The first annual Nateva Music &Camping Festival took place in Oxford, ME over Independence Day weekend. Taking a cue from the Bonnaroo model, the four-day event mixed performances by jambands like Furthur, moe. and STS9 with indie scene favorites such as the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit and She & Him and roots-leaning performers like Jakob Dylan and the Felice Brothers.
Furthur headlined the festival’s final night on July 4th with a two-set show that culminated with an appropriate encore of “U.S Blues” that featured fireworks. The performance took place twenty-two years and one day after the Grtaeful Dead played a few miles from the Nateva site on July 3, 1988. The performance also marked the year anniversary of The Dead’s most recent performance at Rothbury. In addition, the show featured Furthur’s first take at the Phil Lesh & Friends original “Celebration.”
moe. nodded to the members of the Grateful Dead during its headling performance Friday night. Partway through a set that featured “Rebubula,” “Captain Amerca,” “Moth,” “Buster” and other favorites, the band invited out Keller Williams for the Grateful Dead’s “Deal.” In order to blend into moe.’s 20th anniversary celebration, Williams dressed in a suit for the occasion. moe.’s Al Schnier also sat in with Williams during his set for a cover of Phish’s “Birds of a Feather.”
Covers marked many of the festival’s other standout performances. The McLovins nodded to Phish’s current summer tour by encoring with “Tweezer Reprise,” Jackie Greene embraced his time in Phil Lesh & Friends with a take on “Scarlet Begonias” and the new Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band paid tribute to Delaney & Bonnie with “Comin’ Home.”In the inde realm, Passion Pit covered the Cranberries “Dreams,” while She & Him reworked Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” The Flaming Lips also namechecked STS9 during its performance.