Peach Headliner Spotlight: Santana

Skeptics questioning the ability of Peach Music Festival to go on without its founding band the Allman Brothers surely closed their mouths from jaw-drop position and had no need to open them once the festival announced the lineup for its return to Montage Mountain for its fourth annual run (taking place August 13-16) later this year. The Scranton-based festival’s headliners alone are enough to make your head spin. Warren Haynes will join Railroad Earth. Bob Weir will return (after having to cancel last year’s performance) as a special guest with Bill Kreutzmann for a special set of Billy & the Kids, which features Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Tom Hamilton of American Babies and Brothers Past, and Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green. And of course, you can’t forget about Gregg Allman, who will be bringing his band to the festival this year for the first time. But if I had to guess, I’d say the name that caused the most jaws to drop was legendary guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana.

Santana is one of those names that nearly all music fans over the age of twenty know. The guy has traveled the world to perform and record with musicians and bands of all genres from the popular to the iconic. Cee-Lo Green, Michelle Branch, Wyclef Jean, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Sammy Hagar, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Journey, Matchbox 20, the Neville Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Phish. This small sampling, a veritable smorgasbord of musical sounds, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the diverse list of musicians and bands with which Santana has worked. He’s known across the world by both musicians and fan, and if you’ve ever heard his music, even if only a recording, it’s easy to understand why. Every lick on his guitar brings out the kind of emotions in the crowd that every musician aspires to inspire. It’s a treat you would be silly to pass up if you’re planning on attending Peach this year. And if you haven’t yet planned on attending……well, what are you waiting for? One of the greatest guitarists alive, plus a diverse slew of other wildly talented musicians, plus a waterpark, less than three hours from both New York City and Philadelphia – if you are a fan of instrumental live music and live in the Mid-Atlantic region, this would be one hell of an experience to turn down.  Check out Santana covering Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” with the Allman Brothers below.

You can find more information about tickets, camping, parking, and one hell of a festival venue (waterpark included!) here. Get those tickets, start planning, and we’ll see you there!

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