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Published: 2012/05/27

The Ramble Returns to Levon Helm’s Barn

Levon Helm’s barn hosted its first concert last night since the legendary drummer’s passing in April of this year. On the night of what would have been Helm’s 72nd birthday, members of The Levon Helm Band performed in various configurations to honor his life and to celebrate his birthday through music. A statement about the concert posted to Helm’s Facebook page yesterday read:

The show will be very organic and will be very different from a Ramble. The music and being with friends, family and fans will be part of the healing process. This is how Levon would’ve wanted it. He wouldn’t want those four walls to be silent…The ‘barn’ will definitely resonate with love tonight.

To start off the evening a truncated version of Helm’s band appeared onstage, which consisted of his daughter Amy, Larry and Teresa Campbell, bassist Byron Isaacs along with chief Levon Helm Studios sound engineer Justin Guip on drums. Before the performance began, a tiny voice belonging to Amy Helm’s son could be heard calling out “Sing for us, Mommy!” alleviating some of the pressure in the room. Shortly after, the barn resumed its typical musical proceedings, with guests including The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian and iconic folk artist Happy Traum appearing to pay tribute to their fallen friend.

“We all felt Levon in the room… and we know his heart was full of joy that there was music in the Barn yet again,” said one fan who attended the performance. “There was life in that room.”


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Brett LaGrave May 27, 2012, 23:30:17

Ramble on…

THOMAS ROACH May 27, 2012, 23:46:49

For sure,Levon was all about people coming together.

Jack May 27, 2012, 23:58:53

We were lucky enough to get a pair of standing room only tickets for Saturdays special ramble. We were thrilled to go yet carried with us much sadness and aniexety on what lay ahead. The music quickly resonated thoughout the barn and shortly all was right again. The band and all the special guests sang and played their hearts out. What a thrill to see John Sebastian and Happy Traum. We shared a loft rail with a terriffic young family from Binghamton, where together we laughed, sang, swayed, and danced till the heat finally did us old guys in. It was a great – great night of healing, something I will never ever forget yet none the less sadly one great magical voice was missing, Ramble on…..

Clifton May 28, 2012, 03:10:05

Please keep on Ramblin’... God bless you all!

Kim Ayrassian May 28, 2012, 05:57:07

He surely is smiling. Would want the barn to be filled with music and people swaying to the beat. I wish to return to share again, for nothing can compare to a night at the ramble. Bless you all for keeping his dream alive.

ME May 28, 2012, 11:03:22

nice setlist. :/

josh Gannon May 31, 2012, 11:19:31

I never made it to the barn but hope they keep the celebration alive. I still plan on making it there some day from Wisconsin.

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