The Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theater / September 29, 2022 – The Aquarian
Following the tradition of the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band has played annual multi-night residencies at the Beacon Theater for over a decade. This year, seven shows have been booked from September 29 to October 8. The series also includes the 50th performance of the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the venue.
Tedeschi Trucks Band lead guitarist Derek Trucks has an even longer history at the Beacon Theatre. Now 43, he joined the Allman Brothers Band when he was 20. The Allman Brothers have performed more than 250 times in the hall.
This year, the shows of the Tedeschi Trucks Band are very different. At the start of the pandemic lockdown, the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band embarked on an unusual creative experiment. The musicians were inspired by the 12th century Persian poem “Layla and Majnun” to compose their musical parts in a collaborative project. The Tedeschi Trucks Band released the result of this effort this year, a four-part studio album featuring 24 original songs. Each of the four i am the moon albums have been released in recent months starting with I. Ascending June 3, II. Ascent July 1, III. The fall July 29 and IV. Goodbye on August 26, each with their own companion film. A box now encompasses the entire project.
i am the moon gave southern roots rockers a bountiful resource of new songs to play at the New York residency. The ever-changing setlists throughout the multi-night residency allowed for much of i am the moon be the centerpiece of the shows. The songs would be performed live for the first time.
The show’s first night began with an opening set by Amy Helm. After the intermission, the Tedeschi Trucks Band began by presenting live the six songs of I am the moon: III. The fall. Next The fallTrucks turned to his roots, with the band covering the instrumental “Les Brers in A Minor”, a piece he had previously performed live at the same venue as a member of the Allman Brothers Band.
The set continued with Derek’s “Bell Bottom Blues” and the Dominos. The leaders of the group Tedeschi Trucks also have a personal connection with this music. Trucks’ parents named him after Eric Clapton on the 1970 album, and singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi was born the day Derek and the Dominos’ only studio album was released. The Tedeschi Trucks Band with Trey Anastasio performed all songs from this album at Lockn’ Festival in 2019 and released it as a live album in 2021.
This year’s opening concert continued with blues covers and songs from previous Tedeschi Trucks Band albums. Some of the covers were older than the musicians, as they provided resources for Dr John, the Taj Mahal, and the Coasters (although Ray Charles aligned best with “Let’s Go Get Stoned”). With six new songs already playing, the Tedeschi Trucks Band performed several older original songs in succession towards the end of the main set.
Throughout the night the sound was huge, with two guitarists, three horns, three backing vocals, two drummers, a bassist and a keyboardist. Tedeschi was in a beautiful voice, always moving and graceful. Trucks played most of the extended guitar tracks, but Tedeschi was equally impressive on her leads. While Tedeschi and Trucks were the axis on which the music revolved, the other 10 capable musicians had frequent moments in the spotlight. Rooted in classic blues and rock, each song featured extended solos by two or more musicians. The gig felt like a live performance from the 1970s, even though that was the decade in which Tedeschi and Trucks were born. Add to that the Beacon Theater’s exquisite new sound system and you have a perfect, timeless concert.
- None above
- yes we will
- Take me as I am
- Les Brers in A minor (cover of The Allman Brothers Band)
- Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos cover)
- A part of me
- I Walk on Guilded Splinters (Dr. John cover)
- Do I look worried
- It’s so heavy
- Let me pass
- compound mind
- Leaving Trunk (Taj Mahal cover)
- Let’s get high (The Coasters cover)