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Allman Bros. Band; Storyville

Allman Bros. Band; Storyville (Greek Theater; 6,187 seats; $ 35.75 top) Presented by Nederlander. Bands: (Allman Brothers) Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, Paul Riddle, Allen Woody, Mark Quinones, Eddie Harsch; (Storyville) Malford Milligan, David Grissom, Dave Holt, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon. Reviewed, Aug. 29, 1996. Since its 1969 inception, the Allman Brothers Band's repertoire has been a showcase of strong songwriting and consistently innovative musicianship. In a sense, an Allman Brothers show parallels a classical concert as, time and again, the material reaches a majesty as if by sheer force of will. This remains one of the best live bands ever. Gregg Allman, looking a little thick in the gut, sounds every bit as soulful as he did 20 years ago; Dickey Betts continues to bring an infectious lyrical lilt to his playing -- the tricks and licks he has employed since day one still manage to induce a smile of satisfaction . And guitarist Warren Haynes continues to cement his place as an able torchbearer to the late Duane Allman. Oct. 29 marks the 25th anniversary of Allman's death, and while such a shadow loomed over the Greek Theater (and does anytime the band plays), Haynes swept away any such thoughts of mournfulness with a stratospheric slide solo on "Dreams," eliciting an extended ovation. Blame the full moon for providing a small part of the crackling energy, and send the rest of the kudos to the three-percussionist onslaught that matched the guitar/keyboard attack note for note, rhythm for rhythm. The three-hour show emphasized material long associated with the Allmans ("Midnight Rider" featuring Allman's son Elijah Blue, "Statesboro Blues," a sizzling "Jessica" and an encore of "One Way Out"), a sign that the recent studio albums haven't kept pace with the legends. Wisely, the band used "True Gravity" from 1990's "Seven Turns" to drift respectfully into and out of 1971's "Mountain Jam," and turned their attention to "I've Got to Change My Way of Living," a structural twin of show opener "Statesboro Blues." Austin's Storyville, led by vocalist Malford Milligan, opened the show with an arresting performance. Backed by a solid rhythm section (Stevie Ray Vaughan alums Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon), with guitars reminiscent of early Allmans, Milligan was allowed to growl with authority. Gary Jackson

Allman Bros. Band; Storyville (Greek Theater; 6,187 seats; $ 35.75 top) Presented by Nederlander. Bands: (Allman Brothers) Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, Paul Riddle, Allen Woody, Mark Quinones, Eddie Harsch; (Storyville) Malford Milligan, David Grissom, Dave Holt, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon. Reviewed, Aug. 29, 1996. Since its 1969 inception, the Allman Brothers Band’s repertoire has been a showcase of strong songwriting and consistently innovative musicianship. In a sense, an Allman Brothers show parallels a classical concert as, time and again, the material reaches a majesty as if by sheer force of will. This remains one of the best live bands ever. Gregg Allman, looking a little thick in the gut, sounds every bit as soulful as he did 20 years ago; Dickey Betts continues to bring an infectious lyrical lilt to his playing — the tricks and licks he has employed since day one still manage to induce a smile of satisfaction . And guitarist Warren Haynes continues to cement his place as an able torchbearer to the late Duane Allman. Oct. 29 marks the 25th anniversary of Allman’s death, and while such a shadow loomed over the Greek Theater (and does anytime the band plays), Haynes swept away any such thoughts of mournfulness with a stratospheric slide solo on “Dreams,” eliciting an extended ovation. Blame the full moon for providing a small part of the crackling energy, and send the rest of the kudos to the three-percussionist onslaught that matched the guitar/keyboard attack note for note, rhythm for rhythm. The three-hour show emphasized material long associated with the Allmans (“Midnight Rider” featuring Allman’s son Elijah Blue, “Statesboro Blues,” a sizzling “Jessica” and an encore of “One Way Out”), a sign that the recent studio albums haven’t kept pace with the legends. Wisely, the band used “True Gravity” from 1990’s “Seven Turns” to drift respectfully into and out of 1971’s “Mountain Jam,” and turned their attention to “I’ve Got to Change My Way of Living,” a structural twin of show opener “Statesboro Blues.” Austin’s Storyville, led by vocalist Malford Milligan, opened the show with an arresting performance. Backed by a solid rhythm section (Stevie Ray Vaughan alums Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon), with guitars reminiscent of early Allmans, Milligan was allowed to growl with authority. Gary Jackson

Allman Bros. Band; Storyville

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