Two local bands will join the Allman Brothers Band, the Zac Brown Band and others on the main stage at the Peach Music Festival this weekend at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Kicking off the entire festival at 4 p.m. today will be Cabinet, the old-timey bluegrass and acoustic music six-piece consisting of Pappy Biondo (banjo, vocals), J.P. Biondo (mandolin, vocals), Mickey Coviello (acoustic guitar, vocals), Dylan Skursky (electric bass, double bass), Todd Kopec (fiddle, vocals) and Jami Novak (drums, percussion).
MiZ, the band led by guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Mizwinski, will play at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, also on the main stage, which has been dubbed the "Peach Stage" for the occasion. (The festival's second stage, dubbed the "Mushroom Stage," will be at neighboring Sno Mountain.)
"I'm not really sure how we got the gig," Coviello of Cabinet said in an interview with The Times Leader a few days before his band's main-stage debut. "I could make something up to make it sound better, but whatever, it's amazing.
"Ever since I was a kid, I was going to shows there, and never once did I ever imagine I would get a chance to play on that stage," the Moscow native said. "It's pretty good, man."
Coviello said the band has played previously with some of the bands on the bill, including Railroad Earth and Blackberry Smoke, and he is probably looking forward to seeing Zac Brown Band the most.
"I was introduced to his music because one of my guitar heroes, Tony Rice, played on one of his albums," Coviello said. "So I am most interested in his set, to see him play and to see how much bluegrass as opposed to country he plays."
Coviello also recommended Toubab Krewe, who will play the Mushroom Stage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. "And, of course, the Allman Brothers Band as well," he said. "It will be great to see them up close."
Mizwinski, who grew up in Pittston and now resides in Scranton, also will play the main stage at Montage for the first time when his band performs tomorrow afternoon.
"When we heard about the festival, our agent reached out to them, and we didn't hear anything back for the longest time," Mizwinski said. "So then we put something on Facebook, telling people to let LiveNation know that they wanted to see MiZ play at the Peach, and they did.
"Over 300 people posted, and less than 24 hours later, we found out we were going to play 45 minutes on the main stage," he said. "It's the childhood dream of every musician in the Wyoming Valley to play on that stage, so we're really excited.
"Our goal is to play really high-energy, fun stuff," Mizwinski said. "There will be one cover; it's really cool, but I won't say what it is and spoil the surprise.
"And the rest will be a sort of MiZ greatest-hits set," he said with a laugh. "It will be great to get our music out there for so many people."
What: Local bands play The Peach
When: 4 p.m. today on the main stage
When: 12:30 p.m. tomorrow on the main stage