Led Zeppelin at the Garden of Eden
With Strangefolk guitarist Jon Trafton able to perform following a long struggle with cancer, the Garden of Eden returned after a year hiatus. As in years past, Strangefolk anchored the multi-band gathering held at Greenfield, MAs Camp KeeWanee, performing alongside old friends like Max Creek, the Breakfast, RAQ, U-Melt, Scarecrow Collection and Ryan Montbleau Band, among many others. In addition to their announced appearances, Strangefolk offered a surprise set under the guise of the Tells, performing a series of Led Zeppelin covers late Friday night. During Strangefolks set Saturday, Gordon Stone also added pedal steel to a number of songs, including Strange Lullaby, Sad and Little Bird. Jokingly, the group also invited the Tells back onstage for a version of Led Zeppelins What Is And What Should Never Be Saturday. During its performance, RAQ announced the early release of its forthcoming studio album, Ton These (due in stores tomorrow), and closed its set with Cult of Personality. Stone also joined Max Creek for a few songs during its set, including Free Born Man, Road Of Dreams, Drift Away and Chains Of Life.
On a more somber note, on Friday Max Creek closed out its performance with a version of And We Bid You Goodnight, which was dedicated to its late percussionist Rob Fried. For the occasion, the group distributed candles to its audience and lead a moment of silence for its longtime band member. The group dedicated its entire set to Fried, performing songs he was so prevalent on in his percussion playing, and songs that [they] feel reflect [their] feelings and thoughts about [their] 27 years with him in the Max Creek Family.