Since the Allman Brothers Band played their last show at the Beacon last year, the members have ben busy revving up their other projects. Warren Haynes is everywhere, as usual, Gregg has been touring with the Doobie Brothers, and Tedeschi Trucks Band are getting bigger than ever due to their emphatic soul revival.
Their music has won them Grammys and brought them to a point where they’re selling out multiple shows at the Beacon Theatre – a fitting notion that Derek and Susan are at least easing the burden of the post-ABB world. Their October 2nd show, the third amongst a four-night run at the Beacon, was another notch in the belt of a band that will never steer you wrong.
The show kicked off with “Let Me Get By” before diving into “Keep On Growing.” The group revisited their fantastic Joe Cocker tribute set at Lockn festival with a cover of Cocker’s “The Letter” before diving into one of their catchiest originals in “Bound for Glory.” Jon Batiste, who has been busy holding down a residency on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, joined the group on that one and a fitting Bob Dylan cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”
“Midnight In Harlem” followed by “The Storm” allowed Derek Trucks to really let loose on a night that was centered mostly around Susan’s incredible vocals. (Batist stole the show for a minute there, too, much to our excitement.) Trucks’ virtuosic style of slide guitar is impressive every time you see him, and it was just as jaw-dropping during the two aforementioned songs. When you’re on 86th Street, “Midnight In Harlem” sounds so damn good, and “The Storm” amidst two full days of rain was equally fitting.
“With a Little Help From My Friends” was a classic sing along to finish the regular set off. The group encored with a Sly Stone medley, inviting Batiste and Eric Krasno out to play. Tedeschi Trucks continues to be one of the most exciting acts in live music, delivering an eclectic mix of R&B, jam, rock, jazz, blues, and so much soul.
Let Me Get By Keep On Growing (Derek and the Dominos cover) Anyhow Bird on the Wire (Leonard Cohen cover) The Letter (Joe Cocker cover) Bound for Glory (with Jonathan Batiste) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bob Dylan cover) (with Jonathan Batiste) Cry Me a River (Julie London cover) (Alecia Chakour on lead vocals) I Want More Midnight in Harlem The Storm I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover) With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover)
Encore: Sing a Simple Song / I Want to Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone cover) (with Jonathan Batiste and Eric Krasno)