2021-06-19
The Allman Brothers Band March Madness: Watch 5 Memorable Sit-Ins At The Beacon Theatre

The Allman Brothers Band March Madness: Watch 5 Memorable Sit-Ins At The Beacon Theatre

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The Allman Brothers Band conducted storied runs at The Beacon Theatre in New York City for over 30 years. In the 1990s and 2000s, the Beacon residencies — dubbed by fans “March Madness” — became renowned for slews of special guests performing with the legendary rockers. But on October 28, 2014, ABB played at the Beacon for their final show ever. Sadly, co-founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks died a few years later in 2017. Yet the band’s March Madness legacy lives on in a number of memorable performances captured for posterity on video.

As it’s that time of year, JamBase takes a look at five memorable March Madness sit-ins from the past two decades in the JamBase Live Video Archive for today’s Sunday Cinema.

The Allman Brothers Band kicked off their 2004 March Madness run on March 18, 2004. The penultimate song of the first set, the blues standard “Key To The Highway,” featured Chris Robinson on harmonica. He and Allman also traded verses on the blues number.


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Buddy Guy, Trey Anastasio & Page McConnell | March 12, 2009

The Allmans’ extensive 2009 March Madness run is widely regarded as a career highlight, even by Gregg Allman himself. “That [2009 run] was the most fun I’ve ever had in that building,” Allman told The Wall Street Journal in 2014. The March 12th gig was the third of 15 in celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary, and featured blues legend Buddy Guy, who emerged for “You Don’t Love Me” and “The Sky Is Crying.” Buddy would stay on for a set-closing “Southbound” which also featured Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell. Trey and Page’s sit-in, which continued with well-jammed versions of “I Know You Rider” and “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” in the second set, came just on the heels of Phish’s return to touring after a nearly five-year hiatus.


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Sheryl Crow | March 17, 2009

The Allman Brothers Band welcomed Sheryl Crow for a number of songs to kick off the second set a few nights later on March 17, 2009 including Bob Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” and “Midnight Rider.” Sheryl’s sit-in concluded with a rendition of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” watch that tune above.


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Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi & Danny Louis | March 19, 2009

Two nights later, Eric Clapton — who collaborated with Duane Allman in Derek And The Dominoes — would join ABB for a good portion of the second set. After Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis added piano on “Good Morning Little School Girl,” Clapton emerged for “Key To The Highway,” “Dreams,” The Dominoes’ “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Susan Tedeschi then joined in to sing with Clapton on “Anyday.” Louis would come back out with the band and Clapton for an encore performance of “Layla.” Eric returned to guest with the ABB once again the next night.


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Leslie West | March 24, 2011

On March 24, 2011 beloved guitarist Leslie Westwho passed away on December 23, 2020 — of Mountain fame joined the band toward the end of the first set. West led the way on Freddie King’s “Going Down” as well as a smokin’ version of “Crossroads.” Check out the latter above.


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