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Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 6, 2021 14:59

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The jam band Tedeschi Trucks Band came back to NYC for its (almost) annual residency. I saw their concert on Tuesday, October 5th.

The American city that's best known for musical residencies is Las Vegas. Pop musicians and rock bands such as Katy Perry, Usher, Santana and Donny Osmond, among others, have played extended series of concerts in Vegas. New York City also has a history of playing host to a few bands' residencies. 

The Allman Brothers Band held a twenty year residency of several dates each year, at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. They called it their "Peakin' at the Beacon". Steely Dan also held residencies at the Beacon. In 2017 the band Phish played a 13 show residency at Madison Square Garden, calling it The Baker's Dozen. Billy Joel also has had a once-per-month residency (interrupted by the pandemic) at Madison Square Garden (my daughters and I will see his December show). There are other bands that have had such NYC residencies at smaller venues as well.

Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of the other bands to hold such concert residencies, at the Beacon Theatre. I saw one of those shows a few years ago, and attended the third show of their 2021 residency on Tuesday, October 5th.

Who are they?  Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married and they merged their individual bands into this one. It's a sprawling outfit, currently twelve musicians on stage, including two drummers (like the Allmans and The Grateful Dead). Their music is a mix of rock 'n roll, blues, soul, jam band and more. Derek is the nephew of the late Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks. In fact, before he was a teenager, he was playing guitar with the likes of Gregg Allman. Derek and Susan have extensive musical careers.

I was excited to see them this year but also a bit apprehensive; this was my first indoor concert since early March 2020, when I saw the 50th anniversary show of the Allman Brothers Band at MSG. Each concert goer had to show proof of ID and vaccination, but about half of the audience (including me) also wore our masks during the concert.

The Beacon Theatre is a wonderful venue; not huge (2,894 seats) and nearly a century old. The acoustics are excellent and the sightlines are good throughout most of the hall. I sat all the way in the corner, last aisle of the orchestra, and the sound and sightline were fine.

The show was really good. They are all fluid musicians, and known for their extensive jamming. Susan Tedeschi is an amazing alto who can really belt numbers. They opened with a cover of the Beatles song "I've Got A Feeling" and I enjoyed it so much. They also played a spirited cover of "The Letter". Early on they played "Don't Know What It Means," one of their best known songs. "Shame" was bluesy and torchy. "Loan Me A Dime" was a soulful workout.

This band apparently enjoys playing these residencies; for some groups, it's a great way to settle in and play. Fans enjoy this as well.

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 6, 2021 14:59

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