Hey there sweet family,
A couple of shout outs this morning …
First, congratulations Allman Brothers Band!! Y’all have just wrapped up an a*may*zen tour that prompted dear brother Ron E to write, “the shows – oh BABY! We enjoyed the heck out of Friday night, and Saturday (Oct. 10 & 11 at Chastain) had Beth nearly in tears with joy. Saturday was closing night at the Beacon great. It was EXACTLY what we LOVE about the Allman Brothers Band – power, soul, intellect, surprise, and floating above it all, a lyrical melodicism that almost unmoored us from the corporeal bonds of our bodies, dancing and drifting in nearly free-floating bliss.” Yessss! You took the words right out of our hearts! And Ron wasn’t alone in his joy with the tour. Check out http://www.allmanbrothersband.com for more reviews, pix (of the band and fan gatherings), and everything Allman Brothers Band related.
Speaking of the ABB and touring, let’s shout out another congratulations to The Allman Brothers Band – they’re going to receive the prestigious Legend Of Live award at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Whoo hoo!
The Legend Of Live award recognizes a touring professional who has had a significant and lasting impact on the concert industry. Previous Legend Of Live award winners include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), and pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007).
The awards reception, which honors the top-performing tours, artists, companies and venues in the world based on Billboard Boxscore charts, caps the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference Nov. 19-20.
“The Allman Brothers Band has rocked the house for four decades, ‘hittin’ the note’ for veteran fans and converting new generations year after year,” says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. “They’re an American institution and concert icons, and Billboard is thrilled to honor them as this year’s Legend Of Live.”
On the cusp of their 40th anniversary in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band has long been one of the most compelling and popular live bands in the world.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers formed in 1969, and continue to tour regularly to packed houses and massive festivals. Known as one of rock’s best live acts, the Allman Brothers Band were one of only two artists whose live albums ranked in the top 50 of Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” for their “At Fillmore East” album.
Like you didn’t already know that! 😉
Our next shout out is to Barbara Strauss, who’s throwing the best party in the country, also known as the 18th Annual Sarasota Blues Festival Saturday, November 1, at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex in Sarasota, FL. This year’s Sarastoa Blues Fest features:
3 Time 2008 Blues Music Award Winner & Blues Hall Of Famer Bobby Rush
JJ Grey & Mofro
2008 Blues Music Award Winner Best Guitarist Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin
2008 Blues Music Award Winner Best New Artist Debut Diunna Greenleaf
Jason Ricci and New Blood
The All Stars
Wyatt Garey Band
For more information visit: http://www.sarasotabluesfest.com/ – or ask us. We go all the time, love it (and BABS, Hells Bells, you are a great woman! mmmmmmmmwah *k*), and will be happy to fill you in! 🙂
Our final shouts today are to NYC_Barb, whose birthday it is; to Syd, whose birthday was Sunday; and to all the wonder*full members of the family who made the Peach Corps party and auction to benefit Bill Ector’s children such a joyous success Saturday … ATLBarb and Pat, please share our love and appreciation with all those involved.
Take care and know that *you* are loved,
Lana and Rowland