The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND wrapped up their ninth annual Wanee Festival this past weekend in Live Oak, FL (April 18-20) and have announced a short select late summer tour, launching with two “evening with” nights in Chicago August 20-21, following their August 16-17 performances at their second annual Peach Festival in northeast Pennsylvania. On the ten amphitheater shows that follow, the group will be joined by their pal STEVE WINWOOD for six shows (August 23-30) and GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS for four nights (September 2-7).
The live rock icons–GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani), JAIMOE (drums), WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)–are touring selectively as the band members tour with their various side projects. Of the upcoming tour, Gregg Allman said, “This will be a good little run. We’ve always loved Steve and we’ve been listening to a lot of Grace’s stuff, so I imagine we’re going to have a bunch of fun together.” The ABB are known for their version of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Don’t Want You No More” as well as occasionally performing the Steve Winwood-penned “Can’t Find My Way Home.”
In other live news, the group recently closed out the first night of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden. The ABB were joined onstage for their first night closing 45-minute set by Eric Clapton for “Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad” and by David Hildago and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos and Taj Mahal (“Statesboro Blues”). Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said, “He [Clapton] and guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks all soloed in the song’s long, closing sigh, their strong, individual voices meshing into a glistening, bittersweet tangle in the growing quiet 4/15/13).” On the second night, ALLMAN, HAYNES and DEREK TRUCK’s (Butch’s nephew) performed a three-song acoustic set of “Old Friend,” “The Needle And The Damage Done” and “Midnight Rider.” Of the former song, Fricke said, “The eerie, autobiographical authority in Gregg’s voice–especially when he got to the personal resonance in the line, ‘I hit the city and I lost my band’–was gently matched by the mourning eloquence in Trucks’ acoustic, bottleneck lines (4/15/13).”
The Crossroads Centre in Antigua was founded by Eric Clapton in 1997 to provide quality, affordable treatment for alcohol and other drug dependencies.
Here are the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’s upcoming tour dates:
Fri 8/16 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival @ Montage Mtn.
Sat 8/17 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival @ Montage Mtn.
Tue 8/20 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre – “An Evening With”
Wed 8/21 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre – “An Evening With”
Fri 8/23 – Darien Ctr, NY – Darien Lakes Perf. Arts Ctr. – w/Steve Winwood
Sat 8/24 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre – w/Steve Winwood
Tue 8/27 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook – w/Steve Winwood
Wed 8/28 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Perf. Arts Ctr. – w/Steve Winwood
Fri 8/30 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – w/Steve Winwood
Sat 8/31 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amph. – w/Steve Winwood
Mon 9/2 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amph @ Encore Park -w/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Wed 9/4 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live – w/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Fri 9/6 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Ctr. – w/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Sat 9/7 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – w/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals