On Thursday night, The Peach Festival kicked off, marking the start of one of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the summer. While today will see the festival expand to three stages by opening the Grove Stage, Thursday night still offered fans plenty of music to enjoy across the Peach and Mushroom Stage, the latter which was held down by Harrison Waxenberg of Horizon Wireless who recently released a sensational jam-band remix album.
To kick off the festivities, The Marcus King Band started things off with a fiery, soulful performance, followed up by bluegrass act Cabinet, who came out of their recent indefinite hiatus to perform for The Peach crowd. Ahead of New York-based funk act Turkuaz and Vermont-born jam quartet Twiddleclosing out the Peach Stage, the fan-favorite jam-funk fusion group out of Baltimore, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, took the stage and offered a high-octane performance of their own.
As to be expected at festivals where numerous artists are on deck before and after their sets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took advantage of the musicians who were joining them on the Thursday lineup for The Peach. After electrifying takes on “Whoopie” and “Porcupine” to start the set, Pigeons invited out The Royal Horns—the young standout horn section for The Marcus King Band—for the group’s energized classic “F.U.”, with the horns’ presence hinting at another special guest who would join the band later in the evening.
With the departure of The Royal Horns, the band moved through two additional fan-favorite numbers, “Havana” and “Julia”, easily enrapturing the crowd with their fun-loving and propulsive sound. However, one of the truly standout moments of the set was the band’s take on “Lightning”, which saw the group welcome Marcus King. Predictably, the performance was exactly as you’d expect, with Pigeons guitarist Jeremy Schon and the young guitar prodigy going off and exchanging fiery solos during the song’s jam portion.