Friends of the Brothers perform at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on December 16. FREDD GORDON
Friends of the Brothers perform at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on December 16. FREDDA GORDON
One of rock and roll’s most enduring legacies, the music of the Allman Brothers Band will be reimagined by the Friends of the Brothers in a concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 16, at 8 p.m.
With members closely associated with the original band, the Friends of the Brothers continues the musical brotherhood with passion, committed to the ideals of every performance being a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. The evening will also feature a book release celebration for band member Alan Paul, widely regarded as an expert on Allman Brothers Band history, and his latest release “The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the ’70s.” Featuring an author Q&A and book signing, “this event is a must-see for any Allman Brothers fan,” says WHBPAC marketing director Heather Draskin.
The band is composed of guitarist/singer Junior Mack, a self-taught blues-rock musician and soulful vocalist who fronted Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band for 12 years, and starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway show “Lackawanna Blues;” guitarist Andy Aledort, who played with Allman Brothers founding member Dickey Betts for 12 years. Of Aldedort, Betts said, “Andy is a really great guitar player and a pleasure to play with. He’ll intimidate you.” Singer/guitarist Alan Paul is the author of “One Way Out,” the definitive, best-selling Allman Brothers Band biography based on 25 years of reporting on and interviewing the band. Says Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes, “no one knows the story of the Allman Brothers better than Alan Paul.”
“This band is based around our shared love of the Allman Brothers Band and our friendships with one another,” says Paul. “It’s not just a gig. The music is holy to us, but it’s also alive. We honor our friends and mentors’ legacies by investing this great music with life, heart and passion. It’s not about copying solos, which would be completely against the spirit the Allman Brothers had from the day Duane Allman formed the band in 1969.”
The group members’ first-hand experience with the Allman Brothers Band and their deep knowledge of the repertoire and the music’s roots and heritage allows them to play with an unrivaled depth. They perform songs from every stage of the Allman Brothers Band’s career, backed by a band of inspirational, veteran players, drummers Dave Diamond (Zen Tricksters, Bob Weir, Robert Randolph) and Lee Finkelstein (Tower of Power, Blues Brothers) and bassist Craig Privett (Half Step).
Tickets are $36 to 46 plus fees and can be purchased at whbpac.org, 631-288-1500, or at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center box office located at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach.
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