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Top 3 Concerts: Peach Festival, Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw, KONGOS

August 14, 2014

By John J. Moser, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)



Aug. 14--PEACH FESTIVAL

In January, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced they'll leave the Allman Brothers Band at the end of this year's 45th anniversary. Greg Allman quickly said the band will stop touring then.

What that means for the future of The Peach Festival, the Allman-inspired music gathering held annually at Montage Mountain in Scranton, is unclear. The band left the door open for occasional shows, but the festival hasn't announced plans.

Just to be safe, see the Allmans at this weekend's fest. Other reasons: Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Trigger Hippy and 48 other acts. Bob Weir and Ratdog are a late cancellation; the group scratched its summer tour Sunday without explanation.

-- 6 p.m. today, noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton. Tickets: General admission $35 today, $85 Friday and Saturday, $75 Sunday, $175 all festival. Camping $35 per person per day. http://www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

GAVIN DEGRAW/MATT NATHANSON

Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson have a lot in common.

Both had big hits early in their careers -- DeGraw with "I Don't Want To Be" and Nathanson with "Come On Get Higher." Both went through more fallow periods before having rebound hits in 2011 -- DeGraw with "Not Over You" and Nathanson with "Faster."

And both had hit albums in 2013 -- DeGraw with the Top 10 "Make a Move" and Nathanson's "Last of the Great Pretenders," which was the highest-charting of his career, with the hit "Kinks Shirt."

Oh yeah -- both also are talented, sensitive singer-songwriters.

Bonus: Opening their show will be another great singer and songwriter, Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.

Read an interview with Matt Nathanson about his career connections to Philadelphia in Friday's Go Guide.

7 p.m. Friday, with Andrew McMahon, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets: $25-$45. http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.MannCenter.org, http://www.AEGLive.com, 800-745-3000.

KONGOS

A year ago, alt-rock band Kongos was an unknown group of four South African brothers.

Then in October, the band self-released its year-old album "Lunatic" in the United States, and within months its beat-heavy, accordion-tinged marching single "Come With Me Now" had caught fire. It spent a month at No. 1 on Alternative Songs chart -- the fastest ascent to the top in more than a decade -- and in May hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Airplay chart.

The song since has been certified gold and its YouTube video has more than 10 million views. The band was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in March and "Come With Me Now" was used as the theme for a WWE pay-per-view in May.

Guess Kongos isn't unknown anymore.

8 p.m. Sunday, with Viv & the Revival, Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: $17.50, $20, http://www.artsquest.org, 610-332-3378.

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