B List: Shows to Fatten Your Allmans Trip

2.) Jay Collins Band, tonight

WHERE: Rodeo Bar

TIME: 10 p.m.

COST: Free

Jay Collins is a killer saxophone player, skilled in as many different idioms (jazz, blues, funk, soul, rock, R&B…) as bands of which he’s a member. He’s sat in with the Brothers a number of times over the years and continues to appear with Gregg Allman & Friends, the Levon Helm Band (he’s married to Helm’s daughter Amy) and plenty of others. If you’re not going to the United Palace tonight or feel like a nightcap on your way back, swing by the honky-tonking goodness that is the Rodeo Bar, where the Collins Band, a not infrequent act here, will be cooking.

3.) Levon Helm Band, tomorrow night

WHERE: Wellmont Theater (Montclair, N.J.)

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $35-$75

Speaking of ol’ Levon, the word is he’s starting to sing with greater regularity again after he lost his voice in June 2009. Levon and Co., along with special guest Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and the Duke and the King opening, hit the Wellmont on Friday night. If you’re at the Allmans, it means you can’t make this one, but if it’s an off night for you, the Wellmont’s a half-hour’s drive from the city and a kind place. Take a load off.

4.) Dave Mason and Dr. John, tomorrow night

WHERE: Capitol One Bank Theater at Westbury (Westbury, NY)

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $33-$50

A nice looking bill if you’re not already going to United Palace: Mason can be very on when he’s on, and Dr. John still proffers a tasty musical gumbo when the occasion calls for it. Dickey Betts was originally supposed to be on this bill – Jambase.com still lists him – but Betts has apparently semi-retired from the road as of late December and will no longer be appearing.

5.) Big House Museum Benefit – Sunday 3/14

WHERE: B.B. King’s (Times Square)

TIME: 7 p.m.

COST: $12 advance, $15 d.o.s.

This could be a fun one. It’s a benefit concert for the Big House Museum in Macon, Ga. – a place of, oh, a bit of historical significance for the Brothers – and it’s also the first off night for the Allmans run, so it’s safe to say that a band member or two could stray on over. On the official bill are Georgia’s Lingo, and two of my NYC favorites, Leroy Justice and the Jamie McLean Band. Yonrico Scott (of Derek Trucks Band and others) is among the announced guests.

6.) Robert Cray Band, Friday, 3/19

WHERE: B.B. King’s (Times Square)

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $50

Always an inspired performer, Cray would be a worthy option for next Friday if you’re not already booked for United Palace on the same date. He’s no stranger to the Allmans camp, either; among other paths crossed, Cray toured as an opener for Eric Clapton the same time that Trucks was in the band.

7.) Kung Fu, Friday 3/19

WHERE: Sullivan Hall (West Village)

TIME: 9 p.m.

COST: $10

It’ll end up Sullivan Hall’s only official post-Allmans show this year (they did have two more scheduled for 3/26 and 3/27), but for jamband fans, it’s a doozy: Kung Fu, a supergroup consisting of bassist Dave Livolsi (T. Lavitz), guitarist Tim Palmieri (The Breakfast), ubiquitous saxman Kris Jensen, drummer Adrian Tramontano (The Breakfast) and keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ). Who knows what kind of jammy racket they’ll be cooking up – The Breakfast itself, along with Feaver Train and Sharif, is also on the bill – but given the personnel involved, it’ll probably be good.

8.) Junior Mack, various

WHERE: Terra Blues (West Village)

TIME: Check website

COST: Check website

In addition to being an NYC blues scene staple and a sizzling guitar player, Junior Mack is also a frequent guest of the Brothers and a touring member of Jaimoe’s Jasszzz Band. He plays several times a week – in acoustic configurations, and with his own band and the T-Blues band – at West Village blues haunt Terra Blues. Members of the ABB have been known to stop by — and Mack has been known to sit in with the band — during March residencies past, but even if neither of those things happens, Mack is as reliable as it guests in the Big Apple for regular blues healing.

9.) Marco Benevento & Friends, Monday 3/15

WHERE: Bar 4 (Park Slope)

TIME: 8 p.m.

Marco’s an area resident, and when he’s not on crazy adventures with his own touring band, with Joe, with Surprise Me Mr. Davis, or any of the other zillion combos he plays with, he often turns up at Park Slope’s postage stamp-sized Bar 4 to stretch out on keyboards and dip into some of his favorite covers material. He’s there every Monday this month and these are loosely described “& Friends” shows, so who knows who’s going to show up.

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