Devotees of Tedeschi Trucks Band know the band’s catalog, can sing along with its lyrics and, dependent on the tune, relish the chance to histrionically (and inaccurately) strum air guitar.
They also know the collective’s stunning combination of vocal beauty and instrumental brilliance via wife-husband combination Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks is as rare as it is transcendent. This is one overarching explanation for why the first of the band’s two shows on May 7 and 8 (starting at 7:30 p.m.) at UB’s Center for the Arts is already sold out.
Those looking for reasons to fear a Sunday sellout should look no further than the band’s recent area appearances and its newest release, “Let Me Get By.” For the former, hypnotic and rollicking affairs at both Canalside (2014) and Artpark (2015) introduced uninitiated locals to the 11-piece’s brand of rock-and-rhythm revue.
[Read Michael Farrell's review of Tedeschi Trucks Band from 2014]
For the latter, TTB picks up where 2013’s “Made Up Mind” left off, albeit in a direction refined by years on the road, touched by Memphis soul and steered by the freewheeling whim of guitar magician Trucks. For those looking for a preview, cue up the winding “I Want More” — then scurry online for some of the weekend’s remaining seats.
Tickets run between $27 and $77 for the May 8 show (box office, Tickets.com). Visit ubcfa.org.