In mid-July, The Peach Music Festival commenced, kicking off one of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the summer. To open the festival, fan-favorite rising-star artists like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Marcus King Band, Turkuaz, and Twiddle were all on hand, welcoming fans across Thursday evening. Given the consistently high-caliber collaborations the festival hosts each year, it came as no surprise when various musicians joined forces, making for truly rare collaborations.
However, one of the most buzzed-about sets of The Peach Music Festival this year was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Thursday night show. As to be expected at festivals where numerous artists are on deck before and after their sets, the Baltimore-born funk-jam act 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.
Continuing with the momentum built during Marcus King’s surprise sit-in, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong launched into a “Fade Fast” sandwich, using the tune to house two energetic and nostalgic tracks from The Jungle Book that the band debuted during their Disney-themed New Year’s Eve show in Covington. Jamming through “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”, the band eventually jammed back into “Fade Fast” before closing out their performance at The Peach Music Festival in full with a rendition of “Fun in Funk”.
Today, much to the delight of fans, The Peach Music Festival has released a pro-shot video of Marcus King’s sit-in with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the song, “Lightning”. Check it out below! You can also watch a full stream of Pigeons’ explosive set below, courtesy of Michael Liacos.
“Lightning” with Marcus King
[Video: The Peach Music Festival]
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA | 7/19/2018
Set: Whoopie, Porcupine, FU*, Somethin’ 4 Ya, Havana, Julia, Lightning^, Fade Fast > I Wanna Be Like You > Bare Necessities > I Wanna Be Like You > Jam > Fade Fast, Fun in Funk
Notes: * The Royal Horns sit in | ^Marcus King sit in
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 1
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 2