Now that we’re settling into summer, festivalgoers are looking forward to this year’s Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. Peach has become a favorite in the jam scene due to its always killer lineup and ability to coax incredible sets of music out of our favorite bands. The beloved festival is happening a little earlier than years past, kicking off next Thursday, July 19 rather than its typical early August dates.
This year’s Peach features a few special sets that fans won’t want to miss, namely one of Gov’t Mule’s rare “Dark Side of the Mule” sets, honoring Pink Floyd’s great album, moe.’s tribute set to Little Feat’s beloved live album Waiting for Columbus, and Cabinet’s only 2018 performance. The usual suspects will also have headlining sets this year, such as the big hitters like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (who have 2 sets!), Umphrey’s McGee and moe., with the addition of Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band and Dickey Betts.
The main stage features more than the sets mentioned previously, such as blues rock group The Marcus King Band, the horn-centered Funky Dawgz Brass Band, a duo set from Jackie Greene and Anders Osborne, and the Devon Allman Project, ft. Duane Betts. One of the more interesting acts on the Peach Stage are The Revivalists, an alternative rock group from New Orleans that put forth energetic live shows and astounding studio albums.
Some of the smaller national touring acts are also featured on this year’s lineup, such as The Magic Beans, a space funk quartet based out of Denver, CO, Turkuaz, the always groovy funk band from Brooklyn, NY, and Spafford, a genre-bending band that only use two words to represent themselves: We jam. Guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and his band will also have a set performing some Taz’s original music and the unconventional LA-based organ trio Organ Freeman will be bringing their funk and jazz stylings to Scranton.
The grounds will have lots of amenities to aid attendees in having the best possible experience, such as refillable water stations, phone charging stations, ATMs, medical stations, and more! Montage also offers a full water park, available to anyone attending the festival. Peach’s Mushroom Stage is located in this water park, where attendees can watch on from the wave pool or enjoy many of the other aquatic attractions the park has to offer. People will want to check out Buffalo’s own Aqueous, Big Something and Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling’s new group Ghost Light’s sets here.
Those who bought VIP passes will be treated to a couple of exclusive sets each day, namely solo sets from Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee and Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle on Friday, Pap & Po, a duo set from Pappy & JP Biondo of Cabinet, a special 45 minute set from Ghost Light on Saturday and, finally, a duo set from Oteil Burbridge of Dead & Company and Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on Sunday. All of these sets will take place on the Grove Stage. Fans should also check out Grahame Lesh’s soulful group Midnight North and Hayley Jane and the Primates at the Grove.
Check out the daily lineup above or create your own personalized schedule through The Peach Music Festival app, which can remind you when your favorite bands are about to start and let you know of any important updates. Keep watch for more of NYSMusic’s coverage of this year’s Peach Music Festival.