Peach Festival 2018 Day Two: Phil Lesh Welcomes Nicki Bluhm, Turkuaz Horns Join moe. and Twiddle, and More

Isabella Fertel on July 21, 2018

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band

Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band, Umphrey’s McGee, moe. and a collaborative set led by Twiddle were among the highlights of the second day of Scranton, PA’s Peach Music Festival on Friday, with a number of artists collaborating on stage throughout the afternoon and evening.

The Peach Stage kicked off day two with acoustic guitar power duo Jackie Greene and Anders Osborne. The stripped-down stage, comprised of just amps, mics and the instruments that Greene and Osborne have in their arsenal, provided a blank canvas for the two to pour out their souls in the early afternoon. While Greene expertly toggled between the harmonica, keyboard and acoustic guitar, the best moments of the set were when the two went head-to-head and six-string-to-six-string, putting the chemistry between the two guitarists on full display. Both musicians played songs from their solo work, along with classic covers like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Breakdown,” eliciting an early-day standing ovation from the crowd.

Later on, Twiddle invited an array of musicians from all over the festival to their Twiddle & “Frends” set. First on the docket were Bozeman, MT, Bluegrass group Kitchen Dwellers, breaking out with their tune “Visions of Mohr,” which features Twiddle lead singer and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis on the studio track. Other guests included Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s budding guitar legend Jeremy Schon, members of Spafford and the Turkuaz horn section. After some extended jams and plenty of funkiness to get the crowd grooving, the band brought out Phil Lesh—the night’s main headliner—for re-interpreted versions of Grateful Dead classics “Bertha” and “Eyes of the World.”

Next up was a set from moe., with the Turkuaz horn section making another guest appearance—this time accompanied by fellow brass instruments from The Revivalists for some New Orleans flair—during a swinging standout cover of The Band’s “Ophelia.” Later in the set, xylophonist Jim Loughlin did his best Geddy Lee impression on Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” followed by a drum solo, a fitting tribute to percussion legend Neil Peart.

Friday’s action moved back over to the main stage for headlining act Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band, alongside fellow Peach act Nicki Bluhm. No other set encapsulated the nostalgic vibes of Peach more than Lesh and company, who opened with the classic Dead tune “China Cat Sunflower,” closely followed by the Pigpen tune “Mr. Charlie,” which recently made its way around the Dead & Company rotation this summer tour. There was some unexpected heat throughout the set coming from both Lesh and the entire Family Band, with Bluhm adding a sultriness and grit that complemented the slower pace of the evening. Bluhm took over the vocal reins for the first time with “New Speedway Boogie,” quickly followed by a “Bird Song” that was sandwiched in between “The Other One” verses, with Tiny Universe leader Karl Denson sitting in on the flute. “Throwing Stones” showcased the best performance from Lesh all night, complete with a solid groove and fills in all the right places. The band closed up shop with a rendition of “Sugaree,” belted out by Bluhm as stray confetti and bubbles from the pit swirled around her. After the crowd called for an encore, the Family Band said their final goodbyes with an emotional “Box of Rain,” co-sung by Lesh and his son Grahame, before Phil promised fans that he’d see them later on down the road.

To cap off the evening, Umphrey’s McGee closed out the main stage with a face-melting set, while Denson reappeared with his Tiny Universe to finish up the night at the Mushroom Stage. Umphrey’s had everyone in the crowd moving, from the front rail to the very edge of the lawn. After covering Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” the band busted out a live debut of Rolling Stones tune “Bitch,” as well as a new song dedicated to an “‘I don’t know who you are’ named Melody.”

See the moe. and Umphrey’s McGee setlists below. Peach continues today with music from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, moe. + Little Feat, Gov’t Mule’s “Dark Side of the Mule,” Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackberry Smoke, Spafford, Nicki Bluhm, Taz Niederauer and more.

Peach Music Festival ~ Montage Mountain ~ Scranton, PA
Brent Black > Billy Goat > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Tubing The River Styx > George > Down Boy, Who You Calling Scared?, Opheila*, New Hope For The New Year > Tom Sawyer > Brent Black
Notes: *with Turkuaz horns

Umphrey’s McGee
Peach Music Festival ~ Montage Mountain ~ Scranton, PA
Triangle Tear, Remind Me, 40’s Theme, Half Delayed > Maybe Someday, Ocean Billy, Utopian Fir, Bitch*, Attachments^ Sledgehammer^
Enc: JaJunk > It Doesn’t Matter > JaJunk
Notes: *debut, The Rolling Stones; with Chris Brouwers on trumpet, and Greg Sanderson and Josh Schwartz on saxophones
^with Chris Brouwers on trumpet, and Greg Sanderson and Josh Schwartz on saxophones

Jackie Greene & Anders Osborne

moe. & the Turkuaz horns

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