Tuesday, March 3, 2009


After Gregg Allman had a health scare last year resulting in the cancellation of The Allman Brothers Band's annual Beacon Theater March Madness, things are back to normal this year. This year's March Madness starts in a few days, and the band will be headlining their annual Wanee Music Festival June 5 & 6 in Florida, which has a pretty killer lineup. The Allmans are playing, as is many offshoots of the band: Gov't Mule (featuring Warren Haynes), The Derek Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, plus Oteil Burbridge is playing with both The Dead's Billy Kreutzmann and with a group called The Lee Boys. Also, family members: Susan Tedeschi (Derek Trucks is Mr. Susan Tedeschi) and Devon Allman's Honeytribe. Plus: the reunited Arc Angels (Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall II, and the Double Trouble rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon), Toots & The Maytalls, The Wailers (peforming Bob Marley's Exodus), a great techno artist called Mocean Worker, The Drive-By Truckers, and more. Quite possibly the festival of the year, and I'm not even a hippie.

An embarassing moment for Rolling Stone's website though: their story about the festival features a picture of Bob Weir, who isn't in the Allmans and isn't on the bill (although he was last year).

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