Levitate Music and Arts Festival is just a few weeks away! The two day music event returns to Marshfield, MA for the weekend of July 7 and 8, and the word is that tickets are selling out pretty quick.
We’re not surprised at that—Levitate Festival knows how to throw together a pretty cohesive lineup of performers. As it turns out, many of the artists scheduled to play this year have collaborated together in the past, some very recently! From reggae to soul to jam rock, Levitate’s 2018 lineup is full of musicians that have actually shared the stage throughout the past, and knowing this makes us all the more excited for what might happen in Marshfield come July 7 and 8.
Check out our five favorite live collaborations between some of the artists gracing this year’s Levitate Music and Arts Festival lineup.
1. Trey Anastasio + Robert Randolph — Las Vegas, NV 2006
The music world is a lucky place to have had a couple of guitar titans like Trey Anastasio and Robert Randolph collaborate on multiple occasions in the past (did you know that both are on Rolling Stone’s List of Top 100 Guitarists?). At Levitate this year, Randolph will be playing a set with The Family Band, and Anastasio will be there with his trio form of the TAB lineup. Who knows, Anastasio’s power rock outfit could be the perfect chance for the two to shred together again. Here’s one of their past almighty matchups from 2006 in Las Vegas: Randolph sitting in for Anastasio’s “46 Days.” Fun fact: Phil Lesh keyboardist Jason Crosby is also jamming on this one!
2. Lake Street Dive + The Suffers Horn Section — Cleveland, OH 2016
Levitate will have a number of artists performing that have helped to prove that true American soul is far from dead these days. Two of those bands, the heavenly foursome Lake Street Dive and the dynamite group The Suffers, have toured together in the past, and the collaborative moments between the two were truly amazing. Check out this performance from Cleveland’s House of Blues in 2016, when Dive invited up The Suffers horn section to round out the four piece’s upbeat tune “Spectacular Failure.”
3. Spafford + Greensky Bluegrass’ Dave Bruzza — Fort Collins, CO 2017
Spafford have been non-stop on their rise in the jam world, and on the way they’ve collaborated with a number of cool artists. Greensky, steadily blossoming into THE premier jamgrass groups since their start, are no different—the unexpected yet thankful surprise collaborations have been abound. Just last November, Spafford performed at The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO, and invited Greensky guitarist Dave Bruzza up to jam on their cover of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Soul to Squeeze.”
4. Members of Slightly Stoopid + Rebelution — Monterey, CA 2013
As if their lineup wasn’t savory enough, Levitate is bringing not only one, or two, but the true trio of reggae rock to their festival this year. Performing will be legends Slightly Stoopid, along with somewhat newer rockers Rebelution and Stick Figure. At the 2013 California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Tribal Seeds invited members of Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution, along with Adam Taylor of Iration, to help on “Vampire” to close out their memorable set.
5. Stick Figure + Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald — Del Mar, CA 2015
Slightly Stoopid and Stick Figure also have an extensive collaborative past, having even recorded in the studio together. Peep the excitement of the crowd in this video from KAABOO Festival in 2015, when Stick Figure brings up Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald to the stage. With Stoopid, Rebelution, and Stick Figure all performing at this year’s Levitate Music Festival, there’s no telling what kind of sublime pairing’s we might see between the three.