In 2012, Southern rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band launched their own branded music festival, called The Peach Festival, named for their celebrated album Eat a Peach. Like The Allman Brothers themselves, The Peach Festival combines guitar rock, jam, soul, and numerous other influences into one four day event. While The Allman Brothers stopped performing in 2014, founding member Gregg Allman has continued The Peach Festival. Here are five can't miss acts from this year's edition, scheduled for Aug. 11-14 in Scranton, PA.
Aside from The Grateful Dead, there are no bigger names in jam than Phish. When Phish is not touring, vocalist and bandleader Trey Anastasio often goes out solo with the Trey Anastasio Band, adding other elements to Phish's already expansive musical library and bringing along some of the world's most talented instrumentalists, including percussionists Cyro Baptista and Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and trombonist Natalie Cressman.
The Allman Brothers' Gregg Allman and jam act The String Cheese Incident round out the headliners for the 2016 edition of The Peach Festival with solo sets, but the most anticipated set is what is being dubbed The Gregg Allman Incident. For that show, Allman will join The String Cheese Incident for a one of a kind show. Considering both acts' wide-ranging influences and collaborative nature, it's a performance that could take any turn. Expect plenty of Southern rock as The String Cheese incident are fond of covering the genre live and having one of its founders in the fold makes it a virtual guarantee.
While longtime guitarist Warren Haynes' departure in 2014 to focus on his solo work may have hastened the demise of The Allman Brothers Band, the group parted on good company as evidenced by the fact that Haynes' current band Gov't Mule has a prominent place on The Peach Festival lineup, providing even more Allman Brothers bang for the festival buck. Gov't Mule is the bridge between The Allman Brothers Band style Southern rock and Grateful Dead style jam. In addition to their own original songs, Gov't Mule also pulls heavily from Haynes-penned Allman Brothers songs like “Soulshine” and extensive covers, running the gamut from Pink Floyd to Black Sabbath.
Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun musically, a band comes along that completely defies genre labels. Often, that mind bending group includes Primus bassist Les Claypool. Through the years, Claypool has flirted with jam, metal, alternative, and funk. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a collaboration between Claypool and Sean Lennon, son of The Beatles vocalist John Lennon, pulls heavily from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper era psychedelic phase, but blends it with so many other influences as to make it a beast of its own. With just a few shows under their belts, The Claypool Lennon Delirium is already making waves for their mind altering stage shows, ensuring they are a can't miss at any festival.
If you like your jam with a little heavier edge, then Umphrey's McGee is the group to see at The Peach Festival. Influenced more by progressive rock and metal acts like King Crimson, Rush, and Frank Zappa than by jam bands, Umphrey's McGee combines the instrumental virtuosity and extended solos of jam with the driving aggression of power rock for a sound that is uniquely theirs. Umphrey's McGee has been a fixture on the festival scene practically since the modern festival was born and they continue to be one of the most popular draws across genre lines.
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