Allman just as good solo

Reviewed by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

   CHARLOTTE — Were you to try to come up with one person who has influenced music in the Southern region of the U.S. the most, Gregg Allman would be it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band made a stop at the Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., as a part of his solo tour on Monday night.
Opening for Allman was The New Familiars, a band from the area that blended bluegrass and rock. The roots-revival feel of its music pumped up the audience, getting the already excited crowd even more ready for the main event. The band played for about half-an-hour, leaving the stage at 8:30 p.m.
   At 9 p.m., Allman walked onto the stage and took a deep bow to a warm welcome from the crowd. He didn’t waste any time, walking over to his Hammond B-3 Organ and going directly into the Allman Brother’s classic “Statesboro Blues.” Afterward, Allman greeted the crowd with holiday well-wishes, saying “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.”
Allman then played both hits he had made as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers Band such as “I’m No Angel” and “Ain’t Wasting Time No More.” As he went back-and-forth between hits he’d made as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers, he also moved back and forth between his organ and various guitars.
“I guess I’ve played in every Fillmore now,” Allman said in an obvious reference to the Allman Brothers’ legendary concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City that were recorded and made into a double album for the band.
“This is a good place here.”
Allman then played the classic blues song, “Stormy Monday,” along with hits such as “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Dreams” and “Melissa.” Just because Allman isn’t with the full Allman Brothers Band doesn’t mean that the jam-band style that Allman likes to have is gone. His solo band is just as good at captivating the audience with long, flowing instrumentals where each note fits like the piece of a puzzle.
After more hits such as “Sweet Feelin,’ ” “Midnight Rider” and a jazzed up version of “Whipping Post,” Allman thanked the audience and left the stage around 10:45 p.m. However, the crowd wasn’t quite ready to leave yet and moments later Allman came back out for an encore performing “Floating Bridge” and “One Way Out.”
The night was filled with both classics from the Allman Brother Band and Gregg Allman’s solo career. Allman showcased his band as much as himself, making for an enjoyable experience with good music from a true music legend.

 CJ Click is a sophomore at the UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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