Article by Keith Valcourt

Photo by Kimberly Annette

 

Quick—name every band you know that has been around for 45 years and are still delivering high-octane live shows. There’s The Rolling Stones and…? Right. Not many other bands can lay claim to that kind of longevity. Unless, of course, you are The Allman Brothers. The seminal down-home American rock band is celebrating an unbelievable 45 years together in 2014 with a series of live gigs and archival releases.

First, on January 10, the Allman Brothers Band pay tribute to their fearless leader, Gregg Allman, at a very special all-star concert atlogo_4 The Fox Theater in Atlanta. Musical director extraordinaire Don Was leads a diverse lineup of artists including Doctor John, Jackson Browne, Sam Moore, Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, Sam Moore, Pat Monahan (Train), Widespread Panic and dozens more.

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Following that star-studded event, the band will play their annual New York City residency at the Beacon Theater  (March 7–22).  This sold-out tradition (which started in 1989) has seen the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers play the legendary 2,800-seat venue more than 220 times.

Also on tap is the group’s 10th Annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, set for  April 10–12. Although the 2014 lineup has yet to be released, you can expect great bands joining the Allman Brothers Band. Acts that have played previous festivals include Little Feat, The Black Keys, Furthur, Robert Plant, Steven Stills, the Steve Miller Band, O.A.R., Bob Weir, Buddy Guy, the Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

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wanee2014-med2014 is also the year that a slew of unreleased Allman Brothers material will be available to fans for the first time. Boston Common 8/17/71 is an amazing live CD set that was recorded just 10 weeks before the death of co-founding guitarist Duane Allman. Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992 marks the band’s first performance  of their residency at the New York City landmark. Finally, on DVD comes Live at Great Woods, the 1991 concert filmed at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts (now known as Comcast Center), 30 miles outside of Boston, in front of 20,000 rabid fans.

The 2014 lineup of the Allman Brothers Band consists of founding members: Gregg Allman (vocals and keyboards), Butch Trucks (drums) and “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums), alongside longtime players Warren Haynes (vocals and lead guitar), Derek Trucks (guitars), Oteil Burbridge (bass) and Marc Quiñones  (percussion).

 

 

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