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Gregg Allman, son Devon Allman to share stage in Sarasota

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Devon Allman, performing with The Royal Southern Brotherhood on September 29, 2012, at The Sarasota Blues and Music Festival. (Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

One of the most highly anticipated shows of the season just got even more exciting. Devon Allman, a star singer-songwriter and guitarist in his own right, will be sharing the stage with his father's Gregg Allman Band on January 8 at the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota.

Barbara Strauss, who is promoting the concert , confirmed the addition of Devon Allman's band as an opening act this afternoon. During Strauss' spectacular run as the head of the Sarasota Blues Festival, she arranged for Gregg Allman to headline the event  in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2006. Gregg's final Sarasota Blues Festival performance  included, among many other highlights, an emotive duet with Devon Allman during "Midnight Rider."

"It was just a special, magical moment," Strauss says of the Allman show in 2006. "Father and son singing the classic 'Midnight Rider,' it doesn't get much better than that."

While famous for his role as chief singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman has maintained a successful solo career since the 1973 release of the classic album "Laid Back."

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Gregg Allman / PUBLICITY PHOTO

Gregg, a former resident of Sarasota and Manatee counties, had a huge hit with the title track to the 1986 album "I'm No Angel" and after reviving the Allman Brothers Band in the 1990s-2000s, earned a Grammy nomination for his latest solo album "Low Country Blues," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 pop chart in 2011.

Two days after Gregg Allman performs in Sarasota, he will be honored with the "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman" show taking place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. It will be filmed and recorded for a future release, reads a report by Rolling Stone.

Meanwhile, Devon Allman has also emerged as a major talent with his own dedicated following. Devon's solo album "Turquoise"  reached No. 5 earlier this year on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, the same spot the self-titled album by his supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood debuted at in 2012.

Royal Southern Brotherhood, which in addition to Allman is Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton; turned in a fiery, crowd-pleasing set in Sept. 29, 2012, at the Sarasota Blues and Music Festival.

The Gregg Billings Band is also going to perform January 8.
Tickets to the Jan. 8  show at the great-sounding and intimate Sailor Circus Arena are $35 and $45 and can be purchased at the Sailor Circus Arena Box Office, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, by calling 355-9805 or going to http://circussarasota.org/buy-tickets.

Here's the Gregg Allman Band performing Gregg's song "Dreams," originally recorded with the Allman Brothers Band, featuring a guest, guitar solo appearance by Devon Allman. The clip comes from a show earlier this year:

The Gregg Allman Band with opening acts Devon Allman, Gregg Billings Band
7 p.m. January 8, Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota; $35 and $45; 355-9805; circussarasota.org

The Gregg Allman Band with opening acts Devon Allman, Gregg Billings Band

7 p.m. January 8, Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota; $35 and $45; 355-9805; circussarasota.org


Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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