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VIDEO: Scranton’s Peach Music Festival adds to 2017 lineup, including all-star Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks tribute

VIDEO: Scranton’s Peach Music Festival adds to 2017 lineup, including all-star Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks tribute
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Back in February, the sixth annual Peach Music Festival announced its initial artist lineup, including My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule & Friends, and Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan, playing on Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13.

Today, the festival, held every year at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and the Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton since its inception in 2012, released a funny video in the style of a late-night TV infomercial to reveal the rest of the 2017 lineup, which features “an all-star tribute” to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, who co-founded The Allman Brothers Band as well as the Peach Music Festival, headlining its first three years. Trucks tragically took his own life on Jan. 24, while Allman died on May 27 due to complications from liver cancer.

Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams’ Kwahtro, and Scranton’s own Cabinet (who all played the Susquehanna Breakdown at The Pavilion last month) have joined the lineup, as well as Galactic, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and artists at large Primate Fiasco and Turkuaz Horns (who also played the Breakdown). Guitarist John Scofield will join the previously announced Gov’t Mule & Friends on stage, while Pink Talking Fish, a tribute act covering Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish, will perform The Allman Brothers Band’s album “Eat a Peach” in its entirety, intertwined with songs from those bands.

Major performances over the four-day event that have already been announced include My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic (two nights), Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule & Friends, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan, Umphrey’s McGee (two sets), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets), Mike Gordon, Les Brers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, and Dark Star Orchestra.

Other artists set to play are The Magpie Salute, God Street Wine, Rusted Root, Papadosio, Dopapod Orchestra, Steve Kimock and Friends, The Record Company, The Marcus King Band, The Soul Rebels, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Mastersounds, Fruition, The Werks ft. The Shady Horns, Eric Krasno Band, Whiskey Myers, Pink Talking Fish, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Aqeous (two sets), The Hip Abduction, Moonalice, Butcher Brown, Spafford, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Holly Bowling, Mungion, The Jauntee, Lespecial, Ghost of Paul Revere, Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band, Gabriel Kelley, Caverns, The Steppin Stones, Elise Testone, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.

Tickets are on sale now at thepeachmusicfestival.com.

Photo by Jason Riedmiller Photography