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Peach Music Festival in Scranton adds Warren Haynes with Grace Potter, new guitar pull, and more

Peach Music Festival in Scranton adds Warren Haynes with Grace Potter, new guitar pull, and more
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From a press release:

Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and Grace Potter will perform together in a special set as part of the eighth annual Peach Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton, organizers announced today.

In addition, this year’s festival will now feature its inaugural Peach Guitar Pull, a Southern tradition where musicians jam, collaborate, and feed off each other. Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman, is the musical director for the first Peach Guitar Pull, which will become an annual tradition at The Peach, and he will be joined on stage by Steve Kimock, Samantha Fish, and others.

Peach Fest organizers also announced the addition of Cory Wong from Vulfpeck, Percy Hill, Magic Beans, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Leah Blevins to the lineup first revealed in December. Additionally, there is a blurred-out name on the event poster released today (seen below) that is likely Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band Cabinet.

Cabinet returned from “indefinite hiatus” last year to play a well-received set as one of only two scheduled concerts in 2018, once again taking over the main stage they headlined at their own Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival in years prior.

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield, and John Molo) and the Trey Anastasio Band (featuring Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio) will perform two sets each, the The String Cheese Incident will perform three sets, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will perform, all as headliners from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28.

Also appearing at the 2019 Peach Music Festival are moe., Greensky Bluegrass, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Lettuce, Stephen Marley, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (two sets), The Marcus King Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Billy Strings, the Allman Betts Band featuring Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Oakley Jr., Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Aqueous, Ghost Light, Larkin Poe, Magic City Hippies, Fruition, Big Something, Andy Frasco & The Un, Southern Avenue, Maggie Rose, Organ Freeman, Kitchen Dwellers, Mungion, Bumpin Uglies, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Upstate, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Thumpasaurus, Kat Wright, Cycles, Goose, Bishop Gunn, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Michigan Rattlers, and JP Biondo and Pappy Biondo of Cabinet. Additional artists will be announced in the coming months.

With four days of live music by over 50 artists, this one-of-a-kind experience also features food and craft vendors on the grounds and access to the scenic Montage Mountain Resorts’ large water park.

To purchase tickets, reserve travel packages, camping, glamping tent, and RV passes and for the most up-to-date information on the Peach Music Festival, including additional artist announcements, visit thepeachmusicfestival.com.

The Peach Music Festival began eight years ago as the first-ever Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival in the Northeast and has quickly evolved into one of the most highly-anticipated summer musical events, loved by music enthusiasts from across the nation. The Peach was headlined by the Allmans in its initial thee years and continues to feature its members every year in different bands and tributes.

Held on Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, about a month earlier than in previous years, the impressive, crowd-pleasing lineup of the 2018 Peach Fest included Dickey Betts in his first performance of 2018 since coming out of retirement; Phil Lesh; Gov’t Mule with two sets, including a special “Dark Side of the Mule” performance; moe. and Little Feat performing “Waiting for Columbus” featuring Turkuaz Horns; Oteil & Friends (Oteil Burbridge, Melvin Seals, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Weedie Braimah, Alfreda Gerald, and Scott Metzger); The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts; The Revivalists; Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Twiddle; Blackberry Smoke; Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; Turkuaz; Spafford; Warren Haynes; and many more, along with roaming “artists at large” like the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Turkuaz Horns, and Brandon “Taz” Niederaurer.

Along with Cabinet’s return in 2018, JP Biondo played a solo set (with Christopher Kearney and Ellen Siberian Tiger) as well as with Pappy Biondo, and Pappy joined Dylan Skursky on their latest project, Gatos Blancos, with Shavertown guitarist Justin Mazer.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2018 Peach Music Festival here, along with a full review of Cabinet’s set with photos and video here. See Beautiful People of NEPA portraits of Peach attendees and artists here.