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Published: 2013/03/07

The Allman Brothers Band Welcome John Popper, The Blind Boys, Joan Osborne and More, Pay Tribute to The Band and the Tolers

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band welcomed a mix of new and old friends at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night. They also continued their extended tribute to Levon Helm and The Band.

Partway through The Allman Brothers Band’s first set, Beacon regulars The Juke Horns emerged for the second night in a row to play on The Band’s “It Makes No Difference,” “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” and “The Same Thing.” The latter song also featured longtime ABB pal John Popper—who tweeted about his sit in—on harmonica.

The Allman Brothers have covered a number of Band-associated songs this run, including “Tears of Rage” and “Long Black Veil.” The Brothers’ first set also featured the band’s second version of the new Warren Haynes/Phil Lesh original “Spots of Time” in as many days as well as their first take on the Seven Turns song “Good Clean Fun” since 2010.

At the start of their second set, The Allman Brothers Band returned to the stage without Gregg Allman but with The Blind Boys of Alabama and regular Blind Boys keyboardist Peter Levin for a mashup-up “Amazing Grace” and “House of the Rising Sun” (a Blind Boys’ signature). Then, Allman swapped in for Levin on Blind Boys-added version of “Soulshine.” Allman stepped offstage a second time as the Blind Boys led The Allman Brothers Band through a take on “There Will Be a Light” that also featured Joan Osborne but he returned for an all-star version of The Band’s “The Weight” that included Osborne, Levin, The Juke Horns and Blind Boys of Alabama guitarist Joey Williams.

Haynes collaborated with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Peach Music Festival in August. The collaborations worked and they also shared at stage at Christmas Jam this past December.

Later in the night, The Allman Brothers Band paid tribute to their former guitarist Dan Toler—who passed away in February—during “Nobody Left to Run With.” The Brothers splashed his image on their screen during the song’s jam segment along with the rest of the band’s fallen members (including drummer Frankie Toler). They also flashed his image on their screen during a set-closing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”

The Juke Horns returned for The Allman Brothers Band’s encore. They sat in on “And it Stoned Me” and remained onstage as Popper and Williams reemerged for “You Don’t Love Me.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section

Wednesday, March 6, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set I: Trouble No More, Midnight Rider, Done Somebody Wrong, Spots of Time, Leave Me Blues, Good Clean Fun, It Makes No Difference^< Don’t Keep Me Wondering^, The Same Thing^^

Set II: Amazing Grace*, Soulshine**, There Will Be a Light%, The Weight%%, Nobody Left to Run With, Ain’t Wastin Time No More, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed > Drums > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

E: And it Stoned Me^ You Don’t Love Me&

^with the Juke Horns
^^with the Juke Horns and John Popper *with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Pete Levin **with the Blind Boys of Alabama
%with the Blind Boys of Alabama, Joan Osborne and Pete Levin
%%with the Juke Horns, Joan Osborne, Pete Levin and Joey Williams
&with John Popper and Joey Williams

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