolific guitarists in decades, Trey Anastasio will bring his octet to the main stage. The horn section (Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick and James Casey), along with longtime friend Russ Lawton keeping the beats on the kit. Rounding out the band are new member Dezron Dezron on bass, and Ray Paczkowski tickling the ivories.
The last day of the festival will feature two stages (The Peach Stage & The Grove Stage). Young stars rising on the scene today and South Jersey natives are Dogs in a pile. Known for their energetic improvised sets, as well as influences from jazz, fusion, funk, all rolled into one will be sure to have a dance party. Sunday you’re in one of the best supergroups to go on stage with, Word. Pedal steel guitar magician Robert Randolph, John Medeski of Medeski, Martin and Wood on keys, and delta blues virtuosos North Mississippi All-Stars will put on one of the best shows of the four-day festival.
The Black Crowes wrap up what will be magical four days on the mountain. With 36 years of material, the rock n’ roll band from Georgia has swept wave after wave through generations of fans, since the multi-platinum debut album of the 1990s. Shake your Money Maker directly to the present.
Without a doubt, this year’s Peach Music Festival promises to be a memorable experience for everyone!
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