I was super stoked to see my first Allman Brothers show. Saturday night at the Beacon, four nights into their annual Spring run at the Upper West Side venue, the energy was explosive and the jams were solid through both sets and encore.
I have passed up a number of chances to see the Bros - not really sure why I never went. The current lineup pays homage to and definitely lives up to the memory of founding Brother, Duane Allman. Bolstered by his brother Gregg, the current group is an allstar lineup of sick ass musicians: Warren Haynes and the AMAZINGLY FANTASTICAL Derek Trucks on guitar and former Rescue Unit member Oteil Burbridge on bass. They have to be the best jamband bar none currently touring talent-wise. And the solos....they actually have a point. No wayward noodling here.
3/24/2007 Beacon Theater, NYC
Leave My Blues At Home
High Cost of Low Living
One Way Out
Come On Into My Kitchen2
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed1
Bass (Otiel and Derek) > Drums (Oteil on Butch's kit) > Flute3 > Drums
Mountain Jam >
Dazed & Confused >
The highlight list is long: "Revival" and "High Cost Of Low Living" from the first set and pretty much the entire second set. "Kitchen" with Mississippi Allstar Luther Dickinson adding guitar, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and the en fuego like "Mountain Jam" > "Dazed And Confused" > "Mountain Jam". Did I mention the "Whipping Post" encore?
Pretty stoked to end my week long stay in San Fran with a trip to the legendary Warfield Theater. Many-a-sick bands have graced the stage - let alone Jerry and his mates - that it felt pretty special just entering the doors and heading up the stairs to the balcony. It's a classic theater turned venue and the sound - perfection.
I'm a big fan of RRFB shows. You can not have a bad time even if you tried.
1. Nobody 2. Is Everyone Feeling Alright feat. Lenesha 3. Jesus is Just Alright 4. Jam 5. Shake Your Hips 6. Diane 7. Michael Jackson Medley (with David Grisman on mandolin) 8. Jason's Jam 9. Homecoming 10. Guest Guitarist Jam --> Black Water Tease 11. Deliver Me
Encore: 12. Gospel Jam (w/ David Grisman) 13. Ain't Nothing Wrong With That 14. Voodoo Chile (slight return riff-jam)
Seeing Grisman as a special guest in the Warfield was incredible. It is only fitting that on Jerry's stage one of his favorite musicians is the special guest of the night. The Jackson medley was jamtastic. "Diane", "Deliver Me" and "Jesus Is Just Alright" were other highlights from the set.
I love checking out sweet bands in venues I have yet to go to. Wednesday night I entered the Independent in San Fran for the first time to take in John Darnielle and the Mountain Goats. I can't get enough of 2006's Get Lonely. I totally enjoyed the last twotimes I saw them. This show was just as good as both of them.
The encore was a surprise cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town" with openers Pony up! adding backing vocals.