- More summer music
Classic Albums Live, a Toronto-based ensemble of musicians that recreates legendary rock albums of the '60s and '70s live on stage, note for note, will perform The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road in its entirety on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Boarding House Park as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Classic Albums Live has been around since 2003, when music director and arranger Craig Martin came up with the idea to assemble studio and live musicians to focus on specific bands and specific albums such as those from Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles.
Abbey Road is, of course, the final studio album from The Beatles with such timeless songs as "Come Together," "Octopus's Garden" and "Here Comes The Sun." Those will all be performed in their entirety, followed by performances of additional hits from The Beatles' catalog.
As many as 14 musicians have been on stage at the same time to recreate Abbey Road live in concert. The performance is timely considering this is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles performing live on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in America.
Tickets are $28 in advance, $35 day of the show and are available at lowellsummermusic.org.
- Ramblin' Man has rambled here before
I wanted to pass along a couple of tidbits related to Gregg Allman's forthcoming show at Boarding House Park on Aug. 9.
An avid Nightlife reader named Ed (no, it's not me) let me know last week that Allman has actually played in Lowell before.
And, indeed, a check of the Allman Brothers Band web site and its database of tour dates shows that the band played at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on June 24, 1971. Longtime Allman fans would know that founding member (and Gregg's brother) Duane Allman was in the band at that point. Duane died in a motorcycle accident in October, 1971.
We haven't been able to figure out who played with the Allmans here in Lowell, but the next night (and all weekend), when the Allmans played Fillmore East in New York City, they had Albert King and the J. Geils Band as opening acts.
If you were at the Lowell show and have any memories you'd like to pass along, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, if you can't wait for the Gregg Allman show, check out AXS TV on May 11. They'll be playing a concert special titled All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman taped in January at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The event features an amazing house band that includes Don Was, Kenny Aronoff, Rolling Stones piano man Chuck Leavell and Allmans guitarist Jack Pearson. Highlights include Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks playing "Come & Go Blues"; Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph on "Can't Lose What You Never Had"; Keb' Mo' on "Just Another Rider"; Brantley Gilbert with "Just Before the Bullets Fly"; the legendary Dr. John on "Let This Be a Lesson To Ya"; Train's Pat Monahan on "Queen of Hearts"; John Hiatt with "One Way Out"; Taj Mahal on "Statesboro Blues" with Gregg Allman; Widespread Panic on "Just Ain't Easy"; Trace Adkins on "I'm No Angel"; Vince Gill with "Multi-Colored Lady"; Martina McBride with "All My Friends" and Eric Church on "Win, Lose or Draw."
The evening closes with Gregg Allman joining Jackson Browne for acoustic renditions of "These Days" and "Melissa," "Midnight Rider" with Zac Brown and Vince Gill, and an Allman Brothers Band encore with Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes on "Dreams" and a 15-minute jam of "Whipping Post." The evening closes with all of the performers onstage for "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"