Following its final concert appearance last October, the Allman Brothers Band is no more but the group’s legacy lives on at the Peach Music Festival, Aug. 13-16 at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Gregg Allman headlines Friday night with Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band playing separate sets that same day.
On Saturday it’s former ABB drummer Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends, which includes ex-bandmates Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones and Jack Pearson. Burbridge also plays a set earlier in the day with steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier.
The exhaustingly busy Haynes has already been playing dates supporting his latest solo project, “Ashes & Dust,” a collaboration with the outstanding Americana act Railroad Earth. He surprised his longtime fans last month when the release was announced. The 13 acoustic tracks include material that Haynes has been developing for nearly 30 years. With the members of Railroad Earth he finds a sympathetic set of musicians who can transition from gorgeous arrangements to adding a touch of aggressive spark when necessary.
On “Ashes” he also works with former ABB members Burbridge and Quinones as well as Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin and Mickey Raphael.
There will also be a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s legacy running through Peach due to Bob Weir joining Billy and the Kids headlining performance on Saturday. The band features former Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann along with Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Tom Hamilton (American Babies). Weir joins the quartet during its second set.
Weir will also collaborate with Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Sunday.
These will be Weir’s first onstage appearances since he joined the Core Four of the Grateful Dead for the final Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara and Chicago.
Other Dead-related sets this weekend include Dark Star Orchestra headlining Thursday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on Friday, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel on Sunday (of course), Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on Saturday and the Holloway & Kadlecik Project on Friday.
The final day’s headliner at Peach brings Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Santana.
The rest of the four-day fest will be filled with numerous jam-heavy artists including Willie Nelson & Family, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Blues Traveler, Lotus, the Australian Pink Floyd, Old Crow Medicine Show, G. Love & Special Sauce, Beats Antique, Papadosio, Rusted Root, Hard Working Americans, Dumpstaphunk, Twiddle, Cabinet, Kung Fu, Dopapod, The Werks, Bobby Lee Rodgers, American Babies, The Heavy Pets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ron Holloway Band and Miz & Friends.
Of course, with so many improv veterans on hand, the possibilities of sit-in appearances are highly likely, which is why there’s been a strong buzz happening for Peach fest.
For more information, visit http://thepeachmusicfestival.com/.