LIVE: Mountain Jam XI @ Hunter Mountain, 6/5/15 (Day Two)

Robert Plant
Robert Plant

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

I had only one day to spend at Mountain Jam this year, and despite a couple hours of rain, I was glad I went on the Friday with my long-time concert buddy Dave, with whom I’ve seen shows since the early ’70s. We came at the fest from Gilboa through the mountains in the north and experienced no traffic at all on our way to Hunter Mountain.

The sun broke out at the start of the fest during the Mike & Ruthy Band’s set and continued as Nikki Lane provided sunny music to match.

Spirit Family Reunion provided up-tempo, old-timey pickin’ and singin’. The first big band of the day, Trigger Hippy – featuring Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne – lived up to the buzz around their new disc and rocked hard.

I missed the Mother Hips while searching for ice cream and a sweatshirt for my girlfriend. And then as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Marco Benevento on keyboards) began a spirited set of Grateful Dead covers, a steady rain began, lasting for almost two hours.

It didn’t stop until midway through Grace Potter’s high energy mix of old favorites and new suprises, including a jam with Warren Haynes on Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.”

As Grace had done the previous night opening for the Rolling Stones out west, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers had the unenviable task of opening for Robert Plant, yet they managed to win some new fans.

It seems that many fans did not expect for Robert Plant to dip often into the Led Zeppelin catalogue for his set, so it was pleasantly suprising to hear several excellent rearrangements of Zep classics, including “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Whole Lotta Love,” as well as new songs from Lullaby… and the Ceaseless Roar.

At midnight Gov’t Mule began their Pink Floyd set, playing the entire Dark Side of the Mule album with an impressive light show as well. After “Comfortably Numb,” we shuffled off to the shuttle buses and envied those who would get the next two sunny days of music…

NOTE: WDST-FM will re-broadcast Robert Plant’s entire Mountain Jam set at 8pm tonight (Thursday, June 11).

Tim Mack’s review and photographs at Metroland
Matthew Wilkening’s review and Joshua Timmermans’ photographs at Ultimate Classic Rock
Erin Clary’s review and Jessica Giovannetti’s photographs at Upstate Live

What Is and What Should Never Be
Turn It Up
Black Dog
Going to California
Killing Floor
Little Maggie
No Place to Go / Dazed and Confused
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Fixin’ to Die
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll

Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes and Jorgen Carlsson
Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes and Jorgen Carlsson
Ron Hollaway of Gov't Mule
Ron Holloway of Gov’t Mule
The Compact
The Compact
Trigger Hippy with Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne
Trigger Hippy with Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne
Grace Potter
Grace Potter
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nikki Lane
Nikki Lane
The Jon Cleary Band
The Jon Cleary Band
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