LOWELL -- Yes, that headline is correct. The "Midnight Rider" is perhaps the best-known single from Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman, who will be returning to Lowell on Saturday, Aug. 9 for his debut appearance at Boarding House Park as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
I say "returning to Lowell" because Allman was on the bill for the 2011 Lowell Summer Music Series, but had to cancel due to illness. (The make-good show that year was Allman Brothers Band colleague Warren Haynes, who will actually be leaving the group at the end of 2014 along with Derek Trucks. Allman has said since Haynes' announcement that the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after this year. The Allmans will be doing a couple of shows in Scranton, Pa., the weekend after Gregg's show in Lowell, for what it's worth.)
Opening for Gregg Allman in Lowell will be Jaimoe's Jasssz Band featuring Allman Brothers Band drummer Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, who I had the pleasure of interviewing last year. Johanson has had an interesting life of his own and tells fascinating stories of the many people he's worked with and come in contact with over the past five decades.
You never know what you'll hear at any concert involving Gregg Allman or the Allman Brothers Band but checking on some of his recent setlists from earlier this year shows he might play "Statesboro Blues," "I'm No Angel," "Whipping Post" and "Melissa.
I had the good fortune to see the Allmans a few years ago at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook and it was an amazing experience. I'd expect nothing less here in Lowell.
Gregg Allman comes to Boarding House Park in Lowell on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series. Tickets are $44 in advance, $50 day of the show and are on sale now at lowellsummermusic.org.
-- ED HANNAN