Please Be With Me, A Song For My Father, Duane Allman By Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, PLEASE BE WITH ME is a revelatory meditation on the impact of her father, the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Not only is this THE definitive biography, with never-before-seen stories, photos, and primary source interviews, it is also a touching and beautifully written story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.

It took her many years to accept that his story and his legacy is hers, so she began to ask for stories–from family, band mates, friends–and they began to flow. The result, as her uncle Gregg Allman says, is a “deep and insightful book;” one that, “came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”

Galadrielle Allman’s first book about her father will be released on March 4th. The marketplace timing is superb as public interest and sentiment about The Allman Brothers Band will be running high in March.

The Allman Brothers Band will play 14 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre between March 7 and March 29. The run is likely to be the iconic Southern rockers last at the venue, as Gregg Allman has stated that the group will stop touring after 2014.

Hittin’ the Note, The Allman Brothers Band Web Site offers the best price and related material deal I have found yet for this anticipated book. All pre-orders will receive a free printed copy of Hittin’ The Note Magazine Issue #80 which will feature an in-depth article with Galadrielle Allman.  The Hittin’ The Note pre-order price is $21.00 before shipping and tax are applied. You can pre-order here.

 

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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Matthew 5:9

A warm round of applause to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for extending the offer to jam with Dickey Betts this past Saturday night at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. Betts sat in for takes on the Allman’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Blue Sky” towards the end of TTB’s set, before returning in the encore for “The Sky Is Crying.”

 

 

David Byrne, St. Vincent and Questlove

David Byrne and St. Vincent Announce Summer Tour DatesWe bought tickets for the David Byrne and St. Vincent 2013 Tour. They will be appearing at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT on June 20th. We caught their collaboration last September at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. We loved the event so much that we had to see them perform together again 🙂

I trust you feel the excitement of their distinctive brass band sound watching this video of their recent appearance on the David Letterman Show where they perform, “I Should Watch TV” from the Love This Giant recording.

Speaking of David Byrne, he and “Professor” Questlove participated in a Public Forum discussion at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on February 26th.

I was unable to attend in person. I learned about the gist of the event from subsequent Web article reports

Professor Questlove is currently teaching a class on classic albums at NYU, educating undergraduates on the merits of Public Enemy and Michael Jackson.

David Byrne is making a musical “Here Lies the Love” at the Public Theater. Byrne wrote the lyrics and music (with help from Fatboy Slim), creating a “fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience” equipped with disco beats and contemporary dance.

Brought together to discuss the impact of music in popular consciousness, the Roots drummer and former Talking Heads frontman gave audience members a night to remember, swapping stories from the heydays of their respective careers. Questlove asked Byrne about his early days in New York in the 1970s while the Scottish songwriter probed Mr. Thompson on the genesis of the Philadelphia music scene.

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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson announced during the event that he will release a memoir entitled Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove this coming June.

If you consider the immediacy formed between the two artists coupled with their mutual affinity for unique collaborations, it’s realistic to anticipate a Byrne/Questlove project of some dimension in the future.

Love This Giant Tour – Beacon Theatre NYC – 9/26/12

 

We saw the David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark) Love This Giant Tour Wednesday evening 9/26/12 at the beautifully restored Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Photography By Pablo Frisk

The concert far exceeded our expectations. David Byrne and St. Vincent were accompanied by an eight piece brass band with a drummer and an electronics player.  The concert is visually enhanced by shaded lighting in turn accented by the choreography of Annie-B Parson (Big Dance Theater). She re-imagined the band as a dance troupe; thus, along the horns, Byrne and Clark became just two more members of the night’s dance company

Photograph by Catalina Kulczar, Copyright 2012

The dance troupe kicked the festivities off with Love This Giant‘s initial track “Who“. We were quickly engaged by that infectious beat tightly coupled with the sensory lyrics.

The two-hour concert (which includes two encores) offers David Byrne & St. Vincent band songs, the much clamored for David Byrne/Talking Heads songs, and the hauntingly brilliant St. Vincent songs. The counter balance of this song mix captivates the listener as does the ever-moving musicians. The fluid motion of 12 people on stage is never boring or repetitive. Ever since David Byrne worked with Twyla Tharp on Catherine’s Wheel his live concerts incorporate dance and choreography. We fell in love with this idiom when we saw the first leg of  the Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno Tour in 2008. It became our avowed aim to see David Byrne live again and this is what motivated us to attend the Love This Giant Tour. 

There were several moments during the concert that exhibited great fun juxtaposed with just the right techno experimentation  One such highlight was the Star Wars like dueling light saber technique that David and Annie performed sharing the waves of the theremin on “Northern Lights”.

Photograph by Catalina Kulczar, Copyright 2012

David Byrne has a great stage presence and I love his flippant, intellectual nature. He had us laughing when he spoke about how he catalogs his music recordings, fiction and non-fiction.

It was difficult to isolate which of the Love This Giant recording live performances was my favorite. I’ve narrowed it down to “I Am An Ape”, “Lazarus”, and “Outside of Space and Time”.

The night would have not been complete without the Talking Heads, “Burning Down The House”.

We left this concert more amazed than ever by David Byrne. We gained a new appreciation for the music and guitarmanship of St. Vincent. We won’t think of brass band music as we did before, one-dimensional, it now has a new, vibrant multi-dimension in our psyche. Thank you David Byrne, Annie Clark and the band, what a phenomenal evening of multimedia techno romp.

 

David Byrne & St. Vincent & Brass Band – Burning Down The House

The Love This Giant Tour is underway. Can’t you feel the energy and excitement?

You can follow the tour blog here. There is plenty of rich and invigorating content for fans available.

We”ll be there God willing, one week from tomorrow, 9/26 at The Beacon Theatre, NYC – Yowzah

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The brass band collaboration is exceeding my expectations already 😉

(Spoiler Alert #1)

SetList of 9/15/12 Minneapolis Show (Spoiler Alert #2)

“Who” – Cinéma vérité music video featuring David Byrne & St. Vincent

 

 

I love when jigsaw puzzles come together. Love This Giant, the artistic collaboration of David Byrne and St. Vincent reveals its visual identity with the music video of the song, “Who”.

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I was informed in an e-mail today that my Love This Giant pre-order will ship this Friday, September 7th. Cool beans. 😉

NPR is streaming a first listen of Love This Giant here. 

David Byrne Tickets

The David Byrne & St, Vincent concert is three weeks away from tonight at The Beacon Theatre, our anticipation continues to build for this event.