On Sunday night, Levitate Music & Arts Festival wrapped up its 2018 event with a talented slate of performers including Stephen Marley, Spafford, Lake Street Dive, Turkuaz, West End Blend, Rebelution, Greensky Bluegrass, Mihali & Frends, and The Head and the Heart.
After Marley’s set got the ball rolling for day two, Spafford took the stage for a set of live staple original tunes including “America”, “Backdoor Funk”, “Broken Wing”, “Beautiful Day”, “The Reprise”, and “Space Gadget”, lighting the fuse for the day’s festivities with their impeccable improvisational abilities. You can watch a full pro-shot video of Spafford’s set below (beginning midway through “America”) via the festival’s official live stream.
Spafford – Levitate Festival – Full Set [Pro-Shot]
Setlist: Spafford | Levitate Music & Arts Festival | Marshfield, MA | 7/8/18
Set: America, Backdoor Funk, Broken Wing, Beautiful Day, The Reprise, Space Gadget
Following Spafford’s early afternoon set, Levitate was treated to performances from Lake Street Dive, Turkuaz, West End Blend, and Rebelution. Greensky Bluegrass took the stage as the afternoon turned to evening, offering up a memorable, guest-filled performance for the sold-out festival crowd.
After beginning with “The Four”, the band moved into “Run or Die” from 2016’s Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted. During the song, the band welcomed out local native Ryan Montbleau to assist on a cover of Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise”, the ubiquitous 1995 “Best Solo Rap Performance” Grammy-winner. Montbleau crooned L.V.‘s famous hook as Paul Hoffman rapped Coolio’s verses, before leaving the stage as the band segued back into “Run or Die”. You can watch fan-shot footage of the Coolio cover below:
Greensky Bluegrass w/ Ryan Montbleau – Gangsta’s Paradise [Coolio cover]
To close their set, Greensky welcomed one more surprise guest to add some extra firepower to their “Kerosene” closer. As dobro player Anders Beck noted, “We’re gonna get our buddy Brian Moss from Spafford up here, everybody, to play music with us!” Moss meshed skillfully with the bluegrass outfit, matching Hoffman’s mandolin solo with a muted, mando-style solo of his own before letting loose and trading riffs with Beck as the song reached its rocking climax. You can watch Greensky Bluegrass’s set (starting with “Burn Them”) below via the festival’s official live stream, or skip to 33:30 to watch Moss’s set-closing sit-in.
Greensky Bluegrass w/ Brian Moss, Ryan Montbleau, & More – Levitate Festival – “Burn Them” through “Kerosene” [Pro-Shot]
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Levitate Music & Arts Festival | Marshfield, MA | 7/8/18
Set: The Four, Run or Die > Gangster’s Paradise* > Run or Die, Like Reflections, Burn Them^, Past My Prime, Hit Parade, All Four, Kerosene%
*with Ryan Montbleau on vocals; ^ with Luke Milanese on tambourine; % with Brian Moss (Spafford)
You can check out a full gallery of photos from Levitate Music Festival below, courtesy of Adam McCullough.