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Initial Peach Music Festival lineup announced with Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, Dickey Betts, and more

Initial Peach Music Festival lineup announced with Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, Dickey Betts, and more
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From a press release:

The Peach Music Festival is returning for its seventh year to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark on Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22 and, today, The Allman Brothers Band’s festival announced the initial lineup of artists coming to Scranton.

Performances over the four-day event will include legendary bassist from the Grateful Dead Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule (playing two sets, including a special performance of “Dark Side of the Mule”), and Dickey Betts, founding member and guitarist of The Allman Brothers Band. The Peach marks Betts’ first announced performance of 2018 since coming out of retirement.

Also on tap to play this year is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, moe., Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Warren Haynes, Twiddle, Blackberry Smoke, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Spafford, The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, and many more acts, including Scranton’s own JP Biondo of Northeastern Pennsylvania jamgrass outfit Cabinet (who recently went on indefinite hiatus) and Gatos Blancos, which features members of Cabinet and Shavertown guitarist Justin Mazer. See the full list of confirmed bands below.

The festival prides itself on a family-friendly atmosphere and great value – four days of music, 50+ artists, and access to a waterpark in the serene mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Plus fans have the opportunity to take advantage of a layaway program where they only have to put down 10 percent (plus fees) of the ticket price, making this an affordable festival and incredible value for the plethora of music, fun, and dancing to be had.

The Peach began seven years ago as the first-ever Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival in the Northeast and has become a summer festival staple loved by fans from across the nation. Last year’s Peach boasted fans from all 50 states and 13 countries from around the world.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $135 (plus fees) through this weekend only. For tickets, VIP, travel packages and festival details, visit

Last year, the Peach featured a touching all-star tribute to Gregg Allman and Trucks with former band members, friends, and family; a well-received headlining set by My Morning Jacket; standout Peach Stage performances by Widespread Panic, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule & Friends, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan, Umphrey’s McGee, Dark Star Orchestra; and the final concert from Les Brers, founded by Trucks in 2015.

The smaller Mushroom and Grove Stages featured Cabinet (who headlined their own Susquehanna Breakdown at The Pavilion in May), tribute act Pink Talking Fish playing The Allman Brothers’ album “Eat a Peach” in its entirety, Pittsburgh jam band Rusted Root, and many up-and-coming acts like Hayley Jane and the Primates, Fruition, and The Steppin Stones.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2017 Peach Fest here and see Beautiful People of NEPA portraits of Peach attendees here.