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(Pictured: Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule)

A trio of bands shook the rafters at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield Saturday night, a reminder that rock and roll still rules. Openers Magpie Salute, featuring former members of the Black Crowes got the party started. Newport Folk favorites The Avett Brothers were up next, with a full set of high-energy favorites including “February 7,” “Laundry Room” and a stunning version of “I Shall Be Released.”

Gov’t Mule (performing as “Dark Side of the Mule”) amazed those in attendance with stellar renditions of Pink Floyd classics from Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. Hits like “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Breath,” which featured the Avett’s on vocals, sounded tremendous in the outdoor setting. Both bands were on fire all evening long.

Check out some pictures from the July 14th show below. (Photos: Ken Abrams)

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