Gov’t Mule, Dickey Betts, Oteil & Friends and More Help Close out Peach Festival 2018

July 23, 2018

All photos courtesy of Peach Festival

The Peach Music Festival wrapped up its 2018 offerings on Sunday, closing out the four-day gathering at Scranton, PA’s Montage Mountain with a headlining set from Gov’t Mule, plus music from Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts, Oteil Burbridge, Dumpstaphunk and more.

The main Peach stage kicked off the afternoon with a “Wake Up” set from Warren Haynes, fittingly opening up the final day of a festival steeped in Allman Brothers history with a former member of the band, who covered songs like Gregg Allman’s classic “Melissa” and Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me.” Next up were New Orleans collective Dumpstaphunk, who offered some of their original cuts plus covers like Buddy Miles’ “United Nations Stomp” (featuring the day’s first appearance from guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer) and Parliament’s “Up for the Down Stroke.”

Oteil Burbridge—another connection to the Allman Brothers—then took the stage for a collaborative Oteil & Friends set that heavily featured guitarist Scott Metzger (Burbridge and Metzger also played a VIP duo set earlier in the afternoon), plus JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarist John Kadlecik and another sit in from Niederauer. The Dead & Company bassist let the crowd know that the band wasn’t going to “ease in” to the set, and the group fit a number of Grateful Dead tunes into the first portion of the performance, including “Franklin’s Tower,” “High Time” and “Black Throated Wind.” Lamar Williams Jr., son of the former ABB bassist, also came up for a cover of Peter Tosh’s “Stop That Train.” Later on in the free-spirited set, Burbridge and his band dug into other Dead catalog cuts like “Mr. Charlie,” “Crazy Fingers” and “Me and My Uncle.”

Founding ABB guitarist Dickey Betts then continued his comeback tour on the main stage, offering a set that featured classics like “Ramblin’ Man,” “Jessica” and “Blue Sky.” To close out the stage and the festival, Warren Haynes returned to the stage with Gov’t Mule—who also played a Dark Side of the Mule set on Saturday night. Along with several of their own tunes, Mule also welcomed saxophonist and longtime collaborator Ron Holloway for a cover of Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” and an appropriate run of the iconic Allman Brothers instrumental “Mountain Jam.”

See the Mule setlist below, along with fan-shot video from the evening courtesy of Sean Roche.

Gov’t Mule
Peach Music Festival ~ Montage Mountain ~ Scranton, PA
Railroad Boy, Rocking Horse, Banks Of The Deep End, Larger Than Life, The Man I Want To Be, Stratus*, Thorns Of Life, Dreams & Songs, Time To Confess, Mountain Jam*, I’m A Ram, Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground
Notes: *with Ron Holloway

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