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Scranton’s Peach Festival announces 2017 lineup including Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket and more

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My Morning Jacket | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

The lineup for 2017’s Peach Festival in Scranton was just announced, and we’ve got ourselves a doozy.

Taking place August 10th through the 13th at Montage Mountain, Widespread Panic (who will be performing two sets) are joined by My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends and Joe Bonamassa as headliners, complemented by sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan and a whole lot more. This is the jam band festival of the decade, my friends, so do yourself a favor and head up north for a weekend. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Gov’t Mule announce two shows at the Tower Theatre on 12/27 & 12/28

govtmule Gov’t Mule have announced two shows at the Tower Theatre on Friday, December 27th and Saturday, December 28th with special guests Soulive. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 4th. Go here for tickets and more information. Guitarist and singer Warren Haynes and the Mule have just released a new double album, Shout. The first disc is a collection of new material and Shout’s second disc includes Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, Dr. John, Toots Hibbert, Grace Potter, and Jim James, who each recorded an alternate vocal performance of one of the first disc’s new Gov’t Mule tunes. Below, listen to Gov’t Mule’s version of “World Boss” and Ben Harper’s alternative take on the song.

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Lotus, Gov’t Mule and more added to Scranton’s Peach Music Festival (happening 8/15-8/18)

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The Allman Brothers have expanded the eclectic line-up for their Peach Music Festival with the addition of local post-rockers Lotus, jam band royalty Gov’t Mule. surfer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Floodwood, Greensky Bluegrass, Dopapod, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tauk, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Cabinet, MIZ and Bill Evan’s Soulgrass round out the list of new acts.  Go here to check out the full line-up and watch Lotus play “Age of Inexperience” live at Red Rocks below.  Tickets and information for the August 15-18 festival at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain can be found here.

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Gov’t Mule playing Tower Theatre in December; releasing 6 disc Georgia Bootleg Box set

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On October 16th Gov’t Mule is releasing the first installment in their Bootleg Series. The Georgia Bootleg Box is a 6-disc, 65 track set capturing a 3-night run from Georgia in 1996 recorded live at The Georgia Theater in Athens on 4/11, The Roxy in Atlanta on 4/12 and Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in Macon on 4/13. Warren Haynes and the band play the Tower Theatre on Friday, December 28th and Saturday, December 29th. Tickets to both shows go on sale this Friday, August 18th at 10 AM here. Below, listen to “Blind Man In The Dark” from the forthcoming Georgia Bootleg Box on Evil Teen Records.