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Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ‘Wheels of Soul’ rolls to Artpark

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The 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band has teamed with Southern soul powerhouse Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and second-generation blues royalty Doyle Bramhall II for a 35-date summer tour that includes a stop at Artpark on Tuesday. The “Wheels of Soul Tour” already has been compared to the massive soul-rock undertaking that was Joe Cocker’s infamous 1970 “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” undertaking, and with good reason – both tours balanced the deepest strains of soul music against elements of the blues and R&B, and both ensembles boast musicians who can be considered the prime virtuosos of the respective milieus.

One glaring difference between this current tour and its spiritual forebear – “Wheels of Soul” boasts a family vibe, one rooted in the fact that partners Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have their brood with them on the road, and reflected in family-friendly ticket prices ($12 to $27 advance) and what all involved hope will be a love-soaked vibe.The Artpark show is the final one in the second leg of the tour, so it would not be overoptimistic to expect some intermingling between the three bands during this, one of the most highly anticipated shows of our summer concert season. Ticket are available through the Artpark box office, Artpark.net and Tickets.com.

– Jeff Miers

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