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A Peach Music Festival Playlist
The Allman Brothers Band will put on the inaugural Peach Music Festival this August in Scranton, PA. This is the first time the Allman Brothers will host a festival in the region. Fans can either camp on site or stay near by. The festival will span 3 days from August 10th-12th. The Allman Brothers Band will headline two of the three nights with the Zac Brown Band taking the third. The festival also includes a strong lineup of support from bands such as the Warren Haynes Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, O.A.R., Railroad Earth and many more. Warren Haynes will even play a morning solo set, billed as “Wake Up With Warren.” While the first-ever Peach Festival has gathered big names, there are many other acts that are not to be missed.
Tauk “Home To Me”
Tauk is an incredibly impressive ensemble of talent. The four-piece band carries an incredible groove that meshes jazz and funk with a fresh pop sound. Tauk are a newer band to the festival circuit but are already gaining buzz, opening for bands such as moe., 311, and Tea Leaf Green. Their latest EP Pull Factors is available for free download on their website but this is the kind of band you don’t want to miss live. The following track, “Home To Me,” is the first track off the new E.P. and a perfect example of the quartet’s impressive yet accessible compositional abilities.
Toubab Krewe “Sirens”
Blending the sounds of African music from Mali with a traditional American southern sound, Toubab Krewe is one of the more eclectic groups on the scene right now. The group is from Asheville, NC but has spent lots of time in West Africa working with local musicians. This is evident in their sound and instrumentation. The band utilizes West African instruments such as the Kora (21-stringed harp) and the Soku (horsehair fiddle) amongst many others. The group is known equally for their beautiful songs and live performance.
Blind Boys of Alabama “People Get Ready”
Legends of Gospel, the Blind Boys of Alabama are still keeping busy over 70 years into their career. This may be the most soulful performance you will see at a festival this summer. Their set is bound to be a nice mix of Gospel classics. Be sure to check out their cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”. The thick vocals are moving to say the least.
For a bluegrass fix, the festival has enlisted Cabinet. This six piece from Pennsylvania keeps with a surprisingly traditional bluegrass sound. Touring behind their studio efforts and recent live album ELEVEN – Live at Abbey Bar, Cabinet draws rambunctious crowds all over the country.
Grimace Federation “Catch 22”
In an age where festivals easily become overruled by electronica, Peach Fest has decided to carefully select one more digital act for the lineup. Grimace Federation may be the most distinct band on the lineup. For those electronica haters, don’t let the term throw you off. Grimace Federation is a full band toying with time signatures and tones. Hypnotic and dark, Grimace Federation might just be the change of pace you’re looking for.