Allman Brothers Band @ the Beacon – Night Five: Steve Earle and Robert Randolph Guest

Considering it was just a Tuesday night and the hype for the evening was centered on Phil Lesh’s 71st Birthday Show down Broadway at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, you wouldn’t have been shocked if the Allman Brothers Band turned in a snoozer at the Beacon. Yet the Allmans always have a way of rising to the occasion during the March Madness run and tonight’s guest and jam-laden affair was a keeper.


The opening set started off with a bluesy feel before the first End Of The Line of the run gave guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks a chance to rock out. Actor, singer, songwriter and political activist Steve Earle opened for the ABB back in the ’90s, but never sat in with the band until tonight.

Earle came out towards the end of the first set for his own Devil’s Right Hand as well as the group’s first-ever cover of Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door featuring Gregg Allman on vocals. Once Earle left the stage, the ensemble delivered a killer version of Jessica filled with one blistering guitar solo after another and a fair bit of Mountain Jam teasing.

Set One: Trouble No More, Come And Go Blues, High Cost Of Low Living, Worried Down With The Blues, End Of The Line, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Devil’s Right Hand^, Knocking On Heaven’s Door^, Jessica

Set Two: Leave My Blues At Home, Maydell > Manic Depression, Gambler’s Roll, Stand Back, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed > Bass Solo > JaBuMaOt > In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed

Encore: That’s What Love Will Make You Do^^, One Way Out^^

^ – w/ Steve Earle on guitar
^^ – w/ Robert Randolph on pedal steel and Marcus Randolph on drums

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Set two featured a few Beacon run debuts, namely Gambler’s Roll and Stand Back. Bassist Oteil Burbridge led the band through a cover of Manic Depression and later was responsible for the highlight of the set by putting a beating on his six-string during a ridiculous bass solo within the 30-minute In Memory of Elizabeth Reed that closed the second stanza.

In 2002, Robert Randolph made his first appearance with the Allmans during a March Madness show at the Beacon and has since become a fixture of the run after joining them again in 2006, 2007 and 2009. For tonight’s encore, Randolph and his cousin Marcus added tons of energy and talent to Little Milton’s That’s What Love Will Make You Do and the fourth One Way Out in five shows. The Allman Brothers Band returns to the Beacon and on Thursday.

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