Gregg Allman’s inaugural Laid Back Festival was such a huge success last year that he decided to expand it to five venues this year. In a statement, Allman explained that “The idea was to put the Laid Back vibe on more than just the music. It had to be about food and drink too, and the people just loved it. So we’re coming back and taking it on the road!”
Last night was the third stop in the tour and brought the festival back to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The one day event attracted a near sell-out crowd and offered a wide selection of food, craft beer, wine and of course music.
The music was split between two stages, allowing concert-goers easy access to the food vendors. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band started things off on the Low Country Stage at 4pm, and the music continued seamlessly until 11pm, the latest that the local ordinances allow. Marshall Tucker Band, Orleans and America alternated between stages, playing nostalgic favorites before the sun began to set for Jason Isbell.
The festival, named after Allman’s 1973 debut solo album, culminated with the rock legend finally taking the stage. As artful as ever, he guided his band through blues, rock and pop selections. Listen to the full set, recorded by taper Butch Almberg below.
[Cover Photo by Shannon Williams]