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The Allman Betts Band - Down to the River Tour, Norwalk, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Devon Allman, Duane Betts - Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience Longtime fans of Devon Allman from his Royal Southern Brotherhood days to his solo career, we were especially looking forward to hearing him play with his new band, The Allman Betts Band formed with Duane Betts. On Sunday, July 7, 2019, we had the pleasure of hearing the new sound at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut, for their Down to the River tour to promote their debut release which hit the streets on June 28, 2019. It was a "wow" of an evening of music.

 

Devon Allman, Duane Betts - The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Devon Allman and Duane Betts
The Allman Betts Band

The Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut has a long history dating back to 1914, and as such is charming and intimate. We had the pleasure of attending The Allman Betts Band concert there on Sunday, July 7,2019 and were impressed with the number of Fairfield County Blues Rock fans who flocked to the theater for an evening of outstanding music.

JD Simo - photo by Luxury Experience
JD Simo

Power house Blues Rock guitarist JD Simo and his eponymous band comprised of Andraleia Bush on bass and Adam Abrashaff on drums, opened for The Allman Betts Band and soon captivated the fans playing cuts off the band's latest album, Off At Eleven.

Devon Allman, Duane Betts, John Stachela - The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Devon Allman, Duane Betts and John Stachela

The Allman Betts Band comprised of Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman), Duane Betts (son of Dickie Betts), Berry Oakley, Jr. (son of Berry Oakley, bassist for the original Allman Brothers Band), John Stachela (slide guitar), percussionists R. Scott Bryan and John Lum, and Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) took to the stage with solid appreciation from the Connecticut fans, and opened with the song, All Night, followed by Melodies Are Memories, both cuts off the band's debut release, Down To The River.

Berry Oakley, Jr., Devon Allman, JD Simo, Duane Betts- The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Guitar Army
Berry Oakley, Jr, Devon Allman, JD Simo and Duane Betts

The band had the fans pumped up and singing along on their cover of the Tom Petty song, You Got Lucky. Next came Autumn Breeze, another cut off the new release. JD Simo came out and joined the band on the1956 John Lee Hooker song, Dimples, which provided fans with the opportunity to watch five amazingly talented guitarists in action. Interesting to note is that The Allman Brothers recorded the song, Dimples back in 1970.

Devon Allman, Duane Betts - The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Devon Allman and Duane Betts

Continuing their homage to their fathers, Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, the band segued into Seven Turns, off The Allman Brothers Band's 1990 Seven Turns album, followed by Ain't Wastin' Time No More off The Allman Brothers Band's 1972 Eat A Peach album.

Duane Betts - The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Duane Betts

Next came the Duane Betts song, Taking Time, followed by Good Ol' Days, and Shinin', both cuts off their Down To The River album. The fans went wild when the band segued into the song, Jessica, off the 1973, The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters album.

The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
The Allman Betts Band

The band closed the show with the title track of their new album, Down To The River. The fans gave the band a resounding standing ovation and were rewarded with another cut off the new album, Southern Accents, a spectacular song with its keyboard intro easing the way for Devon's vocals and John Stachela's guitar.

The rest of the band joined in for one last song of the night, Long Gone, which was the first song that Devon and Duane wrote for the Down To The River album as was fitting, as it is the last track on the album, to leave the fans humming along as they made their way into the night.

Devon Allman, Duane Betts - The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
Devon Allman and Duane Betts

Check out the band's website for their up coming European and USA tour dates at: www.allmanbettsband.com

Until next time, keep enjoying the music and supporting the arts!

Background information on The Allman Betts Band

"After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts - the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band. They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, which is slated to be released in the Spring of 2019, will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

The Allman Betts Band - photo by Luxury Experience
The Allman Betts Band

The new ABB will include Devon, Duane, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), slide guitar virtuoso, John Stachela and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell will both appear on the record. The Allman Betts Band will launch a World Tour in March and perform throughout 2019 at festivals, theaters and historic venues."

For information on upcoming shows at the Wall Street Theater, please visit their website: www.WallStreetTheater.com

Wall Street Theater, Norwalk, CT
Wall Street Theater

Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
United States
Telephone: +1-203-831-5004
Website: www.WallStreetTheater.com

For information on The Allman Betts Band and for their complete tour schedule please visit their website: www.allmanbettsband.com

Listen to a teaser: The Allman Betts Band - Down to the River album released on June 28, 2019: The Allman Betts Band - Down to the River teaser

A sampling of up coming shows for The Allman Betts Band - 2019 Down to the River Tour:

2019 Tour Dates

Venue

July 14: Suwalki, Poland

Suwalki Blues Festival

July 16: Muchen, Germany

Backstage Halle

July 17: Luxembourg

Rockhal

July 20: Maidstone, Kent, UK

Ramblin Man Fair

July 24: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Paradiso

July 30: Berlin, Germany

Lido

August 9: Providence, RI, USA

Bold Point Park

August 11: Portland, ME, USA

Maine Savings Pavilion

August 13: Boston, MA

Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

August 15: NYC, NY, USA

Radio City Music Hall

August 24: Arrington, VA, USA

Lockn Festival

Sept. 5 - 8: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Big Blues Bender

Sept. 13: Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Center

Sept. 6 - 17: Orlando, FL, USA

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Oct. 19: New Orleans, LA, USA

Crescent City Blues&BBQ Festival

Oct. 31: Hunstville, AL, USA

The Mercantile

Nov. 1: Auburn, AL, USA

Woltosz Theatre

Nov. 15: Wallingford, CT, USA

Oakdale Theatre

Apr 23, 2020: Cleveland, OH, USA

Bologna Performing Arts Center

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