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Cabinet’s 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Turkuaz, and more

Cabinet’s 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Turkuaz, and more
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From a press release:

Cabinet, the nationally acclaimed bluegrass outfit hailing from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has announced the lineup for the fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival taking place on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. A family friendly gathering in a picturesque location, Susquehanna Breakdown is returning to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton for two days of music, camping, family fun, food, beer, and more.

The 2017 bill includes Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, three sets by Cabinet, Turkuaz, Keller & Cabinet, Tom Hamilton’s Breakdown All Stars, Billy Strings, Kitchen Dwellers, Driftwood, Organ Freeman, Serene Green, Tom Graham & Justin Mazer Duo, The Dishonest Fiddlers, and a reunion of Scranton’s own And The Moneynotes.

In past years, Susquehanna Breakdown featured performances by an eclectic collection of Americana, roots, bluegrass, funk, jam, and folk artists. And continuing in that spirit, the festival will present a variety of musical acts (local, regional, and national), craft and food vending, and much more to keep fans occupied all throughout the day.

Tickets, including early bird tickets for only $40, are on sale now at and all Ticketmaster outlets, The Pavilion box office (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton), or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit

Cabinet, more than 10 years since it came together in Northeastern Pennsylvania, continues to stake out new musical territory and win over new fans. With each stop on the Americana septet’s jam-packed touring schedule, new converts are welcomed into the “Cab Fam,” the band’s legion of loyal followers. With new drummer Josh Karis brought into the fold alongside the original lineup of JP Biondo (mandolin, vocals), Mickey Coviello (guitar, vocals), Pappy Biondo (banjo, vocals), Todd Kopec (fiddle, vocals), and Jami Novak (drums, percussion), Cabinet has honed its acoustic-meets-electric fusion of bluegrass, folk, and rock, with a penchant for improvisation and unpredictability that ensures that no two shows are the same.

In 2015, the band released its third studio album, “Celebration,” of which Relix magazine said: “The instrumentation may evoke the hills of Appalachia, but the vibe is more like the valleys of Neptune.” Cabinet is currently working with Phish engineer Ben Collette on their fourth studio release.

See NEPA Scene’s photos and a review of last year’s Breakdown here and photos from Cabinet’s annual holiday show in Wilkes-Barre back in December here.