Review & Photos | Peach Music Festival 2013 | Scranton

Thursday, August 15

Thursday evening saw a free night of music that included local powerhouse bluegrass band Cabinet teaming up with local favorite son and virtuoso guitarist Mike Mizwinski for an electrifying set, The Vagabonds delivering some simmering southern rock, Rusted Root jamming a solid set that included their monster smash “Send Me on My Way” and Rogue Chip and Laser Sex performing for the late night crowd.

Friday, August 16

Tauk returned for another year of face-melting instrumental music, Railroad Earth shared their toe-tapping brand of bluegrass, Grace Potter rocked the house and sat-in with RatDog and Miz showcased why he is considered one of the most promising guitarists on the scene today.

Highlights:

The Allman Brothers Band :: 9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. :: Peach Stage

The Allmans commanded the Main Stage during the prime time slot for Friday and Saturday nights and did not disappoint. Last year there were worries about Gregg’s health and he quickly and effectively put those to rest with his strong energetic performance. Fan participation was strong for this Friday’s epic two hour and 20 minute show as the lawn and pavilion filled with patrons. Highlights included a bombastic “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” that saw interplay between three superior guitarists: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and special guest Eric Krasno. To the delight of a screaming audience, Weir appeared for a dirty “Good Morning Little School Girl” complete with bluesy raspy vocals and a lengthy jam that slowly built to crescendo. To witness Weir performing with the Allman Brothers proved to be worth price of admission alone to many. However, it was “Liz Reed” that tore up the house, as usual. The instrumental was meticulously played, with the help of a Bill Evans sit-in on sax and further demonstrated that veterans, The Allman Brothers, still have a lot of energy in the tank and can still reach some amazing heights when the jam is in sync.

Set List: Don't Want You No More, It's Not My Cross to Bear, Trouble No More, Statesboro Blues, Midnight Rider, Spots of Time, Revival, Hot 'Lanta, Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home (w/ Eric Krasno), Stand Back, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (w/ Bob Weir), Don't Keep Me Wonderin', One Way Out, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (w/ Bill Evans)

Encore: No One to Run With

Galactic :: 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. :: Mushroom Stage

Galactic, the reigning kings of NOLA, are Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone) and Richard Vogel (keys). Although he is consistently with the band these days, the band still announced Corey Glover, of Living Colour, as a special guest. The group is like two totally separate entities with and without Glover. For half the show, the band is an instrumental tour de force. With songs like “Cineramascope” utilizing the fat, funky bass beats brought by Mercurio, the band proves to be a powerhouse complete with jazzed up passionate grooves. With Glover on vocals, the outfit turns into more of a soulful R&B unit. Glover eerily sings out to the early morning crowd, “Night people hanging out looking at each other, waiting for something to happen” as if speaking directly to their soul. However, the real hero in an arsenal of professionals is Corey Henry. Henry is an immeasurable talent on the trombone and his playful energy exudes across the sea of dancing masses as he prances about the stage with force. Glover adds some punch to the proceedings with a raucous rendition of his main band's signature hit, “Cult of Personality,” which sounds fantastic with the brass underpinnings. Galactic continues on a hectic tour schedule including stops at Catskill Chill, Bear Creek and Jam Cruise.

Set List: Cineramascope, Let's Do It Together*, Out in the Street*, Hey Na Na*, Keep The Dream Alive, Night People* >Boom Boom > Move Fast*, 2 Clowns, You Don't Know*, What is Success*, Lil' Ol' Money Maker, Cult of Personality*, Ooh Nah Nay, I am The Walrus* > Heart Of Steel*

Encore: Does It Really Make A Difference*, Gimme Shelter*

* - w/ Corey Glover


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