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“The Laid Back Festival”, Saturday, August 29th, 2015, Reviewed


I arrived at Nikon Theater around 5pm and was enamored by all the people wearing eat a peach shirts. I’m a big fan of the peach. The warm smell of colitas was very much present, being the Laid Back Festival and all it seemed fitting. Bernie Williams and his All Star band were performing “Fly Like an Eagle.” I had no idea the former center fielder for  the New York Yankees was a musician and I was pleasantly surprised at how good he is. He’s got a nice jazzy sound that’s easy to groove to and his band members are also talented. I’d love to see him again.

Bruce Hornsby was the next performance. I was bored of him quickly. Only one Bruce has my heart. And it ain’t Hornsby.

The Doobie Brothers came on around 7:30. They opened with their song “Jesus IS Just Alright With Me” And that was alright with me because I love that song. They had the crowd jammin’ right away. They played all the fan favorites including “China Grove”, “Takin’ It To The Streets” and “Long Train Running.” People young and old were dancing and clapping along to all their songs. One of my favorites was “Rockin’ Down the Highway” which featured saxophone instrumentation… love me some sax. All in all I loved their performance. So much so that I bought a $40 Doobie Brothers T-Shirt in a man’s large (only one left),  just so I can have a memento from the night.

And finally… the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Mr. Gregory Allman. He and his band opened with “One Way Out”. On the screen behind the band old pictures of him and Duane were shown. Greg was looking a bit frail  Saturday night, I think he needs to hit up the gym,  he’s looking like an old 67.

 Greg adorned the crowd with plenty of classics including “Statesboro Blues” and “Midnight Rider” and “Melissa”. I think he was pretending to play guitar during “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider.” Jaimo the OG joined the band at some point. They played “Stormy Monday” which I’ve never been a fan of. “Whipping post” was mediocre. Nobody even attempts to do Duane’s solos. They substituted Duane’s guitar solo with piano in most, if not all songs. There was a horn section which I appreciated. In the final song, which was my favorite part… Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons joined the Gregg Allman band on stage and played “One Way Out” to close the Laid Back Festival.

Loved it!

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