Before the storm clouds came rolling in, Vine Street in Downtown Lancaster celebrated their second annual Live On Vine. A block party featuring food, drinks, and of course good music. For a humid day, the last thing anyone wanted to do was walk around in the heat, but the sprinklers were on to cool everyone down and the music was about to begin.
Not far from Lancaster, native Philadelphia band Good Old War kicked off the party. For the audience in attendance, they received something special. Behind the drums was none other than Tim Arnold. It isn’t certain if this means Tim is back in the band or just filling in, he will be on tour with Anthony Green, and Good Old War has a fall tour. We shall see if Tim shows up there also. Having the original lineup felt good, the trio was in great spirits and played for about an hour and a half and ending with “Loud Love”, a crowd favorite with perfect harmonies. The crowd was excited for this performance and only helped fuel them for the rest of the night. Catch Good Old War on tour with Joshua Radin in the next few months.
Switching to the other stage, another Philadelphia band was about to help everyone forget about the heat, The Districts. For a young band, The Districts already have down the stage presence in a live setting. With so much talent and energy, it is no wonder The Districts had a big turn out. Expect huge things from this band in the coming year.
The night ended with Brian Fallon and The Crowes. With a pending storm coming, Brian and company hustled through their 17 song set. The storm didn’t stop Brian from interacting with the crowd in between songs, including seeing an old friend. The setlist was filled with Brian’s solo work and also Horrible Crowes. One surprise song was “Georgia”, and also “Smoke” with Brian playing the steel guitar. “Painkillers” also took on a newer sound with a more slower vibe with more drum and bass. Closing the set was “Behold The Hurricane” and with that, it almost seemed fitting for the coming storm which we all missed in perfect time. For this being Live On Vine’s second year, I am curious what next year will bring. It is going to be hard to top this one.