Day Two of Levitate Festival 2018 started off bright and sunny on an early July weekend in Marshfield, MA. Bluegrass, funk and reggae enthusiasts collided once again for a full day of the best in the jam band business, starting with Quadrafunk and The Quins. Unfortunately, coming from south Boston in the morning delayed photo coverage although let it be known these two bands started the day off right. A large crowd was assembled at the main Stoke Stage for reggae legend and Bob Marley descendant Stephen Marley to take the stage. With all in attendance singing along, the Jamaican collossal made way for jam band extraordinaire on the rise, Spafford, to supercede. Jon and Roy kept the vibes steady on the side Soul Stage before Lake Street Dive absolutely stole the show. Lead singer Rachael Price is mesmerising: she has so much fun onstage, from mic stand tricks to twirling around dancing, it was hard not to love her.
Until 2019, Levitate remains the top east coast festival in alternative reggae, rock funk and bluegrass jam.
It was funk o'clock after that, with Turkuaz's colorful and playful performance echoing throughout the entire fairgrounds. West End Blend was next before reggae rock giants Rebelution played an earlier set than usual; it was quite refreshing to see the members during the day. If Lake Street Dive stole the show, Rebelution brought it back, doubled down and absolutely crushed it. Greensky Bluesgrass jammed to an amassed crowd of what seemed like tens of thousands, all dancing around with each other. Before headliner The Head and The Heart closed down the weekend, a super special performance took place on the side stage. Twiddle's Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb joined other players for an all star jam, including Trey Anastasio's drummer and a man that specials in playing two saxs at once. The experience was indescribable. As The Head and The Heart took the main stage, everyone at Levitate 2018 felt a bittersweet tinge of blue that this transformative festival has come to end for another year. Until 2019, Levitate remains the top east coast festival in alternative reggae, rock funk and bluegrass jam. Perhaps the world.
Photography by Kristy Rose