Monday, March 16, 2009
EAT A PIECE: Boz & The Brothers At the Beacon
Week one of the Allman Brothers March residency at NYC's Beacon Theatre has come to a close; five shows, each featuring a different set of music and special guests. I attended Night Three and thanks to the internets, have listened to three additional shows.
With set lists tightened up to include little to no material post 1976, and mini sets from such legendary people as Levon Helm, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, and Boz Scaggs to celebrate the ABB 40th anniversary, each show has been better than the last.
Here is the purported guest list for the remaining shows:
3/16 - John Hammond, Bonnie Bramlett
3/18 - Sheryl Crow
3/19 - Eric Clapton
3/20 - Eric Clapton
3/21 - TBD
3/23 - Aretha Franklin
3/24 - Billy Gibbons, Sonny Landreth
3/27 - Gary Rossington, Ivan Neville, possibly Kid Rock
3/28 - Weir & Lesh
Sad for me that my show with Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish left me cold. Ironically, I had some bad fish before the show, so maybe that had something to do with it. Still, the 4 song, hour long second set, which included a 22 minute "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed," seemed less like southern Allmans jamming, and more like Grateful Dead noodling...to me. Other reviews have been a lot more favorable, calling it "off the hook," "stepping to a new level," and "absolutely sick!" I threw in the towel before the 30 minute "Jessica."
My highlight from Week One is from Night Four.
Here is the mini set featuring the Brothers, Boz Scaggs, and the Southside Jukes Horns.
2. IT TAKE A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
3. SICK & TIRED
4. AIN'T NO LOVE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
5. LOAN ME A DIME