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Gregg Allman's memorial service at the Big House

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Gregg Allman's memorial service at the Big House
Posted by Ben Sparaco 6/5/17

Adam Gorman (guitar at first), Ben Sparaco (guitar far right), Berry Duane Oakley (bass), Vaylor Trucks (guitar center), Melody Trucks Dugger (vocals), Duane Betts (guitar left), Devon Allman (Came in the middle), Bonnie Bramlett (vocals left), Jared Zim (drums left) and Mitchell Harrell (drums right) at the memorial for Gregg Allman at The Big House in Macon GA. Devon joins at about 7:50.

Turn on Your Love Light

Adam Gorman (guitar at first), Ben Sparaco (guitar far right), Berry Duane Oakley (bass), Vaylor Trucks (guitar center), Melody Trucks Dugger (vocals), Duane Betts (guitar left), Devon Allman (Came in the middle), Bonnie Bramlett (vocals left), Jared Zim (drums left) and Mitchell Harrell (drums right) at the memorial for Gregg Allman at The Big House in Macon GA. Devon joins at about 7:50.

Southbound

Junior Mack singing and on guitar, Duane Betts and Ben Sparaco on guitar, Berry Oakley Jr. on bass, Jaimoe and Marc Quinones on Drums, The Gregg Allman Band horns and Peter Levin on Keys. The scan to the crowd is Cher and Elijah Blue watching.

Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl

This was the host band for the night. The Young Brothers - Lead by Adam Gorman (vocals, guitar), Dustin McCook (guitar), Ben Sparaco (guitar), Nick Riffle (Bass), Mitchell Harrell (drums), Jared Zim (drums), Mike Harrell (keys)

Maggot Brain

This is the host band of the memorial with Jay Collins (Gregg's Sax player). On keys is Paul Hornsby. The host band is The Young Brothers - Adam Gorman (guitar), Ben Sparaco (guest guitar), Dustin McCook (guitar), Nick Riffle (bass), Jared Zim ( guest drums), Mitchell Harrell (drums).

FFI on Ben: http://bensparaco.com/

Ben Sparaco is a young guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Nashville, TN with a sound that combines energetic and soulful guitar playing with a unique blend of rock, soul, blues, jazz, and folk music. At only 19 years old he has begun to make a name for himself around the country playing his unique original music.

Starting at the young age of 11, Ben began playing guitar with cover bands around his native Broward County, Florida. Not long after, he found the sound he had been hearing in his head in blues music from the likes of B.B. King, Elmore James, Freddie King, and Muddy Waters. Following this music forward in time, he discovered the Allman Brothers Band, which he still cites as one of his main influences.

By the time he was 15, Ben began playing his original music to audiences around south Florida. Throughout his time in high school, he began to hone his skills on slide guitar while simultaneously delving into a study of various traditional music styles such as Gospel, R&B, Eastern Classical (Sarod), American and European Folk, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

In early 2015 Ben began a stint as a full-time lead guitarist with south Florida jam legends Crazy Fingers; a gig which exposed him to the music of the Grateful Dead until his full time departure in August of 2015. On August 18th, 2015- the night before moving to Nashville, TN- he assembled his own band and welcomed many guests to the stage of the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. This band would undergo some personnel changes and quickly prove to be an in-demand musical force in the southeastern United States and beyond and is now called the Ben Sparaco Band. In May of 2016, the Ben Sparaco Band released “Bring The Jubilee EP.”

On January 13th, 2017, Ben released his debut full length album “Wooden.” Produced by Ross Holmes (Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Warren Haynes, Mumford and Sons), the record displays a decided shift in Ben’s sound towards a more string-based Americana sound mixed with his wide-ranging jazz, rock, and soul influences.

Ben has had the opportunity to share the stage with members of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, North Mississippi Allstars, Warren Haynes Band, Susan Tedeschi Band, Jerry Garcia Band, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Devon Allman, Matt Schofield, The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and more at venues across the country.

Billastro

[Edited on 6/10/2017 by Billastro]

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