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Susan was ripping it up on lead guitar and Mike Mattison stepped in to add a little more soul on a vocal. Next thing I knew, Derek Trucks was off the chain again. Somebody call animal control! The trombone man, Saunders Sermons, intro- duced each band member, underscored by a gospel groove with vocal “ooohs.” Can you say “awesome?” And once again, off Derek goes into the strato-


sphere. To infin- ity, and beyond! “Derek


Lightyear.” And then it was straight into “Nobody’s Free.” The song trailed off into some ethereal stuff man. It was amazing. Of course, the band whipped out the funk on “Simple Things,” dropping down here and there with some jazz laden dynamics, includ- ing a Miles-like trumpet solo. As expected, they segued flawlessly into Sly and the Family Stone’s “I Wanna Take You Higher” to put the last brush strokes on their musical artwork. Somebody testify!


At 942 PM, the Brothers cranked up with the familiar medley of “Don’t Want You No More”


and “My Cross To Bear.” Derek and Oteil were no worse for the wear, having already smoked that powerful set with Tedeschi Trucks. But then again, Jaimoe had just wrapped up his set with Jaimoe’ssan_close_bw Jasssz Band on the other stage.


“Trouble No More” sounded as good as ever, and “Come and Go Blues” was stellar, with


The Allman Brothers Band


Warren and Derek doing their thing. Nobody does it better. Gregg was in fine form on this one as well. And I must admit, it’s always been a favorite of mine. When that album came out it changed my life forever, so...


Next came the instrumental tour de force “Bag End,” again showcasing Derek and Warren - the guitars that destroyed the world. Derek would take it to the tip of the branch, and Warren would pick it up and keep it going. The branch never broke. Not once.


Warren said “It’s the last night of our tour and we have a lot of friends here. It would be a shame not to jam a little.” The crowd went nuts. Bruce Katz joined the band on keys, along with the Asbury Juke Horns, and Kenwood Dennard on drums from Toubab Krewe for some “Same Thing.” Simply rockin.’ I was having Beacon flashbacks. The jam lasted a good 20 minutes. It was Allman-mania. It always is.


Warren Haynes


Next up came one of the Brothers’ most happy tunes, “Revival.” It sounded amazing. “People can you feel it? Love is everywhere.” Oh yeah. Gregg was singing his heart out. That’s what I’m talking about. Another one of my all time favorite


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