Saturday began as another warm but beautiful afternoon, and the music started with the sacred steel of The Lee Boys, after which the Jack Pearson
Band and Oteil and the Peacemakers continued to thrill the mellow afternoon crowd. In the heat of the day, Railroad Earth took the main stage and
played with a less amped-up style, perhaps subdued by the temperature, but they did include hobo favorite "Black
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The Wailers dedicating their set to
drummer Carlton Barrett on the anniversary of his abrupt death almost twenty years ago, jammed for the
crowd with their reggae sound, including "Shakedown Party" and "Lively Up Yourself" and the more politically-based
"War" and "Hypocrites," before ending with "Get Up, Stand Up" > "One Love" as the audience stood up and cheered.
Shortly thereafter, Of A Revolution
(O.A.R.) pop sound delighted the college-aged crowd, which held signs and a blow-up alligator in the front rows.
Their upbeat set on the wonderful day included "Wonderful Day" and "Destination" and ended with "Nasim Joon" >
"Hey Girl" to loud, high-pitched screams from their fans.
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Meanwhile, on the Mushroom Stage, the North
Mississippi Allstars featured many tunes from their sixth album, Electric Blue Watermelon,
including "Mississippi Bollweevil," "No Mo," "Teasin' Brown," and "Moonshine." The Allstars were still going strong,
adding songs "Love And Happiness," "All Night Long," and more with Chris Chew's solid bass beat
mesmerizing the audience as Mule started their second and final set on the Peach Stage. The set was dedicated to
R.L. Burnside, who is considered one of the
greatest blues artists ever, who died last September at 78. Mule's smooth set included two Grateful Dead covers
"Loser" > "Terrapin Station," "Soulshine" and ended with their own "Thorazine Shuffle."
The Saturday night Allman Brothers
set began with "Hot 'Lanta" and once again featured many guest artists. Jack Pearson sat in the entire show on
guitar as Trucks had flown the festival coop the night before to tour in Europe with Eric Clapton. "Midnight Rider"
and "One Way Out" featured Devon Allman on guitar and vocals (his band Honeytribe had played a set
earlier in the day), "Statesboro Blues" included Pearson's wife Elizabeth on bass, "The Weight" added Danny
Louis and Andy Hess from Mule, "Dreams" included Hal Thomas, and "In Memory of
Elizabeth Reed" featured Vaylor Trucks from Bonobos Convergence. The set ended with "Southbound" and
the fans were delighted, but just like the evening before, screamed for more to no avail.
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After the end of the official music, Shak Nasti played again at their campground site to a larger crowd of two
hundred, as the disco ball, which had been held up by hand the previous night, hung high from a tree above. Their
rhythmic sound was stronger and less melodic than the night before, but they still played well until the wee hours.
With our tent conveniently located right next door, we fell asleep listening to the funky sounds of the Orlando band,
a beautiful end to the two full days of incredibly varied music.
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