The Brothers are Back at the Beacon!
So the Beacon Run is over. I’m sad. I’ll miss the excitement of the shows, night after night. I only went to two of them, but just following along on the the Allmans’ forum message board was thrilling in its own right.
The Brothers definitely brought it over this three week stretch. They made these shows bigger than the band itself, in recognizing Duane Allman’s contributions and the band’s 40th anniversary. They brought out dozens of tremendous guests. And, more than anything, they brought a determination and passion to their music.
That’s right, the Allman Brothers Band makes its triumphant return to New York City tonight. The first of 15 shows, tonight begins the 20th anniversary of their initial Beacon Run. This year’s shows, dedicated to founding guitarist Duane Allman, have promised to be loaded with surprises. In fact, the Brothers say another special guest is lined up for each night of the Run. Top among rumored guests: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, members of the Dead, Boz Scaggs and various jazz artists. Get ready for some fireworks.
Believe me—if you’ve been to the Beacon, you know we like surprises. We like to tell people: “Oh, and by the way, here’s so and so,” and out they walk. Well, this year, the level of surprise has taken a quantum leap. Every night, it’s going to be somebody else, and I would tell the people that refurbished the Beacon, that I think they’re going to have to put the roof back on when we finish.
And if you need more than that, check out this article in today’s NY Times. I’m going on Saturday night and I’ll have a full review of that show. In the meantime, I’ll try to keep a listing of the special guests, night by night.
3/09/09 – 1st Set: Taj Majal; 2nd Set: Levon Helm, Theresa Williams, Larry Campbell and Brian Mitchell
3/10/09 – 1st Set: Johnny Winter; 2nd Set: David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
3/12/09 – 1st Set: Buddy Guy; 2nd Set: Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish
3/13/09 – 1st Set: Bruce Willis; 2nd Set: Boz Scaggs; Both Sets: The Miami Horns (Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg, Eddie Manion, Mark Pender, Chris Anderson and Joey Stann)
3/14/09 – 1st Set: Randy Brecker and Lenny White; 2nd Set: Robert Randolph and Stanley Clarke
3/16/09 – 1st Set: John Hammond; 2nd Set: Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett, Susan Tedeschi, Bruce Katz
3/17/09 – 1st Set: Scott Boyer, Tommy Talton and Brian Mitchell; 2nd Set: Sheryl Crow
3/19/09 – 2nd Set: Danny Louis, Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi
3/20/09 – 1st Set: Danny Louis; 2nd Set: Eric Clapton
3/21/09 – 1st Set: Southside Johnny, The Miami Horns, Susan Tedeschi; 2nd Set: Bruce Hornsby
3/23/09 – 1st Set: Thom Doucette, King Curtis Kingpins, Ron Holloway, and Mike Mattison; 2nd Set: John Bell & Jimmy Herring of Widespread Panic
3/24/09 – 1st Set: Thom Doucette, Bob Margolin, Sonny Landreth and John Popper; 2nd set: Billy Gibbons
3/26/09 – No Guests; 1st Set: Complete 1st Album: The Allman Brothers Band; 2nd Set: Complete 2nd Album: Idlewild South
3/27/09 – 1st Set: Jimmy Hall, Paul Riddle and Kid Rock; 2nd Set: Ivan Neville, Devon Allman and Berry Oakley, Jr.
3/28/09 – 1st Set: Floyd Miles, Chuck Leavell and Paul Riddle; 2nd Set: Bob Weir and Phil Lesh
My pics from the 3/23/09 show are up! To check out those and ones from 3/14/09, click on the Allman Brothers Pics tab on the top of the page.