Will YOU Eat a Peach This Summer?
Festival season is near, and the Peach Music Festival has released the first phase of its lineup for its third annual run at Montage Mountain in the hills and valleys of Scranton, PA. The festival, to take place from August 14th to 17th, will feature headliners Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Trey Anastasio Band, and of course the Allman Brothers Band, who will perform two nights. The lineup is arguably already too tempting to resist even before its finalization, with Lotus and Dopapod returning for a second year in a row after exceptional performances last year, along with the bands of ABB guitarist Derek Trucks (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band) joining the musical party. Karl Denson will also return, this time with the Greyboy Allstars. A number of newcomer acts playing electro-infused rock, southern rock, jazz, funk, blues, and bluegrass have been announced as well. Check out the entire initial lineup here.
During one of their sets, ABB will perform their iconic album “Eat a Peach,” the festival’s namesake, in its entirety. With the band’s recent announcement that 2014 will be its final year performing together, as Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will be leaving the band to focus on their own personal music endeavors, the special performance is particularly fitting. Based on last year’s great success, missing this epic “Mountain Jam” on Montage Mountain seems highly inadvisable.
If you haven’t been to the Peach, the aspect that really sets it apart from other music festivals is the venue – the Mushroom Stage literally sits in the middle of Montage Mountain’s waterpark. Use of the entire waterpark is included in the price of your festival pass. So, you can watch acts on that stage from the wave pool, or listen to the music while floating in a tube down a lazy river. Not too shabby.
The Peach Stage, where the headliners perform, is just a short walk from the waterpark. Whether you are sitting on the lawn or in a seat within the covered pavilion, you won’t have much trouble finding a spot with a good view of the stage (the lawn’s uphill slope helps). During the headliners, the stage appears on large LED screens as well to enhance viewing from the lawn at night.
There are a few important considerations when planning your trip to the Peach:
1) Are you a die-hard fan of the headliners and want to be front and center during ABB, Rat Dog, or TAB? You’re going to have to at the very least buy a “Reserved” Festival Pass, which will give you a reserved seat in the 100 level during these performances. There is also a VIP Festival Pass which grants you a seat in the first thirty rows of the 100 level, as well as a number of other benefits. You can read more about upgraded passes here.
2) Planning on bringing your tent and setting up camp? If so, you’ll need a separate Camping Pass, which will run you $35 (not including fees). The camping area is on the ski slopes of the Montage Mountain Ski Resort, so it’s particularly important to be prepared for rain and mud. You can’t camp with your car, and while there is a gear drop-off area and a special parking lot for campers, you may want to bring a wagon to help you get your gear to your site. You can read more about the camping options here.
3) Not too thrilled with the idea of roughing it in a tent? The Peach offers VIP camping options including tent rentals fully fitted with beds, as well as access to special bathrooms, hot showers, and much more. If you can’t live without your air conditioning, the Peach’s hotel travel packages may be more your style. There are also plenty of hotel options in this resort area if you’d rather book a hotel on your own. Find out more about travel package options here.
Regardless of your sleeping arrangements and the type of festival pass you choose, you can’t help but have a great time at this one. Stay tuned to Sensible Reason for additions to the lineup and artist spotlights coming soon.