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A Birthday Concert Tribute to Gregg Allman

Ellen Levitt

Posted on December 9, 2021 18:42

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The Allman Family Revival concert in NYC took place on the late Gregg Allman's birthday, December 8th. It was an excellent show for Allman Brothers Band fans.

I'm a big fan of the Allman Brothers Band's music and enjoyed seeing their 50th anniversary show in March 2020. Thus, on December 8th I was at the Beacon Theatre in NYC, watching the Allman Family Revival concert. That day was the late Gregg Allman's birthday, and this show featured the Allman Betts Band with several guest musicians. This band includes the sons of three original members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Devon Allman, Gregg's oldest son. 

The show was held at the lovely Beacon Theatre, and the Allmans had played many shows there during their career (they recorded their album "Peakin' at the Beacon" here). In fact, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also related to the Allmans (guitarist Derek Trucks played with the Allmans when he was young and is a nephew of their late drummer Butch Trucks) has performed many times at the Beacon.

This show was designed largely to a tribute to Gregg's music, but the band also played other Allmans songs and covers they were known to perform. They also performed a few original Allman Betts Band songs, such as the catchy "Magnolia Road." I've become a fan of this "off-shoot band" as well and enjoyed their numbers.

But the audience cheered loudest for the skillful and soulful Allman Brothers songs, such as "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'", "Dreams," "Come and Go Blues," "Midnight Rider" and "Melissa." They also played Allmans Brothers songs that were not written by Gregg, such as "Blue Sky," and even the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City." That last song featured the duet the River Kittens.

There were often more than a dozen musicians and singers on stage, including guests such as Robert Randolph on pedal steel guitar, Gee Love and Eric Gales on guitar, Lilly Hiatt and others. Sometimes there were five or six guitarists onstage during the same song, and it was a whirlwind of rock, blues, country rock, funk and more. 

My favorite songs were "Blue Sky" (one of my all-time faves by this band) and "Midnight Rider." But throughout the night, the quality of the musicianship was sharp and fluid, and everyone really seemed to be enjoying themselves, playing together. And the audience could feel this as well.

Some purists might scoff at such a show: there were no actual members of the Allman Brothers Band on stage, for one. But this group, which is a second-generation band, channels much of the sound and spirit of the original act. I've been to a few fascinating tribute concerts to musicians. One was a 1998 show in Brooklyn, a tribute to the late British folk singer Sandy Denny. These musical events are heartfelt workouts, more than just cover band versions of hit tunes. (Although a friend of mine does sing for a group called Cover Storm, which plays energetic classic rock songs.)

Throughout the history of rock 'n roll, and jazz as well, many bands and performers have covered songs they enjoyed. This Gregg Allman tribute was special.

Ellen Levitt

Posted on December 9, 2021 18:42

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