Peach Music Festival Sans-ABB [Preview]

The Allman Brothers Band may have called it quits, but Peach Music Festival will go on this year (August 13-16) once again at Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton, PA. Given the lineup they’ve released, Peach HQ has made it clear that it will continue to satisfy its fans with a phenomenal roster of talent with or without the event’s founding band.

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The Allman Brothers Band with Derek Trucks, Peach Music Festival 2014

Peach will once again cover a wide swath of the musical spectrum with its richly diverse lineup. Headliners will include both the legendary Santana as well as Billy & the Kids.  For its set at Peach, Billy & the Kids (the newest project of drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead) will feature Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Tom Hamilton of American Babies, Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green, and special guest and Kreutzmann’s former fellow bandmate, the one and only Bob Weir; with this year being the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead this is a set that’s bound to be special. The infamous Willie Nelson and his Family Band is sure to please fans of folk, country and blues, while southern folk junkies will get their fix with Gregg Allman. Lovers of bluegrass will find their groove with Railroad Earth featuring Warren Haynes, while those who prefer the broadly encompassing genre of jam and jamtronica will have much from which to choose, including Papadosio, Twiddle, and the Werks. Those craving a late night dance party surely will find what they are looking for with returning late-night heavy hitters Lotus and Dopapod, along with Beats Antique. The music and former members of the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead will be spotlighted with the bands of Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny “Jaimoe “ Johanson, and Bruce Hornsby set to take the stage (in addition to those bands already mentioned), as well as Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel. NOLA once again will have a strong presence at the festival grounds with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dumpstafunk, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the bill. Funk lovers will get their fill with Otiel & Roosevelt and Kung Fu, among those already mentioned. And if you love supporting the locals, you probably recognized numerous acts calling Pennsylvania home, including Scranton-based Peach favorite Cabinet who will once again return to the stage this year, along with Philadelphia’s G. Love & Special Sauce and Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root.

Set in a water park giving off a strong family-vacation vibe, this festival is a great choice for families and all ages, and the cast of musical talent scheduled for the weekend is enough to please even the pickiest of music lovers. Not a fan of camping? No problem – with the myriad affordable hotels within a stone’s throw, this resort area is more than equipped to meet your accommodation needs no matter the budget. Those who prefer to camp can still get their nature fix with a camping pass which will allow you to camp along the resort’s ski slopes. For more information about the venue, amenities, accommodations, and tickets, check out the festival’s website here.

Though many may still be mourning the absence of their beloved Allman Brothers Band, those appearing in the band’s stead will surely do the legends justice at this year’s Peach. This kind of lineup at this kind of venue is definitely worth a look no matter what your tastes. So do yourself a favor and check Peach out while Early Bird tickets are still available. Buy your tickets here.

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