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PHOTOS: Peach Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 07/25-28/19

PHOTOS: Peach Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 07/25-28/19
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With another stellar lineup and nearly perfect weather, the eighth annual Peach Music Festival took over The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28, less than a week after Camp Bisco occupied that same space.

The Peach brought even more acts to rock the Mountain, headlined by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Molo, and Holly Bowling), the Trey Anastasio Band (featuring Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio), The String Cheese Incident, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Russo ended up not being able to attend after his wife gave birth to their second daughter the night before, but Russo’s young nephew Evan Roque and Ben Perowsky played a huge two-drummer set in his place that ended up being one of the stand-out performances of the festival.

Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and Grace Potter shared the main stage together for their first-ever set as a duo, and the new Peach Guitar Pull was a real treat. Led by musical director Scott Sharrard (lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman), the inaugural collaborative jam featured guest musicians like Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, Samantha Fish, last-minute addition Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Kimock, and more rotating in and out for some tasty jams that fans could wash down with Fuzzy Nudge, a “hazy Double IPA brewed with peaches and apricots” brewed especially for Peach Fest by Tröegs Independent Brewing. produced high-quality multi-camera live streams of select sets all weekend, and NEPA Scene was on site for all four days, meetings fans of all kinds and taking pictures of Billy Strings, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Blues Traveler, Bumpin Uglies, Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, Dopapod, moe., Southern Avenue, The String Cheese Incident, Goose, Maggie Rose, Stephen Marley, Trey Anastasio, Leah Blevins, The Marcus King Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Samantha Fish, Scott Sharrard, Steve Kimock, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Warren Haynes, and Grace Potter.

While The Allman Brothers Band is no more, the massive musical gathering they founded lives on as one of the best summer music festivals in the country.

Read NEPA Scene’s interview with rising star Maggie Rose at the 2019 Peach Music Festival here and see photos from the 2018 festival here.