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Soul of the South

Gregg Allman can't sit still, it seems. When he isn't touring with the Allman Brothers Band, the South's finest Hammond B3 player and most soulful singer revs up his solo ensemble and takes the road one more time. After 40 years, it's probably safe to say that Allman knows no other life than the one that takes him to a new city every day, with new friends to make and yet another opportunity to, as they say in Allman Brothers country, "hit the note."

The Buffalo area has always been kind to Allman and whatever band he has wrapped around him at any given time. His last solo stop in our neck of the woods, inside the Seneca Niagara Casino's intimate Bear's Den, provided an evening's worth of music boasting spiritual dimensions, so in tune were Allman and his "friends." Whether he was reprising Allman Brothers hits, digging into solo gems or simply singing the blues, Allman's gruff soulfulness and wizened phrasing raised the hairs on the back of our necks.

This time around, Gregg Allman and Friends -- Allman on organ, vox and guitar; former Aretha Franklin/King Curtis/B.B. King/Wilson Pickett bassist Jerry Jemmott; Jay Collins on horns; Jack Pearson on guitar; Steve Potts on drums; and second keyboardist Neil Larson -- will visit the casino's much larger Seneca Events Center for an 8 p.m. show Sunday. The show is sold out.

-- Jeff Miers

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