Gregg Allman cancels Peach Music Festival appearance in Scranton ‘due to serious health issues’
It’s hard to imagine the annual Peach Music Festival without Gregg Allman, as the Scranton-based festival was founded by The Allman Brothers Band five years ago and named after their 1972 album “Eat a Peach,” but fans at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain will have to make due this weekend.
According to an official press release on Friday, Aug. 5, Gregg Allman has canceled all his upcoming tour dates, starting with his scheduled performances on Friday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 14 at Peach Fest, “due to serious health issues.” His is now “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” in Rochester, Minnesota.
“I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can,” Allman said in the release. “I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’ll see y’all in October.”
Allman polans to return to the stage on Oct. 29 for the Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia, which he also founded. Meanwhile, the Peach Fest is adjusting its lineup accordingly, saying that they “are working on something special” on Facebook.
“From all of us at Peach HQ, we wish the best for Gregg and hope to see him back in action soon. We look forward to celebrating his spirit at the Peach next weekend. Stay tuned for lineup additions,” the Peach Fest posted on Facebook.
This won’t be the only last-minute change to this year’s festival. Wilkes-Barre reggae artist George Wesley was scheduled to play on Aug. 14, but passed away on July 19 after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 62. Scranton singer/songwriter Mike Mizwinski and George’s son James Wesley will now perform an “all-star tribute” to him on Sunday, as first reported by NEPA Scene.
See photos from last year’s Peach Fest here and check out the full lineup and schedule below.
2016 Peach Music Festival lineup:
Trey Anastasio Band
The String Cheese Incident
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Toots & the Maytals
Dark Star Orchestra
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Golden Gate Wingmen
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Black Pistol Fire
Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Pimps of Joytime
Brownout Presents Black Sabbath
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Roots of Creation
Consider the Source
The Magic Beans
The Social Animals
The Primate Fiasco
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
George Wesley tribute
Photo by Jason Riedmiller Photography
by Rich Howells
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