This Old Engine Closes Watkins Glen Revival 2022

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The tri-state area’s premier Grateful Dead influenced jam band, This Old Engine delivered a two-set closing performance for the Watkins Glen Revival 2022 concert held on May 21 on the grounds of the Swim & Sport Club of Flanders, New Jersey. Presented by JamFam Productions, the daylong concert celebrated the historic Summer Jam at Watkins Glen concert that drew a record-breaking crowd in the summer of 1973. The original Summer Jam at Watkins Glen featured The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The Grateful Dead. The Watkins Glen Revival 2022 featured the region's and nation's premier tribute bands with This Old Engine stepping into the Grateful Dead’s closer slot.  Joining TOE on the bill are The THE BAND Band and The Peach Project. This Old Engine’s festival finale sets sizzled in the May heatwave, and led the crowd of over 800 to an extended dance party for over two hours.

This Old Engine - photo by Lisa Cooney

Formed in 2015, This Old Engine delivers their interpretation of the music of the Grateful Dead for a growing base of devoted fans. Playing regularly throughout the region, TOE's experienced members are an assembly of some of the best players in area's live music scene, pulling in members of The Samples, Spare Tire Band, Cold Hill and Jungle Jazz Initiative to form an eclectic jam band.  This Old Engine are:  Glen Mulligan (vocals, guitar), Joshua Kessler (vocals, guitar), Tim McDonald (bass), Joe Biglin (vocals, keyboards), John Soward (drums), Billy Mutchler (drums & percussion), and Sharon Brackelmanns (vocals).

This Old Engine @ Watkins Revival - photo by Lisa Cooney