The Peach Music Festival kicked off this year’s festivities on Thursday afternoon at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA, and fans were met with ideal, sunny weather and a waterpark that opened early before the music began. The performance offerings themselves included sets from Marcus King Band, Cabinet, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle and Turkuaz.
Marcus King Band opened up the main Peach Stage in the middle of the afternoon, offering a number of their soulful originals like “Self Hatred,” a tune from their latest full-length album, 2016’s self-titled, which featured Derek Trucks on the studio version. King and company also previewed an upcoming record—coming this fall—with new songs like “Good Man,” which King says was co-written with Eric Krasno, and one reportedly titled “Side Door.” King later addressed the crowd about reaching out when in need, saying, “Anyone that needs help, there’s always someone there to listen, so don’t keep it inside, y’all.”
Next up were Pennsylvania’s own bluegrass outfit Cabinet, who played their only scheduled show of 2018, breaking their previously announced indefinite hiatus for the festival. The group played some of their earliest compositions and more in a career-spanning set. Pigeons followed on the main stage, with lead singer Greg “Scrambled Greg” Ormont proclaiming that the band is “here to bring the funk.” The collective played tunes from their latest release, Pizazz, plus a run of “F.U.” that featured the horn section from Marcus King Band. Later, King himself came out for an extended, solo-filled “Lightning,” and the band also offered up a couple of their signature Disney covers (spawned from their Disney-themed NYE set this past winter), “Be Like You” and “Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book.
After a penultimate, primetime set from Twiddle, Turkuaz closed out the Peach Stage with a grooving midnight performance, showing off their synchronization in music, dance and outfits and wrapping up a day of funk-filled music, setting the stage for day two.
See video of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Peach set below, including the collaboration with Marcus King (starting around 26:20 of part two). Peach Fest continues today with music from Umphrey’s McGee, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The Revivalists, moe., Twiddle & “Frends,” Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Leftover Salmon and more.