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Published: 2011/03/15

Bernie Williams, Bill Evans, Josh Dion Join the Allman Brothers Band

Bernie Williams with the Allman Brothers Band. Photo by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band returned to New York’s Beacon Theatre after a day off last night. The band opened its first set with “Sailin’ Across The Devils Sea,” a song the group revived for the first time since 2005 last week. Near the end of the band’s first set, keyboardist John Ginty (Blind Boys of Alabama/Citizen Cope/Robert Randolph) and Yankee turned guitarist Bernie Williams emerged for “Who’s Been Talkin‘” (Williams has studied jazz guitar extensively since retiring from baseball).

Gregg Allman sat out the first song of the band’s second set— the Brothers’ new cover of Miles Davis’ “Spanish Key”—while Ginty played keys and Bill Evans sat in on saxophone. Evans remained onstage for this run’s first version Warren Haynes’ signature number “Soulshine” as well as the classic “Dreams.” The latter song also featured former ulu drummer—and current solo artist—Josh Dion. Near the end of the night, Gregg Allman’s son Devon also took the stage for a version of “One Way Out.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via the Allman Brothers Band’s website

Monday, March 14, Beacon Theater, New York, NY

Set 1.

Sailin’ Across The Devils Sea
Hot Lanta
Midnight Rider
Statesboro Blues
And It Stoned Me
Egypt
Who’s Been Talkin’ w/ John Ginty and Bernie Williams
Revival

Set 2.

Spanish Key w/ John Ginty and Bill Evans
Soulshine w/ Bill Evans
Dreams w/ Bill Evans and Josh Dion
Black Hearted Woman
Rocking Horse
Les Brers In A Minor>
JaBuMaOt>
Les Brers In A Minor

E: Melissa
One Way Out w/ Devon Allman

Comments

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Mike Singer March 15, 2011, 10:05:07

I was at the show and was mesmerized by their performance last night. Possibly because it was broadcast on MSG network the boys really laid it on the line. I thought Warren was particularly demonstrative. I had been feeling that he was stepping back a bit in order to let Derek stretch out but last night was Warren’s night to dominate. It was the second time Bernie Williams played with the Brothers. He should stick to baseball and playing in his apartment. Devon was solid if not spectacular. Bill Evans was a welcome addition. His Sax work was a nice spicy addition and worked will.
Gregg and Warrens Melissa is always a welcome friend. Georgeous guitar work from Mr Haynes. all in all a great night at the Beacon. Thank god they are back. Last years Palace Shows were awful.

Deborah brown March 15, 2011, 06:59:41

In the interest of accuracy,though a great Yankee, Williams was never a captain.

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