This weekend, some of our favorite acts flocked to Scranton, Pennsylvania to take part in Susquehanna Breakdown, a music festival hosted by Pennsylvania’s bluegrass sweethearts Cabinet. Across the two-day event, Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood BrothersKeller WilliamsTurkuazTom Hamilton’s American BabiesBilly StringsKitchen DwellersOrgan Freeman, and more put on spectacular performances, in addition to three performances by host-band Cabinet plus their joint set with Keller Williams.

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After a performance by the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday saw Keller Williams kick things off with his solo set before joining Cabinet for one set of pure collaborative goodness. Williams then departed and left Cabinet to do their thing for their own solo set, before the host band handed the night off to Organ Freeman to close things down. Saturday was a much busier day, with the opening of the Susquehanna Stage doubling the day’s the musical capacities. The final day of the two-day event, the festival’s two stages on Saturday saw additional performances by Cabinet, plus stellar, foot-stompin’ sets from Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, The Wood Brothers, Kitchen Dwellers, Billy Strings, and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies.

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Highlights from the many diverse musical performances of the weekend include Keller Williams and Cabinet’s joint set, as well as Cabinet’s set closer later in the night—a cover of Cake’s “The Distance.” On Saturday, Greensky put on a fiery show for the festival attendees, which saw sit-ins by Tom HamiltonJP BiondoPatrick Biondo, and the young bluegrass rising star Billy Strings and eventually ended on a high note with an excellent rendition of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” As always, Turkuaz’s set was high-energy and dialed in, and their funk offered a nice change from the bluegrass stylings prominent across the weekend. You can take a listen to select sets from across Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown this weekend below. You can check out photos from Susquehanna Breakdown below, courtesy of Sam Watson.

 Cabinet with Keller Williams and Cabinet Solo Set, 5/19/2017

[Recording courtesy of Keith Litzenberger]

Organ Freeman, 5/19/2017

[Recording courtesy of Nick Blockus]

Cabinet, 5/20/2017

[Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]

Greensky Bluegrass, 5/20/2017


[Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]

Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, 5/20/2017

Turkuaz, 5/20/2017

[Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]