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The Allman Betts Band

October 1 at 8pm

The Allman Betts Band on Tour

When Devon Allman and Duane Betts come together to carry the torch that their fathers — Gregg and Dickey, respectively — bore for so many years, they do it their own way. Sure, they bring classic Allman Brothers Band tunes like “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “Jessica,” “Midnight Rider” and “Blue Sky” to the stage with a sound and spirit that will make their fathers’ fans misty. But this is no tribute act. In addition to breathing new life into the old material, they offer up their own tunes, influenced by old-school Southern rock but bearing an undeniably original feel. And along the way they take songs by other artists, from John Lee Hooker to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and put their own roots-rocking stamp on them. Between Devon’s pipes and Duane’s guitar, old spirits are conjured in an Allman Betts Band concert, but new fires are stoked as well.

The Allman Betts Band in Concert

When Gregg Allman passed away in 2017, the loss ended any chance for the Allman Brothers Band to ever take the stage again. But two men found a way to move the spirit of the ABB into a new era. These musicians are an undeniable part of the band’s legacy even though they were never actually members of the band. Gregg’s son Devon Allman joined forces with Duane Betts, son of legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, to form The Allman Betts Band. Devon’s soulful voice and Duane’s fiery guitar work represent the next chapter in a Southern rock story that started with their parents back in Georgia in the late 1960s. There’s even a third Allman Brothers Band offspring in the Allman Betts Band — Berry Oakley Jr., whose dad was the former’s founding bassist. Those who mourn the Allman Brothers Band will find cause to rejoice in The Allman Betts Band, as not just a rekindling of old memories but a powerful path forward.

 

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