It appears entirely likely that the Allman Brothers Band’s string of fall dates will represent a final victory lap for one of the most enduring and deeply influential ensembles in the history of American music. With the impending departure of guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes from the Brotherly fold, it sadly seems that things have run their course.
Of course, founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe could very well surprise us all by bringing in some heretofore unknown young guns to fill the gap, or perhaps even find the phone number of an old friend named Dickey. Time will tell, as it has a way of doing.
In the meantime, despite recent battles with ill health, it seems that Gregg Allman is fit and raring to go. His solo bands have always been stellar, and this current one – featuring, among others, Allman Brothers Band percussionist Marc Quinones, saxophonist Jay Collins and guitarist Scott Sharrard – is no exception to that rule. Reports from the road find Allman in strong voice, the band on fire, and the set lists unsurprisingly well-stocked with fine vintage and new brew alike.
Allman and band will take over the stage at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Artpark, as part of that venue’s “Tuesday in the Park” series. Buffalo’s own Little Mountain Band will handle the opening duties. Tickets are $7 general admission, and $27 for VIP front-of-stage standing room (www.artpark.net).