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Published: 2012/03/22

Bernie Williams, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi and More Join The Allman Brothers Band

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band delivered one of their most high energy performances of the year at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night. Mixing things up, the group opened with “One Way Out,” their traditional set closer or encore, with former Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams on guitar. Williams practiced classical guitar when he was younger and has studied jazz guitar at Purchase College after retiring from baseball. Later in group’s first set, Williams returned alongside noted singer—and former Warren Haynes Band member—Ruthie Foster for Haynes’ “River’s Gonna Rise” (a song Haynes recorded on his new solo album). The Juke Horns then emerged for the rest of the group’s first set, marking their fourth appearance this run.

As The Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon run has progressed, the group’s second set acoustic segment have gotten longer and more unique. Last night, Haynes, Derek Trucks and blues guitarist Rocky Lawrence opened the segment with “Dear Mister President.” Haynes and Foster then moved into Son House’s “Grinnin’ in Your Face,” before Susan Tedeschi and the younger members of The Allman Brothers Band joined in for “Death Came A Knocking.” Haynes and Gregg Allman then closed the segment with a powerful rendition of Jackson Browne’s “These Days.” After The Allman Brothers Band plugged in for the recently revived Dickey Betts classic “Blue Sky,” Foster, Tedeschi and The Juke Horns for a cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” The evening’s final guest was banjo player Tony Trischka, who sat in at the end of the night for “Les Brers in A Minor.”

The Allman Brothers Band will return to the Beacon this Saturday.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via The Allman Brothers Band’s homepage

Wednesday, March 21, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set I:
One Way Out w/Bernie Williams
Midnight Rider
High Cost of Low Living
Bag End
River’s Gonna Rise (w/Bernie Williams and Ruthie Foster)
Blind Willie McTell (w/The Juke Horns)
Stand Back l (w/The Juke Horns)
Soulshine l (w/The Juke Horns)
The Same Thing l (w/The Juke Horns)

Set II
Dear Mister President (w/ Rocky Lawrence)
Grinnin’ in Your Face (w/ Ruthie Foster)
Death Came A Knocking (w/Ruthie Foster andSusan Tedeschi)
These Days
Blue Sky
The Weight (w/The Juke Horns, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi)
Les Brers in A Minor (w/Tony Trischka)



There are 12 comments associated with this post

TCinNYC March 22, 2012, 12:07:00

Was that the first Revival of the run? For some reason I am not regretting sitting this run out.

juan March 22, 2012, 12:24:06

No, they played Revival last weekend. And you should regret missing these shows, but I guess you already have your Bieber tickets.

PM March 22, 2012, 12:30:44

This should be called “ The Allman Brothers Family Band” nit’s not the Allman Brothers closer to a Mule show.

PMS March 22, 2012, 13:18:14

PM – you’re an idiot – this is how the Beacon Runs are every single year, and thats what makes them so great.

ABBHead March 22, 2012, 13:21:04

Attended last night. Gregg worked hard and sang on many more songs than usual. Disappointed in the song selection. Warren has come into his own, BUT he seems to think that he is the band leader and he is leading this band in the wrong direction. It was a short performance 8:30 – 12am, minus a 30 minute set break. I left with the imnpression that ABB did not want to be there and just went through the motions to get the night over with.
Time for Dickie to revive this band! Time for Warren to remember that this is ABB not Gov’t Mule or his own vanity project!

Sane Person March 22, 2012, 15:13:12

ABBHead clearly didn’t enjoy the show and thinks that it is wrong for a band to evolve over time. I think Warren Haynes is a great frontman and plays a mean guitar. He’s also got a great voice, and his duets with Ruby Foster and Gregg were out of this world. Their cover of The Weight by The Band was one of the best covers I’ve ever heard. They had a ton of energy and very clearly DID want to keep playing

juan March 22, 2012, 16:17:40

I totally agree Sane Person. We went to last weekend’s shows and they were amazing. The energy of Friday’s show was incredible. One of the best ABB shows I have ever seen. Saturday’s show was a totally different vibe. And yes, it was incredible as well. Perhaps some people just do not hear what we hear. So be it.

jelly jelly March 23, 2012, 05:53:47

The Allman bros need to stick to their catalog of music.

vit-D March 23, 2012, 14:04:01

Blue Sky without Dickey is like warm beer. Unbearable and just plain WRONG!

Dromano March 24, 2012, 05:25:05

Sometimes I wonder if everyone hears the same thing, I was at the March 16th show and feel the band keeps getting better. Warren is an amazing singer and guitarist. Times change and I feel the Allmans are keeping up with the times. How boring it would be if they didn’t .

Stagerli March 24, 2012, 15:37:18

Love this run as much as all past runs Loving the acoustic sit downs , blues to start the second sets Loving the covers throughout , souful covers are killing it, mixed in with high energy classic ABB ripping your face off! Great stuff keep it coming.

PEGGY SUE March 25, 2012, 14:17:56

I was at this show and no problem vit-D with the band performing Dickey Betts “Blue Sky” except for perhaps having it better rehearsed. Gregg also came in singing at the wrong time at the show in Boston last Novemeber when The ABB performed the entire “Eat A Peach”. Minor glitch of course and both renditions included yet more jaw dropping guitar solos. How about “Seven Turns” during the acoustic set??. Butch Trucks is a tireless work horse and I could go on and on. Enjoy the music.

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