The Peach Music Festival is nestled in Northeast Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA where The festival is less than four and a half hours from Pittsburgh and Buffalo and a little over two short hours from Albany, New York City and Philadelphia making it perfectly located for music lovers all over.
The Festival will be welcoming back The Allman Brothers Band, who started the festival back in 2012 with Live Nation. This year marks a certain milestone for The Allman’s, they’ve announced this will be their final year of touring together. The Peach is chock-full of some of the most premier touring bands, that for the price of admission, is an absolute steal. Below you will find a break down each day, so that you can plan accordingly, it’s going to be tough to see everyone but with proper planning you can make sure you catch the most bands humanely possible.
The Peach offers several different options for tickets but options are becoming limited as the festival approaches. Along with a ticket purchase most people either camp on site, bring an RV or stay in a local hotel. Thursday is the official start of the festival and with everyone pouring in for a busy weekend, you will want to get there early enough to set up and catch the opening band, Citizens Band Radio. All of Thursday’s bands will be playing on the Mushroom stage. The Mushroom stage is right smack in the middle of the water park of Montage Mountain. One of the coolest things about the Peach is that with the price of admission you also get to use the water park all weekend. The water park has a lazy river, wave pool and several water slides. There is nothing like being able to float around the lazy river and listen to the acts on the Mushroom stage. Citizen’s Band Radio will start at 6PM
Cabinet plays at 7:30PM on Thursday, local to the area, this band was the talk of The Peach in past years. Cabinet is bringing the northeast bluegrass scene to the front and center of whatever city they are in;don’t miss this homegrown sensation. George Clinton and the Parliament Funk follows Cabinet in the 10PM slot. George Clinton and the Parliament Funk are absolute legends in the Funk music scene, touring since the ’60s, they have influenced countless music groups and are going to get you fired up for the entire weekend. Closing out the first night will be Dopapod, who are deservedly returning to the festival this year. They got everyone raging last year in the late night slot and are perfectly paired once again, with the Thursday night midnight slot. The night is packed with a great lineup but its only a taste of what the weekend will bring. Don’t burn yourself out too much on the first night there will be plenty of music come Friday.
On Friday the music starts at 12pm on the Mushroom stage. The Grove stage and The Peach Stage will also start on Friday so this is when the planning will really begin on your part. The Grove stage is a smaller stage outside of The Peach stage’s entrance. It is easier to check out music within those two stages but to get to the Mushroom stage, it’s a short walk to get there but nothing drastic. With music starting first on The Mushroom stage with Bobby Lee Rodgers at noon. Perfect timing for grabbing a bloody-mary from the water park’s bar and chillin to some early tunes from the Jazz rocker.
Here is where it begins to be tough, 2PM brings Trigger Hippy to the Mushroom stage and From Good Homes to the Peach stage. Trigger Hippy which is a super group of sorts and produces a soul driven rock and roll experience. The group consists of Black Crowes Steve Gorman (drums), Joan Osborne (vocals), Jackie Greene (vocals, guitar, keys), Tom Bukovac (guitar) and Nick Govrik. From Good Homes is a side group of Railroad Earth’s frontman Todd Scheaffer. The band dates back to Scheaffer’s high school days and disbanded in 1999, only to reunite 10 years later in 2009. The group combines Rock, Jazz, Celtic and Folk with Scheaffer’s solid writing. They have toured very extensivly throughout the Northeast, it will be good to see them back at it.
Blackberry Smoke follows From Good Homes and Bass master Victor Wooten follows Trigger Hippy on the Mushroom stage. Blackberry Smoke, mixing elements of Gospel, Rock and Bluegrass have been on the rise and earning it while touring 250 plus shows a year. The Mushroom stage will see The Revivalists, Boombox, and Papadosio for the remainder of the evening, The Grove stage will include Consider The Source, American Babies, The Vegabonds and Zoogma. The Peach stage begins to pick up quite a bit of steam with JJ Grey and Mofro and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Closing out Friday on the main stage will be none other then Grateful Dead’s legendary Bob Weir, who will be playing with Ratdog. Late night moves over to the Grove stage with Cabinet playing there second show in as many days and Big Gigantic on the Mushroom stage.
If you do go to sleep Friday night, you’ll want to be back at it in time for the music Saturday mourning, which will start again promptly at 11:15AM with The London Souls. The band will get everyone rocking early and might be a perfect start to the day on the Mushroom stage. The Same stage will also be shared with Rich Robinson Band, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, The Wood Brothers and Particle throughout the day and up until midnight. The Grove stage will see Tom Graham, Big Leg Emma, Flux Capacitor, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, and The Werks will all play up until midnight. On the Peach Stage, Acts Tribal Seeds, Infamous Stringdusters, and The Greyboy Allstars will play the afternoon slots. Headlining Saturdays event will be Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio Band, and The Allman Brothers Band. The late night bands include Ron Holloway Band on the Grove stage and Lotus on the Mushroom stage.
Wake up with Warren, always a good time on Sunday’s at The Peach. Warren Haynes will play the morning slot, last year we saw Bob Weir so for those who were there last year will see a change this year. With only two stages on sunday it makes it easier to travel while both stages open are the Peach and it’s neighbor in the Grove stage. The Grove Stage will include Cherokee Red, George Wesley, Miz, and closing the weekend out on the Grove stage will be Jimkata at 430PM. The Peach stage will include Taj Mahal Trio, The Soul Rebels and only fitting closing the Peach Stage as well as the festival, The Allman Brothers Band.
Well there is the complete rundown of who is playing where at this year’s festival. Make sure you don’t forget any of your festival gear, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and bring your dancing shoes as it’s going to be a weekend to remember for years to come. See you at the Peach!
FULL LINEUP WITH TIMES